U Talk Features: The Pride Community

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U Talk Features: The Pride Community

In 1987, Manitoba passed the Human Rights Code, protecting against discrimination based on sexual orientation, prompting the official Pride March in Winnipeg. It wasn't in 2004 that Manitoba became the fifth province in Canada to legalize same-sex marriage.

Even in 2022, there are substantial challenges for the BIPOC and trans community within Winnipeg and Manitoba. They don't have equal rights and still face job discrimination.

That's why Pride is important. It's more than a parade. It's a protest for human rights.

Let's learn more about Winnipeg pride and the 2SLGBTQ+ community with the Rainbow Resource Centre.

Thirty-five years later, Pride Winnipeg has grown to include communities of diverse sexualities, gender identities, and relationships. Although society has developed tremendously since the first Pride event, we must continue to fight for the rights of all generations to come.

Pride Winnipeg has grown to include communities of diverse sexualities, gender identities, and relationships. Although society has developed tremendously since the first Pride event, the advances in human rights are still very young,  and it's important to stay vigilant in the fight for rights each day of every year, not just during Pride Month

."Even in Manitoba, rights are not perfect. Pride Winnipeg is not perfect by all means, shape and form, and we grow every year," says Pride Winnipeg President Barry Karlenzig. "We're going to make mistakes, and it's how we work as a community to  make sure that doesn't happen again and how we learn and grow."

Let's take a look into gender identity.

We've heard that a man is a man, and a woman is a woman, period.

However, through scientific discoveries over the past decades, greater understanding and empathy, we've learned that gender is more than one's chromosomes. Numerous studies conducted over the years have asked whether there is a  difference between biological sex and gender. The simple answer is yes;  the honest answer is we're just scratching the surface of our understanding of personal identity concerning gender.

He/Him, She/Her, They/Them, He/They, and She/They are just a few of the pronouns an individual may use to identify themselves. Although we're likely to mistake individuals and be misgendered on occasion, Giesbrecht says what is important is that if someone indicates how they would like to be addressed, we should respect their wishes. We should also not assume someone identifies with specific pronouns solely on their appearances. If you are uncertain, you can always ask which pronouns they use.

Deconstructing the aspects of gender identity as the essence of oneself and their roles within our society's confounds can be incredibly tricky. It can be detrimental to the health and well-being of many individuals when gender is restricted to rigid binaries. Rainbow Resource Centre, based in Winnipeg, MB, works to create safe spaces for individuals of the two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer (2SLGBTQ+) community and provides educational seminars and materials for businesses and organizations on the issues of sexuality, gender, and gender identity. Removing the stigmas around diverse identities will help make the world safer and more inclusive.


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Video Upload Date: June 4, 2022

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