International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination as proclaimed in October 1966 by the United Nations General Assembly. The 2015 theme ‘Learning from historical tragedies to combat racial discrimination today’ aims to explore the root causes of racism and racial discrimination and stresses the essential need to learn the lessons history has provided in order to combat racism and racial discrimination today.

This theme is similar to Pride Winnipeg’s 2015 theme ‘Evolution,’ which aims to focus on the evolution of human rights. History holds many important lessons about understanding where we are today and how we can achieve more for the future.

This past year proved to be trying on our community. Winnipeg was dubbed ‘the most racist city in Canada’ by Maclean’s magazine. Despite mixed opinions over the quality of the reporting and validity of statistics reported, the article provided a real wake-up call for our city and Canada. It brought discussions of racism and racial discrimination to the forefront and reinforced the fact that racism and racial discrimination still occurs today.

For our community racism and racial discrimination can be overlooked as we face prejudice, discrimination, and inequality in other areas. However many prejudices exist within our community such as ‘thug’ pornography, hookup profiles with statuses indicating ‘no Asians,’ and notions about interracial couples being together for the stereotypes of the persons’ skin tone. Prejudices such as these can lead to acts of racial discrimination and racism and we must all do our part to stop them.

We call on everyone to reflect upon the themes for this year and to start doing your part to eliminate prejudices, racial discrimination and racism. We will continue to work with all members of our community in efforts to eliminate racism and racial discrimination.

Read the full statement.

Check out the United Nations page on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

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2015 Pride Winnipeg Festival Theme Revealed!

2015 Social Media Evolution Photo Surrounded by records of LGBTTQ* history at the Manitoba Gay & Lesbian Archives, Pride Winnipeg revealed the 2015 Parade & Festival Theme to be ‘Evolution.’ The theme focuses on the evolution of human rights through education, with a primary focus on LGBTTQ*rights and freedoms.

The evolution of human rights is a reflection of the advancements made by society. Human rights and freedoms are vital to the LGBTTQ* community as they permit equal recognition and treatment, which enables continued progress.

As the home of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (thus making Winnipeg the human rights capital of Canada), Pride Winnipeg has a duty to the LGBTTQ* community to realize the Festival as a celebration of our human rights achievements. Incorporated with the theme as a visual abstract are various colored tiles. These tiles are meant to be representative of the various documents and legislation pieces that form the collective understanding of human rights. The tiles also pay homage to the windows of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

The achievements of human rights are a direct result of the continuous education and understanding of the human condition. Education therefore becomes a link from ignorance to knowledge, denial to acceptance, and hate to love. It is for this reason that Pride Winnipeg held its Theme launch at the Manitoba Gay & Lesbian Archives on the grounds of the University of Manitoba.

Finally, within the word ‘evolution’ is the word ‘love.’ Love is fundamental within human rights. It is the recognition of compassion, understanding, and love for other human beings, combined with the acknowledgement of a responsibility to ensure protection and security, which human rights are born out of. Just as love is personal, so are human rights. Everyone is responsible for their own diversity, inclusion and acceptance evolution.

Pride Winnipeg’s objective for the 2015 Parade & Festival theme will be to establish a scholarship to a student seeking education at the post-secondary level whom has also made a contribution to the betterment of the LGBTTQ* community.

The 2015 Pride Winnipeg Festival will take place from June 5 – 14, 2015. During this time various community activities will be held across Winnipeg. The Pride Festival at The Forks takes place from June 13 – 14. Pride Day, the day of the Rally, Parade, Festival at The Forks and Closing Party, is June 14.

Click here for a high resolution image of the theme

Click here for the full media release document.

Pride Winnipeg receives Human Rights Commitment Award

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Members of Pride Winnipeg with the Manitoba Human Rights Commitment Award

Pride Winnipeg is the proud recipient of a 2014 Manitoba Human Rights Commitment Award. On Tuesday, December 9th, 2014, the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties, the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the Manitoba Human Rights Commission awarded the recognition to Pride Winnipeg at a reception in downtown Winnipeg.

Pride Winnipeg was recognized for its ongoing commitment to affirm the lives of LGBTTQ* people and their allies, supporters, friends and family by generating and participating in events that celebrate the history, culture, spirit and pride of the community.

Pride Winnipeg began on August 2, 1987 when approximately 250 people gathered at the Manitoba Legislative Building to await the results of the provincial government’s decision to include sexual orientation in the Manitoba Human Rights Code. The consensus was that if the government voted in favor of including sexual orientation in the code they would march in celebration, if the government voted against including sexual orientation in the code they would march in protest. The government voted in favor, which sparked the first ‘Pride Parade’ in Winnipeg as the 250 people marched in the streets of downtown Winnipeg in celebration.

Over the years the Pride Winnipeg Festival has grown significantly and last year attracted about 35,000 people. It has expanded to include a 2-day festival at The Forks and even branched out to rural areas by providing support to establish a Pride festival in northern Manitoba.

“Our former Community Liaison Director, Jason Douglas, spearheaded the idea for a Pride festival in northern Manitoba,” explained president, Jonathan Niemczak. “He assisted with establishing Pride North of 55, which was a resounding success and saw an estimated 500 people out of an 11,000 person community take part in the festivities.”

Pride Winnipeg has also rallied support around Bill 18 and the Gold Medal Message, and has raised funds in support of LGBTTQ* refugees entering Canada. Presently, the organization continues to work with Canadian Blood Services in lobbying Health Canada to abolish the MSM Policy.

Pride Winnipeg will continue its commitment to the community and will be revealing the 2015 Pride Winnipeg Theme and topics at the end of January 2015.

Trans Day of Remembrance

Pride Winnipeg will be observing Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR) on November 20, 2014. TDOR is an annual worldwide observance on November 20 that honors and memorializes individuals whom identify as, but not limited to, trans, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, travesti, genderqueer, gender independent, and gender non-conforming, whose lives were lost due to acts of prejudice and hatred.

Winnipeg’s TDOR vigil will be held at Young United Church on November 20. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m. The space is welcoming, safe, all ages, and accessible with gender inclusive washrooms. Due to the nature of the event some portions may be difficult for some attendees. Peer supporters will be in attendance to offer assistance.

Full TDOR media release

Fame Nightclub Confirmed as 2015 Platinum Partner!

home_sponsor_famePride Winnipeg is pleased to announce Fame Nightclub as our first confirmed partner for the 2015 Pride Winnipeg Festival! Fame Nightclub is returning as a proud Platinum Partner with a continued focus on community events and fundraisers.

The first fundraiser is Monday Night Fever on Monday, November 10th, 2014. Break out the converse, wear your sunglasses at night, and stay alive with a throwback to all of the campy, titillating, chart-topping disco and 80’s hits from your A-track! We encourage everyone to dress to the theme and if you’re a little embarrassed to done that old wardrobe, quench your nerves with Happy Hour all night long!

Fundraiser Information:
When: Monday, November 10th, 2014
Time: Doors open at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Fame Nightclub, 279 Garry St
Cover: $5 (18+ ID required)
Monday Night Fever Fundraiser

Win Entry to Comic-Con!

2014 10 16 Halloween and Comic-Con Post ImageStarting October 20, 2014 and ending on October 30, 2014 you can enter yourself into a sweepstakes to win a pair of standard memberships to C4 – Central Canadian Comic-Con! On October 30, 2014 after 4:00 pm CST a winner will be selected a random and will be awarded the pair of standard memberships, which grants them access to C4 – Central Canadian Comic-Con from October 31 to November 2, 2014.

To enter simply like, comment, tag a friend, share, favorite, or re-tweet our daily Halloween posts. For each engagement you will receive an entry into the sweepstakes – it’s that easy! Increase your odds by engaging on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

The winner will be notified via social media.

For all the details please read the full Rules & Regulations.

THANK YOU!

Pride Winnipeg is extremely humbled by the overwhelming positive response to the 2014 Pride Winnipeg festivities. We would like to thank all of our 2014 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 the Pride Winnipeg Festival and it is all rewarded when we see the joy in the faces of everyone that attends.

Some quick highlights:

  • We received great support in our OUTreach area. The donations received in this area go directly to sponsoring an LGBTTQ* refugee. More information about this will be released throughout the summer.
  • The 2014 Pride Winnipeg Festival was the most attended to date, with an estimated total of 35,000 people.
  • The Pride Winnipeg Festival was trending in Winnipeg on Twitter on Sunday, June 1, 2014
  • Every major news station in Winnipeg covered the Pride Winnipeg Festival.
  • The Parade had the most entries in history – a total of 52 with over 1,200 participants!
  • Now it’s time to start planning for the 2015 Pride Winnipeg Festival!

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

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    UPDATED: Rainbow Flag Ceremony Rescheduled

    The Rainbow Flag Raising at City Hall has been rescheduled to May 30th, 2014 at 12:15 p.m.

    In recognition of the recent passing of former City Councillor Shirley Timm-Rudolph, all civic flags are being flown at half-mast until end of day May 23rd, 2014. To honour this, the Rainbow Flag Ceremony is being rescheduled to May 30th.

    Inquiries regarding the Rainbow Flag Ceremony can be directed to our Media & Communications Director

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    Statement Condemning Germaine Greer

    In response to Germaine Greer speaking in Winnipeg on May 14, 2014, Pride Winnipeg would like to officially state that it condemns Germaine Greer’s discriminatory and transphobic views, which not only directly affect individuals whom identify as LGBTTQ* people, groups and organizations, but also impacts other supportive citizens and groups, both locally and abroad.

    Click here to read the full statement.