We’ve Come a Long Way Together
I thought I was helping to organize a few small events, but little did I know we were changing the world.
To be completely honest, I really had no idea what I was getting into when I was asked to help organize Pride Week in Moose Jaw in May 2013.
But when I reflect on that day, I am filled with gratitude at the outpouring of love and support, time and again, in such unexpected places.
Studying more than 100 years of LGBTQ history in the Friendly City did not prepare me for the countless small acts of kindness and generosity that would help make Moose Jaw Pride a reality.
If you would have asked my fresh-faced, clean-cut self where I saw myself in 3 years, I would never have guessed that Moose Jaw Pride would become my full time job or that we would open the Pride Office that had been talked about in the local paper for 40 years.
I wouldn’t have predicted that we would offer diversity training and resources to hundreds of people across the province—including schools, health regions, police stations and even an entire league of hockey players and coaches.
I would never have guessed that our organization would play a role in changing the Human Rights Code for trans and gender diverse people in this province or that a Pride Parade in Moose Jaw would ever be more than a joke.
I couldn’t have imagined the countless stories of heartache, courage, resiliency and growth that I would witness time and again in our office, over coffee, in private messages, and at events.
I never pictured a strong and vibrant GSA (gay-straight alliance) that would create safer spaces for LGBT+ youth or the formation of a provincial network of more than 7 smaller communities working towards safer and more welcoming communities.
And in my wildest dreams, I could never have imagined the incredible, dedicated friends, allies and volunteers who would help build a movement, transform a province, and change the world.
Yet, for as far as we’ve come in such a short amount of time, we’ve still got miles to go before we get to where we’re going.
We need teachers from K-12 who can create safe spaces for their students to be themselves.
We need churches that are welcoming and workplaces that are safe.
We need to be able to walk down the street without the fear of violence or harassment.
We need understanding, acceptance and Pride in our communities.
And we need you to join us as allies, make a donation and help us accomplish our vision of a thriving community for all gender and sexually diverse people.
GivingTuesday is a National Day of Giving across Canada which follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is an opportunity for giving and volunteering, where groups and individuals join together to share commitments, rally behind important causes and think about others.
As we move into a season of giving, I ask that you consider making a donation to Moose Jaw Pride to support the important work we do.
A donation of $20 will take us more than 65km towards a small town to offer Diversity Training
A gift of $50 will give 5 youth the opportunity to try something new at Gender Blender Bowling
$100 will help us pay our rent for a month in Moose Jaw’s first ever LGBT+ drop-in centre
Thank you for supporting us every step of the way and helping us to build safer and more welcoming communities for LGBT+ people across the province. We truly can’t do this work without you.
‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’ –Margaret Mead