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Celebrating diversity and promoting inclusivity in York Region
History Of Pride
Select a year to see photos and memories from past pride weeks in York Region.
York Pride Fest
... is a not-for-profit community based organization hosting social events in York Region, which include Canada's largest regional Pride Week Festival, staged each June to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) residents throughout our community.
2015 Event Volunteer Team Our organization is run exclusively by a team of dedicated volunteers as well as representatives from the following local community organizations:
  • AIDS Committee of York Region (ACYR)
  • GayYorkRegion.com
  • GYRSG: Gay York Region Social Group
  • My House: Rainbow Resources Of York Region
  • PFLAG Canada York Region
  • York Region District School Board
  • York Region Gay-Straight Alliance (YRGSA) youth group
  • York Region LGBT Networking Group
  • York Regional Police
York Pride Fest has contributed to our community as a local association since 2007.
In 2017, pride week in York Region will be June 9th-18th - one week prior to Toronto Pride.
Please revisit over the coming months, as we announce the events to be organized for this, our eleventh consecutive year of York Pride Fest.
Our Mission, Vision and Values
Our mission declares our purpose as an organization and serves as the standard against which we weigh our actions and decisions.
Our mission is:
  • To organize festivals, events, entertainments and other initiatives which, in the context of sexuality and gender identity, across York Region and beyond, illuminate and celebrate human diversity, captivate the general public, inspire inclusivity and foster harmony and acceptance.
Our vision guides every aspect of our organization by describing what we need to accomplish.
Our vision is a society enriched by:
  • Education: Awareness and understanding that counter homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism.
  • Justice: Eradicating marginalization and discrimination based on sexuality or gender identity.
  • Community: An environment where everyone can be safe, contented, valued and respected.
  • Association: Opportunities for fellowship, celebration, interaction, shared experiences and mutual support.
Our values guide our actions and describe how we behave.
We value:
  • Diversity: Human differences that, in combination, strengthen and enhance our society.
  • Pride: Celebration of individuality, progress and achievement.
  • Equity: The right of everyone to equal treatment and opportunity.
  • Dignity: Openness about sexuality and gender identity without fear of discrimination or oppression.
  • Health: Self-esteem, confidence, optimism and belief in the ability to succeed.
  • Engagement: Commitment to making a positive difference by proactively dedicating time and effort.
  • Wisdom: A science-based understanding of sexuality and gender identity unfettered by myth, indoctrination, historic traditions or cultural taboos.
Our Objectives
  • To advance education of the general public, by organizing events, entertainment and other initiatives that create visibility and opportunities for better awareness and understanding of York Region's LGBTTIQQ2SA community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, 2-Spirited community and allies), as a means to promote equity, inclusivity and greater acceptance of diversity, in order to reduce marginalization, discrimination and homophobia.
  • To improve the health and well-being of the members of York Region's LGBTTIQQ2SA community, by fulfilling the previously stated objective and by creating social opportunities, free from discrimination, that celebrate diversity, engender self-esteem and provide LGBTTIQQ2SA community members with opportunities for peer support, interaction and community engagement.
  • To improve the health and well-being of all residents of and visitors to York Region, by fostering a safe and harmonious society within York Region and by strengthening its reputation as a region that embraces diversity and welcomes people of all minorities.
Our Policies