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June Is Pride Month

Posted in Events, Human Rights, Press Release, and Unifor Local 88

 

PRIDE

June is Pride month and once again Oxford County will have many events recognizing LGBTQ+ Pride. Unifor has been a leader in advancing LGBTQ+ issues and has been a Platinum sponsor of Oxford County Pride since 2016. This year our Pride Dance will be at the Local 88 hall and I cannot express how proud I am of this moment. 29 years ago it would have been almost laughable at the thought of a Pride dance at our hall. When we gained same-sex benefits in 1992, I recall one person clapping and it wasn’t me. I recall cheering inside but the thought of guilty by association was enough to keep this closeted guy quiet. Heck even our CAW Gay and Lesbian caucus would not acknowledge bi-sexual or Transgender members at that time. We have grown as a Union over the years and I am proud to have been a part of that movement. So, I think it’s fitting to close out my 30 years with a Pride dance at our hall.

 We have an amazing DJ lined up who is from Ingersoll and our host is Miss Drew who will also perform a couple times throughout the evening. Also being planned is a silent auction and liquor/wine bottle fundraiser. The door prize is a $500 gift certificate from Endless Boundaries tattoo. Ned Burwell is a very well-known tattoo artist in this area. Tickets are only $5 and we hope to see some members out to join us.

We are also having a table at the Family Day in Woodstock at Museum Square from 11 am until 4 pm. We can always use volunteers, Text Phil at 519-504-0506 if you are interested in helping out. We will be marching in the London Pride parade on Sunday July 28th. Gather at the fairgrounds at 10:30 and the parade starts at 12:30. As always Unifor also marches in the Toronto Parade so, Come March with us!

Toronto pride parade June 23
London pride parade July 28 parade starts at 12:30
Tri cities pride June 2 at 12pm

In Solidarity and Pride,
Philip Vandermolen