Kingston Pride Week 2017

We’re here with a quick guide to everything and anything Kingston Pride! Events, shows, the parade and more. Check it all out here and on our Event Calendar.

Saturday, June 10th: TShow: Gay Space 1999. A “futuristic drag show with a good dash of gay pixie dust” find it at the Renaissance 285 Queen Street, doors at 8PM show at 9PM. (19+ event) Tickets and full info at the link below!


Sunday, June 11th: Pride Worship Service at St Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church at 263 Victoria Street. Join St Mark’s congregation for a pride worship, “God welcomes all regardless of race or culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, or relationship status”- St Mark’s mission statement. Free admission and open to all!


Wednesday, June 14th: Screening of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) at The Kingston Screening Room, 7PM. The story of two drag performers and a transgender woman traveling across the Australian desert to perform their cabaret. Tickets available from the Kingston Screening Room.


Wednesday, June 14th– Sunday, June 18th: Chipped Off Performance Collective presents Rhinoceros or What’s Different About Me?. A “criticism of fascism, and addresses the importance of maintaining one’s identity and integrity in a world that has succumbed to brute force and mindless submission”. Full description and ticket info at the link!


Thursday, June 15th: “Your Body Is A Playground: Getting In Touch and Letting Go of Shame” hosted by out/in Kingston will “focus on cis, trans and non-binary queer people’s pathways to pleasure”. An open conversation and discussion designed to be “inclusive and realistic”! Find them at 844a Princess St, 7- 10PM. Full info and directions at the link!


Friday, June 16th: Resilience: A Pride Dance Party taking place at the Renaissance, 285 Queen Street. Tickets are 10$, this is a 19+ event. Click the link for tickets and times!


Saturday, June 17th: Kingston Pride Community Fair and Parade! Open to all, the parade begins and ends in Skeleton Park with the Community Fair taking place in the park. This is a family friendly event open to all who want to celebrate gender and sexual diversity. Check out more info on the community Facebook event below!

Beers for Queers at Tir Nan Og, 200 Ontario Street. No cover, 19+, 7PM.


Sunday, June 18th: Kingston Drum Circle presents an Open Community Drum Circle at Musiikki Café, 73 Brock Street. Come enjoy or participate!


Let us know if there are any events we missed! See you out there Kingston!

Budyanee De Zoysa

Budyanee is an active member of over five different Budyanee de Zoysayouth groups and initiatives in Kingston. She is always looking for ways to play her part in improving our community. Her engagement and advocacy for Kingston youth began shortly after she arrived, December 2015. Budyanee was approached by a member of the Limestone District School Board to be a Keynote Speaker for the “Dare to Stand Out: Youth Diversity Conference”. This was her first time speaking about her experiences coming to Canada in front of a large audience of youth. She was amazed by how responsive, appreciative, and respectful everyone was, this encouraged her to continue being involved in the Kingston community.

From this Budyanee became involved with Peace Quest, then the Immigrant Services Kingston and Area (ISKA) youth group and Pathways for Children and Youth. The ISKA youth group has played a huge role in her feeling welcome in Kingston. Through attending youth group she has been able to experience many diverse cultures. This also createda drive in her to expand her knowledge and began learning more languages; she would love to be able to assist as a translator for the group.

Just this year Budyanee added to her growing list of youth initiatives by becoming a successful candidate for Sophie Kiwala’s MPP Youth Council. This makes her one of approximately ten youth that discuss youth issues related to provincial parliament and bring them directly to Sophie Kiwala.

Something Budyanee hopes to work on moving forwarding is addressing racism in Kingston, specifically socio-political aspects of racism. She is currently in a working group that aims to ending structural racism in Kingston, as of now this group is doing research to learn more about the experiences of racialized youth in Kingston.

Your Guide to Youth Week 2017

National_Youth_Logo_CLRNot everyone knows that in Canada we have a week long celebration of young people called “National Youth Week” which runs every year from May 1-7. Mayor Bryan Paterson made a proclamation in 2016 making Kingston a home for National Youth Week for years to come. Y2K has teamed up with our partners at Community Living Kingston, the YMCA Kingston, the Kingston Police, the Boys & Girls Club, CRNK, Blue Canoe Productions, The Juvenis Festival, and the City of Kingston to bring free programming for youth throughout this week.

This is your guide to National Youth Week here in Kingston, check out all of the free events and programming in what will be a busy week!

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