What is Barrie Pride? Actually, it’s not a what. It’s a who! It’s all of us! It’s about being proud of who we are and supporting those who need it. It’s about inspiring everyone in Barrie to see how truly remarkable we all are.

Our fifth year as a Pride has been an exceptional time for our community. An incredible amount of hard work has lead to regular events which provide safe and enjoyable spaces for those who need them. From our Naughty Bingo nights, to our Pop-Up events, and to our weekly Social Nights. We are passionately advocating for U=U to help destigmatize individuals living with HIV. We are working hard to bring a Rainbow Crosswalk to life, making our beautiful downtown even more so.

Never before has Barrie Pride been such a remarkable force. Never before has the need for this organization to exist been more apparent. Never before have the many faces of the Barrie Pride community been more important.

I want to personally thank everyone who has worked to bring this year’s three-day festivity to reality. Pride elevates us all! Together we are achieving so much for so many, right here at home.

Our community matters. We all matter.
Because it Matters.

David Bradbury, Founder and Chair


 

The Barrie Pride Team

All of Barrie Pride's board of directors and team members are volunteers.

 
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David Bradbury

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SHELLY SKINNER

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JAKE PERKINS

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ANITA JOHNSON-FORD

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JANE DEWAR

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ANDREA MURRAY

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AMY Thibodeau

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ESEN MAU

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Barrie Pride Timeline

In our recent history we have accomplished a great deal, and we’re not done yet. We are overwhelmingly proud of our large number of firsts. In just four years we have developed into the largest Pride Parade North of Toronto.

2013

  • September: Barrie Pride forms and officially launches September 1, 2013
  • November: Transgender Day of Remembrance flag raising at City Hall. Barrie becomes the first City Hall in the province to raise the Transgender flag on TDoR.

2014

  • February: Raise the Rainbow Flag at City Hall in support of LGBT athletes at the Sochi Olympic Games
  • April: First anti-bullying Day of Pink in Barrie
    • First Pride Prom in Barrie
  • June: Pride Week in Barrie
    • “Warm up to World Pride”
    • Seven brand new LGBT events
    • First Pride Parade in Barrie’s history
    • 500+ marchers
  • October: First open LGBT themed Halloween club night in Barrie

2015

  • May: Barrie Pride gives back at the “Hike for Hospice” with a team of LGBTs and Allies, raising money for Hospice Simcoe
  • June: Second annual Pride Week
    • First LGBT festival in Barrie
    • 1,000+ marchers
  • August: First series of LGBT themed club nights at a downtown venue in Barrie
    • First time an LGBT organization enters a booth at Kempenfest
  • November: First time an LGBT organization enters a float in Barrie’s Santa Claus Parade

2016

  • June: Third annual Barrie Pride Week
    • 1,500+ marchers
    • 4,000+ festival guests
  • July: Barrie Pride visits Orlando, FL with banner of support for The Pulse
  • December: First all-LGBT headliner comedy night in Barrie

2017

  • June: Fourth annual Barrie Pride Week
    • 2,000+ marchers and 6,000+ festival guests
    • First Drag Queen Storybook reading in Canada
  • August: First series of LGBT themed pop-up events in Barrie
  • September: First weekly LGBT social night in Barrie begins
    • First Pride themed Delta Bingo event
  • November: First LGBT themed green social in Barrie
    • Barrie Pride board members host the Barrie Arts Awards
    • Barrie Pride witnesses the Government of Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Apology in person

2018

  • January: Barrie Pride launches the “Because It Matters” campaign.
  • March: New Delta Bingo LGBT event series
  • April: Barrie Pride becomes the first pride in North America to adopt and endorse U=U
    • Barrie Pride becomes first Pride to name U=U as Parade Grand Marshal
  • June: First 3-day LGBT Festival in Barrie and Simcoe County
    • Barrie Pride hosts the first Trans March in Barrie
    • Barrie Pride becomes one of the largest festivals in Barrie with 10,000 attendance