June is Pride Month in Canada
June is Pride Month in Canada.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many events will once again happen virtually this year.
Toronto is one of many cities with pride events planned for this month.
In this province, St. John's typically holds Pride Events in July.
The origins of Pride month can be traced back to June 27, 1969, during the Stonewall riots.
The riots were a series of demonstrations by members of the LGBT community in response to a police raid that took place at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood.
Same-sex sexual activity was decriminalized in Canada as a result of legislation (Bill C-150) introduced in 1967 and passed in 1969 by then-Justice Minister and Attorney General of Canada, Pierre Trudeau. He famously commented, "There's no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation."
On July 20, 2005, C-38 received royal assent from Chief Justice of Canada, Beverley McLachlin, acting in her role as deputy governor-general. Canada became the fourth country to officially sanction same-sex marriage nationwide, behind the Netherlands, Belgium, and Spain.