News release: April 19, 2021
Peel Pride celebrations move to June
Brampton, ON (April 19, 2021) – Peel Pride celebrations are moving from July to June to better align with the Greater Toronto Area.
In February 2021 a resolution passed in Regional Council stating Peel Pride Month be moved from July to June to be in alignment with the Greater Toronto Area. Since 2002, Peel has been celebrating Pride in July to avoid competing with Toronto’s June Pride events, giving people the ability to participate in both Toronto and Peel events. This distinction, while well intended, created confusion among many residents. Recognizing Peel Pride month in June allows our LGBTQ2S+ community to enjoy activities across all GTA regions, while still maintaining flexibility, creativity and ownership of events that are meaningful to the local community.
The Region of Peel and its Municipal partners recognize the extraordinarily diverse make-up of our communities and are committed to ensuring all residents have equal access to opportunities. Collectively, we are committed to delivering programs and services that are both inclusive and equitable. Join us this June as we celebrate and recognize the diversity of our LGBTQ2S+ communities!
Stay up to date on Pride festivities, across the Region.
Aligning our Pride celebrations with the GTA/GTHA supports unity across our LGBTQ2S+ communities. As we continue to prioritize community vaccination in response to COVID-19, we will find different ways to celebrate Pride this year. I want to thank our LGBTQ2S+ communities for their valuable contributions in making the Region of Peel a place that embraces diversity, inclusion, acceptance and belonging. Now more than ever, the strength of our diversity matters.
Chief Administrative Officer Janice Baker
I am excited about the new dates for PRIDE celebrations in the Region of Peel and we are not letting COVID get in the way of recognizing the vibrant LGBTQ2S+ communities. We’ll be celebrating online through art, performance, and programming for all ages. My family and I will be enjoying these events in June! Love is love is love.
Mayor Patrick Brown
It’s important to recognize and celebrate our diversity and it is our responsibility as community leaders to create inclusive and caring communities. I am so encouraged at the momentum and work that Caledon PRIDE has done in our community. We will continue to do all we can to support and promote pride initiatives here in Caledon and across Peel Region.
Mayor Allan Thompson
I am proud that we have a progressive, inclusive and trailblazing LGBTQ2S+ community here in The Region of Peel. Moving Peel Pride Month from July to June will align our celebrations with those across the GTHA and will allow our LGBTQ2S+ community to enjoy Pride Month activities across all Regions. With COVID-19 restrictions, our celebrations will look a lot different this year, but I look forward to joining Peel's LGBTQ2S+ celebrations with those across the GTHA for an even bigger and better Pride Month!
Mayor Bonnie Crombie, City of Mississauga
Region of Peel
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram @peelregion.ca.