Family Events

Pride with Your Family!

(5-minute read)

June 2024

By K. Karbasy, Family Care Office/ Faculty Relocation Services Education and Communications Coordinator, University of Toronto

In the month of June, we celebrate Pride Month, a time dedicated to honouring the history, achievements, and resilience of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Pride Month is about celebrating diversity and inclusion and fostering a sense of community and solidarity. At the University of Toronto, with our three vibrant campuses—St. George, Scarborough, and Mississauga—we recognize the importance of creating environments for everyone, including families. This blog post highlights a range of family-friendly Pride events in our community throughout June 2024.

The Importance of Pride Month

Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall Riots of 1969, a pivotal moment in the fight for 2SLGBTQIA+ rights. Over the years, it has evolved into a global celebration that includes parades, festivals, educational events, and more. Pride Month allows many to express their true selves, promote equality, and stand against discrimination. It also serves as an educational moment for allies to learn about and support the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

Family-inclusive Pride events are crucial in teaching children about diversity, acceptance, and love. They provide a space for 2SLGBTQIA+ families to celebrate together, creating memories and fostering a sense of belonging. Here are some wonderful family-friendly events to enjoy this Pride Month across Toronto and the GTA:

A family of three sitting around a table doing a Pride activity and enjoying snacks.

Toronto Public Library Pride Events
Date: Throughout June

Toronto Public Library is hosting a variety of Pride-themed events for families throughout June. From story times featuring 2SLGBTQIA+ authors to craft sessions and educational workshops, there are plenty of opportunities for children and their families to engage in meaningful and fun activities.

The 519 EarlyON Child and Family Centre: 2SLGBTQ+ Family Pride Celebration
Date: June 8

Located in the heart of Church-Wellesley Village, the 519 Community Centre is a hub of 2SLGBTQIA+ family events and community services. Their Family Pride Celebration includes live music, yoga, storytime, and a parade around the splash pad. It’s a day filled with activities that celebrate inclusivity and community spirit.

Drag Queen Story Time
Date: June 8

Experience a pop cultural phenomenon at Toronto Public Library’s Drag Queen Storytime. This fabulous interactive program features professional drag queen Gila Münster reading age-appropriate 2SLGBTQ+ themed picture books and performing a few musical numbers, too. 

Grab your favourite stuffed animal, get comfy and enjoy the positive vibes at the TPL’s Yorkville branch.

Toronto Zoo Celebrates Pride (Scarborough)
Date: June 15

Join Tiffany Boxx and Erin Brockobić for Drag Queen Storytime during the day at the Toronto Zoo. In the evening, they both perform along with a lineup of extraordinary drag artists at the Eleganza Extra-Zoo-Ganza: An Evening Drag Show at the Waterside Theatre. This unique event combines the joy of wildlife with the celebration of Pride, making it a memorable day for all ages.

Downtown Yonge BIA: Skates and Sounds: Roller Drag Ball
Date: June 19

Show off your skating skills and enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment at the Roller Drag Ball. This event features drag shows, live DJs, roller skating rentals, and a flea market. It’s an exciting and energetic way to celebrate Pride with the whole family.

Singing Out: True Colours – A Pride Concert
June 15

Singing Out, Toronto’s largest 2SLGBTQQIA+ choir presents an amazing Pride Evening show at Glenn Gould Studios in the CBC building. With special guest, drag performer Angell Morana, this concert promises to be a vibrant and uplifting experience for families.

Pride Prom 2024: Wonderland (Supporting Our Youth Event)
Date: June 25

Held at the legendary Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Pride Prom, invites 2SLGBTQIA+ high school-aged youth (21 and under) to an evening where dreams come true. The dress code is “Fantasy – High or Low Key,” allowing attendees to express themselves freely. It’s the largest Pride Prom in Canada, offering a space for young people to celebrate.

Pride Toronto: Youth Pride
Date: June 29

The SOY Youth Advisory Committee brings another year of proud youth excellence through singing, dancing, and drag performances on the 2024 Youth Pride Stage at Church Street Public School. This event highlights the talents and voices of young people in the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, providing a platform for expression and celebration.

Pride Toronto: Family Pride
Date: June 29-30

Celebrating its 25th year, Family Pride is specially designed for families with children aged 0-12. Located at Church Street Public School, steps away from the main festival, this event offers a fun-filled oasis with face painting, a magic show, storytelling, and much more. It’s the perfect way for families to celebrate the strength and uniqueness of 2SLGBTQIA+ families.

For more information on these events and to stay updated on any new additions, check the official Pride Toronto website and local community boards. Let’s celebrate Pride Month and create unforgettable memories with our loved ones.

Happy Pride!