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Featured History Articles

  • Eating Fire: A History of the Dyke March

    An indomitable legacy is carried on to this day by Dyke Marches across the world, one that pushes back against centuries of…
  • The Tipping Point

    In the long history of Canada’s LGBT2Q+ community, there are a few events that stand out as notable moments that sparked a…
  • History of the Pride Flag

    The Pride Flag is one of the most well known LGBT2Q+ symbols of our community, the flag signifies safe spaces, defiance,…

A Moment in Queer History

  • Winnipeg’s First Official Pride Week

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    The first recognized Gay Pride March took place later on August 2nd, 1987 with approximately 250 attendees when they gathered at the Manitoba Legislative Building to await the results of the provincial government's decision to include sexual orientation in the Manitoba Human Rights Code. The consensus was that if the government voted in favor of including sexual orientation in the code they would march in celebration, if the government voted against including sexual orientation in the code they would march in protest.

    The provincial government voted in favor of adding sexual orientation to the Manitoba Human Rights Code, which sparked the first 'Pride Parade' in Winnipeg as the 250 people marched in the streets of downtown Winnipeg in celebration.

    Some of the first participants of this event actually wore paper bags over their heads out of fear of rallying in public.

    Previously, From October 1st to 6th, 1973 Gays For Equality sponsored Winnipeg’s first Gay Pride Week. Events were scheduled around panel discussions, films, coffee house gatherings, musical performances and dancing. However, this Pride event was not officially recognized by the city.


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