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History Of Pride
Select a year to see photos and memories from past pride weeks in York Region.
Proclamations
In 2004, Pride week was again granted official recognition by York Region. It was also proclaimed by all municipalities, except King Township.
York Region Map: A=Aurora, EG=East Gwillimbury, G=Georgina, K=King, M=Markham, N=Newmarket, RH=Richmoond Hill, V=Vaughan, W-S=Whitchurch-Stouffville
June 13th-19rd, 2004
King Township - Change Of Policy
On March 8th, King Township Council voted to approve a new policy banning proclamations. An excerpt follows:
"With the increased number of requests for proclamations from less-well known groups municipalities are obliged to use their resources in researching the organizations to ensure that they are legitimate before proceeding with this type of endorsement. It is also important that a municipality not support any groups or organizations whose beliefs or activities would be offensive to any or all of the residents of the municipality, and at the same time the municipality must be cautious of discriminating. Given the above discussion, it is recommended that a policy be established effective immediately whereby no proclamations shall be issued on behalf of the Township of King except those required by law to be issued."
Pride at School
Equity Clubs and Gay-Straight Alliances are springing up all over York Region, grass-roots student initiatives with a common goal: the promotion of acceptance, understanding and inclusiveness. Sarah, one of the organizers of the GSA at Markham District High School, says it's all about friendship and sharing. "We do not ask people's sexual orientation and do not make assumptions because then, when they are ready, they can tell us themselves if they wish."
The Thornhill Secondary School GSA exists to "to create a safe place within the school for all students, regardless of sexual orientation." This active group held a 'Day of Silence' fundraiser recently and donated the money raised to local advocacy groups. Thanks, Thornhill!
The photo at right was shared by the Equity Club at Sir William Mulock Secondary School, part of their recent anti-homophobia display.
Pride Displays
Pride Displays were mounted at Public Libraries in Aurora, Holland Landing (East Gwillimbury), Markham and Richmond Hill during the month of June.