It is Pride month in Ontario, and as a leader in human rights and equity issues, ONA is a leader among unions in celebrating Pride.
Pride events stem from an incident in 1969, when lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning persons rioted following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. The Stonewall Inn was a gay bar which catered to an assortment of patrons, but which was popular with the most marginalized people in the gay community. The Stonewall riots are generally considered to be the beginning of the modern gay rights movement, as it was the first time in modern history that a significant body of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ+) people resisted arrest. Most Pride events take place around June to commemorate the Stonewall riots.
On Sunday, June 25, Pride events will be held in Toronto and other cities to celebrate LGBTQ+ culture. Events will also be held across the province during the summer months.
As nurses and healthcare professionals, we know that LGBTQ+ workers and patients may feel invisible and unable to fully express themselves in their workplaces and their communities. Pride celebrations promote self-affirmation and expression, acceptance, acknowledgement and respect in the community. These activities also give members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, and Two-Spirit communities the opportunity to celebrate diverse histories, experiences, backgrounds and the progress they have made. Pride expresses the efforts of diverse member communities to build a larger community that is inclusive of all.
The Ontario Nurses’ Association is proud to recognize and support the diversity of our members and staff, and to join in the fight against discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity. ONA believes in everyone’s right to dignity and equal treatment on the job.
We are committed to making our members’ workplaces safe and respectful for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ+) people. Please join with ONA to support and show solidarity with our LGBTQ+ members who experience discrimination or harassment and enforce their rights.
Please join us and other allies in celebrating Pride 2017. For a complete list of local Pride celebrations, please visit http://ofl.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017-05-25-OFL-Pride-Events.pdf.
ONA is committed to being an inclusive and equitable organization that recognizes membership diversity. Visit as www.ona.org/pride to learn about the work being done by our Human Rights & Equity Team, contact team members, and to access valuable resources.