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Since 2013 Barrie Pride has been serving, advocating for, and celebrating with the LGBTQ2I+ community. With our tenth anniversary on the horizon, let's take a look back at our history.

September:

◉ Barrie Pride forms and officially launches on September 1st, 2013

 

2013

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November:

◉ Transgender Day of Remembrance flag raising at City Hall. Barrie becomes the first City Hall in the province to raise the Transgender flag on TDoR.

 

2014

February:

◉ Raised the Rainbow Flag at City Hall in support of 2SLGBTQIA+ athletes at the Sochi Olympic Games

April:

◉ First anti-bullying Day of Pink in Barrie

◉ First Pride Prom in Barrie

June:

Pride Week in Barrie “Warm up to World Pride"

          ★ Seven brand new 2SLGBTQIA+ events

★ First Pride Parade in Barrie’s history

★ 500+ marchers

October:

◉ First open 2SLGBTQIA+ themed Halloween club night in Barrie

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2015

 

May:

◉ Barrie Pride gives back at the “Hike for Hospice” with a team of 2SLGBTQIA+ and Allies, raising money for Hospice Simcoe

June:

Second annual Pride Week

★ First 2SLGBTQIA+ festival in Barrie

★ 1,000+ marchers

August:

◉ First time an 2SLGBTQIA+ organization enters a booth at Kempenfest

November:

◉ First time an 2SLGBTQIA+ organization enters a float in Barrie’s Santa Claus Parade

 

2016

June:

Third annual Barrie Pride Week

          ★ 1,500+ marchers

          ★ 4,000+ festival guests

July:

◉ Barrie Pride visits Orlando, Florida, with banner of support for The Pulse

December:

◉ First all-2SLGBTQIA+ headliner comedy night in Barrie

2017

 

June:

Fourth annual Barrie Pride Week

★ 2,000+ marchers and 6,000+ festival guests

★ First Drag Queen Storybook reading in Canada

August:

◉ First series of 2SLGBTQIA+ themed pop-up events in Barrie

September:

◉ First weekly 2SLGBTQIA+ social night in Barrie begins

◉ First Pride themed Delta Bingo event

November:

◉ First 2SLGBTQIA+ themed green social in Barrie

◉ Barrie Pride board members host the Barrie Arts Awards

◉ Barrie Pride witnesses the Government of Canada’s 2SLGBTQIA+ Apology in person

2018

 

January:

◉ Barrie Pride launches the “Because It Matters” campaign.

April:

◉ Barrie Pride becomes the first pride in North America to adopt and endorse U=U

◉ Barrie Pride becomes the first Pride to name U=U as Parade Grand Marshal

June:

First 3-day LGBTQ2I+ Festival in Barrie and Simcoe County

★ First Transgender Pride March in Barrie

★ 10,000 people in attendance

2019

 

January-June:

◉ 2019 Reconstruction to serve you better

May:

◉ Barrie Pride assists Dawna Brown, a transgender woman, in being moved from a male prison to a female facility

◉ Barrie Pride attends International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia march

◉ Inaugural Partners In Pride (PiP) meeting at The Ridge Resort and Campground

“Drag Me To Dinner” Drag Show Event with PiP member, Borden Pride Network

July:

◉ Barrie Pride supports a wrongly-terminated local Transgender person at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario

◉ The City of Barrie opens a Rainbow Crosswalk at Barrie’s lakeshore

August:

◉ Barrie Pride becomes the first parade to cross over the downtown Rainbow Crosswalk

◉ Barrie Pride honours 4 Grand Marshals reflecting our values: Equality, Integrity, Justice and Progress

October:

◉ First Intersex Awareness Day flag raising at a City Hall in Ontario, followed closely by London Pride.

November:

◉ Barrie Pride places a wreath in honour of our fallen 2SLGBTQIA+ service members at Remembrance Day

December:

◉ Barrie Pride launches Pride Positive Places, an anti-discrimination, inclusivity oath program

2020

 

January:

◉ Barrie Pride honours International Holocaust Remembrance Day with Am Shalom Congregation

June:

◉ During COVID, Remote Rainbow Pride Live Stream on Twitch with over 1,000 hours of content streamed

August:

◉ Pride Paddle event with Innisfil Pride at Centennial Beach in Barrie

September:

◉ Barrie Pride joins the Barrie Police Service Community Advisory Committee

◉ Bi Visibility Day flag raising at City Hall

◉ Barrie Police Service takes the Pride Positive Places oath of inclusion

October:

◉ International Lesbian Day flag raising at City Hall

Summer:

◉ Marley Yott Transgender Wellness Fund opens

◉ Pride in the Park with Rogers TV

◉ Open Air Dunlop Days

2021

 

2022

March:

◉ 2022 Rebrand