Celebrate Pride Month 2022 | Radio-Canada News
In June, many people across Canada recognize Pride Month. It is a time when we celebrate the diversity of LGBTQ+ communities, while acknowledging their history, the hardships they have endured, and the progress that has been made.
We’ve put together resources so you can learn more about LGBTQ+ people, celebrate them, and better support them in your community.
Please note that where terms other than LGBTQ+ may be used below, we have chosen to retain the language of the host community or organization.
Spotlight on Saskatchewan Stories
Here’s what we’ve reported so far this Pride. Do you have a story idea? Contact [email protected]
Saskatoon Morning8:48New study gathers insights into experiences of older people who identify as LGBTQ
From organizing parades to leading educational opportunities, here are some Pride nonprofit organizations operating in Saskatchewan.
From tax assistance to employment to the annual camp for youth of sexual and gender diverse identities, Saskatchewan is brimming with support. Here are several such resources.
We are fortunate that people have taken the time to gather information about queer history and experiences in Saskatchewan. Good learning!
Be a better ally
From CBC Kids News: She/She, He/Him and They. What are pronouns?
Watch with pride
Celebrate Pride Month with movies and series telling the stories of the LGTBQ+ community on Gem of Radio-Canada. Here are some highlights. More will be released throughout June.
Deep in fashion: This film celebrates the colorful, queer, emotional and political stories of Northern Vogue and its people.
song of fire: The film stars Andrew Martin as Shane, a bisexual Aboriginal teenager. When his sister, Destiny, commits suicide just weeks before he is due to leave his community for college, he is forced to wrestle with the decision to pursue his dreams or stay home to help support the needs of his family.
Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland: Emerging from years of isolation to a delighted crowd, transgender musical genius Beverly Glenn-Copeland finally finds her place in the world.
Kind of: From the creators Bilal Baig (Acha Bacha) and Fab Filippo (Save me), Kind of is a big-hearted comedy-drama about Sabi Mehboob (Baig), a fluid millennial who straddles various identities, from the sexy bartender of an LGBTQ bookstore/bar, to the youngest child of a large Pakistani family, to the de facto parent of an inner-city hipster family.
take me to the ball: This documentary traces the evolution of LGBTQ acceptance in society by asking a multi-generational selection of LGBTQ people to tell a story from their high school prom.
Around twenty: From designer Lena Waithe, follow the adventures of Hattie (good problem), an aspiring queer screenwriter and her two straight best friends Marie (Insecure) and Nia (The extent) as they pursue their dreams in Los Angeles. As they live separate lives, they rely on each other for guidance as they navigate their twenties.
Women on fire: From filmmaker Julie Sokolow (Barefoot: The Mark Baumer Story, Aspie is Looking for Love) Women on the fire follows Brooke, the first openly transgender firefighter in New York City, as she sets out to challenge perceptions of what it means to be transgender.
CBC Books has great reading suggestions for adults by Canadian LGBTQ+ authors, as well as selections for kids and teens.
Do you want more ? Here are some standout picks from Canadian LGBTQ+ writers for young adults, middle schoolers, and those who want picture books.
rain boy by Dylan Glynn
Rain Boy is all wet, all the time! This means that it is not as popular as Sun Kidd, which brings sunny weather anytime. But Sun Kidd also knows that Rain Boy is special and invites him to his birthday party. But when the party gets wet, everyone blames Rain Boy. But can Rain Boy learn to love his rain? This weather-themed story is about self-acceptance and self-love, no matter who they are.
Salma the Syrian chef by Danny Ramadan, illustrated by Anna Bron
4-7 years old
In Salma the Syrian chef, Salma wants to cook a comforting meal to cheer up her mum, who between English classes, job interviews and her husband’s disappearance in Syria always seems busy or sad. Syrian culture is portrayed through the meal Salma prepares and Anna Bron’s vibrant illustrations, while the diversity of characters speaks to the power of cultivating community in difficult circumstances.
I promise by Catherine Hernandez, illustrated by Syrus Marcus Ware
3-8 years old
I promise is a representation of all the joys and challenges of parenthood and a celebration of the many different forms that loving families come in.
To yell edited by Andrew Wheeler
13-17 years old
This comic book anthology offers a fun and dynamic collection of fantasy and sci-fi comics featuring LGBTQ heroes, from cyberpunks to Viking lovers and demon hunters. There are 37 artists and creators from around the world featured in this book. It is edited by Andrew Wheeler of Toronto, with an emphasis by award-winning science fiction writer Nalo Hopkinson.
Laura Dean keep breaking up with me by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
14 years and over
Laura Dean keep breaking up with me is a graphic novel about a teenage girl named Freddy who can’t get over her girlfriend, the popular and enigmatic Laura Dean. Though they continue to break up and get back together, Freddy struggles with whether to forgive Laura’s many indiscretions – while taking his friendships for granted.
Listen to LGBTQ+ voices
Radio-Canada Music curated this playlist to pay tribute to some of Canada’s great LGBTQ+ artists, including Orville Peck, Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Peaches, James Baley, Witch Prophet, and Wares.
In CBC podcast Chosen family, artists, activists and co-founders of Black Lives Canada Syrus Marcus Ware and Rodney Diverlus join hosts Thomas and Tranna for a special conversation about the movement for racial justice within the queer community. The two friends and co-editors of the best-selling collection of essays Until we’re free share their journey and open up about what Pride means to them.
What is “gender identity”? How is this different from “gender expression”? What about “non-binary”? Join host Faith Fundal as they explore these questions in CBC podcast them and us, alongside people who find themselves navigating the world of preferred pronouns, trans rights and the quest to be recognized for who they are.
How do you celebrate Pride month? Do you have something to add ? Email us at [email protected]