Smooth Rock Falls Celebrates Pride Month

In June, many across Canada recognize Pride Month. It is a time when we celebrate the diversity of LGBTQ+ communities, while acknowledging their history, the hardships they have endured and the progress that has been made.
June 1, 2023

In June, many across Canada recognize Pride Month. It is a time when we celebrate the diversity of LGBTQ+ communities, while acknowledging their history, the hardships they have endured and the progress that has been made.

What is pride?

Pride Month is celebrated every June around the world in acknowledgement of those involved in the Stonewall Riots in 1969, as well as in tribute to other LGBT+ activists who came before and after. Pride is a celebration of queer culture; it is an opportunity to come together and reaffirm the solidarity within the LGBT+ community.

Historically, Pride gatherings emerged from the first large-scale protests for 2SLGBTQI+ rights. In Canada, the first demonstrations took place in Ottawa and Vancouver in 1971. By 1973, Pride events were held in several Canadian cities including Montréal, Ottawa, Saskatoon, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg. Toronto’s Pride weekend in June is now among the largest Pride events in North America.

Happy Pride Season!

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