The City of Chilliwack is growing at a record rate, but all the while, the LGBT+ residents of Chilliwack have been crying out for a Community Pride event for years. Growth means change, and while some old ideas struggle to survive through the change brought on by young people full of new ideas, there are still plenty of old ideas that persist in the Chilliwack community which make the growing number of LGBT+ people here feel alone, they don’t belong, or that they have to hide.
Seeing the growth and hearing the need, it was then that the small group of people at the Chilliwack Gender Care Committee decided to host what they thought would be a little backyard style LGBT+ Pride community BBQ with some free hamburgers, backyard games and a raffle.
What they never expected was the overwhelming response of the community, as over 700 Chilliwack locals came pouring into the Neighborhood Learning Centre on August 24th, 2019. Thankfully the well organized event was well staffed with amazing volunteers who created a fun, family-oriented event with games, face-painting, crafts, music, prizes, community information booths, free food and drag entertainment from a Chilliwack born and raised Drag Queens – Hailey Adler & The Skids in the Ball!
Experiencing that feeling of togetherness, the feeling of Pride, of stepping out of the shadows without fear, of connecting with each other, acknowledging each other and our community, it was an amazing day! Click here to see the News Paper Article.
After seeing the incredible response from the community and acknowledging the need for a local Pride chapter, a dozen Chilliwack community members decided to get together and form the Chilliwack Pride Society at the end of 2019.
Then, in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic swept through our planet. We put together a small treasure hunt locally in Chilliwack that lasted a week from August 8th to the 16th and gave away amazing prizes donated by our local Inclusive Businesses! See our 2020 Archived webpage
After a year of Covid, the people of Chilliwack, Hope and Abbotsford were desperate to feel together, to feel the sense of PRIDE once again. With Covid rates dropping, the Chilliwack PRIDE Society was able to put together an amazing day-long street music festival, art & farmers market! Click here to see the 2021 Archived webpage.
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1 – DO NOT “OUT” SOMEONE.
Disclosing a person’s sexual orientation or gender journey without their permission can be harmful to that person. If someone chose to share that with you or if you’ve heard anything from others call it out as gossip and DO NOT share without consent.
2 – LISTEN.
Simply listen to the people who you are trying to support. Follow activists on social media. Read work by people who are part of marginalized communities. Talk to the people in your life who are directly affected. As an ally, your job is to listen & learn.
3 – SPEAK OUT AGAINST DISCRIMINATION.
Take some time to challenge people’s beliefs, and speak up for those who are not there. Interrupt offensive jokes or stories and say you don’t want to hear them. Be prepared for this to happen. Think of yourself as the one who will speak up. Promise yourself not to remain silent.
4 – GET COMFORTABLE BEING UNCOMFORTABLE
Stepping up for someone being bullied. Making friends with someone you don’t know. Challenging a friend or family member. Being corrected when you’ve made a mistake. These experiences might make you uncomfortable, and by leaning into it, you can grow, learn and expand what makes you comfortable.
5 – BE A FRIEND.
Is someone sitting alone? Talk to them. is someone being bullied or harassed? Step up for them. Show kindness and support to the targets of negative behaviour. Never judge or shame people for their bodies, abilities, beliefs, cultures or identities.
6 – BE INCLUSIVE.
Small actions add up to a more inclusive experience. When addressing people, avoid using gender-specific words. Ask people for their pronouns and give yours. Do not dismiss other people’s experiences. Challenge stereotypes. Recognize your biases. Avoid assumptions – if you’re unsure, just ask. Be aware of your privileges.
7 – CREATE A SAFE ZONE.
When you display a rainbow flag, safe space or safe zone sign, it means you want to help marginalised people by offering an environment in which everyone can feel confident that they will not be exposed to discrimination, harassment, or harm.
8 – DISPLAY THIS PAGE.
Show Chilliwack that you are a safe person and that everyone is welcome In your space by hanging this page!