Statement Condemning Russia's "Anti-Gay" Laws

Pride Winnipeg officially states that it condemns Russia’s recent anti-gay legislation, which not only directly affects individuals whom identify as or support LGBTTQ* people, groups and organizations, but also impacts other citizens and groups, both locally and abroad.

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Pride Winnipeg is extremely humbled by the overwhelming positive response to the 2013 Pride festivities. We would like to thank all of our 2013 Partners for their gracious support. Most importantly we would like to thank YOU for supporting and attending Pride. All of us on the Board donate countless hours to organize Pride and it is all rewarded when we see the joy in the faces of everyone that attends.

Now it’s time to start planning for Fierté Canada Pride in March 2014!

If you are interested in joining the Pride Board please submit a resume to hr@pridewinnipeg.com.


Barb Burkowski and Evan Wiens Named 2013 Pride Parade Marshals

Evan Weins(Winnipeg, MB; May 17, 2013) – After making national headlines in the debate over Manitoba’s anti-bullying bill, 17-year-old Evan Wiens will help lead the Pride Winnipeg Parade through downtown on June 2, 2013 as the Honourary Youth Marshal.

Wiens became a focal point for LGBTTQ* rights in Manitoba schools earlier this year after he was denied permission to promote the gay-straight alliance he had set up in 2012. Wiens publically protested the school division’s decision, gaining national support for his campaign and eventually overturning the ruling, paving the way for the increased safety and acceptance of queer students across the province.

“Evan set an amazing precedent for LGBTTQ* youth in Manitoba and Canada,” says Jonathan Niemczak, President of Pride Winnipeg. “We’re honoured to have him lead this year’s parade. He is an excellent example of what equal rights can look like in our community.”

Barb BurkowskiPast Pride Winnipeg Chair Barb Burkowski will join Wiens as the parade’s Grand Marshal. Burkowski was Chair of Pride Winnipeg from 2009 to 2012, and played an instrumental role in growing the Parade and Festival from a small event at Memorial Park to one of the largest Pride celebrations between Vancouver and Toronto. After her years of service she was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation by Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz in 2012.

Pride Winnipeg’s week-long celebrations begin on Friday, May 24 with the inaugural Pride Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall. For more information about the Pride Parade and other Pride celebrations happening throughout, visit www.pridewinnipeg.com.

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Ultra Naté and Kristina Maria to Headline Festival Stage

Pride Winnipeg is continuing to show that the Pride Winnipeg Festival is being taken to all new heights with the announcement last night that they will have not one, but two major headliners this year. During Pride Winnipeg’s CabarGay fundraiser, held at Fame Nightclub on Friday night, the members of Pride Winnipeg presented a video that announced American dance-pop sensation Ultra Naté as this year’s festival headliner, quickly followed by the surprise reveal that Canadian chart topper Kristina Maria would also be taking the stage in June.

Ultra Naté is best known for her contributions to the 1998 hit single “If You Could Read My Mind,” as part of the house music collective Stars on 54. She has established a successful solo career, climbing dance charts with singles, “Free,” “Found A Cure,” “Automatic,” and “Give It All You Got.”

Ottawa’s Kristina Maria, gained instant success with the release of her 2012 debut album Tell The World, which saw three gold-selling singles: “Let’s Play,” “Our Song Comes On,” and “Co-Pilot.” During Pride Winnipeg’s headliner announcement video, Kristina Maria addressed the crowd to proclaim her excitement over performing at the 2013 Pride Winnipeg Festival.

“After 25 years we need to start delivering more to the people of Winnipeg and that’s why we secured two major headliners this year,” said Pride Winnipeg President Jonathan Niemczak. “Our festival is one of the largest LGBT celebrations between Toronto and Vancouver, and as it continues to grow so does our offering.”

The Pride Winnipeg Festival takes place from May 24 to June 2, 2013. Festivities occur throughout the city during that time until Pride Day on, June 2. Pride Day presents major events, such as the Rally at the Legislative Building, the Pride Parade through downtown, the Festival and concert at the Forks, and the Official Pride Dance Party.

The Festival and concert will also feature local talent such as country singer Jerry Sereda, and Womyn of Pride. Pride Winnipeg’s headliner reveal video is available for viewing on YouTube.

If you would like to know more about Pride Winnipeg or are interested in partnership opportunities please click here.

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Winnipeg proudly hosting the 2014 Fierté Canada Pride & InterPride Region 7 Conference

Winnipeg, MB – Pride Winnipeg has won the bid to host 2014 Fierté Canada Pride (FCP) and InterPride (IP) Region 7th Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting, as announced by Dustyn Baulkham, Interim Treasurer, Communications Coordinator, Fierté Canada Pride today.

Pride Winnipeg and Queer Media Group together with their partners from the City of Winnipeg are thrilled and excited to open our city to the delegates from across Canada and showcase our “friendly Manitoba” spirit and hospitality for the Annual FCP AGM and Conference, which will take place in various venues around Winnipeg during the last weekend of March 2014.

Winnipeg has partnered up with Queer Media Group as a premier sponsor to help us deliver a one of kind and memorable FCP annual conference, and has the full support of Tourism Winnipeg as well as the Mayor’s Office for the City of Winnipeg.

As a diverse, creative and cosmopolitan city home to the largest celebration of LGBT culture between Toronto and Vancouver, Winnipeg is the perfect destination to host your event. Winnipeg is a place where gay and lesbian rights are protected and celebrated, a place where same-sex couples can legally marry and freedom of expression is embraced. Winnipeg is known as the “cultural cradle of Canada” with a thriving art, culture and music scene, and home to The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, set to open in 2014.

“Delegates attending the conference will experience and remember forever, our diverse people, culinary experiences and neighbourhoods that make Winnipeg so unique, as well as an opportunity to visit and experience The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), which is an international museum set to open in 2014.The CMHR will be one of the most advanced and engaging museums in the world and will highlight the many struggles faced by humankind, including the GLBTTQ community,” said Jonathan Niemczak, President of Pride Winnipeg.

“QMG is thrilled to partner with Pride Winnipeg to present this conference”, said Tony Hailu, founder of Queer Media Group. “This will also coincide with the official launch of the organization at the ‘Human Rights’ conference to be held on the Saturday, March 29th, 2014”.

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Pride Winnipeg – The Pride of the Prairies – is the largest celebration between Toronto and Vancouver of LGBTT* (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and two-spirited, intersex, and queer/questioning) people and their allies, supporters and friends. Our mission is to affirm the lives of everyone by generating and participating in events that celebrate the history, culture, spirit and pride of people within the Winnipeg community. We invite everyone from far and wide to join our welcoming city and celebrate Pride in Winnipeg – the heart of the continent.

Queer Media Group – QMG is a social enterprise that strives to blend activism with profit-sharing for the benefit of local LQBTTQ. The organization is currently developing a portfolio of LGBTTQ brands to bring to market with portion of all sales proceeds to go to local queer and trans organizations.


Pride Winnipeg and RRC to March in the Santa Claus Parade

Winnipeg, MB – For the first time in its 25 year history, Pride Winnipeg will march in another city parade and will be joined by the Rainbow Resource Centre. On November 17th, members of Pride Winnipeg and the Rainbow Resource Centre will join in the festivities of The Santa Claus Parade to further their commitment of participating in events that celebrate history, culture, spirit and pride to strengthen the lives of the citizens of Winnipeg.

“The Rainbow Resource Centre is proud to participate in this family fun focused event, representing families with LGBTT* youth and families with same sex parents,” said Matt Wiebe, President of the Rainbow Resource Centre. “We look forward to an amazing fun filled day as our city Santa Claus Parade becomes ever more welcoming and inclusive.”

Together, Pride Winnipeg and the Rainbow Resource Centre hope to bring more awareness to youth harassment and suicide by showing that being LGBTT* is something to be proud of everyday.

“This year Pride Winnipeg will be joining the Santa Claus Parade to show our continuing commitment to the community,” said Jonathan Niemczak, President of Pride Winnipeg. “With the recent focus on bullying and youth suicide, Pride Winnipeg felt it was imperative to join youth-oriented celebrations to demonstrate that we are committed to being accessible, supportive and an every-day part of society. Pride Winnipeg wants to show youth that they need to be proud of who they are all year long.”

In tradition with Pride marches, members of Pride Winnipeg and the Rainbow Resource Centre will walk in The Santa Claus Parade, but to coincide with the celebration, will don festive gear and hand out candy.

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Join the Pride Winnipeg 2013 team!

The Pride committee needs talented, energetic, and passionate members of our community to join our team!

We are responsible for planning and executing the flag-raising ceremony at City Hall, and Pride Day activities including the rally, the parade, the festival at The Forks, and the dance party. These positions are not paid, but they very rewarding. Anyone interested in putting their name forward should be community-minded as we plan events that appeal to the diverse segments of our population.

If you are interested in an executive position, please submit your resume/experience to chair@pridewinnipeg.dev by September 29, 2012.

Director Positions Available:


If you are interested in an director position, please submit your resume/experience to chair@pridewinnnipeg.com by September 29, 2012.


Mayor to present Certificate of Appreciation to Barb Burkowski

Today Mayor Sam Katz will present a Certificate of Appreciation to Barb Burkowski, in recognition of her years of dedicated service to the Pride Winnipeg Festival.

“Barb has contributed to Pride Winnipeg for many years, both as committee member and as Chair,” said Mayor Sam Katz. “With her enthusiasm and positive energy, Barb brings a diverse group of people together, making them feel connected to the global Pride movement. Barb’s vision is one of the reasons the Pride Winnipeg Festival has seen such tremendous growth in recent years.”

In 2012, Pride Winnipeg organizers estimate that 20,000 people participated in the rally, parade and festival at the Forks.

Pride Winnipeg is an umbrella organization, representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit and queer communities.

The raising of the rainbow flag at City Hall has become the symbolic kick-off to Pride celebrations in Winnipeg. Winnipeg hosts the largest Pride festival held anywhere between Toronto and Vancouver.

See press release from the City of Winnipeg.