Young Human Rights Advocates Named Grand Marshalls for Moose Jaw Pride Parade
Members of Moose Jaw Pride’s planning committee have named Jordyn Dyck, and Renn and Skylar Forsberg as Grand Marshalls for the 2019 Moose Jaw Pride Parade. In addition to leading the parade, the youth will also receive Moose Jaw Pride’s 2019 Community Service Award.
Moose Jaw Pride’s Community Service Award recognizes individuals, or groups of individuals, who have made significant and consistent contributions to vitalizing and supporting the gender and sexual diverse community of Moose Jaw and across Saskatchewan.
On November 13, 2018 the Government of Saskatchewan passed Bill 146, an amendment to the Vital Statistics Act that allows for the complete removal of gender markers from a birth certificate upon request. This milestone took place thanks to the incredible work of some tremendous young people in our province: Renn & Skylar Forsberg, and Jordyn Dyck.
These young people and their families fought a battle to ensure that their human rights were respected and upheld by their Government. Although Renn, Skylar, and Jordyn were successful in their case, the journey was a long and difficult one involving six years of media attention accompanied by countless online and in-person comments that denigrated and disrespected these individuals and their families. This is a hard thing to do for any person, but the strength and resilience of these young people proved extraordinary.
“Our 2019 theme is ‘Generations of Pride’ and we really wanted to honour the work of these incredible young people who endured many hardships to make the province a better place for everyone,” said Joe Wickenhauser, Executive Director for Moose Jaw Pride.
The Moose Jaw Pride parade takes place on Saturday, June 1 with pedestrian marchers beginning to line up at 1pm beside the CP Rail Yards. The parade departs at 2pm and will arrive at the Crescent Park Amphitheatre where festival-goers will find a beer garden, food vendors, a pride market, and the Pride main stage. Parade organizers are reminding attendees to prepare for hot weather with hats, sunscreen and water.
Live entertainment will feature the 80’s cover band, Dangerous Cheese at 2pm, drag performances from the 28th Imperial House of LOL at 3pm, and Saskatchewan’s very own: Rosie & the Riveters at 3:30pm – 4:30pm.
The day of events will conclude with an After Party at the Cosmo Senior Centre performances by the 28th Imperial House of LOL, a short set by Rosie & the Riveters, and Coco Montrese (RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5 & All-Stars Season 2). Tickets are available online here or at the Rainbow Retro Thrift Shop.