A lot has changed in our world over the past couple of years but diversity, inclusion and recognizing the full value of everyone in our community is more important now than ever. Around the world, June is recognized as Pride month and commemorates a tipping point in queer history. The Stonewall Riots (also known as the Stonewall Uprising) were a series of demonstrations by members of the gay community in response to a police raid that began in the early hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood of Lower Manhattan in New York City. With riots lasting 6 days, police brutally clashed with protesters.
At Oleander, we believe that everyone has the right to love and to be seen, and that’s why we’re celebrating Pride month here in the store. Here are a few suggestions for how you can support and encourage diversity and inclusion for everyone too:
We’re incredibly proud that Pride Toronto is the largest Pride festival in Canada. In 2014, Bill BC-279 was passed by the senate on the second reading, amending the Canadian Human Rights Act to include gender identity as a prohibited ground of discrimination. Today, Toronto Pride celebrations attract thousands of participants each year as queer communities and allies honor the queer identity through parades, workshops, parties, picnics, lectures, concerts, and more.
Toronto Pride’s vision is that “no matter who you love or how you identify, you will be safe, valued, equal, and proud” and that’s something we fully support at Oleander. Happy Pride!