PRIDE in the Valley! - theHumm June 2020
PRIDE in the Valley! - theHumm June 2020
Here’s an overview of PRIDE plans (as of press time) across the Ottawa Valley. We recommend following these groups on Facebook, because things may change and activities may be added as it becomes safe to do so. Then check out the next two pages for fascinating interviews with two members of the Ottawa Valley 2SLGBTQIA+community!
Carleton Place PRIDE 2020 member Paolo Villa explains that the COVID situation has prompted organizers to shift to more virtual events, so they will be celebrating from September 4-12 and calling the celebration “Out Inside”. It will be filled with at-home challenges, live performances and speakers on FB live and YouTube, scavenger hunts and more. They are hoping that the PRIDE flag will fly from the Carleton Place Town Hall for that week, and that there will be an official PRIDE Day. The best way to stay up-to-date is to visit their event page on Faceook (Carleton Place Pride 2020 presents Out Inside).
Queer Connection Lanark
The Lanark County PRIDE banner will fly in Perth from June 1 to 6, and Queer Connection Lanark will be handing out rainbow stickers to businesses. Nothing has been finalized online yet, but stay tuned to facebook.com/QueerConnectionLanark !
The Town of Smiths Falls will be flying the PRIDE flag for the month of June at the Town Hall. Smiths Falls Pride Festival 2020 Chair James Ae Perkins writes: “After much consideration and hesitation, Smiths Falls Pride will be cancelling this years scheduled parade and events festival. Our annual goal has been to host a safe and family friendly event that is reflective of and encompasses the entire community. The cancellation is in line with many Pride parades and festival cancellations across the country. We greatly appreciate all the support that Smiths Falls residents and surrounding communities have given to the fantastic, colourful celebration of the LGBT+ community and the salute to diversity.” facebook.com/SmithsFallsPride .
Back in February, a committee of local folks was putting the final touches on plans for an exciting week’s worth of events for the inaugural PRIDE in Mississippi Mills initiative… only to come to a complete halt in March/April due to the pandemic. But according to committee member Karen Luyendyk (who is also a Clinical Educator for Trans and Non-binary Health for Rainbow Health Ontario and a parent/ally), “a couple of weeks ago we performed CPR and quite successfully breathed life back into PRIDE in the context of a pandemic.”
The committee has done a remarkable job of pivoting from a week of in-person activities (plans had included a hike, a spoken word event and comedy night, a PRIDE bike ride in conjunction with Mississippi Mills Bicycle Month, and a drag show and disco, among others) to a full month of online events. Below is their line-up, so be sure to follow them on Facebook facebook.com/prideinmm or Instagram @prideinmm !
Meet us Mondays: Mississippi Mills business owner Peggy White will post weekly features on the many Mississippi Mills businesses owned or managed by members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, including: Sumac Loft Design Services, General Fine Craft, Fabulous Fries, Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, Curious & Kind, and Peggy White Guitars.
Challenge Tuesdays: Hey Mississippi Mills! Show your creativity and post your pics and videos:
Week 1: Create rainbow/trans coloured works of art in your homes and yards from articles found in your homes and yards.
Week 2: Wear as many colourful/rainbow clothing items as possible all at once (or create a one-colour-at-a-time fashion shoot) — individual and/or household/group pics or videos !
Week 3: Decorate your home/yard/windows in rainbow/trans colours
Week 4: Post your favourite photos and videos of the naturally occurring rainbows you’ve taken, and if you like, share the stories behind them!
Week 5: Stay tuned for this one!
Wonder Wednesdays: PRIDE in Mississippi Mills will post videos and articles weekly on Facebook and Instagram.
Thoughtful Thursdays: Chrissie Young (Positive Space Ambassador and Facilitator for the Federal Public Service) will post weekly covering the following topics: 2SLGBTQIA+ timeline in Canada, 2SLGBTQIA+ terminology: concepts and identities, gender inclusive language, and being an ally
Funday Fridays: Sara Fortin (Program Coordinator at the Youth Centre) will host fun craft making events for kids, including: rainbow rock painting, PRIDE wreath making, DIY rainbow grocery tote, and tie-dye.
The Mississippi Mills Library will also promote inclusive books and DVDs throughout June.
Where to Find the June Humm - theHumm June 2020
We’re heading out to deliver the June issue of theHumm! Because things have changed a wee bit since the last time we did our distribution, here’s a list of the places we will be trying to deliver to. Hours and more information can be found at the links. Happy Humm hunting!
Dandelion Foods dandelionfoods.ca
Don’s Meat Market donsmeatmarke......
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