🏳️🌈 UNACTO Proudly Celebrates Pride Month!
Too many LGBTIQ+ people are forced to search for safer, more welcoming places to call home. Let’s create a future free from prejudice, where everyone truly belongs!
In July 2013, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) launched UN Free & Equal – an unprecedented global UN public information campaign aimed at promoting equal rights and fair treatment of LGBTI people. In 2017, UN Free & Equal reached 2.4 billion social media feeds around the world and generated a stream of widely shared materials – including powerful videos, impactful graphics and plain-language fact sheets. Several campaign videos – including a popular Bollywood-themed clip “The Welcome” – rank among the most watched videos ever produced by the United Nations. National UN Free & Equal campaigns and events have been organized in almost 30 countries, with visible support from UN, political, community and religious leaders and from celebrities in all regions of the world. This is how YOU can help: 🏳️🌈Listen to your LGBTI peers and educate yourself about the issues that they face. 🏳️🌈Make sure you and those around you have zero tolerance for any form of stigma or prejudice against LGBTI people. 🏳️🌈Challenge and report any form of abuse or discrimination towards LGBTI people, whether it’s at home, at work, in school, in public or online. 🏳️🌈Speak out and report all violence, including aggressive and threatening verbal abuse, even if it doesn’t target you directly. 🏳️🌈Show your LGBTI community members that you’re an ally by sharing content on social media.
Learn more: United Nations Free & Equal
It’s been 40 years of Pride in Toronto!
The 2SLGBTQ+ communities continue to be among the most vulnerable in Canada and hardest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. Facing significant discrimination in all areas of life, barriers to accessing healthcare and mental health services, and higher rates of homelessness, poverty, and social isolation — one thing is evident, our community needs ongoing support now more than ever. Pride Toronto is supporting this work by prioritizing community-focused programming, amplifying local advocacy, and elevating the most marginalized voices in our community. Pride Toronto's 40th Anniversary Programming Lineup and Digital Pride Guide includes over 70 individual events showcasing more than 130 2SLGBTQ+ artists, 14 party collectives, and seven community committee programs. The full month of programming began on 1 June, and it will be concluding with two festival weekends on 18-19-20 June and 25-26-27 June. Centred around community, education, and of course, celebration, scroll through the full festival lineup online at PrideToronto.com/PrideGuide to find events important to you. Also check out Pride Stream.