Pride Toronto Community Advisory Committees are developed to create meaningful conversations and deepen our connection with the most marginalized members of the communities we serve.  This critical work is done through an anti-racist, anti-oppressive,  decolonial and trauma-informed community-centred framework, where each participant has an equitable voice in shaping the strategy and community programming within the work we do year-round.

Purpose
The Community Advisory Committees are community-led advisory working panels that assists Pride Toronto in creating additional access and inclusion throughout the Pride Toronto Festival. These advisory groups are tasked with helping to create  Pride Toronto’s Community Action Plan to ensure that Pride Toronto works towards reducing visible and invisible barriers for all. 

Participation
Pride Toronto values the expertise and lived experience of members of our community and other key stakeholders. We are seeking individuals to apply to our Community Advisory Committees to work alongside Pride Toronto to help guide and shape the direction of our organization. Pride Toronto is looking for applicants who identify within the Community Advisory Committees and are queer and/or trans. Applications are welcome from people with relevant academic or professional experience in advocating for representation, including those who work or volunteer for service and advocacy organizations. People with disabilities and from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. 

About Community Advisory Committee
Community Advisory Committees are made up of up to twelve (12) 2SLGBTQ+ community members.

The Advisory Committee will provide strategic, expert and impartial advice to Pride Toronto to help develop and implement plans to ensure Pride Toronto’s Mission is upheld. Key activities for the Advisory Committees will be to help to develop Pride Toronto’s Community Action Plan. This advisory committee will also monitor Pride Toronto’s progress and assist in connecting Pride Toronto to additional communities that may wish to engage with Pride Toronto. 

Advisory Committees are advisory bodies and do not have formal decision-making authority and participants cannot act as a representative for Pride Toronto. A Terms of Reference will be provided for Advisory Group members to outline their role and function. 

Working Group Commitment and Remuneration
Advisory Committees will meet once every once a month and run between September – July each year. Meetings will not be more than two (2) hours long. 

Pride Toronto will provide any access services required for members to participate fully and effectively (eg. captioning or ASL). 

Pride Toronto will prepare meeting agendas, minutes and documentation as required. Advisory members may suggest agenda items that are relevant to the objectives of the group. 

As well as attending meetings, Advisory Committee Members will be asked to review documents before or after meetings, and Members may have the opportunity to provide advice or feedback “out of session”. 

Panel members who require additional support to attend or participate in meetings may also be reimbursed out-of-pocket expenses such as payment for a support worker and transport expenses, where public transport is not suitable.

Selection Process
Your application will be considered along with others so that together, the Advisory Groups have wide expertise across disability types, inclusion and access skills, experience and knowledge. The panel will consist of Pride Toronto staff. 

How to Apply
You can apply in these formats:

  1. Standard Online Application form online
  2. Please email your form to [email protected] or
  3. Mail a printed copy to Pride Toronto
    RE: Community Advisory Committee, Pride Toronto
    700 – 158 Sterling Road
    Toronto Ontario
    M6R 2B7

We foster a culture of honest and courageous conversations, by creating safer spaces where our community’s voices are heard.

For additional information please contact Nicoy, [email protected]

Community Advisory Committees

​The 2Spirit and Indigenous Community Advisory Committee organizes and lead important conversations regarding all Indigenous and 2Spirit programming, which is a participatory, political, visible, and safe community-driven event within Pride Toronto’s festival. This initiative strives to empower, inspire and celebrate all Indigenous and 2Spirit communities. ​The 2Spirit and Indigenous Community Advisory Committee will hold a strong voice within the sacred grounds that Pride Toronto is hosted on, and will ensure the recognition of the important contributions of Indigenous peoples to Pride and the continued fight for equity at all Pride Toronto events. The 2Spirit and Indigenous committee also facilitates year-round gatherings and conversations aimed towards healing in coalition with the Community Engagement and Office Manager.

The Accessibility Community Advisory Committee was developed to create meaningful conversations and deepen our connection with the most marginalized members of the communities we serve. This committee engages in key discussions, outreach and development of accessible policies at Pride Toronto.  This critical work is done through an anti-racist, anti-oppressive,  decolonial and trauma-informed community-centred framework, where each participant has an equitable voice in shaping the strategy and community programming within the work we do year-round. We foster a culture of honest and courageous conversations, by creating safer spaces where our community’s voices are heard, acknowledged and actioned.

The Anti-Racism Community Advisory Committee was developed to create meaningful conversations and deepen our connection with the most marginalized members of the communities we serve. This committee engages in key discussions, outreach and development of anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion policies at Pride Toronto.  This critical work is done through an anti-racist, anti-oppressive,  decolonial and trauma-informed community-centred framework, where each participant has an equitable voice in shaping the strategy and community programming within the work we do year-round. We foster a culture of honest and courageous conversations, by creating safer spaces where our community’s voices are heard, acknowledged and actioned.

The Bi+ Pride community advisory committee organizes and leads important conversations year round regarding the Bi+ community space, which is a participatory, political, visible, and safe community-driven event within Toronto’s Pride festival. This initiative strives to empower, inspire and celebrate Bi+, pansexual and sexually fluid communities. The Bi+ Pride committee has a deep community grassroots past and although a Pride Toronto event, maintains a unique culture and voice. The Bi+ Pride committee reports directly to the Community Engagement Manager for additional support, resources and community engagement activities.

The Dyke March Community advisory committee organizes and leads important discussions regarding the Dyke March. The Dyke March is a grassroots event where women and trans people in 2SLGBTQ+ communities take over the streets of Toronto. The Dyke March is not a parade – it is a political demonstration of critical mass; a moment seized to revel in the strength, diversity and passion of 2SLGBTQ+ women and trans folk. This committee works to celebrate the diversity, visibility, and strengths of our dyke communities and to resist normative stereotypes, systems, and economies. Our organizing framework is a radical queer politics that is collaborative and community-driven and emphasizes the power of our desires, stories, and collective knowledge. We work to organize a March and other events that strive to dismantle racism, transphobia, classism, and ableism while fostering sex and body positivity. We do this so that we can create accountable and supportive spaces in Toronto for all lesbian, bi, and queer women and all self- identified dykes, including 2Spirit and gender-variant dykes, from across the spectrum and from various backgrounds. We aim to organize a Dyke March that honours the history of Dyke Marches as a political demonstration and that has year-long impact in order to move us forward. We seek to move forward through creating dialogue that truly respects our differences as well as the complexity of our identities and experiences. We recognise that we need to build new systems of care, alternative economies, and transformative and empowering communities.

The Family Pride Community Advisory Committee organizes the Family Pride area at the Pride Festival.
This committee programs children’s entertainment facilitates activities and works with community
groups and stakeholders to create a child-friendly area for children, parents, and their caregivers
during the weekend of Pride. Committee Members work year-round in collaboration with the Community Engagement Manager to facilitate deeper community conversations on queer and trans family representations. This is accomplished through community consultations and outreach.

The Francophone Pride Community Advisory Committee organizes the Francophone Pride area at the Pride Festival. This committee programs Francophone-centred entertainment facilitates activities and works with community groups to create a French centred area for Francophone Festival goers throughout the weekend of Pride. Committee Members work year-round in collaboration with the Community Engagement Manager to facilitate deeper community conversations on queer and trans-Francophone representations. This is accomplished through community consultations and outreach.

Le comité consultatif communautaire de la fierté francophone organise la zone de la fierté francophone au festival de la fierté. Ce comité programme des divertissements centrés sur les francophones, facilite les activités et travaille avec les groupes communautaires pour créer une zone centrée sur le français pour les festivaliers francophones tout au long du week-end de la Fierté. Les membres du comité travaillent toute l’année en collaboration avec le responsable de l’engagement communautaire pour faciliter des conversations communautaires plus approfondies sur les représentations des homosexuels et des transsexuels. Cela se fait par le biais de consultations communautaires et d’activités de sensibilisation. 

The Newcomer Community Advisory Committee was developed to create meaningful conversations and deepen our connection with the most marginalized members of the communities we serve. This committee engages in key discussions, outreach and development of accessible policies geared toward newcomers/immigrants at Pride Toronto.  This critical work is done through an anti-racist, anti-oppressive,  decolonial and trauma-informed community-centred framework, where each participant has an equitable voice in shaping the strategy and community programming within the work we do year-round. We foster a culture of honest and courageous conversations, by creating safer spaces where our community’s voices are heard, acknowledged and actioned.

The Senior Pride Community Advisory Committee organizes the Senior Pride area at the Pride Festival.
This committee programs senior’s entertainment, facilitates activities and works with community
groups and stakeholders to create a seniors area for seniors, their families, and their caregivers
during Pride. Committee Members work year-round in collaboration with the Community Engagement Manager to facilitate deeper community conversations on queer and trans senior representations. This is accomplished through community consultations and outreach.

The Sober Pride community advisory committee organizes and leads important conversations year-round regarding The Sober Space at Pride Toronto.  Sober space is dedicated to providing a safe experience for people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, and who want to attend and enjoy the Pride festival and celebration. The committee  programs 3 days of activities, including Recovery meetings throughout the day. The Sober Space also includes live entertainment and Arts & Culture representation of sober queer and trans community members.

The Trans Pride community advisory committee organizes and leads important conversations year round regarding the Trans March, which is a participatory, political, visible, and safe community-driven event within Toronto’s Pride festival. This initiative strives to empower, inspire and celebrate transgender, transsexual, gender fluid and non-binary communities. The Trans Pride committee has a deep community grassroots past and although a Pride Toronto event, maintains a unique culture and voice. The Trans Pride committee reports directly to the Community Engagement Manager for additional support, resources and community engagement activities.

The YouthPride Community Advisory Committee organizes the Youth Pride area at the Pride Festival.
This committee programs Youth entertainment facilitates activities and works with community
groups and stakeholders to create a youth-friendly area for youth during Pride. Committee Members work year-round in collaboration with the Community Engagement Manager to facilitate deeper community conversations on queer and trans youth representations. This is accomplished through community consultations and outreach.

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