The LGBTQ+ Society of Lloydminster isn’t letting COVID-19 take away from celebrating acceptance in the community.
All across Canada throughout the month of June, people are celebrating the LGBTQ+ community which provides an opportunity to break stereotypes by displaying solidarity amongst the queer community and its allies and recognizing its history.
The group, like many Pride committees, isn’t letting in-person restrictions hinder the celebration.
“It definitely put a damper on things but it certainly didn’t dull anybody’s spirit. We definitely found a workaround and have had everybody come with plenty of amazing ideas to maintain a virtual social distancing Pride this year. We’re pretty excited about what we’re going to have,” said Founder Tiffani Wiesner
The non-profit has chosen to hold pride events virtually from June 21st to 27th.
Many events will be planned throughout the week including educational tutorials, a financial information session, a Netflix watch party, a scavenger hunt, a virtual dance party, and a variety of events through social media.
Over the past couple of years, the LGBTQ+ Society has seen growth in the community with partnerships such as the Grace United Church who earlier this year began helping the group spread awareness in Lloydminster.
Although discussions with supporters over the last few months have been quiet, Wiesner said everyone is still onboard having expressed excitement that the non-profit has chosen to carry on with Pride.
“We have had a lot of people including some new companies who want to help in any way that they can. [I am] very excited for what’s to come and going forward I am hoping next year it will be easier to utilize these people.”
Over the next couple of weeks, the LGBTQ+ Society of Lloydminster will reveal the full Pride schedule for families can join the festivities.