Pride 2020 has looked very different than past years with COVID-19 limiting our capacity to gather and host large in-person events. With the unconscionable anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism we have witnessed just in these past few months alone, we must never forget the roots of pride and the intersections of oppression. 

The very first Pride was a riot, a fight for basic respect and human rights. This is a battle that our community is very much still fighting and a fight that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) are also still fighting in so many ways. Together we must continue to stand up and fight hate and oppression in all its forms.

Systemic oppression knows no borders, nor stops at intersections, but is deep within the fabric of our global society. At the core of this fight is undoing. It is breaking down all the structures that uphold oppression and building back anew. There is much work that needs to be done, and compassion must be at the centre. 

Our leadership and decisions must reflect that of striving for true justice. The true justice that many are calling for and the true justice that our society so deeply craves. We must do as much as we can as fast as we can. I refuse to sit silently while the world burns, we have a responsibility to show the world leadership, and we cannot do so passively. 

Pride is and always has been a fight to be accepted, and loved for who we are, so we will continue to shout from the rooftops.