Frequently Asked Questions
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When is the 2017 Pride Winnipeg Festival?
The 2017 Pride Winnipeg Festival will run from May 26 – June 4, 2017.
What is the difference between the Pride Winnipeg Festival and the Pride Winnipeg Festival at the Forks?
The Pride Winnipeg Festival at the Forks is the name of the event that occurs on Saturday June 3, 2017 and Sunday June 4, 2017 at the Forks mainstage. The Pride Winnipeg Festival is the name given to the date range of May 26 – June 4, 2017 in which the Pride Flag is risen at City Hall, various community events are held across Winnipeg, and of course all official Pride Winnipeg events such as the Rally, Parade, Festival at the Forks and Dance Party occur.
What does LGBTTQ* stand for? Why not just use LGBT?
LGBTTQ* is the official identity acronym of Pride Winnipeg. It is used as an umbrella term to recognize identities such as, but not limited to: lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, queer, questioning, intersex, pansexual, asexual, and ally. Our identity acronym is recognized by our organization and community to be inclusive and all encompassing to all identities.
When is Pride Day?
Pride Day in Winnipeg is the first Sunday of June every year. In 2020 there will be an exception to this rule as we move to accommodate our friends at the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival.
Who is allowed to attend the Pride Winnipeg Festival?
Everyone is allowed to attend the Pride Winnipeg Festival!
How come the Pride Parade doesn’t follow the same route as The Santa Claus Parade? Wouldn’t Portage Avenue be better exposure? Why doesn’t the Parade go straight to the Forks like it used to?
While we agree that Portage Avenue would be better exposure for our parade, this route is no longer a viable option for parades. The Santa Claus Parade is the only parade that is allowed down Portage Ave due to it’s age (since it’s inception over 100 years ago, the Santa Claus Parade has always been on Portage Ave and was grandfathered this privilege). As well, requesting for a major route such as Portage Ave to be shut down is more costly due to the logistics of detouring traffic, transit and emergency vehicles.
As for the reasoning as to why we loop the Parade back to the Legislative Building – this is a logistical matter. Main St is deemed a Provincial Highway so we must also submit permit requests through the Province, however in most cases Provincial Highways cannot be shut down for events. Logistically our current route is the best option as it allows a staging area, does not shut down or interfere heavily with major routes, and allows Parade organizers to maintain better control and safety of the event as it loops back to it’s starting point.
You have all your rights – is Pride necessary?
Yes. Pride is necessary because we actually don’t have full equal treatment. We are lucky to live in Canada – a country that has proven to be progressive in recognizing rights for LGBTTQ* people, however there is still work to do:
- If you are a man that has had sex with another man at any time in the last 5 years you are not allowed to donate blood.
- Homophobia is still prevalent as was evidenced by the debate surrounding Manitoba Provincial Bill 18
- Transphobia is widespread as was seen by the debate surrounding Federal Bill C-279
In addition stigmas, stereotyping, discrimination, harassment, attacks and suicide occur far too often. While LGBTTQ* people may be recognized under the law it is up to society to abide by those laws and continue to treat one another with love and respect.