Muskoka Pride Festival Marks 50 Years Of Activism
Muskoka Pride has announced that July 19th through 28th is the 2019 Muskoka Pride Festival. The annual week of activities celebrates the Muskoka lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community.
This year’s Festival theme is ‘Reflecting Pride, according to Muskoka Pride board member Shawn Forth, because it recognizes 50 years of LGBTQ+ visibility and progress. “The year 1969 saw two significant events in LGBTQ+ activism. In New York City the Stonewall riots that started June 28th are seen as the spark of LGBTQ+ activism after decades of police raids and brutality. In Canada on May 14, Bill C-150 partially decriminalized homosexuality and led to further legal protections,” he said.
The Pride Festival week begins on Friday July 19th with the annual Pride Launch Party in Huntsville at River Mill Park.
All municipalities in Muskoka will be raising the Rainbow Pride flag on Monday July 22nd. The public is invited to attend: 10AM in Dwight and Port Severn, 11:15AM in Huntsville and Wahta First Nation, 1PM in Port Carling, 2:15PM in Gravenhurst, and 3:15PM in Bracebridge.