Gilbert Baker in Winnipeg

This past week, we were proud to run a cultural exchange with Gilbert Baker in Winnipeg, Brandon & Erickson, Manitoba.

Gilbert Baker created the Rainbow Pride Flag in 1978 in an effort to redefine our community outside of symbols of oppression. Working with key figures, including Havey Milk and Cleve Jones, he has been a long standing artist and activist working to make real and meaningful change in our community.

The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity, along with the generous support of the U.S. Embassy, brought Gilbert up from New York, to speak at events for Pride Winnipeg. Among the event’s was Gilbert’s first school workshop (that’s right–strangely enough, Gilbert has never spoken in a school the U.S.). Gilbert was also honoured by Pride Winnipeg, serving as the festival’s International Grand Marshall, and was presented with a Rainbow Baseball bat at the Goldeye’s Diversity Day Game.

Take a moment to see the full list of events below.

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List of Gilbert’s events:

June 2, 2016

  • 8am Royal Bank of Canada Pride Winnipeg Breakfast (RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba) Gilbert spoke to over 40 RBC staff and community leaders about the history of the Rainbow Pride Flag
  • 12pm Manitoba Teachers’ Society Lunch and Learn (MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba) Gilbert shared his history about social and arts justice with 35 MTS staff, youth and police
  • 4pm Manitoba Federation of Labor Annual Meeting in Brandon (UFCW office, Brandon, Manitoba) Gilbert spoke at the Manitoba Labour Federation Annual Meeting at the evening’s Wine & Cheese–a fundraise for Brandon Pride. Speaking to almost 100 union members from across the province, he talked about the history of the intersection of the LGBTQ rights movement and union movements.

June 3, 2016

  • 9am-3pm Erickson Collegiate Human Rights Conference (Erikson Collegiate, Erickson, Manitoba) After starting the School Division’s first GSA, Erickson Collegiate has been a leader in the province in addressing heterosexism & cissexism. Student in collaboration with the CCGSD organized the regions first Human Rights Conference. Today brought together over 250 from every high school in the Division to participate in workshops about Two-Spirit, LGBTQ, Indigenous, and Diversity issues that were themed around supporting victims of crime and bullying. The day also featured arts and tie-dye workshops from Gilbert Baker. The event was partially funded by the Ministry of Justice.

June 4, 2016

  • 11am-4pm Manitoba Human Rights Conference (Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Winnipeg, Manitoba) In collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, the CCGSD organized a day of Gender & Sexual Minority Human Rights at the museum. Beginning with a talk for Gilbert Baker, the group of 28 youth from across Manitoba enjoyed a private workshop & tour of the museum focusing on themes relating to LGBTQ+ communities. Some highlights included: Two-Spirit history, Canadian LGBTQ+ Rights Movement, how rights are voted on, and the Witness Blanket.
  • 6:30pm Diversity Day at the Goldeye’s Game (Shaw Feild, Winnipeg, Manitoba) The Goldeye celebrated Pride Winnipeg with a special baseball game that featured a presentation of the world’s only rainbow baseball bat to Gilbert Baker and the Goldeye’s You Can Play video.

June 5, 2016

  • 11am Pride Winnipeg Rally (Manitoba Legislature, Winnipeg, Manitoba) Gilbert Baker joined the Lieutenant Governor, Premier, Mayor, Pride Winnipeg team, and fellow Pride Winnipeg Grand Marshals to address the thousands who gathered at Legislature to start the Parade.
  • 12pm Pride Winnipeg Parade (Manitoba Legislature, Winnipeg, Manitoba) Gilbert began the parade with fellow Grand Marshalls and leaders in the Two-Spirit community, waving at the thousands of on lookers.
Disclaimer about the events:
  • We believe that these events will be fabulous, but please note that these events (except for the Conferences) are run by partner & friend organizations. As we are not the lead organizer for theses events, we are unable to guarantee the nature of theses event and therefore unable to ensure that theses events will follow our organization’s guideline for creating a positive space. The opinions expressed at these events do not necessarily reflect the views of The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity. Remember that we have we have no reason to belief that anyone will feel unsafe or disrespected at theses events. Have a safe Pride!
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  • While we don’t anticipate that anyone may require support services, should you require any support following the events, or for other reasons, please consider connecting with:
    • Rainbow Resource Centre (rainbowresourcecentre.org)