June is Pride month in many communities across Saskatchewan – a time to celebrate our LGBTQ2+ members and renew our resolve to advance and organize for equality in the workplace and in the community. Many of the events usually held in-person to celebrate Pride have been moved to virtual formats to keep safe during the pandemic. Click here for links to Pride events in Saskatchewan.
As Saskatchewan’s community union, CUPE proudly celebrates diversity and the role of unions in making our country a fair and more inclusive place for everyone. In the workplace and in our communities, unions have been and continue to be at the forefront of protecting LGBTQ2S+ workers from discrimination and harassment, advancing human rights, promoting inclusion, supporting Trans and non-binary members, defending and improving public services, and securing dignity and equality for all workers through collective bargaining and political action.
The COVID-19 crisis has heightened the need to address inequality and demand more action from our governments at all levels, as we know the disproportionate impact this crisis is having on LGBTQ2S+ people in our community who may face challenges with safe home settings, precarious employment, and barriers in accessing medical care and mental health supports. We acknowledge the courage and commitment of workers on the front lines of public services providing care for our communities, including our fellow LGBTQ2S+ members, who are keeping us all safe. We also recognize the interconnectedness and intersectionality of the struggles against all forms of oppression and the diverse movements that are standing up for human rights.
CUPE Saskatchewan joins in celebrating Pride and stands in solidarity to advance equality.
Article by: /n.m. cope 342 (CUPE SK), Division Office
PRIDE IN SASKATCHEWAN
Regina Pride Week: June 4 to 13, 2021
- Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. – Virtual Panel hosted by the YWCA Regina Advocacy Committee and Saskatchewan Federation of Labour. Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2941623582773551/
- Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. – Pride in Politics: A Discussion with Proud 2SLGBTQ+ Politicians and Activists (Virtual)
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2634854463479283/?event_time_id=2634854470145949
Zoom Link: https://tinyurl.com/SKNDPPrideInPolitics
- Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Noon – Regina Pride Parade (Hybrid of in-person and virtual). The 2021 Regina Pride Parade will be streamed online to the Queen City Pride YouTube Channel and broadcast on TV and mobile devices thanks to Access Communications. Spectators will be able to watch the Community Showcase – a selection of vehicle entries invited to be part of this year’s parade – as it travels along a predetermined parade route.
- For more information about Regina Pride events: www.queencitypride.ca
Digital Pride Guide 2021: www.queencitypride.ca/digital-pride-guide/
Queen City Pride on Facebook: www.facebook.com/QueenCityPride
Saskatoon Pride Week: June 12 to 19, 2021
- Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. – Pride in Politics: A Discussion with Proud 2SLGBTQ+ Politicians and Activists (Virtual). Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2634854463479283/?event_time_id=2634854470145949
- Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. – Global Panel Discussion on Trans Rights and Responses to Anti-Trans Movements. Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KkBiy5mtT2qN1OlJiVpvYw
- For more information about Saskatoon Pride events: www.saskatoonpride.ca
Saskatoon Pride on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SaskatoonPride/
Full list of Saskatoon Pride festival 2021 events: www.saskatoonpride.ca/2021-pride-festival-schedule/
Saskatchewan Pride Network
- The Network works with volunteers and community leaders in the following communities for Pride events: Estevan, Humboldt, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Swift Current, Weyburn and Yorkton. Website for the Saskatchewan Pride Network: www.moosejawpride.ca/skpride
- Many events and flag raisings are being streamed on the Moose Jaw Pride Facebook page.
RESOURCES FOR CUPE LOCAL UNIONS:
Information resources for supporting equality and diversity:
- Joint CUPE and Egale Report: Making public services better for LGBTQ2+ workers and seniors | Full Report
Bargaining LGBTTI rights: A checklist for collective agreement language
- Bargaining Equality
- Canadian Labour Congress publication: Workers in Transition. A Practical Guide for Union Representatives and Trans Union Members (2019 Edition)
- Information sheet: Gender Diversity and Pronouns
- 50 Years of Struggle: CUPE LGBTQ2+ History