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.
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 an online webinar. In honour of Pride Month, Public Health Ontario will be hosting two webinars:
- June 6: PHO Rounds: The Geography of Sex: Men Who Have Sex With Men in the Suburbs
- June 19: PHO Rounds: Mpox (Outbreak, Response, Vaccine Effectiveness). Registration for this event is opening soon. Stay tuned to the Events page for more details.
- Attend local Pride festivals and events in your region
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.