In 2005, Canada legalized gay marriage and we pride ourselves on being an accepting country. The legalization of gay marriage was another step to being even more accepting. We do not tolerate discrimination against people, especially for their sexual orientation and so it has become normal to see same-sex couples walking together in the street.
Vancouver is also proud of its gay community. For instance, Davie Street in the west end of downtown, is the center of the gay community in Vancouver. There are gay pride flags along the street and the crosswalk at Bute and Davie is painted with a rainbow. There are many gay-friendly bars, pubs and stores along Davie street as well as many delicious restaurants. If you’ve got time, go check them out!
To celebrate the gay community, every summer, we have “Pride Week.” The gay community has experienced (and still does) huge amounts of discrimination, and one of the reasons we hold gay pride is to celebrate the progress we have made. During the week before August, there are a lot of events celebrating the gay community, including free ones. The biggest example of a free event is the parade at the end of Pride week. This year, on Sunday July 31, Vancouver will hold their 38th Annual Gay Pride Parade. The parade starts at 12pm and lasts 3 hours. You will see all sorts of different floats, people in costumes, and everyone will be celebrating all day. It’s one of the biggest parties of the year!
If you want to join in the festivities and help Vancouver celebrate its Pride, check out some of the events!