July 9, 2019
What is Pride and why is it important?
Pride events celebrate the progress that has been made towards LGBT2SQ inclusion and the protection of human rights. In addition, Pride is a platform to acknowledge and reflect on the past and present discrimination and marginalization of persons and groups with LGBT2SQ identities.
Pride is commonly held around the month of June to commemorate the Stonewall Inn uprising of June 28, 1969 in New York City. This uprising sparked LGBT2SQ activism and Pride marches in the United States, and across the world. As in years past, Pride events have been hosted throughout Leeds, Grenville and Lanark (LGL). Established events continue to grow in numbers, such as Pride in Brockville, Smiths Falls, Gananoque and Perth, while communities such as Kemptville have hosted their first ever Pride Parade.
Why is the Health Unit walking in Pride parades?
Employees from the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit have walked in Pride Parades in many of the communities across Leeds, Grenville and Lanark. Stigma directed towards persons of LGBT2SQ identities creates an environment where their personal health outcomes are at risk based on limited access to services, education, employment, housing and social inclusion. These health inequities have the potential to be changed by reducing stigma through social engagement.
Allyship is a process of learning and building relationships of trust, accountability and consistency with LGBT2SQ persons and groups. “In our commitment to allyship, the Health Unit formed a Positive Space Committee in 2017,” says Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health with the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit. “This Committee is working to foster LGBT2SQ safer spaces in public health through workplace policy changes and by continuing to shift our organizational culture towards LGBT2SQ inclusion.”
What can you do to support positive space work in the community?
Learn more about sexual orientation, and gender identify and expression as they relate to health. Visit our Social Determinants of Health section or call 1-800-660-5853.
Be compassionate towards what influences other people’s health.
Choose inclusion where you live, work and play.
Susan Healey, Communications Co-ordinator, Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-802-0550