Celebrating Pride Month 2023: Honouring History and Embracing Diversity


1 June 2023

June is Pride Month, a global movement and celebration that recognizes the history, resiliency, strength, and achievements of the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

Pride's Historical Journey in Ontario

Pride in Ontario traces its roots back to the inaugural Pride celebration in Toronto following the decriminalization of same-sex sexual acts in 1969. This milestone event marked the beginning of a movement that has grown exponentially over the years. Legislative advancements, such as the inclusion of sexual orientation in the Ontario Human Rights Code in 1986 and the Canadian Human Rights Act in 1996, have played a crucial role in fostering a more inclusive society.

Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion

Pride Month in Ontario is a vibrant and diverse celebration that brings together millions of people in support of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. It embodies values of inclusivity, diversity, respect, dignity, and equality. Together, we acknowledge the diversity within the community, recognizing that every individual's identity and experience should be celebrated and respected.

Advancing Equality and Fostering Change

While Ontario has made significant strides in promoting 2SLGBTQ+ rights and increasing the visibility, acceptance, and equality of 2SLGBTQ+ communities, Pride Month also shines a light on the challenges that persist. Social stigma and prejudice continue to affect the community, underscoring the need for ongoing efforts to eradicate discrimination in all aspects of life. Pride Month serves as a reminder of the ongoing need for positive action, education, and advocacy.

Looking Ahead

As we celebrate Pride Month in Ontario, we can recognize both the progress we’ve made and the work that continue to lie ahead. Pride Month is an opportunity to honor 2SLGBTQ+ history, celebrate diversity, and work towards a more inclusive future, where everyone is treated with dignity, respect, and equality.

Get Involved in Pride Month 2023

There are many ways you can get involved this Pride Month:

Join the conversation online. Follow #Pride2023 and #PrideSeason on social media. Share social posts, post your best pride memory or join a conversation. The Government of Canada has a downloadable digital toolkit to help you show your support and get involved online.

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Published 1 June 2023