At Pride we believe that meeting people where they are at, in a judgement-free space, is integral to ensuring that everyone can celebrate Pride in whatever way works best for them. And whatever works best for them works best for us. People are in charge of their own lives and all we can do is provide services for folks to be as safe as possible.
Harm Reduction at Pride Toronto:
While Pride Toronto Staff, Volunteers, and Board of Directors have incredible cumulative experience when it comes to planning and executing events for the 2SLGBTQ+ Communities, the truth is we are not a Harm Reduction Agency. However, we are lucky enough to live in the incredible City of Toronto where there are many Harm Reduction agencies interested in partnering with Pride Toronto in order to keep Pride Toronto Festival Guests safe.
Pride Toronto Partners:
Pride Toronto is so honoured and grateful to the following organizations who have agreed to partner with us for Festival Weekend:
- John Howard Society of Toronto
- 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations
- Maggie’s Toronto
- Parkdale Queen West CHC
- Casey House
- Street Health
- South Riverdale Community Health Centre
- Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention
Harm Reduction Practice:
We will have (among others) the following supplies on the festival footprint:
- Naloxone kits
- Safer Sex kits
- Sharps disposal
- Safer injection kits
- Fentanyl testing strips
- Safer smoking kits
- Harm Reduction Training supplies
We are so excited that we are going to be having at least one Harm Reduction Table in a central location as well as Harm Reduction roamers on the festival footprint who will be there in case anyone needs assistance. These roamers, along with the Harm Reduction workers who will be at the tent, will have
Naloxone Kits and Harm Reduction training. They will be wearing bright Yellow Vests and will be accessible via radio dispatch.
Our goals are simple, to ensure as much safety as possible, and to as many guests as possible without criticism, intimidation or oppression. To ensure that needs are met in a collaborative, non-discriminatory, human and social justice centred environment, that prioritizes comfort, well-being, and acceptance.
Where: The Harm Reduction tents will be at Church and Wellesley and Church and Carlton
When: The Harm Reduction Tents will be open at the following times:
- Friday, June 24: From 7pm to 11pm
- Saturday, June 25: From 1pm to 2am
- Sunday, June 26: From 1pm to 11pm
Please use the following Harm Reduction services as you may need.
In the case of Emergency, please call 911
Assaulted Women's Help Line
Rape Crisis Centre
Call (877) 330-6366
National Overdose Response Service