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18 July 2022
Richmond residents and their families and friends are invited to celebrate Pride Week from Monday, July 25 through Sunday, July 31 with free events and activities that include story times, workshops, fitness classes and a unique printmaking activity.
“The City of Richmond acknowledges the contributions of the LGBTQ2S+ community to our city and recognizes the ongoing need to strive towards safety and inclusion for all residents,” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “The events and activities during Pride Week are a great opportunity to celebrate the diverse communities we have in Richmond.”
The inclusive, engaging and free activities planned for this year are open to all residents and visitors, and feature local leaders, artists and community members. The events are offered by the City of Richmond, in partnership with Community Associations and Societies and the Richmond Public Library. The full list of 2022 Pride Week in Richmond activities can be found at www.richmond.ca/prideweek.
Highlights of Richmond’s Pride Week include:
1. Printmaking for Pride
Saturday, July 23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza
Join LGBTQ2S+ artist Edward Fu-Chen Juan and guest artist Jade Balogh-Callow for a family-friendly monotype printmaking activity and social. Participants will create their own prints using plant-based ink and materials that have been collected and curated by the artist for their symbolic references to strength, endurance and perseverance.
2. Drag Queen Storytime
Monday, July 25, 1 to 2 p.m., Online and Hamilton Community Centre
Don’t miss local teacher and drag performer Bryan Bone, aka Gina Tonic, for children’s stories that teach lessons of diversity, self-love and an appreciation of others. This event is offered in-person and through Zoom.
3. Pride Latin Dance Fitness
Tuesday, July 26, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., West Richmond Community Centre
Celebrate Pride Week outdoors with powerhouse personal trainer and group fitness instructor, Sabine Yep, leading a high energy Latin dance class. This event is open to adults of all skill levels.
4. Pride in the Park
Wednesday, July 27, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Garden City Park
Take part in this family-friendly event with crafts, games and a Pride concert in the park, featuring local artist Jason Chu.
5. What I Wish My Parents Knew: A Workshop for Parents of Queer Youth, by Queer Youth
Wednesday, July 27, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Richmond Public Library – Brighouse
Be a part of this workshop aimed at helping parents and caregivers embrace the LGBTQ+ youth in their lives. There will be discussions and testimonials from both LGBTQ+ youth and a parent of an LGBTQ+ individual, followed by a question and answer session with all presenters.
6. Cambie’s Allyship Workshop
Thursday, July 28, 3 to 4 p.m., East Richmond Community Hall
Join others for an afternoon of family-friendly allyship education. Activities include a short presentation on how to help advance the interest of the LGBTQ+ community, an interactive activity on what allyship means to individuals and a Waacking dance performance.
For a full list of Pride Week events and activities, visit richmond.ca/prideweek.
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