Welcome to Thunder Pride 2014
Watch for another week of community events coming June 8-15, 2014.
Look for details of the Thunder Pride Young Adult Writing Competition launching in early February.
To see images from the 2013 Pride Parade and Pride in the Park Music Festival,as well as other Pride events, go to Thunder Pride Gallery.
Congratulations, Thunder Bay
THUNDER BAY`S FIRST PRIDE PARADE!
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Saturday began with rain that threatened to put a damper on Thunder Bay's inaugural Pride Parade. By noon however the weather cooperated and Thunder Bay was treated to the wonderful spectacle of hundreds of people of all ages parading down Red River Road and Water Street to Marina Park. Some people marvelled "Did you ever think you would see this in your lifetime?" It was a powerful and magical moment for many, with strong emotions and more than a few tears. The parade was a great demonstration of progress in the building of diverse, inclusive community.
The Pride in the Park Music Festival, despite cool gray conditions, saw an afternoon of fun for all ages, the sharing of information, and musical entertainment with great local talent and headliner Sarah Smith.
We have come a long way in Thunder Bay. However there is still a long way yet to go. The success of this past week must not blind us to the work that still needs to be done. Trans people in particular still face huge barriers to acceptance and inclusion.
Congratulations must go the dedicated individuals who worked so tirelessly to make Thunder Pride 2013 such a success, inparticular co-chairs Cynthia Olsen and Scott Gale. While this Pride week has been very successful, there are concerns about volunteer commitment. It will be important to build on this year's efforts, and find ways to keep the Pride committee alive and vibrant. We must be aware of the danger of burnout among committed volunteers who put in countless hours of unpaid work. Building community is an on-going effort that constantly needs to be re-vitalized. Let us keep alive the sense of community and pride that we have experienced this past week over the coming months and years.
THUNDER PRIDE 2014 - VISION
Thunder Pride is a celebration of the LGBTQ community, highlighting the diversity of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario.
The Thunder Pride Committee offers a celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, and queer communities within our region, along with their families, friends, allies, and supporters. Thunder Pride is a celebration of the beautiful diversity that exists in our families, work place, community and region. Thunder Pride events will be held throughout the city during the week of June 8-15, 2014.