Over the past year, as the COVID-19 pandemic has affected traditional in-person pride events, dealing a heavy blow to the hospitality, arts and entertainment sectors. This is especially true for queer art, which thrives on in-person connection. In the true spirit of Edmonton’s innovation, local organizations have pivoted and adapted to public health boards and have done their best to provide opportunities to connect with the queer community, and to celebrate and support the queer art. As restrictions ease, this year we’ll see a hybrid of in-person, online and at-home events:
Stonewall Symposium presented by RARICANow
RARICANow, a non-profit organization that promotes human rights for all LGBTIQ + refugees and newcomers to Canada, organize an online Stonewall Symposium. Featuring local and international speakers, this event will address and share stories about the successes and challenges faced in working on gender-based violence. There will be healing circles as well as live performances by BIPOC2SLGBTQ + artists. The event will feature only Black, Indigenous and Color queer and trans spaces (QTBIPOC). Registration is mandatory and ends on June 18.