We are volunteers from Toronto’s trans* communities who

We are volunteers from Toronto’s trans* communities who have found a welcoming and supportive home in Pride Toronto, and as Trans* Pride Team Leads, have worked within our communities and within Pride Toronto to ensure trans*-inclusiveness. We are proud of our efforts and consider this year’s festival a success, while acknowledging that there is also more to be done.

It is with regret that we must correct inaccuracies in an article written by Nicki Ward, published by vice.com<http://vice.com/> and republished by huffingtonpost.ca <http://huffingtonpost.ca/> .

Pride Toronto is proud of its trans*-inclusive programming, including organizing the rally before the trans* march and collaborating with an ad hoc trans* community group on the march itself. To ensure transparency and accountability, the Trans* Pride Team of Pride Toronto organized several well-attended community town halls in the lead-up to the event, and although Pride Toronto is not a funding body for other organizations, it provided meeting space, refreshments and American Sign Language interpretation every time it was requested at meetings held by the group of which the author of the article is a member. Whether or not one is satisfied with the level of support Pride Toronto has offered to this group, it is grossly inaccurate and unfair to claim that no support was given.

One of the most memorable moments of this year’s festival was when our International Grand Marshal, Marcela Romero, a trans* community activist from Argentina, took the stage to launch the programming at Yonge-Dundas Square and issued a call for trans* rights, to supportive cheers from the large crowd. In addition, Pride Toronto and its spokespeople have consistently made trans* rights a central focus at this year’s festival, in particular calling in its public statements on the Senate to pass Bill C-279, which would add gender identity as a prohibited grounds for discrimination into the Canadian Human Rights Act. 

In the past few years, the programming on Pride Toronto’s stages has been more trans*-inclusive than ever, and has been arguably one of the largest showcases of trans* community talent anywhere. This year, the Pride Toronto Trans Pride Team focused on programming and representation from trans* communities of colour, whose voices are so often marginalized or silenced. Almost 20 per cent of the artists at the 2013 festival were trans*-identified. All of these performers, including the author of the article, are paid for their work, and Pride Toronto is proud to provide such a visible platform for trans* voices.

The feedback from genderqueer/gender-independent folks is that they were pleased to see representation of genderqueer folks speaking openly and publicly about gender non-conformity. Community members felt included and represented in this watershed moment.

The Pride Toronto Trans* Pride Team not only organized the pre-March Rally and a large contingent of marchers for the Trans* March itself, but also provided three nights and two full days of resource materials and activities at Trans* Space, as well as a wonderful, free, and well-attended trans* event which was held on Sunday 30 June. Pride Toronto provided space, food, resources and activities at the event, which featured all trans* performers (including the DJ) all from many communities.

Pride Toronto will continue its efforts to ensure trans* inclusion, both within the organization and within society as a whole. The trans* communities are included in all parts of the organization, including the board of directors, team leads, volunteers, and staff. We are excited by the legal and political changes that appears to be happening, but understand that it is only meaningful if it is carried effectively into social change. We continue to stand with trans* communities in their struggle for human rights and social inclusion.

Evana Ortigoza
Luka Sidaravicius
Den Temin
Trans Pride Team Leads

Trans Pride starts TOMORROW! Full programming bellow

Trans* Pride 2013
Friday, June 28th: Trans Rally and March

When Is It?
We are gathering at Norman Jewison Park(east of Yonge and Gloucester) at 6pm, on Friday June 28th. 2013

Rally Speakers will be on stage from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

This year the rally speakers will be: Alec Butler,Dani Arraya, Den Temin , Julissa Penate , Olivia Chow andMarcela Romero.

Pride Toronto is pleased and honoured to be marching with Trans* March 2013, on Yonge St for the first time, thanks to the efforts of Trans* communities.

Pride Toronto’s official involvement ends at Wood Street, but Trans* Community members and supporters will continue south on Yonge and east on Carlton, ending at Allan Gardens.

Who Can March?
All trans identified people, their friends and allies. We encourage you to tell your friends about the event and come help us celebrate the LGBTTIQQ2SA community.

Honoured Trans* Pride Positions 
Trans Pride and Pride Toronto  are glad to honour Kyle Scanlon as the Honoured Trans* Person and “The Fallen” as the Honoured Trans* Group. We are also excited to have Marcela Romero( Argentina) as the International Grand Marshal this year.

June 29th. And June 30th. 

Trans Space
Friday June 29 – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. • Saturday, June 30 – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 1 – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Located at the corner of Gloucester and Church, Trans Space at Pride Week 2013 is a safe, inclusive, informative and non-judgemental environment located at the heart of the festival site. It provides information, and support to members of the Trans community, those who are questioning, or simply curious.

Trans Human Library @ Trans Space
Saturday and Sunday 2pm-8pm

This year we are having an amazing trans human library full off incredible and diverse “books”. The way in which it works is that individuals who would like to share their stories become “books”. They hang around the library (trans space) and wait to be “checked-out” by readers. In reality what happens is that the individual who is volunteering will get to have a 30-45 minute conversation with folks who are interested in learning from lived experience. Volunteers share their story and answer questions. We are looking for diverse trans folks and trans allies who are friends or family of trans individuals to be part of our library.

Trans Pride will also be participating in the Dyke March ( Saturday, June 29th. 2pm) and the Pride Parade ( Sunday, June 30th. 1pm). If  you want to march  with  us, please contact us.

¡Gende(r)evolution!

June 30th. 6pm-12am

Oasis Acqua Lounge ( 231 mutual street). 6pm-Midnight.

Free event

***Performances***

Grey Muldon
Julissa Montesinos & Jlo
Kiley May
DJ Liam
Morgan Page 
Sunny Drake

***Full access to Oasis Acqua Lounge Facilities*** ( Pool, Saunas, Hot Tub
Cis people must be accompanied by a Trans* person ( Cis refers to those whose gender identity matches their natal sex.


Lockers/Towels will be 5.00
There will be “Clothing required” areas in the space
This event ends at midnight sharp. Please, plan accordingly
North Stage
Performances by Trans and gender variant artists will be happening on the North Stage (located next to Trans space) on Saturday and Sunday. Trans artists will also be performing throughout the Pride festival.
FRIDAY 28 JUNE 2013

 
8:00PM BQY (Black Queer Youth) ShowcaseSATURDAY 29 JUNE 2013

3:00 PM  Bricoteer Experiments Theatre

3:25 PM  DJ nik red

4:10 PM   DJ Syrus Marcus Ware

4:55 PM  Tyler Uptight

5:05 PM  Ivory Towers

5:20 PM  Sammy Samosa

5:35 PM  Sushmita Rai

5:50 PM  Julissa

6:10 PM [ T.B.D.] Femme

6:45 PM Mama D

7:15 PM Young Jibwe

9:00 PM  Sound Sluts

SUNDAY 30 JUNE 2013

3:00 PM  Kalmplex

3:00 PM  S. Bear Bergman  HOST

4:00 PM  Alec Butler

4:15 PM  Nicki Ward

4:30 PM  Kiley May

4:45 PM  S. Bear Bergman

5:00 PM  DJ L-Rock

6:00 PM  Evan Vipond

6:10 PM  Terrance Cross

6:20 PM  Kiley May

6:45 PM  Tye from Strip Maddisson

7:00 PM  The Crush Is Mutual

7:30 PM  Random Order

8:00 PM  Lucas Silveira

8:30 PM  Sunny Drake

9:00 PM  DJ Alyssa

Trans Human Library during Pride weekend. Interested? Email us!

This year Trans Pride (Pride Toronto) is having an amazing trans human library full off incredible and diverse “books” at Trans Space, during Pride weekend. The way in which it works is that individuals who would like to share their stories become “books”. They hang around the library (trans space) and wait to be “checked-out” by readers. In reality what happens is that the individual who is volunteering will get to have a 30-45 minute conversation with folks who are interested in learning from lived experience. Volunteers share their story and answer questions. We are looking for diverse trans folks and trans allies who are friends or family of trans individuals to be part of our library. If you are interested and/or would like more information please write to us at transpride@pridetoronto.com subject line: Trans Human Library

Trans Pride updates!

Hello Folks,

Pride celebrations are almost upon us and it’s that time of the year when we send out information as well as callouts for volunteers! We would appreciate it if you could circulate this information amongst your networks.

We need volunteers and lots of them! Here are the avaliable shifts: 

Trans Pride  Marshal or Assistant  Friday, June 28th, 6pm-9pm   Friends and allies welcome to volunteer.

Trans Space Assistant Friday, June 28th, 6pm-9pm Friends and allies welcome to volunteer

Trans Space Assistant Saturday June 29th, 10am-2pm   Trans identified volunteers only

Trans Space Assistant Saturday June 29th, 2pm-6pm   Trans identified volunteers only

Trans Space Assistant Saturday June 29th, 6pm-10pm   Trans identified volunteers only

Trans Space Assistant  Sunday June 30th, 10am-2pm Trans identified volunteers only

Trans Space Assistant  Sunday June 30th, 2pm- 6pm Trans identified volunteers only

Trans Space Assistant  Sunday June 30th, 6pm-10pm    Trans identified volunteers only

Trans space provides information and support to members of the Trans* communities, those who are questioning, or simply curious. It is a safe, inclusive, informative and non-judgmental environment that will be open for the entire Pride Weekend.

If you are interested in volunteering in Trans Space, please send an email to weekend@pridetoronto.com. Please include your first and last name, your phone number and email address, and confirm which of the shifts below you would like to volunteer for.  You will then receive a confirmation email with all the details.

If you are interested in volunteering as a “Trans Pride  Marshal or Assistant”, please register at www.makepridehappen.com.

Trans Space

Service Providers and Community Groups: If you would like to have your information displayed on Trans Space please send us an e-mail attranspride@pridetoronto.com

This year we are having an amazing trans human library full off incredible and diverse “books”. The way in which it works is that individuals who would like to share their stories become “books”. They hang around the library (trans space) and wait to be “checked-out” by readers. In reality what happens is that the individual who is volunteering will get to have a 30-45 minute conversation with folks who are interested in learning from lived experience. Volunteers share their story and answer questions. We are looking for diverse trans folks and trans allies who are friends or family of trans individuals to be part of our library. If you are interested and/or would like more information please write to us at transpride@pridetoronto.com subject line: Trans Human Library.

***Call Out for Trans Performers**

We are having a Cabaret Performance Night and we are looking for proposals from trans artists and performers. Please send us a proposal of your act totranspride@pridetoronto.com subject line: Cabaret proposal.

An honorarium will be provided for selected performances.

Rally and March:

 

The rally will start at 6:00 pm on Friday 28 June 2013 at the Norman Jewison Park. This year we are giving priority to marginalized voices within trans communities and focusing on bringing forth the voices of trans folk of colour.

Come and show your support for the trans community as they celebrate the LGBTTIQQ2SA community. 

The Trans Pride Rally is one of the largest events of the trans communities in the GTA. The Trans Pride Rally provides a place for trans identified people to rally, to stand up and come together in solidarity. It’s a grass-roots community focused event, providing safe space for trans people.

The trans march will immediately follow the rally.

 

The Trans March is a grass-roots community focused event, providing safe space for trans people. Since it began in 2009, the Trans March has sought to provide a place for trans identified people to rally, stand up and come together in solidarity. It is now one of the largest events of the trans* communities in the GTA.

This year the Trans March is being organized by trans* community members in collaboration with Pride Toronto’s Trans Pride volunteers.

Thanks to the efforts of the community, this year’s Trans March will take place on Yonge Street. We were able to secure a permit that will stop at Yonge and Wood. The community Trans March Committee has decided to continue to march past Wood to College and turn towards Allen Gardens. Pride Toronto will march until wood and then meet the rest of the group at Allen Gardens. Join the Trans March!!!

Registration is not mandatory but it is surely welcomed. If you would like to register for the march please go to http://www.pridetoronto.com/trans-pride-march-registration.

All trans identified people, their friends and allies are welcome in all Trans* Pride events. 

 

TRANS PRIDE TEAM LEAD

Role Description

Organizational Overview:
Pride Toronto is the not-for-profit organization that presents Pride Week, a ten day long arts and cultural festival celebrating Toronto’s LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities. The Festival is produced by year-round volunteers, each working together to produce the Pride Festival and full time staff that manage the organization and direct and support the activities of the teams. Each team is led by Team Leads who manage the activities of the team and its members. Our volunteers are an important part of Pride Festival planning who together; Help Make Pride Happen!

* Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, 2 Spirited, Allied.
Position Purpose:

The Trans Pride team is a volunteer team working within Pride Toronto whose goal is to promote Trans education and awareness within Pride Toronto’s events and beyond.
The Trans Pride Team strives to engage applicants of visible ethic minority groups, and. differently abled persons. The Trans Pride Team and community organizes and leads the Trans Pride March, rally and Trans space which are: participatory, political, visible, and safe community-driven events within Toronto’s Pride Week.

Term of position and hours per week required:
The Team Leads on the Trans Pride Team are appointed to a two-year term. Each Lead position requires a commitment of approximately 4-7 hours per month from August through to February, growing to approximately 10-15 hours per week from March through to May. Throughout the month of June, the hours per week will increase as needed especially during Pride Weekend.

Responsibilities:
Portfolio Tasks (50%):
 Reports to the Executive Director
 Reviews registrations and creates the Trans Pride March line up for contingents
 Performs outreach to community groups to encourage participation in the Trans March and Rally
 Managing the Trans space, which includes and handing out and relaying information regarding Trans communities and issues, services are available etc.
 Liaise with other Teams and Staff at Pride Toronto
 Liaise with Arts & Culture Manager to establish Trans programming for the Trans Rally and Space
 Recommends Trans identified artists to the Arts & Culture Team for programming
 Represents the Trans Pride Team at various community events

Team Coordination (30%):
 Recruits, trains and manages a reliable team of Team Members including Marshals
 Facilitates the work of Team Members
 Ensures updated information is available for volunteers, including a Team manual and volunteer descriptions
 Provides training to Team Members and Weekend Volunteers in advance of the festival weekend
 Attends Monthly Team Meetings
Organizational Support /Overarching Team Mandate (20%):
 Works within the limits of the approved budget and adheres to Pride Toronto’s financial policies
 Works openly, cooperatively and collaboratively with all other Pride Toronto Board, Staff and Volunteers.
 Provides courteous and professional customer service to all potential and registered participants of Pride Week
 Refers donations and sponsorships by referring prospective donors of cash / service / product / venue or promotions to the Director of Fundraising only
 Ensures any partnership or commitment of any organizational resources with any external person, organization or venue is approved by the appropriate staff liaison
 Ensures any communications with the media are referred to the Co-Chairs of the Board of Directors and/or the Executive Director
 Ensures the accurate tracking and timely submission of Team Lead (Co-Leads) and Team Member volunteer timesheets.
 Ensures the timely submission of forms, requests and documentation
Skills required:
 Must be 18 years of age or older and have a Police Records Check completed
 Has worked closely with and has knowledge of Trans’ groups and organizations representative of all LGBTTIQQ2SA communities
 Good conflict resolution skills and an ability to practice diplomacy
 Ability to multi-task
 Strong organizational skills
 Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
 Demonstrated leadership skills
 Ability to work in a team environment and motivate a group of others

This is not an exhaustive list of the duties required for this role. For further details of the work involved, please contact the Trans Pride Team Lead Luka Sidaravicius transpride@pridetoronto.com or Kiona Sinclair, Volunteer Program Manager at kiona@pridetoronto.com

Pride Toronto Mission:
Pride Toronto exists to celebrate the history, courage, diversity and future of Toronto’s LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities.
* Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, 2 Spirited, Allied.

Application process:
Please submit your resume and cover letter to:
Kiona Sinclair
Pride Toronto
Volunteer Program Manager
kiona@pridetoronto.com
Volunteer_program@pridetoronto.com

Pride Toronto adopts and upholds the City of Toronto’s policy statement which prohibits discrimination and harassment and protects the right to be free of hate activity, based on age, ancestry, citizenship, creed (religion), colour, disability, ethnic origin, family status, gender identity, level of literacy, marital status, place of origin, membership in a union or staff association, political affiliation, race, receipt of public assistance, record of offences, sex, sexual orientation or any other personal characteristics by or within the organization.

Trans Pride March and Trans Space 2012 Info

When Is It?

The Trans Pride 2012 rally before the march is happening at 6:00pm on Friday, June 29th at Norman Jewison Park. The march begins there at 7:30pm.

Trans Space 2012 is happening June 29th (6-9pm), June 30th and July 1st (both 10am-10pm) across the street from the 519 Community Centre.

Joining the March and Registration

If you want to march, you may register at transmarch2012.eventbrite.com. Check out our Facebook page for details on the event, times and more information if you would like to volunteer. The guest list on our Facebook events page is confidential, and individuals are not obligated to register if those are concerns.

If you are an organization looking to provide trans related outreach materials, or would like to set up a table at Trans Space, please register at the link above. This is to ensure we know you’re coming and can prepare to accommodate you. We appreciate all the organizations which have volunteered people and resources in past years, and look forward to working with you this year.

Who Can March?

All trans identified people, their friends and allies. We encourage you to tell your friends about the event and come help us celebrate the LGBTTIQQ2SA community.

** We encourage trans women of colour and people with different abilities to lead the march and set the pace for everyone else. **

Additional Info about Trans Space

Trans Space at Pride Week 2012 will be located at the heart of the festival site across from the 519 community centre. The space will provide information, workshops and support to members of the Trans* communities, those who are questioning, or simply curious. It will be a safe, inclusive, informative and non-judgmental environment that will be open for the entire Pride Weekend.

Performances by Trans and gender independent/variant artists will be happening on the North Stage – just besides Trans space- on Saturday and Sunday. In addition, Trans artists will also be performing on many other Pride stages and events.

Programming schedule forthcoming.

How Can I get Involved?

• Join our team and participate in the rally and march. We’re currently looking for volunteers to help us with Trans Space too!

 • Send us an email with any suggestions or comments, we’d love to hear your input.

 • Like Trans Pride on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and spread the word to your friends.

 • MARCH! We need YOU to rally and then walk, roll, dance and strut and with us on Friday June 29th, 2012.


ATTENTION! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR TRANS PRIDE 2012

At this year’s Pride Week, the Trans Pride events, spaces, and entertainment will be bigger than ever!  Volunteers are needed to help make it all happen on the Weekend of Pride Week.

Trans identified volunteers are needed to help run Trans Space, an area in the Pride Week festival with art, entertainment, and information by the Trans Community for the Trans Community.

Also, volunteers who are friends and allies of the Trans Community are needed as Marshals and Assistants during the Trans March.

Below are specific volunteer roles and shift times available for Trans Pride 2012.  If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to: weekend@pridetoronto.com. Please include your first and last name, your phone number, email address, and confirm which of the shifts below you would like to volunteer for.  You will then receive a confirmation email with all the details.

 Hope to hear from you!

 Pride Toronto Trans Pride & Weekend Volunteer Teams

 

Trans March Marshal

Friday, June 29th6pm-9pm  (Friends and allies welcome to volunteer)

 

Trans Space Assistant

Friday, June 29th :  6pm-9pm (Friends and allies welcome to volunteer) 

Saturday June 30th: 10am-4pm (Trans identified volunteers preferred)

Saturday, June 30th: 4pm-10pm (Trans identified volunteers preferred))

Sunday July 1st: 10am-4pm (Trans identified volunteers preferred)

Sunday, July 1st: 4pm-10pm (Trans identified volunteers preferred)

 

***Question? Concerns? Suggestions? E-mail us: transpride@pridetoronto.com***