50 years of pride

Pride 2019 marks 50 years since the community-defining Stonewall riots. The riots were a response against a police raid of a gay nightclub in New York City called the Stonewall Inn, and became a catalyst for the gay rights movement across the world. Because of this, we were inspired to recognize bravery and progress for Pride this year.

This year, Fido’s take on Pride is about challenging preconceptions. As progressive as we may be, most of us tend to associate certain values to a very definite set of images and people. At the end of the day, we are all human. We are all courageous, bold, vulnerable, authentic, and we are all proud.

Fido has partnered with four familiar faces from the LGBTQ+ community to help celebrate Pride and this monumental year, whose stories encourage us all to live our truth and inspire progress: Brooke Lynn Hytes, Michael Sam, Kaitlyn Alexander, and Tranna Wintour.

Brooke Lynn Hytes – Be bold. Be brave. Be yourself.

“When we learn to love ourselves and be authentic with ourselves, we are much more able to love and accept other people and their authentic selves.”

Worrying about other people’s opinions of who you truly are is something most people in the LGBTQ+ community can relate to. Brooke Lynn Hytes’s story is no exception. Growing up as a ballet dancer was challenging, but with time she learned to love herself more, regardless of what others may have thought.

Michael Sam – From vulnerable to empowered

“I grew up as a Jehovah’s Witness. And you didn’t see people say anything about Pride. It didn’t exist.”

Representation is everything. Seeing people in situations that a younger generation can relate to is how we progress as a society. Michael Sam is a living example of how you can find strength and support while living your truth, even if that means being vulnerable.

Kaitlyn Alexander – Authenticity can save you

“My childhood was confusing because I didn’t feel like a girl, but I knew that I definitely wasn’t a guy and I didn’t have a word to describe the way that I was feeling. I just thought I was broken.”

Being true to yourself gives you permission to live authentically, even if you’re not sure what defines you. Giving yourself the permission to find out is an opportunity to grow into the person you know you’re meant to be.

Tranna Wintour – Living Courageously

“I was technically male when I was young, but I always felt a feminine spirit inside of me. I was always searching for who I truly was.”

At a young age, not feeling like the sex you were biologically born with can be confusing. Constantly looking for who you are, the sense of freedom when you finally realize that you’re transgendered is exactly why we can’t take the progress we’ve made for granted.

Each of these stories have one thing in common: Pride.

With every challenge they’ve overcome, they have every reason to be proud of the incredible people they are today.

And of course, we’ll be marching at Pride in the following cities across Canada:

 

  • Toronto – Sunday, June 23rd
  • Victoria – Sunday, July 7th
  • Halifax – Saturday, July 20th
  • Vancouver – Sunday, August 4th
  • Montreal – Sunday, August 18th
  • Moncton – Sunday, August 25th
  • Calgary – Sunday, September 1st
  • Quebec City – Saturday, August 31st

Now let’s celebrate progress, shall we? Join Fido in Toronto for the first major Pride Event of the season and let’s #GoGetProud.