This year's Pride Festival marks the 28th anniversary of Regina's first formally proclaimed Pride celebration which took place in June of 1989.
"We Are Connected"
This year's theme speaks to many ideas including global issues, the evolution of Pride through technology, and the intersectionality of the Pride movement with the global fight for human rights. With "We Are Connected", we hope to communicate the importance of working together while recognizing our differences and qualities that make us unique.
Your Issues ARE Our Issues
Pride is a time to celebrate our gender and sexually diverse community. While we must celebrate our achievements, we cannot lose focus on the work that still has to be done. Not all of us have the same distance to travel to reach our goals. We Are Connected urges us to recognize that although many of us may feel comfortable in society – with secure jobs, homes, families, and friends – we cannot stop pushing for the rights of the transgender community, women, people of colour, and those who are differently-abled. Human rights are everyone's rights and they do not exist in their own bubbles.
More than "LGBTQ"
Pride is a celebration of an identity that unites us: our sexual and gender diversity. We Are Connected under the brilliant colours of the rainbow. But let's acknowledge that our community is also made of different people and that our diversity goes beyond sexuality and gender. Our community is made up of people of different races, ages, faiths and religions, upbringings, challenges, and opportunities. Let's respect and celebrate our ties to other communities and identities!
The Internet, smartphones, hashtags, and instantaneous communication have transformed the global Pride movement. We have the power to affect change far faster than could be imagined with viral videos, public campaigns on social media, and through the ability for organizations and people to communicate in real time. We Are Connected recognizes the role that technology has played in bringing us together – enabling us to share our Pride while alerting us to the need to continue pushing for LGBTQ human rights in other parts of the world where being proud to be who you are is a death sentence.
Colour: this year's logo features six colourful circles representing the six primary colours of the Rainbow Flag – a globally-recognized symbol of the modern LGBTQ movement. The Rainbow Flag was created by Gilbert Baker and was first flown during the 1987 San Francisco Pride celebrations. The original flag had eight colours including pink and turquoise. Baker died this year on March 30, 2017 at age 65.
Arrangement: Each coloured circle is meant to represent the diversity of our community. Some circles are larger or smaller than others to symbolize that some voices can be louder than others. Like a Venn diagram, each circle overlaps to show that although we have our differences and characteristics that make us unique, we are all connected to each other with shared values, shared ideas, and shared struggles.
Below are past themes of the Queen City Pride Festival. Each year's theme strives to embody the culture, mood, and focus of Pride that year.