A celebration of LGBTQ Community and diversity in the Northwest

Welcome to Thunder Pride 2014
The Thunder Pride Young Adult Writing Competition is underway. See poster on the right.
Get involved with the Thunder Pride Youth Art Project.
For information about volunteering, please visit the Volunteer page.
For details about Pride in the Park Artisans and Ally Alley, please visit Artisan and Ally Alley page.

Be part of the 2014 Thunder Pride Parade on June 14. Find the invitation and registration form here.


June 8 - June 15, 2014

This year Thunder Bay and area will celebrate the 4th annual Thunder Pride Week from June 8 - 15! Once again, the organizing committee is planning a week-long celebration for all residents of our city and region.

As the unofficial capital of Northwestern Ontario, the city and the region have welcomed and embraced populations and cultures from around the world. Thunder Pride 2014 promises to again extend such celebrations of tolerance and acceptance to members of the LGBTQ2S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, queer, questioning and 2-spirited) community, by hosting a variety of daytime and evening activities. All Thunder Pride events are planned for the enjoyment of members of the LGBTQ2S community as well as friends, family members and the community at large.

Over the past three years, we have had capacity audiences for our awareness breakfast, literary evenings, drag shows, and dance parties. The attendance at our day-long Pride in the Park has grown tremendously in a very short time. These and other events allow us to reach out to our youth, connect with the LGBT community, and share our Pride with everyone in Thunder Bay.

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.

Thunder Pride Parade on Red River Road (Brian Holden)Thunder Pride Parade on water St. (Brian Holden


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.

The Rainbow Flag

rainbow flag
The rainbow flag, sometimes called 'the freedom flag', was created as a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride and diversity by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978. The different colors symbolize diversity in the gay community, and the flag is used predominantly at gay pride events and in gay villages worldwide.
It consists of six colored stripes, which should always be displayed with red on top or to left, as the colors appear in a natural rainbow. Aside from the obvious symbolism of a mixed LGBT community, the colors were designed to symbolize: red (life), orange (healing), yellow (sunlight), green (nature), blue (harmony), and purple/violet (spirit). [ - Wikipedia] Originally, the flag was designed with eight colours, including hot pink(sexuality) and turquoise(magic/art).

Original Pride Flag