Kingston Pride

We want your feedback on the proposals brought forward at the last AGM.

Select this hyperlink to download the Business Case document to read in detail the proposals brought forward to the membership at the past Kingston Pride Annual General Meeting.

Use this form below to share your thoughts on the proposals.

Deadline for feedback is October 31, 2018.

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Emrys De Sousa
Emrys De Sousa
Emrys De Sousa with Kingston Pride Inc Chair, Ruth Wood

On Monday, June 11th, Kingston Pride and all in attendance were very proud to meet and announce the very first Kingston Pride Ambassador, Emrys De Sousa.  Please join Kingston Pride in congratulating Emrys!

You will see Emrys this Saturday, June 16th for the annual Kingston Pride Parade.  They will act as the Grand Marshal.

Kingston Pride would also like to thank runner up Ian Burns (Rowena) for being a very strong advocate of the community.

Both advocates were very passionate, respectful, and spoke very well.  It was a very good contest which should continue in the future.

Below is Emrys’ short bio.  Please make sure to say hello to them this weekend!

Emrys De Sousa Bio

Hi, my name is Emrys De Sousa! I am 18 years old, and I am a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community.  I am pansexual, and I identify within the umbrella term of Non-Binary (specifically Demigender, in this case, Demi-boy). I’m an avid consumer of LGBTQ+ media (television shows, movies, novels, music etc.). I am also a  barista at Starbucks, and have organized Pride Month for our Kingston stores for this year!  I’m passionate about giving back to the LGBTQ+ community, as I have found the strength to be open about who I am through my friends, mentors, and allies in the community. I want to be a part of the support for LGBTQ+ people of Kingston and continue to advocate for tolerance and acceptance!

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Public Service Announcement 

Kingston Pride Road Closures

Kingston, Ont.—On Saturday, June 16, 2018, the Kingston Pride Parade and Community Fair will be taking place in the downtown Kingston area.

There will be some street closures during these events, which will affect vehicle traffic in the McBurney Park and downtown area.

  1. Ordnance Street, from Alma/York to Sydenham Street and Clergy Street from Ordnance to Colborne will be closed from 8 AM to 4 PM; and
  2. Starting at Noon, the Pride parade will be impacting traffic flow in the downtown core. The parade route includes Clergy Street, Princess Street, Ontario Street, and Brock Street (see map below).

The Community Fair will be taking place from 10 AM to 4 PM in McBurney Park.

The Pride parade will start at noon from McBurney Park, proceeding along Clergy to Princess to Ontario to Brock to Clergy and ending at McBurney Park. All members of the community are welcome to come out and enjoy the festivities that will be taking place. 

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For more information:

Janet Lang, Kingston Pride Inc. Communications Director

Cell: 613-539-0122

Email: janet.lang13@gmail.com 

Visit Kingston Pride at Kingstonpride.ca for more details about the 2018 Kingston Pride parade and Community Fair and all the other Pride events.

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City Hall, City of Kingston

When you are out and about this coming Kingston Pride weekend, why not check out City Hall!  This year, the City of Kingston wanted to show its support for Pride.  As has been the practice for many years, there will be a Pride flag raised at City Hall on June 16th (no official ceremony scheduled).  Also, who can forget the Pride crosswalk right in front of City Hall?  Plus, the evening of June 16th, City Hall will be lit up rainbow Pride colours.  This is all to honour Pride in Kingston.  After checking out the Community Fair and Pride Parade, why not take a stroll past City Hall and check out these wonderful displays this Saturday!

Thank you, City of Kingston, and Happy Pride!

Photo courtesy of Doug Kerr on Flickr
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If you thought celebrating Pride wasn’t contagious, you would be wrong!  A welcoming neighbour has installed the biggest Pride flag facing into Dunham Park.  Brian Melady and Vicki Powers painted their Pride flag on the back fence!  They welcome everyone to come by and have a photo taken with it. Along with the massive Pride flag, a tote of props such as smaller pride flags and feather boas will be there enticing people to get into the spirit of things while taking their photos.   They said, “If it’s anything like our BIG 150 sign we put up for Canada’s Birthday last year, hopefully we’ll have hundreds and hundreds stopping around Dunham Park for photos!”

Thank you, Brian and Vicki!  You are so fabulously outrageous!  Happy Pride!

More information on Vicki and Brian’s projects, travels and initiatives can be found on their Facebook page, M-Powers Life.

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Kingston Pride is proud to announce your candidates for the first Kingston Pride Ambassador.  Please come out and support your candidates for the two day selection process on Sunday, June 10th (Meet and Greet) and Monday, June 11th (Final Selection).

Below you will find a short bio of our candidates in no particular order.


Emrys De Sousa

Emrys De Sousa
Emrys – They/Them

Hi, my name is Emrys De Sousa! I am 18 years old, and I am a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community.  I am pansexual, and I identify within the umbrella term of Non-Binary (specifically Demigender, in this case, Demi-boy). I’m an avid consumer of LGBTQ+ media (television shows, movies, novels, music etc.). I am also a  barista at Starbucks, and have organized Pride Month for our Kingston stores for this year!  I’m passionate about giving back to the LGBTQ+ community, as I have found the strength to be open about who I am through my friends, mentors, and allies in the community. I want to be a part of the support for LGBTQ+ people of Kingston and continue to advocate for tolerance and acceptance!


Ian Burns (Rowena)

Ian Burns - Pride Bio Photo
Ian – He/Him (Rowena – She/Her)

My name is Ian Burns and I want to be Kingston’s Pride Ambassador.  I was raised in Kingston, and have experienced many parts of the city: as a child, as a student, community volunteer, athlete, and while working for the military, government, Queen’s, and local businesses. Every day people are still fighting for acceptance in Kingston, myself included so I constantly aim to grow and learn about the struggles of members of our community, so that I can properly fight for the acceptance of others.

I have had the pleasure to experience a range of Canadian pride. I have been involved in Pride celebrations in 3 different cities, as a volunteer and entertainer, and I am a frequent community volunteer and LGBTQA* activist. As a drag entertainer, I have a unique platform to reach people of all ages, orientations, and in multiple cities. As Rowena Whey I was a member of a non-profit organization in Edmonton supporting LGBTQA* and equal rights charities for which I organized multiple events to raise funds for awareness.

I believe I have the strength, commitment, and motivation required to represent Kingston Pride and continue the fight for LGBTQA* rights. I hope I will be your representative this year. Happy Pride!!


CJ Stevenson

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Want to download a PDF to keep track of all the wonderful events planned for Kingston Pride this year?  Your wish is granted!  In it, you will find a listing of events and important information from many of our honoured sponsors and contributors for this year’s Pride Festivities.

Download our Pride Guide by selecting the hyperlink below:

http://www.KingstonPride.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Pride%20guide.pdf

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Are you or your group planning a special pride event in honour of Kingston Pride?  If so, why not share your event details with Kingston Pride?

Kingston Pride is calling out to the community groups and organizers to share your pride event details with us.  If your event is pride inspired, Kingston Pride will make an effort to:

  • Publish your event on our website, KingstonPride.ca
  • Share your Facebook event on our Kingston Pride Page (@PrideKingston)
  • Depending on print deadlines etc, print a synopsis in a printed guide (still TBD)

Please send your details and/or hyperlinks to our email address admin@kingstonpride.ca

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It is with Kingston Pride’s pleasure to announce a new contest to find the first Kingston Pride Ambassador for this pride season!

In previous years, Kingston Pride held contests for titles of Miss Kingston Pride and Mister Kingston Pride. These titles were for self-identified drag kings and drag queens only. The duties of these titleholders were to represent Kingston Pride and be an advocate of the LGBTQ+ community of Kingston in other communities but more importantly to be the figureheads/grand marshals of the Kingston Pride Parade.

Consulting with the community and community leaders, Kingston Pride Inc. has decided to create a new title of Kingston Pride Ambassador and run a new contest to fill this very important role. This contest will be more encompassing and inclusive by giving opportunities for all advocates of the LGBTQ+ community to participate to represent Kingston.

If you think you got what it takes, don’t hesitate and complete your application form today (found below).  Deadline for applications is May 31, 2018.  For contest rules and the roles and responsibilities, please read them by selecting this hyperlink.


Sorry, we are no longer accepting applications.

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Save the date of Saturday, June 16th for the Kingston Pride Parade and Park Fair!

More details to follow!

Interested in volunteering? Have a business or organization and interested in having a booth at the festival? Please use the links below or visit our website:

Pride Exhibitors & Vendors (includes organizations, labour & volunteer groups, political parties, etc): http://www.kingstonpride.ca/kingston-pride-community-fair-application-2018/

Pride Volunteershttp://www.kingstonpride.ca/become-a-volunteer/

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