Taking place every June, Pride Month celebrates the self-affirmation, dignity, equality and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The month-long celebration was given the name "Pride" to encourage those feelings as the community comes together to celebrate and bolster LGBTQ+ rights movements.
This commemorative month is to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions and efforts of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer + figures and community, by shining a light on how they have and continue to shape our world for the better.
*When asked about the history of pride, often the first thing that comes to people's minds are the Stonewall Riots:
Stonewall riots, also called Stonewall uprising, was a series of violent confrontations that began in the early hours of June 28, 1969, between police and gay rights activists outside the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. As the riots progressed, an international gay rights movement was born.
*Canada, however, has it's own rich history and turning points in the struggle for and eventual celebration of LGBT rights. The most well known of these are the Toronto raids which lead to riots that turned into what is today, a vibrant pride festival:
On Feb. 5, 1981 Toronto police stormed four gay bathhouses in the city as part of what they called "Operation Soap," and arrested just under 300 men. For the majority, charges were later dropped or dismissed.
Rallies were held in response to the injustice and to this day it is often referred to as Canada’s Stonewall.
To this day, "Operation Soap" is one of the largest mass arrests in Canada and it was 35 years later in 2016 that Toronto's police chief formally apologized for the raids.
We encourage you to learn more about Canada's LGBTQ+ History on Queer Events Canada by clicking here! *
About the Progress Pride Flag:
The Progress Pride Flag was designed in 2018 by Graphic designer Daniel Quasar. Quasar added a five-colored chevron to the classic Rainbow Flag to place a greater emphasis on “inclusion and progression.” Quasar’s Progress Pride Flag added five arrow-shaped lines to the six-colored Rainbow Flag, which is widely recognized as the symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ+) community.
The flag includes black and brown stripes to represent marginalized LGBTQ+ communities of color, along with the colors pink, light blue and white, which are used on the Transgender Pride Flag