As Pride celebrations kick off across the country we work to honour and advance the freedom of everyone in the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Pride Month is celebrated every June as a tribute to those who were involved in the Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969. The mission of the Pride movement is the pursuit of the unequivocal right to be known, understood, accepted, heard, and respected, no matter who you love or how you identify.
During the month of June, it is quite common to see the rainbow flag, with its kaleidoscope of colours, being proudly displayed as a symbol for the Pride movement. The original multi-coloured rainbow flag was designed in 1978 by Gilbert Baker. It has gone through several changes through the years with one of the most recent being in 2018 when Daniel Quasar designed the Progress Pride flag. Based on the iconic rainbow flag from 1978, it celebrates the diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community and calls for a more inclusive society, with the addition of a five-colored chevron to place a greater emphasis on “inclusion and progression”. The flag also includes black and brown stripes to represent marginalized people of color, along with the colors pink, light blue and white, which are used on the Transgender Pride Flag.
For the rest of the month of June, we will have the flag on our bulletins to highlight the importance of inclusion for all.