Mississauga hosting drag event, author talks and more to celebrate Pride month
Pride won't be the same this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lingering restrictions on parades and public events, but the City of Mississauga is still hosting a number of events to celebrate the municipality's 2SLGBTQ+ community.
"Equity, diversity and inclusion are core priorities for our City. Pride Month gives us an opportunity to celebrate the diversity that makes Mississauga such a great place to live, work and play, and also demonstrates our strong support for our 2SLGBTQ+ community," said Mayor Bonnie Crombie in a statement.
"I value the work of everyone who contributes to the diverse makeup of our vibrant and welcoming city. We are thrilled to host an array of Pride activities throughout the month of June that residents can safely enjoy. I am also honoured to be hosting a virtual Pride event on June 15 to celebrate Mississauga's 2SLGBTQ+ community."
Over the course of June, the city will raise a rainbow flag, host an interactive drag-themed storytime event for children, host a series of online author talks, paint a mural and more.
Here's a look at all of the Pride events planned for this month:
Civic Centre Clock Tower lighting and flag raising
The City of Mississauga will light the Civic Centre Clock Tower in rainbow colours and raise the Rainbow flag to mark Pride Month in Peel.
Mayor's Pride Event Featuring Fluffy Souffle
June 15, 6-7 p.m.
Non-binary drag persona Fluffy Souffle will host an interactive hour of lip-syncing, storytime reading and dance time for families. There will be also some guest appearances. People interested in checking out the event can register here.
Library Author Talks
Mississauga Library will hold online Author Talks featuring 2SLGBTQ+ authors throughout Pride Month.
Friday, June 4, 7- 8 p.m.: Francesca Ekwuyasi
Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi was a finalist for Canada Reads 2021 and longlisted for 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Residents can join in for a conversation with the author as she discusses her novel about queer love, friendship, faith and family.
Friday, June 18, 7- 8 p.m.: Justin Ling
Residents can join in for a conversation with investigative journalist Justin Ling whose recent book, Missing from the Village, tells the tragic story of the disappearances of eight men from Toronto's queer community.
Rainbow Ground Mural
The City's Public Art Program, with funding from the Region of Peel, has commissioned professional artist Vivian Rosas to paint a Rainbow Ground Mural celebrating and honouring 2SLGBTQ+ communities. The installation of the mural, located in Streetsville Village Square, will begin on June 8 with an estimated completion date of June 28. A time-lapse video of the creation of the mural will be shared when it is complete.
The location of the mural was selected through a public site selection survey.
Rainbow Pride Bench
A Rainbow Pride Bench donated by Peel Pride will be installed in downtown Mississauga's Scholar's Green Park.
Mississauga will roll out a Pride-themed rainbow logo on the City's corporate social media channels for the duration of Pride Month.
For more information visit Mississauga.ca/pride.
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