pride flag waving in the wind
June is Pride Month, a celebration and commemoration of love, activism and liberation which coincides with the Stonewall Uprising, often seen to be the start of the 2SLGBTQIA+ civil rights movement in the West. In Canada, Toronto’s Pride Week in June similarly evolved out of protests and collective action in response to Operation Soap. Vancouver’s Little Sister’s Book and Art Emporium also occupies space in this fight for civil rights with its successful Supreme Court decision, filed in June, allowing 2SLGBTQIA+ literature to be imported into Canada. This June also marks one year since Langara first raised its Pride Flag. It’s continued flying since that date indicates that Pride is not just a month-long event at Langara College, but rather, it is a commitment to acceptance and freedom all year round.  

Langara College is proud of the diversity of its dynamic students and employees. They reflect the same range of 2SLGBTQIA+ voices at Stonewall, Operation Soap, and Little Sisters, with specific emphasis on the identities of these pioneering leaders who are Two-spirit, trans, Black, and brown individuals. These leaders who rebelled, then and now, continue to fight against the systems of oppression that seek to erase their existence within the greater society and even within 2SLGBTQIA+ communities and spaces. Langara College stands in solidarity with the ongoing work these community members do to advance justice and progress. 

Pride is many things: 
It is a riot. 
It is a movement. 
It is activism. 
It is collective action. 
It is progress. 
It is a celebration. 
It is love. 

Please see below for our two on-campus events (no registration is required): 

  • June 3, 2024 – Flag Raising at 10:00 am 
  • June 5, 2024 – Pride Flag History Exhibit and Ribbon Event from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm in the A Building Foyer

The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion wishes everyone, but particularly the Langara 2SLGBTQIA+ community, a wonderful Pride Month with the reminder that Vancouver’s Pride Season usually happens in July and August. Mark your calendars for August 4, 2024 with Vancouver Pride Society’s Pride Parade.

Pride Resources

History of Canadian Pride

  • When asked about the history of pride, often the first thing that comes to people's minds are the Stonewall Riots. Canada, however, has it's own rich history and turning points in the struggle for and eventual celebration of LGBT rights.

It’s Pride Month: Here’s what you need to know

  • Cover your Pride Month basics with this overview published by CNN. 

Pride Month 2024 Events 

Throughout June -  QueerProv Improv Shows at The Junction

  • Join QueerProv for weekly live improv shows each week! The event happens every Wednesday from 8-10 PM at The Junction. The shows are queer-positive spaces open to people of all identities. Tickets are pay-what you can with a suggested donation of $10.

June 7 and 9 - Going Rogue - A Drag Cabaret and The Gigi Takeover - A Circus Birthday Drag Brunch

  • A stellar line-up of local artists and drag performers collaborate on this clash of culture, culminating in a super fun brunch or a night out!

Vancouver Pride Society's Upcoming Events

June 22 - East Side Pride

  • Join us at Grandview Park from 12-7 pm for a day filled with free all-ages programming hosted by Sasha Marks! 

June 22 - Surrey Pride

  • Show your pride at Civic Plaza in Surrey at their 25th Anniversary Festival!

August 4 - Vancouver Pride Parade 2024

  • Join one of the city's biggest events, attracting over 100,000 attendees on Pride Weekend! Featuring over 100 local community groups, non-profit organizations, businesses and more showcasing their support for the 2SLGBTQAI+ communities. The Parade will include 3 accessible viewing zones, 12 superstar hosts, and a VIP viewing area like no-other.