History of Pride in Canada

50 years ago, Pride was born

When the Stonewall uprising began in New York 50 years ago, no one knew it would become such a pivotal moment in the gay rights movement. Fred McDarrah was one of the photographers on the scene, documenting the LGBTQ community as it stood up to say enough was enough. Revisit history through Fred McDarrah’s photos. 

How did Pride start in Canada?

Canada also has its own rich history and turning points in the struggle for and eventual celebration of LGBT rights. The most well-known of these are the Toronto raids which lead to riots that turned into what is today, a vibrant pride festival. 

Learn more about the timeline and milestones in the history of Pride in Canada

And Vancouver?

The first Pride Parade in Canada was unofficially held in Vancouver in 1978. However, it was not until 1981, that the official municipal Pride Parade was held in Vancouver.

This year’s Vancouver Pride Festival is held on Saturday, July 31, 2022. Learn more