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Kingston Pride’s Official Response to COVID-19


As members of the Board of Directors of Kingston Pride Inc., we have made the difficult but necessary decision to call off this year’s Pride Festival events, scheduled for the week of June 7th to 13th. We know that Pride as a movement and a community can never be “cancelled” because Pride is not about what we do. Rather, Pride is a reflection of who we are as people and as a community. But in light of the pandemic we face, and in order to safeguard the health and well-being of every member of our community, we have chosen to forgo a physical coming-together this year.

This does not mean we will not celebrate our community. June will still be Pride Month, and Kingston Pride will still happen, just in new and innovative ways. We are already working diligently in that regard, so please stay tuned and remain engaged. Announcements will be coming soon about exciting virtual ways to celebrate our diversity, our commitment to each other, and our place in the world.

And if, just if, we are able to come together in person later this summer or fall, we will. Right now we don’t think it makes sense to discuss when or where, but if physical-distancing guidelines are relaxed and it is safe to gather in person, we will. If it’s not possible, then rest assured that Kingston Pride 2021 will more than make up for anything we may miss this year.

Thank you to everyone in the Pride Community for your understanding, your support, and your continued commitment. Please keep safe, keep calm, and keep your distance.

And in closing, we announce this year’s Pride Theme, chosen from your entries. We think it speaks perfectly to who we are and how we will proceed today and in the future:


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