Credit: Rainbow Crosswalk in Surrey. File photo, 2018.
Pride Month 2022
See how the City is celebrating Pride Month in June.
Each June, LGBTQ2IA+ communities around the world celebrate Pride Month in honour of the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The riots were a tipping point in LGBTQ2IA+ history and are credited for giving birth to the modern LGBTQ2IA+ rights movement.
During Pride Month, many communities hold pride parades and celebrations to recognize diverse sexual and gender identities, histories and cultures. Pride Month is also a time to advocate and take a positive stance against discrimination and violence toward the LGBTQ2IA+ community.
Pride in Surrey
In recognition of Pride Month, the City will be:
- Lighting Civic Plaza from June 19 to 29, 2022 to display the colours of the pride flag.
- Highlighting stories and collections through our social media channels
- Sharing curated Pride reading lists from Surrey Libraries:
Join an event to celebrate or learn more about LGBTQ2IA+ history:
Surrey’s LGBTQ2S+ History: a discussion led by a panel of LGBTQ2S+ community leaders as they discuss the history of Pride in Surrey. Hosted by Surrey Archives with Sher Vancouver, Youth for a Change and Surrey Pride.
LGBTQ2IA+ Rights in Canada
LGBTQ2IA+ rights in Canada has made steady gains since the 1960s. Some notable milestones include:
- 1969: amendments were made to the Criminal Code to decriminalize homosexuality
- 1996: the Canadian Human Rights Act was amended to include sexual orientation as one of the prohibited grounds of discrimination
- 2005: Canada became the fourth country worldwide to legalize same-sex marriage
Learn more about the chronology of LGTBTQ+ advances in Canada and in BC through the BC Teachers' Federation site.
Rainbow flags are used to symbolize LGBTQ2IA+ pride. In Surrey, a rainbow flag is featured prominently at the crosswalk of University Drive and 100 Ave in City Centre.
The first rainbow flag was designed by artist Gilbert Baker in 1978. He was quoted in an interview saying, "Our job as gay people was to come out, to be visible, to live in the truth, as I say, to get out of the lie. A flag really fit that mission, because that's a way of proclaiming your visibility or saying, 'This is who I am!'"