Lethbridge is proud to say that we have a thriving and lively 2SLGBTQIA+ community living in our city. After two full years without a proper pride celebration (thanks, COVID); Lethbridge is incredibly excited to welcome the world back to celebrate feeling loud and proud.
Just before Pride month, Lethbridge saw the addition of two new permanent crosswalks of the updated pride flag and the trans flag on 3rd Ave South. The crosswalks use a special paint meant to withstand differing weather conditions and degradation from being driven on over time better than previous paints. The crosswalks also feature a porous concrete base to help absorb the paint.
To learn more about the construction and funding for the permanent pride sidewalk installation, read out the blog on the launch and unveiling of the crosswalks!
You can find these crosswalks while downtown for some of the many pride events this June! Keep Reading to get all the info on the city's best pride events to attend!
The Lethbridge Pride Fest Society became an integrated and officially recognized incorporated society in Alberta in 2011. After their incorporation, they took over the work of the work of GALA/LA (Gay and Lesbian Alliance of Lethbridge Area), and have been celebrating the 2SLGBTQIA+ community in Lethbridge since.
Lethbridge Pride Fest Society
Lethbridge Pride Fest Society is an integral part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community in Lethbridge. Their main goal is to help support, foster, and grow inclusive messaging and spaces for the people of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community in Lethbridge. No matter your gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, age, disability, body size, or physical appearance, you can find a welcoming community with the Lethbridge Pride Fest Society.
Get Juicy – A Pride Week Kickoff - June 18th @ 8PM
There's no better way to kick off pride week than with a star-studded drag performance for the history books! Iconic queens from the Drag Race franchise, Stephanie Prince, will serve incredible looks, life-changing lipsyncs, at this significant pride week kick-off. Grab your wigs, pads, and lashes and get out to the Owl Acoustic Lounge on June 18th, 2022, at 8 PM to get Juicy.
Trans March - June 19th @ 12PM
Lethbridge Pride Fest Society
The Trans March is an integral part of pride celebrations in the city. This march signifies our city's strong stance against transphobia, shows our support to all transgender citizens of Lethbridge, and lifts the voices of trans activists and citizens. The march will start in the stage area of Galt Gardens at noon, where they will then march towards city hall. This walk has not been able to be conducted for two years due to COVID-19, which is why Lethbridge Pride Fest is overjoyed to be bringing it back this year.
Official Pride Fest Brunch - June 26th @ 8AM
After celebrating pride in Lethbridge at the 14th Annual Pride Ball, head over to Chef Stella’s the morning after to enjoy the Official 2022 Pride Brunch. There’s no better way to end pride week and do brunch in Lethbridge than with their classic breakfast buffet and more. Not to mention, Chef Stella’s will be right next to the newly added Festival Square in the downtown area. Check out all the newest things downtown once you’re done brunch at Chef Stella’s!
Pride Parade - June 25th @ 11AM
Lethbridge Pride Fest Society
A staple of any city's pride celebration, Lethbridge is just as loud and proud as any city to have a Pride Parade. Many organizations, societies, and charities work together to create a marching display of pride that weaves itself through the city centre.
Pride in the Park - June 25th @ 11AM
The most famous of all the events for Lethbridge Pride is Pride in the Park. Pride in the park follows directly after the pride parade. It features an extensive lineup of some of the biggest and brightest LGBQTIA+ performers in Canada. The show features stars such as Ilona Verley From Canadas Drag Race Season 1 and Spandy Andy! After three long years, Lethbridge Pride Fest is excited to welcome loud and proud celebrations back to the city!
Pride Fest Ball - June 25th @ 9PM
Following pride in the park, club lime will be hosting a ball hosted by the one and only Juice Boxx from Canada’s Drag Race Season 1! The ball will also feature performers from Calgary, Lethbridge, and Vancouver. Get your best look ready and head out to the ball, doll!
Taber Pride - June 4th @ 11AM
Taber Confederation Park
Join Taber in the federation park on June 4th for “Together for Pride.” After two years of government regulations restricting the ability to gather for pride events in Taber, its now officially the time for everyone to get together for pride in Taber once again! Attendees can find live music, face painting, and a bouncy castle, among other festivities at Taber pride.
Beers for Queers - June 16th @ 4PM
Join Lethbridge Pride Fest at Theoretically brewing on June 16th for a relaxed and fun evening full of tasty snacks, lively tunes, and incredible craft brews. Head over to Theoretically Brewing in the warehouse district to laugh, dance, and maybe even add a few friends to your social circle.
Queer 101 - June 6th @ 6:30PM
Join the Lethbridge Public Library on June 6th at 6:30 for this introductory workshop to help learn about how to create and facilitate the foundation of an inclusive 2SLGBTQIA+ community. This workshop will address basic and more complex terms and phrases relating to sexual orientation and gender expression within the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and how to keep your discussion inclusive, respectful, and fun!
Pride Film Festival - June 7,14,21,28 @ 6PM
Every Wednesday in June, starting June 7th, The Lethbridge Public Library will show a different 2SLGBTQIA+ themed movie at the Lethbridge Public Library. The library is hopeful that with more public screenings of inclusive stories, the library will help facilitate a greater understanding between all the citizens of Lethbridge. The movies that the library will be playing throughout June are:
June 7 - Flee: Tells the extraordinary true story of a man, Amin, on the verge of marriage which compels him to reveal his hidden past for the first time. Animated documentary in Danish with English subtitles. (89 minutes, rated PG). Presented in partnership with the Lethbridge Public Library.
June 14 - Dating Amber: Two school friends decide to start a pretend straight relationship in an effort to fit in. (92 minutes, not rated). Presented in partnership with the Lethbridge Public Library.
June 21 - Wildhood: A rebellious two-spirit teenager runs away from home to find his birth mother and reclaim his Mi'kmaw heritage. (99 minutes, not rated). Presented in partnership with the Lethbridge Public Library.
June 28 - Shorts!: A selection of short films from a variety of perspectives. A full title list with summaries will be available shortly.
Small Town Queer – Conversion – Screening - June 12th @ 2PM
The Galt Museum & Archives will be hosting a screening of the short documentary “Small Town Queer” on Sunday, June 12. After the Screening, three of the people most centrally involved in the documentary will be holding a panel where those who viewed the film can ask them questions about the production and creation.
Geocatching 101: The Whole Rainbow - June 2nd @ 6:30PM
Did you know that there are more than 300 geocaches hidden around Lethbridge? The Geocaching 101 pride event is the perfect place to find all your favourite geocaches celebrating pride! This introductory workshop will teach you the basics of action and etiquette to get you geocaching all year.
Pop-Up Pride Yoga - June 16th @ 5:30PM
Join Shonna Lamb at Casa for a relaxing and inclusive yoga class gauged towards keeping the class an incredibly inclusive space for all in the 2SLGBTQIA+ community! The class is $10 per person and will be hosted on the second-floor patio as long as weather permits.
Drag Story Time - June 22nd @ 1:30PM
Join Lethbridge drag royalty Francheska Dynamites at the Lethbridge Public Library Main Branch for Drag Storytime. You and your little ones can enjoy a storybook reading by a drag artist in the library. It is a great time, but it also offers children the chance to see 2SLGBTQIA+ role models at an early age in age-appropriate settings.
A+ Board Game Night - June 17th @ 5PM
Join Roundtable Gaming for a round of lively board games in an inclusive and friendly space for 2SLGBTQIA+ people in the city of Lethbridge. Admission to the board game is free that night. Even if you don’t have extra cash to pay the gaming fee, you can still get in all the gaming you want at the roundtable during their pride event!