Campus Life

Your guide to celebrating
Pride Month on and off campus

by Raveena Maharaj

Grab your friends, it’s time to celebrate!

As soon as June rolls around, you can feel the city start buzzing with excitement. Pride Month is a big deal in Toronto, which means that there are endless ways to celebrate if you’re in the GTA.

We’ve put together a list of the top ways Humber and UofGH students can celebrate Pride this year:

 

Brunch Discussion 

Humber’s Aboriginal Resource Centre and Humber LGBTQ have teamed up to host an event that explores the history and future of two-spirit and queer indigenous people.  The All My Intersectional Relations event on June 6th begins with brunch at 11 a.m. in the Aboriginal Resource Centre (North campus, LRC 2137) and is followed by a panel discussion at 12:30 p.m. in the LRC Concourse.

Click for full details at Humber's LGBTQ events page

 

Flag raising ceremonies 

Humber will be raising the Pride Flag at 9:15 a.m. on June 18th at the North campus (flagpole outside of the LRC) and at 10:15 on June 19th at the Lakeshore campus (flagpole outside of the Student Welcome and Resource Centre).

Talk show host waving a Pride flag

 

NUIT ROSE 

Interested in the arts? NUIT ROSE is just the thing you’ve been searching for! NUIT ROSE is a free festival that spotlights Toronto neighbourhoods and innovative work done by diverse artists around the city. Events will be held at different locations throughout the city and will include art, music, dance and film. This year, the festival runs from June 13th to the 17th.

Neon flower on a black background

 

The Art Gallery of Ontario 

If you’d rather do the dancing and performing, the AGO will be celebrating the launch of Pride Month on June 7th at AGO First Thursdays. DJ Andy Butler will be headlining this year’s event which will feature performance art and guest speakers.

pictures in an art gallery that appear to be glitching as if it were a TV

 

The Royal Ontario Museum

If you’re looking for something a bit different, the ROM will be hosting top DJs, drag queens, food vendors. You can check out some galleries at its Friday Night Live: Colour ROM Proud event on June 15th!

A drag queen dancing across a stage

 

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Prefer something even more different? How about aquatic life? Ripley’s Aquarium has you covered! Night at the Aqueerium is a deep-sea adventure that will feature drag queens, DJs, refreshments and a photo booth on June 22nd.

People watching jellyfish at the Night at the Auqeerium event.

 

Street fair

You can show your support for local organizations, artisans and businesses while grabbing some food and catching a show. The fair takes over Church, Wellesley and Alexander Streets from June 22nd to June 24th.

Hundreds of people walk down Church Street in Toronto during the Pride Street Fair

 

March with Humber

Of course, we can’t forget about the biggest festivities of the month: the marches and the parade! This year things kick off with the Trans March on Friday, June 22nd. The following day, Saturday, June 23rd is the Dyke March. On Sunday, June 24th the big Pride Parade will take place at 2 p.m. at the corner of Church and Bloor Streets. You can register to march with Humber and Guelph-Humber for all three of these amazing events. While marching isn’t on campus, it’s a great opportunity to be involved with your school and the Pride festivities! Be sure to check out Humber LGBTQ’s Facebook page for pictures from last years march!

Keep up with Pride Toronto to get updates for parade routes and times for the marches.

Humber LGBTQ leading Humber's section of the Pride parade

If you decide to march with the school, you’ll have the opportunity to decorate t-shirts with fellow marchers on June 12th at the North campus and June 14th at the Lakeshore campus.

Remember to stay tuned to the Humber LGBTQ page for updates and for more on-campus events!

If you’re looking for some other ideas, the Toronto Pride Guide (PDF) outlines many other ways to celebrate Pride month around the city. Here’s a list of more events around the city that you can explore.