It’s PRIDE MONTH and BIG 101 wants to celebrate all month long!

This page will be your go-to for all things PRIDE on BIG 101

We also want you to #ShowUsYourPride! During PRIDE month, tag us in your photos on social @BIG101! We want to see you celebrate! 

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You might hear different versions of this acronym, but do you know what all the letters represent? Do you know what all the different flags are? What does it mean to be an ally?

This week we want to focus on representation, and learning about all the different identities that are celebrated during Pride!

Let’s start with the first 2 characters of the acronym – 2S:


More info about the term Two Spirit



Here are some great articles breaking down the acronym:

LGBTQ2S+: What does it mean?

LGBTQ2S+ Terms to Know

What does LGBTQ2S+ Mean?



So we all know the rainbow flag, but during Pride month you will see a plethora of multicolored flags all representative of different identities within the 2SLGBTQ+ community. It’s important to educate yourself on what each flag represents.

Here are some of the main ones you may see – click each flag to learn more:

For more info on the different flags, when they were created, and what they represent, check out this article:

Queer Community Flags

Why Many LGBT People Have Started Using A New Pride Flag


During Pride month, whether you identify as a member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community or not, it is a time to learn, so we can all move forward together, better than ever! Here’s a great post about allyship, and what it means to be a true supporter of the 2SLGBTQ+ community:


So where did PRIDE month come from? How did it start? What’s it all about?

Here are some articles to check out to answer all of your questions!

The history of PRIDE in Canada

The Black community’s integral role in PRIDE

What are the Stonewall riots?

Remembering four Black LGBTQ+ activists who changed the world

PRIDE is a protest, not just a party



Check out some of the local PRIDE events happening in Barrie. Barrie Pride is a great website for all things PRIDE!


Thursday June 1, 1pm – Rainbow Flag Raising at Barrie City Hall

Saturday June 3, starting at 2pm – Barrie Pride Parade and Festival!

After-Party Celebrations held at Homestead Bakery (ticketed event), the Mexican House, C.W. Coops and UPlift Black

Sunday June 4, 8pm Pride Movie Night at the back of Blueberry Moon

Monday June 12,  7:30pm Legends Live Drag Comedy Night at C.W. Coops (ticketed event)

Thursday June 15, 2pm to 7pm Queer Crafternoon at Blueberry Moon

Friday June 16, 7pm Wags & Drags at Dunlop Street Diner (ticketed event)

Monday June 19 6pm-8pm Fierté Simcoe Pride Social at the Downtown Branch of the Barrie Public Library

Wednesday June 21, 8pm – Barrie Pride Sociable at C.W. Coops. Rainbow Costume Contest

Thursday June 22, 7pm – Celebrate Pride Month at the MacLaren Art Centre

Saturday June 24, 11am – Drag Queen Storytime at the Downtown Branch of the Barrie Public Library

Monday June 26, 6pm-8pm Queer Craft Circle – Adult Colouring at the Downtown Branch of the Barrie Public Library

Wednesday June 28 Lawnchair Luminata Pride Movie Night featuring Kinky Boots (PG 13), starting at dusk. Generously sponsored by The Queens Hotel and Flying Monkeys.

July 14 – 16 Collingwood Pride Festival – click here for details