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History Of Pride
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Mayor Dave Barrow and Barbara Urman raise the Rainbow Flag at Richmond Hill Civic Centre.
Mayor Dave Barrow and Barbara Urman raise the Rainbow Flag at Richmond Hill Civic Centre.
A decorated car welcomes guests arriving at the BBQ In The Village event.
A decorated car welcomes guests arriving at the BBQ In The Village event.
Guest speaker Chief Eric Jolliffe, York Regional Police officers and York Pride Fest volunteers prepare to raise the Rainbow Flag at the BBQ event.
Guest speaker Chief Eric Jolliffe, York Regional Police officers and York Pride Fest volunteers prepare to raise the Rainbow Flag at the BBQ event.
Pride Toronto showcase their upcoming pride festival at our Community Fair.
Pride Toronto showcase their upcoming pride festival at our Community Fair.
York Pride Fest participates in the Toronto Pride parade.
York Pride Fest participates in the Toronto Pride parade.
York Pride Fest participates in the Toronto Pride parade.
York Pride Fest participates in the Toronto Pride parade.
York Pride Fest participates in the Toronto Pride parade.
York Pride Fest volunteers at our Toronto Pride community booth.
York Pride Fest volunteers at our Toronto Pride community booth.
York Pride Fest volunteers at our Toronto Pride community booth.
York Regional Police hosting their booth at Toronto Pride.
York Regional Police hosting their booth at Toronto Pride.
Painting A Rainbow, LGBTTQ Service Competency Conference hosted by the York Rainbow Support group in Kettleby on June 15th.
Painting A Rainbow, LGBTTQ Service Competency Conference hosted by the York Rainbow Support group in Kettleby on June 15th.
June 5th-12th, 2011
2011 marked the eleventh year of pride celebrations in York Region. This year, during our pride week:
  • History was made when the rainbow flag was raised in the town of Richmond Hill, during the region's first ever official flag-raising ceremony.
  • The flag was also flown again on civic flag poles in the towns of Aurora, Georgina, Markham, Newmarket and in the city of Vaughan, as well as at all Seneca College campuses.
  • A total of 12 pride awareness displays were mounted in public libraries across the region.
  • York Pride Fest featured a total of three social events in Aurora, Newmarket and Richmond Hill.
  • Other events included a Pride Church Service, a youth event at Dave & Busters and a Pride BBQ.
  • Throughout the Toronto pride weekend we presented information about York Region's LGBT services and resources at a York Pride Fest community booth on Church St in downtown Toronto.
  • The Toronto pride parade included a contingent representing York Pride Fest and other regional LGBT organizations.
Raising The Rainbow - Official Flag-Raising Ceremony
Pride Church Service at St Matthews United Church On June 2nd, 2011, history was made when the Rainbow Flag was raised during York Region's first official Pride flag-raising ceremony. The Rainbow Flag was first flown in York Region by the Town of Newmarket in 2002, but then followed years without any sign of the flag in any municipality. As evidence of York Region's transformation into one of Canada's most diverse and tolerant regions, 2009 saw a dramatic change when the City of Vaughan and Towns of Markham and Newmarket agreed to fly the Rainbow Flag during our Pride Week. The Towns of Georgina and Aurora joined this new tradition in 2010. And in 2011, the Town of Richmond Hill has not only agreed to fly the flag, but also hosted the region's first official flag-raising ceremony.
Pride Church Service
Pride Church Service at St Matthews United Church For the third year in succession, we launched our 2011 festival on June 5th with a Pride church service at St Matthew's United Church in Richmond Hill. The service was delivered by Rev. Terry Thom of St Matthew's United Church, Rev Mark Kingham of St Mary's Anglican Church and Rev. Warren McDougall of Richmond Hill United Church, assisted by musical director Barry Peters. This ecumenical community celebration was followed by a social hour with light refreshments, hosted by PFLAG York Region.
Social Evening At The Lone Star Texas Grill in Richmond Hill
Lone Star Texas Grill In Richmond Hill On Tuesday 7th June we hosted an informal social evening at the Lone Star Texas Grill in Richmond Hill. The event was attended by many community members of various age groups as well as their families and friends.
Social Evening At Casey's In Nemarket
Casey's Bar And Grill On the evening of 9th June, we hosted a second social evening at Casey's Bar & Grill in Newmarket. This event, at one of the region's most popular LGBT social venues, was attended by a capacity crowd.
Rainbow Fusion Youth Event
Dave and Busters Youth from across the region came out to enjoy a social night of games, fun and food at our Rainbow Fusion youth event, held on Friday 10th June at Dave & Busters in Woodbridge.
Brunch In Aurora
The Mercury Diner in Aurora At lunch time on Saturday June 11th, a brunch was held at the Play Pub and Pizzeria in Aurora.
BBQ In The Village
York Pride Fest Picnic+BBQ Pride week concluded the following afternoon with our BBQ In The Village event at the Community Safety Village, within Bruce's Mill Conservation Area near Stouffville.
During the event, welcoming greetings were delivered by Chief Eric Jolliffe of York Regional Police.
The Wilma's In addition, live music entertainment was provided throughout the afternoon by local band 'The Wilma's'.
Community Fair A community fair featured a selection of local businesses and community organizations offering information on a range of LGBT related topics.
Toronto Pride
York Pride Fest participates in the Toronto Pride parade. A few weeks later, we participated in the Toronto pride parade on July 3rd. This was the fourth consecutive year that LGBT organizations of York Region had been represented in the pride parade. Our parade volunteers included representatives from many of those organizations, displaying banners advertizing York Pride Fest and GayYorkRegion.com, as they participated in the parade attended by more than one million spectators.
York Pride Fest booth at Toronto Pride Throughout the Toronto Pride weekend we also operated a community booth on Church St, highlighting York Region, its LGBT community and related organizations.
Pride Displays
Throughout Pride Week, twelve pride displays were mounted at Public Libraries in Aurora, Holland Landing, Keswick, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.
Pride display at Richmond Hill Public Library
Proclamations
In 2011, 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 2011: