Guelph Pride’s spring programming will launch on May 24 with several events including a flag raising, a brand new LGBTQ+ music and art festival and other various gatherings for those that identify with non-heteronormative sexual orientations, with the group’s chair saying they are “so excited” to get started.

“Pride festivals have always played such an important role for LGBTQ+ people finding themselves, seeing themselves reflected in a vibrant community, and feeling included,” 2019 Pride Chair Jasper Smith said.

Smith said this means “all members should fee ablate come out and participate”, saying that their committee has been dedicated to improving accessibility, volume and variety of events.

“It’s been a big year for Guelph Pride and we’re so excited to show you what we’ve been working on,” the chair added. After the flag raising, the organization will start Spring Pride with a Queer Art Show on May 31.

From June 7 to 9 at the Rainbow Ridge Resort in Grand Valley, Guelph Pride will be hosting a new LGBTQ+ festival under the title Queeries. The festival will feature over two dozen musicians and entertainers of varying types.

A press release from Guelph Pride details all the events and when and where they occur across the Royal City:

  • May 24 at 5 p.m. is the annual flag raising at City Hall
  • May 31 at 7 p.m. is the Queer Art Show at 10C
  • June 1 at 8 p.m. is the Pride Dance at the Guelph Civic Museum
  • June 2 at 1:30 p.m. is Family Pride at Exhibition Park
  • June 6 at 1:30 p.m. is the Seniors Mix n’ Mingle at Evergreen Senior Centre

Third-party organizers are able to apply and host events during June and receive support and advertising from Guelph Pride, the organizers added.

Allies ‘listen’

File photo from Guelph Pride website.

Guelph Pride welcomes those that wish to be allies to the larger LGBTQ2IA+ community, spokesperson Odesia Howlett told The Guelph Post over the weekend.

Howlett recommends “they attend workshops, ask questions, and step back to allow those who identify within the community space to share their experiences,” adding that “the best allies are those who listen.”

Guelph Pride, a non-for-profit organization run entirely by volunteers, is putting a lot of weight on collaborations to make the festivals happen and “an expanded network of community partnerships”.

“With all committee members, volunteers, and third-party event planners having to attend an anti-oppression training, the goal is to ensure all events are inclusive and accessible to our LGBTQ+ community and allies,” a press release from the organization said.

The organization aims to facilitate connections and build up the community.