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Organizer, Melanie Hutchinson, welcomes attendees to the Pride Picnic and BBQ.
Organizer, Melanie Hutchinson, welcomes attendees to the Pride Picnic and BBQ.
Organizers, Barbara Urman, John O'Mara and Paul Chiang join Rachel Epstein, Chief Armand La Barge and other members of York Regional Police.
Picnic attendees explore the community safety village.
Picnic attendees explore the community safety village.
One of the information displays at the Community Fair.
One of the information displays at the Community Fair.
September 3rd-9th, 2007
Social Evening At Al Gonquin's
Al Gonquin's Cottage Grill To launch our pride week, on Tuesday 4th September we hosted an informal social evening at Al.Gonquin's Cottage Grill in Newmarket.
In keeping with our inclusive theme of a 'Pride Week For All', this event was attended by community members of various age groups as well as their families and friends.
Pride Picnic And BBQ
Community Safety Village Our main event for 2007 was held during the afternoon of Saturday 8th September at the Community Safety Village, within Bruce's Mill Conservation Area near Stouffville.
York Pride Fest Picnic+BBQ The Community Safety Village, located in the heart of the conservation area. is a York Regional Police facility used to teach fire, traffic and personal safety to primary school children.
York Pride Fest Picnic+BBQ LGBTQ2 community members were not the only ones to attend our picnic/bbq. An event survey revealed that 40% of our 100+ attendees were accompanied by family members and that 23% of attendees identified as heterosexual.
Keynote speaker: Rachel Epstein During the event, welcoming greetings from York Regional Police were delivered by Chief Armand La Barge, and our keynote speaker, Rachel Epstein spoke on the topic of LGBT parenting.
Jamie Miller In addition, live music entertainment was provided by Jamie Miller and Craig Riley, as well as Kim Brown.
A community fair featured a selection of community organizations and offered information on a range of LGBT related topics.
Youth Dance
A dance, for youth aged 13-25, was held at Richmond Hill United Church during the evening of Saturday 8th September.
DJ Unreel Music for the evening was provided by DJ UNREEL and included the best in Hip Hop, DnB, Rock, Electro Funk, Chillout, Downbeat and Jazz.
Pride Displays
Throughout Pride Week, pride displays were mounted at Public Libraries in Aurora, Holland Landing, Keswick, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Thornhill and Whitchurch-Stouffville.
Pride display at Richmond Hill Public Library
In 2007, Pride week was again granted official recognition by York Region. It was also proclaimed by all municipalities, except King Township which continues to enforce a 'no proclamations' policy introduced in 2004.
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
Our Sponsors
We would like to thank the following sponsors of York Pride Fest 2007: