For decades in Toronto, Black TLGBQ (trans, lesbian, gay, bi, queer) people have found it necessary to create spaces and events which represent and welcome Black TLGBQ people.
The Rude Collective teams up with Maricon (NYC) to create a QTBIPOC Pride mega-event. This is the first-time headliner Joey LaBeija will perform his recently released album for a live crowd as well as his first performance in Toronto.
There will be Pride celebrations held from the largest of cities to the smallest of towns across Canada during the month of June. I will be celebrating my first Pride in Waterloo Region this year. It already feels and looks different. To begin with, I have only met one other Black and LGBTQI2S+ identified person since moving here. I know there are more. I have seen them at small events and in Facebook groups, but I don’t know any of them personally.