Attending one’s first Pride can be a significant and complicated event. For some, their first experience with Pride may have been positive, for others it may have been rather negative. Individuals experience their first Pride in many different places; in Winnipeg, cities across Canada and all throughout the world. Some may have celebrated with a protest as part of a grassroots organization or celebrated with their friends and family.
As we look back on Pride Winnipeg’s 30th anniversary theme, Resurgence: Taking Back Space, we want to strive to ensure that no member of our gender, sexual and relationship diverse (“GSRD”) community feels left behind. In some cases, invisible barriers exist that prevent individuals from being able to experience their first Pride. Only by shining a light on those barriers can be collectively work towards breaking them down.
Photography provided by Shandi Strong and Ally Gonzalo