The Victoria Pride Society’s mission is based on empowerment. We empower those who are – or think they might be – gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, intersex, friends and allies.
The Victoria Pride Society was born from a casual picnic in Beacon Hill Park over 20 years ago. Since the time of its creation, the Victoria Pride Society has focused on supporting the inclusiveness, accessibility, and diversity of Pride Week events. Today, we are one of a few national Pride Societies who encourage all people to walk the Pride parade route – generating thousands of people ‘proudly’ walking the streets of Victoria for themselves, colleagues, or loved ones.
As our community, sponsors, and supporters grow, so too does the opportunity to share who we are, where we come from, and most importantly, our personal pride. Being ‘proud’ transcends any one week of any given year. Being ‘proud’ is an achievement garnered throughout a lifetime. The Victoria Pride Society is here to provide support, connection, education, and celebration for every individual in their own quest to be proud.
Victoria Pride Society hosts events where everyone is responsible for maintaining space that strives to be safe for all participants. Safer space means everyone at the event be free from all forms of oppression and anything that can harm us or limit our wellbeing. This includes expressing opinions in a respectful manner and respectful of other’s right to do the same. We may not agree in our opinions, but we can agree to proceed with best intentions and assume the same by others.
We are Family. The members of our family inevitably fail, individually and when we work together. These failures may make our spaces less safe than we intend. We regret when our failures causes distress or harm and remain willing to express our remorse. We commit to forgive those who regret causing us harm or distress.
Victoria Pride Festival is a family inclusive event. For this reason, we ask all participants to refrain from actions and images that are excessively violent, sexually explicit, or disturbing. Our standard is not to limit self-expression but to ensure that the context in which it occurs is appropriate.
Victoria Pride requires volunteers, organizers and performers to commit to these guidelines, and encourage them to approach the executive board at any time with questions regarding the above or event experiences they feel are contrary our community commitment to make our spaces safer.