Written by Keegan James, Secretary of Fierté Simcoe Pride
Trans Day of Visibility (TDOV) is an annual international holiday dedicated to celebrating and uplifting the accomplishments and lives of trans, gender non-conforming and gender diverse people while raising awareness of the work that is still needed to save trans lives. Find more info at: tdov.org.
At Fierté Simcoe Pride, we believe in the power of local community and the strength founded in our roots. Our organization is proof of that, comprising of local volunteers dedicated to running events and creating support systems in community. We work to honor the activists who are at the forefront of community work daily, and the trans and gender diverse folk who are living their best lives - and in doing so inspire the work that is done worldwide. It is so crucial to lift up the voices of people on the front lines, and support grassroots work. They are the ones who sustain our community. We work to honor, and wish to celebrate, these grassroots workers on TDOV and every other day of the year.
There are so many individuals, trans community workers and members alike, not featured here who are hitting the pavement and fighting the good fight. This is just our way of spotlighting the work of some - and we send our appreciation, support and resilient spirit out to all our trans and gender-diverse community members.
Especially in the midst of a pandemic and global grief, there are reasons to celebrate - be it the work being done, or just the pure magic of trans and gender diverse joy. So here are some of the local folks you nominated to be included in this years post.
We would also like to honor that the land on which we do this work is situated in the territory of the Haudensaunee and Anishnaabeg peoples. We are thankful for the generations of work that have gone into these lands and the history we have to build upon. As a Board of settlers and Indigenous people, we are thankful and humbled to continue to reside and work in these territories.
Hi folks! My name is Theresa, my pronouns are she/them, I'm 23, and identify as bi+/queer.
I'm so excited to join the FSP team this summer, as I am very passionate about making the world a more LGBTQ2A+ friendly place! I have volunteered for a number of mental health initiatives on my campus and in the community, and had the pleasure of serving as VP Orillia for the Lakehead University Student Union. In my spare time you can find me painting, hanging with my kitty, or watching movies starring Jeff Goldblum. I cannot wait to have such an awesome Pride-filled summer with all of you!
Hey there, I’m Dalton. I use he/him pronouns and I’m 19. I have a background in vocal music, visual art, dog training, and costume design (see @itzkindahazy on instagram for more).I am also starting post secondary this January to study Sociology. I grew up in Simcoe County my whole life and I’m very happy to be part of the FSP team again. I enjoy creating and attending community events, and am excited to be doing that for FSP. In my free time I enjoy volunteering with the Tarna Art Car, designing and creating costumes, and singing wherever I can. I look forward to being a part of the pride festivities this summer, and to see our local community come together to celebrate.
Statement on Pride in Barrie
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The Board of Directors
Fierté Simcoe Pride
SIMCOE COUNTY PRIDE AWARDS
The awards recognise the accomplishments of gender and sexually diverse (GSD) individuals, allies, organisations and inclusive businesses. FSP recognises the work of individuals, organisations and businesses that strive to celebrate diversity and promote an inclusion. The Awards will honour a GSD resident and youth, a community, an organisation and business for their contributions that make our county a better place to live, work and grow.
Categories for the awards:
- Youth of the Year
- Person of the Year
- Organization of the Year
- Business of the Year
- Community of the Year
- Lifetime Achievement Award
Nominations for the Awards will close July 7, and are submitted by the public using online forms hosted on the FSP website. Nominees will be announced July 15, and recipients in the five categories will be announced at the Awards Gala.
Each submission will be reviewed by the Awards Committee. The award recipients are voted on by a secret ballot by a Jury Panel supervised by the co-chairs of the Committee. The Panel is assembled from members of the Board of Directors and five members of the public. For more information please visit: www.simcoepride.com/pride-awards.html.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for local businesses, individuals and groups to show your Pride by supporting the Awards Gala. Sponsor an award today by contacting FSP.
Brandon Rhéal Amyot | President
Fierté Simcoe Pride
FSP introduced this proposal at a meeting between representatives of both organizations on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. While we are waiting for potential amendments from Barrie Pride, we feel it’s important to share the initial proposal to not only provide more information but to also be transparent about the discussions that have happened.
If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Keegan Hobson (Secretary and Vice Chair of the Board) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FSP Board of Directors
Hope to see you at the First Annual Walk Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, organized by TransQ, today at Barrie City Hall at 4. #IDAHOTB
Bonne Journée internationale contre l'homophobie, la transphobie et la biphobie! Le thème de cette année est « Justice et protection pour tous » . Vous pouvez en savoir plus sur le thème à may17.org/globalissue2019.
Nous espérons vous voir à la levée du drapeau et à la marche d'aujourd'hui, organisée par TransQ, à l'hôtel de ville de Barrie, à 16h.
We were not the first #Pride in the region. Many groups existed before us, and we must acknowledge that history. We are so grateful for the work done by those before us. Thanks to them, there was a foundation to start on.
To our Founders' Circle, we want to thank you as well. Your commitment to community and vision is the reason we stand today.
What began as a grassroots group which organized Pride in 6 weeks has grown into a community-led, county-wide organization. We are doing things we never imagined we would 8 years ago, and with input and support from our community, we are growing sustainably to meet needs and push for change.
Miigwech, thank you to all who have supported us for the better part of a decade.
We can't wait to welcome all to the festivities this summer (July 29 - August 11), where we will have the chance to remember our history and pave the way forward in celebration and solidarity. The future of Pride and the 2SLGBTQ+ community is bright.
Pour lire ce message en français : www.fiertesimcoe.com/nouvelles/un-message-sur-lanniversaire-de-fsp.
WELCOMING THE NEW BARRIE SUB-COMMITTEE
SIMCOE COUNTY, ON — May 8, 2019 — Today Fierté Simcoe Pride (FSP) is proud to announce the members of the new Barrie Sub-Committee.
The members include:
- Celio de Andrade
- Charlotte Laws
- Chris Sheridan
- Colin Nelthorpe
- Gabriel L.
- Jeffrey Dale
- Keegan Hobson
You can learn more about the new members at simcoepride.com/barrie-committee.
These members, with the support of the Board of Directors and volunteers, will be responsible for organizing events in Barrie. The key events being the Pride parade and festival in Barrie this August, in addition to other year-round events.
The Barrie Sub-Committee is one of several FSP has recently formed. The members of the Trans Pride, Sponsorship, and West Simcoe sub-committees will be announced in due course.
In April 2019 we announced our plans for the future of Pride in Simcoe County. This involves the sub-committees. The goal of them is sustainable, transparent, and community-led change that will better meet the needs of the community as well as share resources and workload.
For details on the various sub-committees, you can visit simcoepride.com/committee.
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Brandon Rhéal Amyot | President
Fierté Simcoe Pride
THE FUTURE OF PRIDE IN OUR REGION
SIMCOE COUNTY, ON — April 3, 2019 — Today Fierté Simcoe Pride (FSP) is providing details on the future of Pride in our region.
In the coming weeks, various sub-committees will be forming to help Pride grow. The goal is sustainable, transparent, and community-oriented change that will meet the needs of community and share resources and workload. These sub-committees include:
- A regional sub-committee for Barrie;
- A regional sub-committee for West Simcoe (Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Clearview, Springwater)
- A sponsorship sub-committee; and
- A sub-committee responsible for Trans Pride.
The regional sub-committees will be made of of representatives from various organizations as well as community members. Community members who are interested in sitting on a sub-committee are encouraged to apply by April 14.
“Together, we are going to ensure that the 2SLGBTQ+ community continues to have celebration and advocacy for years to come,” said Brandon Rhéal Amyot, president of FSP. “We want to make sure that Pride and our work grows sustainably and is always informed by the community’s input. This plan will continue our responsibility to community in a collaborative and accountable way.”
The Gilbert Centre, a local LGBTQ+ and HIV service centre, will be one of the organizations supporting this work.
Councillor Keenan Aylwin, also supporting the new plan, added: “I'm excited by Fierté Simcoe Pride’s creation of a regional sub-committee for Barrie to support Pride celebrations in our city. FSP is an organization that has a proven track record of financial sustainability, community based decision-making, and courageous advocacy. We must stand together as a community to continue this vital work.”
For details on the sub-committees, applications, and updates once sub-committee members are announced you can visit www.simcoepride.com/committee.html.
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Brandon Rhéal Amyot
Fierté Simcoe Pride
Appendix: Brief Additional Details
These purposes shall be expanded upon by the sub-committees once formal Terms of Reference are drafted at a later date.
The purpose of the Barrie Sub-Committee will be to organize events in Barrie. This includes Fierté Simcoe Pride’s annual Pride festival events and year round events. It also includes organizing the annual Pride march/parade in Barrie along with other Pride festivities in Barrie.
The purpose of the West Simcoe Sub-Committee will be to organize events in Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Clearview, and Springwater. This includes Fierté Simcoe Pride’s annual Pride festival events and year round events. It also includes organizing the first annual “Pride in the Park” in Collingwood.
The purpose of the Sponsorship Sub-Committee will be to seek and secure sponsors for Fierté Simcoe Pride, including the annual Pride festival events and year round events that happen across Simcoe County.
The purpose of the Trans Pride Sub-Committee will be to organize the annual Trans Pride March and help with other Trans-focused events and advocacy.
Applications for Sub-Committees
The community member seats shall be filled through appointment by the Board of Fierté Simcoe Pride. In order to make appointments to these seats, applications will be made open to the community. Applicants will be interviewed, and the Board will select the appointees from successful interviewees.
Members of each sub-committee shall serve until the next Annual General Meeting in Fall 2019. At that time, elections will be held to fill the seats.
The board will post updates, news and event details for Fierté Simcoe Pride.