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It’s that time of year! CUPE members across the country have already started celebrating Pride in their local areas. Pride weeks, parades and events organized by LGBTTI community activists are taking place in Canadian cities all summer long.

CUPE has been a strong advocate for the rights and freedoms of LGBTTI persons in the workplace and in our communities. To find out what CUPE’s been up to, check out the LGBTTI section on our website.

Now, on to the events!

On June 4 in Winnipeg, CUPE members marched in the parade and distributed pamphlets on CUPE’s involvement in LGBTTI issues (see pictures).

In Saskatchewan, CUPE’s Committee Against Racism and Discrimination (CARD) and LGBT community members celebrated at the PRIDE! Saskatoon parade, June 11.

In Regina the pride parade takes place June 18 at 1 p.m. CUPE members are encouraged to meet behind the Outside Nightclub (2070 Broad Street) at the CUPE Flag! Don’t forget to take pictures!

Halifax Pride launches on July 17 and goes until July 24, with the parade taking place on July 23.

 In Toronto, Pride Week starts on June 24 and ends on July 3 with the city’s 31st annual pride parade.

Montreal Pride Celebrations go from Aug. 9 to 14, with a parade on the final day.

In Vancouver the pride parade will take place July 31, with other official events leading up to the parade beginning on July 25.

In Hamilton, HammerPride 2011 is already underway. It kicked off June 9. The Women & Trans March and the HammerPride Rally & Festival will take place June 18.

In Moncton, the City Pride Celebration takes place from Aug. 17 to 21. The parade kicks off at 2 p.m. on the Sunday.

Other events are planned in most major cities. To find out what’s happening in your local area, check out the Queer Calendar at MyGSA.ca.

CUPE members often come out in great numbers to support Pride events in their areas. Get out and show your pride!

Don’t forget to send in your photos of CUPE members in action at the parades and events! Send them to comm@cupe.ca. And if you catch a really good one, submit it in for a CUPE Communications Award nomination. Winners will be announced at Convention 2011 in Vancouver!

Happy Pride everyone!