Phil Vandermolen

Oxford Pride Committee

we want your input

Oxford Pride is seeking promotional videos of you, your family, community organization or business…Tell us how you support LGBTQ2S+ Pride in Oxford County and why is it important to be an Ally for the LGBTQ2 S+ community! What is it like to be LGBTQ2 S+ in a rural community like Oxford County? We will be playing videos throughout Family Day June 19th. Send prerecorded videos to:

Join us June 19th, Oxford County Family Day as we live-stream our events! Featuring special guest appearance by tic tok star Celina “Boo Boo” Amazing musical talents, indigenous drumming, Drag Storytime, yoga, kickboxing, LGBTQ2 S+ story telling, and much more! All hosted by the one and only Sabrina former Heart FM morning show host!

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Your 2SLGBTQ+ experience in Oxford County

We want to know what your experience has been like, living in Oxford County as a 2SLGBTQ+ person. In a short paragraph up to a maximum of three paragraphs, describe your experience as a 2SLGBTQ+ person. This can be a personal experience or something you witnessed happen to another person. We want to add your experiences to our Pride guide and resource booklet for 2021. Remember to keep it short. The committee will decide on which experiences make it into the guide. Email your experience to Deadline is May 15, 2021.

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Oxford Pride Committee

The year ahead 2021

The year 2020 brought some new challenges but we persevered and learned new ways to bring the community together. Our recipient of our Tyrell Pride Leadership Award was Mary Elizabeth Rochon. Mary grew up in the Catholic school system and was not taught anything about the 2SLGBTQ+ community. She transferred to Woodstock Collegiate Institute and joined the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA). The GSA was planning a large IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia) event in Woodstock, however, it got cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We look forward to Mary’s continued activism within the 2SLGBTQ+ community and we wish her all the best on her future endeavors.

Last year, we received a grant from Community Futures Oxford to install a Rainbow crosswalk in Downtown Woodstock. This was delayed due to Covid-19 but is expected to take place in April or May of 2021. “The Oxford County Pride Committee recognizes Community Futures Oxford for its financial support through the Community Economic Development Program towards the Rainbow Sidewalk, which provides not for profits in Oxford County with grants that catalyse economic activity in a number of priority areas.”

The year 2021 is looking to be an exciting year. It will be a virtual Pride season again, but, we are planning for in-person events later this year. Fingers crossed. Watch for events to be livestreamed on virtual platforms. Our June events, such as flag raisings in Woodstock, Ingersoll and Tillsonburg, Storytime with the Queen. Our Oxford Pride Family Day, will be filled with entertainment and a list of other hosts and information. We hope you can join us. Watch our social media sites for information.

Last year we had a community request to adopt the new Progress flag in place of the Rainbow flag. The Progress flag adds the colours of the Transgender flag as well as the Brown and Black stripe for persons of colour. We are a very diverse community and feel inclusion and diversity must be represented and celebrated within the 2SLGBTQ+ community. We have sent out request to the cities and townships requesting they fly the Pride Flag, preferably the Progress Flag, throughout June. Oxford Pride will supply the flag. We have adjusted our logo to reflect this change. These are just a couple of small things we can do to stand in unity.

We were the recipient of a Community Economic Development & Diversification (CEDD) grant from Fierté Canada Pride. This money will be used in a project to make our website more inclusive and accessible to everyone in our community. This project includes improving our streaming capabilities, which we will continue to use after the pandemic at our events, allowing us to interact with people who cannot be physically present at our events. We are very grateful for the support of Fierté Canada Pride who have helped us to grow as a committee in small town, southern Ontario.

Lastly, We are thankful for the continued support of our sponsors who make all of this possible.

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Oxford County Library

As it happened, the Oxford County Library, received a majority gay and lesbian (physical) books at the end of 2020. We are working to ensure our purchasing in 2021 is of broader inclusion to create a more balanced fiction collection with bisexual, transgender, pansexual, asexual and two-spirited.

I’ve put together a list of physical LGBTQ+ titles we received in late 2020. These books may be borrowed from any Oxford County Library branch. We are currently offering curbside pickup. If someone would like a library card they need only email to get signed up.

I would greatly appreciate if you would be able to share this poster as far and widely as possible.

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Rainbow Sidewalk in Woodstock

“The Oxford County Pride Committee recognizes Community Futures Oxford for its financial support through the Community Economic Development Program towards the Rainbow Sidewalk, which provides not for profits in Oxford County with grants that catalyse economic activity in a number of priority areas.”

The Oxford County Pride committee is proud to announce we have worked hard advocating and fundraising to bring a rainbow cross to downtown Woodstock. This achievement would not have been possible wirhout the generous grant recieved by Community Futures Oxford and our many community partners. Unfortunately the project has been temporarily postponed due Covid 19 however we are hopeful to complete crosswalk as soon as it is safe to do so. UPDATE: We are hoping to have the sidewalk installed before June of 2021.

The Rainbow sidewalk will represent the diverse and supportive culture of Oxford County, while sending messages of support and inclusiveness and visibility to residents in Oxford County.

Thank you to the Community Futures Oxford, the BIA and Oxford County for your support!

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