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Save the date: Unifor’s 2023 Pride Conference will take place on April 28-30 of this year!
The conference will be held at the Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario and will be open only to members of the LGBTQ2SI community.
The Pride Conference is a bilingual event for lesbian, gays, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, intersex (LGBTQ2SI) members to gain skills and build knowledge. Allies’ activism and support is important for campaigns and progress year-round, but this conference is a space for members of the LGBTQ2SI community to work together. The last conference was hosted in 2019, so we are excited for members to be welcomed back to the Centre and to the community this spring.
The conference begins at 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 28 and ends at 12:00 p.m. Sunday, April 30, 2023.
Conference delegates will have the opportunity to hear about some of the tremendous work being done within our union and our communities. Through participation in skills-building workshops and conversations hosted by queer and trans activists and leaders, delegates will gain knowledge and build relationships they can bring back to their local union and to advocate for equity.
Registration information and a call letter will be sent to locals and posted online in the coming weeks.
For additional information, please contact Billy O’Neill and Sarah McCue at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the lead-up to the Conference, members are also encouraged to register for the Pride Activist Course, which will run April 23-28, 2023.
The Pride Activist Course will provide you with the tools and tactics to mobilize for tangible changes that make life better for Unifor members of any gender identity or sexual orientation. The course tackles current issues facing the LGBTQ2SI community with an aim towards winning change for members. In addition to learning more about queer and trans history, considering the different ways that members of the LGBTQ2SI community experience discrimination, participants will discuss union structure, direct action, and how to create change.
Participants graduate from the course with a renewed sense of activism and a strong community foundation.
Every local union is encouraged to send their full complement of delegates. Our union’s commitment to equality can only be met with the total participation and involvement of our leadership and activists. Please encourage your LGBTQ2SI activists, local union leadership, human rights, women and equity representatives/activists to participate in this conference.
TORONTO PRIDE PARADE – Sunday, 26 June 2022
Arrive at 2:30 pm on Bloor Street at Ted Rogers Way to be in the parade. Unifor’s Parade Placement is G25.
Contact Sarah McCue at email@example.com or 416-458-3307 with any questions.
Unifor will be marching in the Toronto Pride Parade on Sunday June 26. Will we see you there?
Come out to the parade with your friends, family and fellow Unifor members as we celebrate the diversity of our union and show love and solidarity for LGBTQ members.
Tips for a great pride parade:
- Show your Unifor Pride! Wear your Unifor Pride T-Shirts if you have them, and bring your Local Union flags
- Washrooms are available along Bloor Street for marchers.
- Bring water, snacks, sunscreen and anything that will keep you hydrated and refreshed
- The Parade is rain or shine
This year’s Toronto Pride Parade has a goal of a lessened environmental impact, and only allows hybrid or battery electric vehicles, and does not allow large trucks. Unifor will have a small vehicle for members who need mobility assistance.