This year marks 40 years since the very first Pride Weekend was held with the theme “Pride Through Unity” and came about one year after the Pisces Bathhouse Raid. That year several community organizations came together and held multiple events from a drag show & buffet to a ball game, a Unity Dance, picnic and BBQ’s and more.
Our organization reached out to the 2 SPIRIT and QTBIPOC, 2SLGBTQ+ Network to hear their voices and listen to their concerns over previous Pride events prior to 2019 when Pride events were cancelled. We then developed an action plan to hear more from our many community organizations in 3 Paid Community Engagement Sessions. Each will be attended by 9 representatives from a list of 18 organizations and additionally 9 interested community members will have a seat. We are doing these leading up to and throughout Pride Month 2023 in Edmonton.