June is Pride Month and although celebrations are looking very different this year, it feels more important now than ever that we celebrate Pride.
This year’s Pride Winnipeg Festival was set to take place May 24-31 but has since been rescheduled to be online from September 4-13.
Luckily, Winnipeg’s queer community is still finding ways to help celebrate this important month through hosting virtual events, online parades and sharing information about Pride’s history.
Reopening just in time to celebrate
Club 200 has reopened with social distancing measures in place, as well as offering a new menu and daily drink specials in its freshened-up space.
Although the dance floor is not in use, they have set up tables and will still be putting on great shows and entertainment. For those unable to attend, they are working toward broadcasting their events online in the future.
Some events already planned for June include Drag Queen Bingo, Jackpot Karaoke Thursdays and QPOC Ladies Night.
Fame Nightclub returns June 5 and is open for small-party bookings. On the virtual side of things, Fame’s Saturday Night Live airs weekly on Instagram.
An in-person parade may not be a reality for this year, but Sara Riel Inc., a charitable organization based in Winnipeg has created a virtual parade video based on submitted photos, videos and stories. See it below.
This week, Queer Folks of Winnipeg launched on Instagram. The page is dedicated to sharing photos and stories of the local queer community daily throughout the month of June.
The history of Pride
For more on Winnipeg’s proud LGBTQ2 history check out One Gay City: A History of LGBT Life in Winnipeg, a documentary by the CBC which you can watch here.
As well, our Tourism Winnipeg LBGTQ2 website features a history section on Winnipeg’s queer community, along with listings for TAG approved hotels, curated guides by members of Winnipeg’s community, businesses that wave the Rainbow Flag, and so much more.