June is Pride Month: Help Georgian celebrate

June marks the beginning of Pride season and there are many activities planned at Georgian and across our region to celebrate the rich history and contributions of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.  

We want to acknowledge that coming together for Pride is because of the historical and persistent marginalization of 2SLGBTQIA+ people. We encourage you —along with celebrating — to reflect, educate yourself, and demonstrate your support as an ally.

Please check back throughout the month; more events or resources may be added.  

Pride month graphic with colourful/rainbow Georgian logo and copy JOIN US in celebrating Pride HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!

Activities at Georgian

The Pride Progress Flag will be raised at all campuses. Some campuses will also hold a flag-raising ceremony and host other activities. Colorful rainbow crosswalks will be installed at all of our campuses too!

Here are some campus-specific events all are welcome to attend. Times noted are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Progress Pride flag

Barrie Campus

  • Raising of Pride Progress Flag: Wednesday, May 31, 9 a.m. at the Georgian Cenotaph; will be livestreamed on Instagram 
  • Button making: Tuesday, June 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the library, K building (brought to you by the Georgian College Students’ Association – GCSA)
  • Movie night – Love, SimonWednesday, June 14, 6 to 9 p.m. in Alumni Hall, K229 (brought to you by GCSA)
  • Rainbow cookies and face painting: Tuesday, June 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the GCSA Lounge, first floor of C building (brought to you by GCSA)

Orangeville Campus 

  • Raising of Pride Progress Flag: Tuesday, June 13, noon at the flagpoles 

Orillia Campus 

  • Raising of Pride Progress Flag: Thursday, June 1, 9 a.m., at the flagpoles
  • Button making: Monday, June 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria (brought to you by GCSA)
  • Positive affirmations: Thursday, June 15, noon to 2 p.m. in the cafeteria (brought to you by GCSA)
  • Colouring activity: Tuesday, June 20, 1 to 3 p.m. inside the cafeteria (brought to you by GCSA)

Owen Sound Campus 

  • Raising of Pride Progress Flag: Thursday, June 1, 10:30 a.m. at the flagpoles

Community events

Barrie Pride 2022: Grizzlies and members of Team Georgian cheering and wearing Pride colours and Tshirts
Georgian at Barrie Pride 2022

This list isn’t exhaustive; we encourage you to look for other activities happening in your community: 

History of Pride in Canada 

Pride began as a protest, even here in Canada. Many people are familiar with the famous 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York, which marked a significant turning point in the fight for 2SLGBTQIA+ rights in America. 

Not as many people know that Canada has its own Stonewall: On Feb. 5, 1981, police officers enacted what was known as “Operation Soap”. More than 150 officers raided four gay bathhouses in Toronto’s Village, arresting 286 2SLGBTQIA+ Canadians; it was the second largest mass arrest in Canadian history. 

Massive protests took place in the weeks that followed and on March 6, 1981, Toronto held what it now considered to be its first Pride event (even famed Canadian author Margaret Atwood attended and spoke out against the persecution of 2SLGBTQIA+ people). 

Although significant progress has been made in the fight for 2SLGBTQIA+ rights, it’s important to know that many 2SLGBTQIA+ people – both in Canada and around the world – continue to face significant levels of discrimination, abuse, and even violence. 

Pride advocates for the continued advancement of human rights and inclusion of all 2SLGBTQIA+ people and commemorates those who have been lost to violence, prejudice and stigma. 

What does 2SLGBTQIA+ stand for? 

2SLGBTQIA+ stands for two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, additional sexual orientations and gender identities.   

Community resources and support 

Here are a few resources; this list isn’t exhaustive.  


Outside our region 

Crisis and phone support 

Learning opportunities and allyship 


Videos (TED Talks and YouTube)

Georgian also created an email signature and Microsoft Teams backgrounds that employees can download for use.

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