The City of Pickering proudly joins all residents, organizations, and community partners across Durham Region in celebrating Pride Month as we collectively honour and centre the experiences, histories, contributions, and achievements of diverse 2SLGBTQIA+ communities in Canada and around the world. Throughout the month of June and beyond, we encourage staff, residents and community partners to take time to learn, reflect and engage in the many initiatives across Durham Region that honour the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

June 1
DIY Pride Buttons at Pickering Public Library 

Show your pride this Pride Month with your very own DIY buttons! Visit the Maker Space and create some Pride buttons all month long, while supplies last.

https://pickering.bibliocommons.com/events/6407d2fa4eda9553005ca2c3

June 2
City of Pickering flag raising ceremony with PFlag Durham Region.

The City of Pickering will be joined by PFlag Durham Region for a Flag Raising ceremony of the Progress Pride Flag at City Hall. The ceremony will begin at 10:00am

June 3
Drag Queen Storytime at Pickering Public Library and Oshawa Public Library

In partnership with Durham Children's Aid Society and Youth Pride Durham, all libraries in Durham Region present Drag Queen Story Time, featuring two fabulous queens. This family-friendly program showcases stories celebrating diversity and inclusion. The Storytime will be followed by musical performances, popcorn, and cotton candy! This event is intended for children; all attending adults must be accompanied by a child.

https://pickering.bibliocommons.com/events/6463caa773e31d2900b72173

https://oshlib.bibliocommons.com/events/62826a942438832800540c98

June 4
Durham Pride Parade 

The Durham Pride Parade will take place from 1:00pm – 2:00pm in Ajax, beginning at Falby Court and proceeding through Harwood Avenue South, Kings Crescent, the Town of Ajax Parking Lot, and ending at Arbour Park (55 Harwood Ave. S) where there will be a Vendor Fair and entertainment until 5:00 pm.

https://www.pridedurham.ca/upcoming-events/pride-festival-pride-parade

June 7
Pride and Print at Pickering Public Library

Join for an evening of learning and art making in partnership with The ArQuives, Canada’s LGBTQ+ Archives! Learn about LGBTQ2+ history in Canada and the amazing LGBTQ2+ library, archival, and artifact collections that showcase this history. Following the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to make prints based on their learning to celebrate Pride month.

https://pickering.bibliocommons.com/events/641b3528e6ec434100f2aa50

June 10
Drag Queen Storytime at the following libraries – Whitby, Ajax, Clarington

In partnership with Durham Children's Aid Society and Youth Pride Durham, and all libraries in Durham Region to present Drag Queen Story Time, featuring two fabulous queens.

This family-friendly program showcases stories celebrating diversity and inclusion. The Storytime will be followed by musical performances and a variety of fun activities! 

https://whitbylibrary.libcal.com/event/3724259

https://www.ajaxlibrary.ca/node/1423

https://www.clarington-library.on.ca/node/3366

June 17
Youth Pride Durham 

Youth Pride Durham is a safe, inclusive celebration for youth, children and families who are part of 2SLGBTQI+ communities. Allies are also welcome!

This free event champions acceptance through an afternoon of performances, music, dancing and fun activities. It also provides a forum for community organizations and agencies to gather in the Resource Village.

https://yourvoice.durham.ca/youth-pride-durham

June 25
Pride Toronto 2023

Annual Toronto Pride Parade

www.pridetoronto.com

June 25
Two-Spirit+ Indigenous Pride Toronto

Join Pride Toronto after the Pride Parade for a Two-Spirit and Indigenous community gathering at the Garden Stage. Featuring activities such as a beading circle, a sacred fire for community members, a Two-Spirit artists market, and performances throughout the late afternoon into the evening.

www.pridetoronto.com

June 29
Pride Party at Pickering Public Library

Drop-in for our annual Pride Party! Tie-dye, buttons, sidewalk chalk, bubbles & more.

https://pickering.bibliocommons.com/events/6429861f1c16ec3600d1f6af

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