In June the global LGBTQ community comes to Toronto for WorldPride 2014, and there is absolutely no shortage of events for gay couples and their families. Theater and musical events, spiritual gatherings, fun zones for the kids, movie nights, Gays With Kids has you covered for the WorldPride Season.
Whether your family’s from downtown Toronto, the suburbs, a couple of hours away, or traveling from a far, WorldPride is a gathering of the global community you won’t want to miss with lots to do for everyone!
Have an LGBTQ family-friendly event during Toronto’s WorldPride you want listed? Send info to Ferd to have your event added to the Gays With Kids WorldPride Family Guide.
TUESDAY, JUNE 17
The WorldPride edition of the popular annual event, show off your family’s moves at the DJ Dance Party, with special musical guest Troy Jackson. Queer and trans families welcome for sports, crafts and snacks in the park. This year’s theme is “Beauty in The World,” so feel free to come dressed in your best.
5:30-8pm. The 519 Church Street Community Centre, 519 Church St. Free.
FRIDAY, JUNE 20
Youth services provider Strong and Resilient (STARS) with Deslisle Youth Services, a special drop in space for queer, trans and questioning youth, is throwing a family friendly Pride BBQ at their drop in space, The Studio. Meat and veggie options available, games, prizes, performances art and more, everyone welcome.
Noon-4pm. Delisle Youth Services, 40 Orchard View Blvd. Free.
Join the Toronto LGBT community for the opening series, featuring music icon Melissa Etheridge, R&B; singer Deborah Cox, country music sensation Steve Grand and the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto Choir with soloist Gavin Hope. Hosted by the indelible Deb Pearce and friends. All ages welcome.
7pm. Nathan Phillips Square. Free.
Join Congregation Shir Libeynu to celebrate the coming of the Sabbath at this queer and trans positive, liberal Kabbalat Shabbat. Affirming LGBTQ individuals, couples and families from around the world. Free childcare provided. After the service join Kulanu Toronto, an LGBTQ-positive Jewish organization, for a vegetarian Kosher Shabbat Dinner. Kosher wine will be served. and dancing following the meal.
7:30pm, dinner at 8:45pm. Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Ave. $10 suggested donation to cover cost of meal. RSVP for either event.
SATURDAY, JUNE 21
Joyous Shabbat Service and Potluck with the Danford Jewish Circle
Celebrate Pride and Shabbat with the progressive, inclusive Jewish community in Toronto’s East End. Accessbile service with a participatory Torah reading.
10am. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. RSVP.
Queer and trans people and families of all faiths welcome to this massive celebration of faith and diversity. Performances by local artists and speeches from community leaders with the opportuities to learn about how faith based communities are working together for a more inclusive world. The fair will be followed by a Sunset Youth Service inside the MUC from 6-9pm, and an outdoor candle-light Havdallah Service at 9:15pm in honour of LGBTQ people around the world who continue to face discrimination.
3pm. Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen St E. RSVP.
SUNDAY, JUNE 22
A fabulous brunch for families of all types. Enjoy a show by The Space Chums: A Galactastic New Band for the Kids of the Universe, take advantage of the dress up station and the book corner while enjoying selections from the amazing Gladstone buffet brunch.
10am-3pm. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W. $16/adult, $10/child.
THURSDAY, JUNE 26
Somewhere over the rainbow you’ll find the Lakeshore Village Family Pride celebration. Discover art and entertainment all along Dorothy’s Tour with free face painting, rainbow balloon hat making, comedy, music, film screenings, Oz themed meals and more with the Lakeshore’s over 15 LGBTQ-positive businesses. Presented by the Lakeshore Village Business Improvement Association.
4pm. 1st to 12th Street, Etobicoke. $10 for Dorothy’s Tour (children are free with paid adult). Purchase tickets online or at Loot Lady Toys, 3029 Lake Shore Blvd.
The first ever LGBTQ-BBQ drop-in art installation. Be part of a massive art installation with David Kelley LGBTQ & HIV/AIDS Counselling Services. Family Service Toronto is celebrating 100 years of serving the community. Draw, write, and share what makes you proud to be part of this amazing global community.
4pm. Family Service Toronto, 355 Church St. Free.
For one magical story add some fairy and hold the godmother. Based on her memoir, Alison Wearing’s one-woman show tells her story growing up with a gay dad in the ‘80s. Wearing’s insightful story looks at what a family can be with hilarity, complexity and tenderness. Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter has played to rave reviews, including winning “Best of the Fest” at the Victoria Fringe Festival.
Runs Wednesday June 25 through Saturday June 28. Special performance dedicated for gay dads on Thursday, June 26, includes Q&A; and an after-show party. George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place. $28 plus tax.
FRIDAY, JUNE 27
All queer and allied families welcome.
SATURDAY, JUNE 28
Come out and have some fun at Pride’s kid-friendly zone with lots to do for the whole family. Organized by the Family Pride Team and in its 13th year with Pride Toronto, Family Pride has all kinds of snacks, performances, games, face painting arts and crafts.
NoH8 Campaign Open Photo Shoot
Join the global movement to send a message, #NOH8worldwide! At this special open photoshoot, become part of the campaign that celebrities and communities from all walks of life have been part of. Photos are first come, first served, wear white and arrive ready to make a statement. Become immortalized with Celebrity Photographer and the NOH8 campaign co-founder Adam Bouska, with funds raised going to raise awareness for marriage equality and anti-discrimination worldwide.
Noon-3pm. Allan Gardens, 19 Horticultural Ave. $45 solo photos, $30/person in couple or group shots.
Sing out loud and proud with Toronto’s favourite big, gay choir. Join 110-voice LGBTQ choir Singing Out’s sing-along with everyone’s favourites, from Broadway to Lady Gaga, from Madonna to mash-ups. Hosted by the amazing Deb Pearce, and featuring the female-fronted R&B; sensation The Reenies, this is a big, gay musical event not to be missed.
7pm and 9:15pm. R.A. Laidlaw Centre, 404 Jarvis St. $17. Purchase tickets online or at Out On Church, 551 Church St.
SUNDAY, JUNE 29
Come out and have some fun at Pride’s kid-friendly zone with lots to do for the whole family. Organized by the Family Pride Team and in it’s 13th year with Pride Toronto, Family Pride has all kinds of snacks, performances, games, face painting arts and crafts.