Can't make it to Pride? You can still be an ally.

If you can’t make it to Pride this year, here are some other ways to celebrate and stand with the LGBTQ community.

It’s that time of year again! Summer is when Canada celebrates the LGBTQ community with Pride festivities across the country. From Victoria to St. John’s, most Pride events take place between June and August and may feature parades, festivals and more. But sometimes, not everyone who wants to show their support is able to attend these events.

There are many different reasons why you may not be able to attend a Pride event. Maybe you identify as LGBTQ, but you live in a remote area with no Pride celebrations. Maybe you identify as LGBTQ, but you’re not ready to come out and attend your first Pride event. Or maybe, you want to be an ally to the LGBTQ community, but you’re just not sure how to get started. 

There are lots of ways to get involved, even if you can’t attend a parade. Here are some alternative (or extra) ways to show your support for the LGBTQ community:

  • •    display a Pride symbol (e.g. rainbow flag, pink triangle, etc.) where people can see it
  • •    join a gay-straight alliance (GSA) at your school (or consider starting your own GSA)
  • •    talk to members of the LGBTQ community to learn more about their experiences
  • •    look for ways to start a Pride event in your community
  • •    celebrate Pride on your social media channels (e.g. give your profile picture or cover photo a rainbow filter)
  • •    send a LGBTQ-identified person you know a supportive message and let them know you’re thinking of them 
  • •    invite friends to a movie night and show films that celebrate diversity and inclusivity
  • •    host a dance party and play songs by LGBTQ artists and those that celebrate diversity and inclusivity
  • •    organize a fundraiser for an organization that supports the LGBTQ community
  • •    pick up some LGBTQ-positive material to read and learn about the historical treatment of LGBTQ individuals
  • •    plan a trip to a community with a Pride event
  • •    get involved in advocating for LGBTQ rights

However you’re able to celebrate Pride, it’s important to know that your participation matters. Pride reminds the world that there’s acceptance and support for the LGBTQ community. It’s a time to show inclusion, demonstrate equality and stand up for others.

If you would like to know more about this topic, feel free to speak or chat with a counsellor.