Happy Pride Month 2024

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.

When Unifor members engage with LGBTQ communities, non-unionized workers can see the value of working together and our own members are exposed to this great form of activism. Pride is way more than a parade – it is a political statement. Solidarity actions must be more than once a year, so start today. From something as simple as proudly displaying equity posters to bargaining for LGBTQ rights at work, the work continues. Pride is crucial for many young workers and those just discovering their gender and sexual identity. Workers still face homophobia and transphobia at work and in the wider community. Union involvement in local LGBTQ groups and events are important to represent the needs of those workers.

All members are encouraged to go out and be involved in local Pride events and festivities, to bring Unifor’s dedication to social justice to cities and towns all over this country.

Happy Pride Month!

Jordan Lennox, President