Celebrating Pride Week Winnipeg
Pride Season Resources
September 3-12 is Pride Week in Winnipeg. Explore how Manitoba is celebrating and honouring 2SLGBTQ+ individuals and experiences with the content and resources below. Be sure to check out the finalists in our Proud to Shine initiative highlighting outstanding contributors to the 2SLGBTQ+ community.
Please note, where terms other than 2SLGBTQ+ might be used below, we chose to keep the language of the host community or organization.
The Government of Canada
Pride Season is a unifying term that refers to the period between June and September when LGBTQ2 communities and allies come together at different times throughout the summer to spotlight the resilience, talent, and contributions of LGBTQ2 communities in many Canadian cities.
Explore how Pride Season is being celebrated and honoured locally to showcase history, diversity, and experiences with the content and resources below.
CBC's Pride programming complements an ongoing, extensive range of storytelling reflecting queer perspectives on all platforms, including CBC Arts' award-winning QUEERIES column, the return of CBC Podcasts' THE VILLAGE and the award-winning THEY AND US, hosted by Up to Speed host, Faith Fundal, and the premieres of Canadian animated series THE BRAVEST KNIGHT (CBC Gem) and new CBC original series SORT OF (Oct. 5 on CBC Gem and Nov. 9 on CBC TV) from creators Bilal Baig (Acha Bacha) and Fab Filippo (Save Me).
CBC Manitoba Proud to Shine
CBC Manitoba asked you to nominate an outstanding 2SLGBTQ+ person making a difference in Manitoba for the 2021 Pride season celebrations. The nomination period will be active until Friday, September 3. Nominees will be featured during Pride Winnipeg (on until September 12) cbc.ca/proudtoshine.
Pride Week Winnipeg
Winnipeg's Pride Season is one of the best in Canada – thanks to a vibrant festival and parade, as well as a variety of community events, Winnipeg's GSRD community always celebrates in style.
To keep our community safe this year, Pride Winnipeg has gone virtual. But, that doesn't mean we won't still be celebrating loud and proud! They have come up with some creative ideas to help you decorate your house or workplace. Follow Pride Winnipeg on social media or download their app for the best experience.
Arts & Events
The National Film Board of Canada curated a list of Gay culture cinema. This film selection takes viewers from 1960s Saskatchewan to present-day Syria to explore powerful stories about the LGBTQ experience here in Canada and abroad.
The National Arts Centre resents Beyond the Binary with Margot Durling's "Chosen Family," a new animation representing the diversity of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities aims to make youth feel valued, supported, and safe.
The University of Winnipeg is celebrating the 2SLGBTQ+ community this fall in conjunction with Pride Winnipeg's celebrations. Events are still being added to the schedule.
Queer Events Canada has events and content for communities across Canada.
THE BRAVEST KNIGHT (Age 6-11): The story of a young pumpkin farmer, named Cedric, as he attempts to become the greatest knight who ever lived. Now grown and married to the prince of his dreams, Sir Cedric recounts his fairytale adventures to his adopted daughter Nia, showing her the paths and pitfalls that await her on the way to knighthood. Accompanied by his best friend, a bridge-less troll named Grunt, Cedric's lifelong quest to fulfill his destiny takes him through a world of witches and giants, and ends with the toughest challenge of all: teaching his daughter to do the same. From Canadian Big Bad Boo Productions, THE BRAVEST KNIGHT ranks among the first kids' programs to feature an openly gay lead character; and features a star-studded cast including T.R. Knight (Grey's Anatomy), Wilson Cruz (Star Trek Discovery), Storm Reid (Wrinkle in Time), Wanda Sykes, Christine Baranski, Bobby Moynihan, AJ McLean (The Backstreet Boys), RuPaul, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Kim's Convenience, The Mandalorian) and more.
DEEP IN VOGUE: With ballroom/voguing culture now becoming more 'mainstream', DEEP IN VOGUE celebrates the colourful, queer, emotional and political stories of Northern (UK) Vogue and its people. Synonymous with the Black, gay ballrooms of 1980s New York, this documentary explores themes including disenfranchisement of Black youth, LGBT issues, a shrinking welfare state and a lack of safe spaces for the truly different.
TWENTIES: From creator Lena Waithe, follow the adventures of Hattie (Jonica T. Gibbs, Good Trouble), a queer and aspiring screenwriter and her two straight best friends Marie (Christina Elmore, Insecure) and Nia (Gabrielle Graham, The Expanse) as they pursue their dreams in LA. While they live separate lives, they lean on each other for guidance as they navigate their twenties. Nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series at the 2021 GLAAD Media Awards.
WOMAN ON FIRE: From filmmaker Julie Sokolow (Barefoot: The Mark Baumer Story, Aspie Seeks Love) WOMAN ON FIRE follows Brooke, the first openly transgender firefighter in New York City, as she sets out to challenge perceptions of what it means to be transgender. This documentary premiered at DOC NYC where it was nominated for the Metropolis Grand Jury Prize.
THIS CLOSE: The return of two deaf best friends, Kate (Shoshannah Stern, Jericho) and Michael (Joshua Feldman, Fridays) are determined to reboot their friendship. Kate's past returns to haunt her in surprising ways and Michael tries to walk the "straight" and narrow path. Kate and Michael are going to have to lean on each other, or fall apart. THIS CLOSE is a groundbreaking series that features a gay, deaf lead character and ranks among the few shows to be predominately performed in ASL.
KEYBOARD FANTASIES: THE BEVERLY GLENN-COPELAND STORY Emerging from years in isolation to an enraptured crowd, a time-travelling, transgender musical genius finally finds his place in the world. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Mid-Length Documentary at Hot Docs 2020 and Best Documentary at NewFest 2020: New York's LGBT Film Festival.
I LIKE GIRLS: In this animated short from Diane Obomsawin (Kaspar), four women reveal the nitty-gritty about their first loves, sharing funny and intimate tales of one-sided infatuation, mutual attraction, erotic moments, and fumbling attempts at sexual expression. For them, discovering that they're attracted to other women comes hand-in-hand with a deeper understanding of their personal identity and a joyful new self-awareness.
I AM SKYLAR: The emotionally compelling story of an articulate 14-year-old girl who is thoughtfully defining her future and the woman she is to become. Surrounded by a family and a community who show her unconditional love as she follows her personal path, Skylar faces the complexities of being a transgender girl on the cusp of puberty with refreshing honesty and unshakeable dignity.
Additional titles available to stream as part of the CBC Gem Pride Month collection: CALL ME OLLY, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRE, CANADA'S A DRAG, HANNAH GADSBY'S NAKEDY NUDES, PICTURE THIS, REBELS ON POINTE, SCHITT'S CREEK, TRANSFORMER, GIANT LITTLE ONES, QUEENS, FIRE SONG, THE FAMILY LAW and more.
CBC Music's RECLAIMED
CBC Music's weekly series Reclaimed with Jarrett Martineau marks Pride with an episode about celebrating and honouring the coming together of two important histories: National Indigenous History Month and Pride Month. Host, Jarrett, recognizes the work these two communities have been doing to make themselves heard and feature songs from Indigenous voices that are singing that fight forward, and music from 2SLGBTQ+ and two-spirit relations. It's music to celebrate the beautiful spectrum of gender and sexually diverse identities in the world, and the ongoing fight for recognition and justice. Listeners can join in as the show honours music for Indigenous Pride: Pride in being Indigenous, and Indigenous music for this Pride Month. In a time of so much erasure and discrimination, Reclaimed celebrates and uplifts Indigenous 2SLGBTQ+ and two-spirit voices leading the way forward for all of us...full of power.
Available now on CBC Listen.
CBC Books for Young Adults lists 17 reading recommendations for young people to celebrate Pride Season.
Books by Canadian 2SLGBTQ+ writers Celebrate by checking out these Canadian books.
At McNally Robinson this Pride Season, here are some recommendations from the Prairie booksellers. In addition to this list, you're invited to check out Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo, A Dream of a Woman by Casey Plett (which releases September 21), All In by Billie Jean King, and The Spectacular by Zoe Whittall.
Pride at School and Work
Pride At Work: An introduction to LGBTQ2+ inclusion for Canadian workplaces where you'll explore some key dates in the history of LGBTQ2+ rights in Canada, become more confident with terminology and vocabulary associated with LGBTQ2+ identities, and gain an understanding of the distinctions between sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
GSA in Manitoba schools: https://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/safe_schools/mygsa/gsa_guide.pdf
2SLGBTQ+ in Manitoba schools: https://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/safe_schools/mygsa/lgbtq_resources.pdf
Prairie Mountain Health has resources for rural community members
The Winnipeg Public Library offers a list of organizations and support groups
Resources for Two-Spirited people, both local and national
Local Post-Secondary Organizations that provide resources on campus
Youth focused organizations
National organizations and organizations located outside of Manitoba.