Under clear blue skies, UFCW Canada Local 1000A and Local 175 & 633 joined more than a million revelers in celebrating Pride 2013 on June 29 and 30 in downtown Toronto.
“Pride weekend is about standing up for a world free of discrimination and prejudice—a struggle that unites us all,” said Local 1000A President Pearl Sawyer.
The event marked the first time that Local 1000A and Local 175 & 633 have joined forces for Pride Toronto.
UFCW Canada Local1000A and the National Office were both awarded the prestigious Breaking Barriers Award at this year’s Canadian Association of Labour Media (CALM) conference in Edmonton, Alberta.
Normally, the Breaking Barriers Award is given to one winner, but this year – give the exceptional quality of both UFCW entries – the judges made the extraordinary decision to share the award between Local 1000A and the national office.
On May 17, I encourage you to join me in showing your support for our brothers and sisters in the LGBTQ community by marking the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia.
May 17 is a significant date for many around the world as on that day in 1990, the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. It was a key milestone for the LGBTQ community around the world. In 2004, May 17 was officially established as the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia. Today, the day is observed in countries all over the world.
Local 1000A went pink on April 10, 2013 to mark the International Day of Pink against bullying, discrimination, homophobia and transphobia in our schools, workplaces and communities. The day was an opportunity to celebrate the great diversity within our union and society and to take a stand against bullying.