The LGBTQIA+ agenda for Toronto is scheduled to convene in May, but not in the Toronto Centre.
That’s where the Pride Toronto and Toronto Gay and Lesbian Centre meet, as the event is being billed as a “research agenda” meeting.
Toronto Queer News’ Andrew Fung reports: The LGBTQ Agenda has been held in the downtown Toronto LGBTQ neighbourhood for the last five years and was a regular feature of Pride events, and this year it’s being held in a new location in the city.
This meeting will take place at the LGBT Centre at Queen’s Park.
Pride organizers are encouraging LGBTQIA+, who are expected to make up a majority of the event’s attendees, to attend the meeting.
It is the first time the LGBTQ Agenda meets at the downtown LGBTQ venue, said Pride organizer Lacey Tashiro, who added that organizers were hoping for a “tremendous amount of engagement from the LGBTQIA+.
“I think we’ll be able to see a lot more in the coming months as we go forward,” Tashio said.
Pride Toronto is hosting the event in an attempt to increase the number of queer and trans people attending the event.
It’s an opportunity for people to “look at their own lives as queer, trans, and gender nonconforming,” Tachiro said.
“This is an opportunity to look at your journey, and see that you’re not alone.”
In the past, Pride Toronto has hosted events like the LGBTQ Conference, which features a keynote address by LGBTQIA* allies and a keynote speech by LGBTQ+ leaders.
The event was first held in 2003.
However, it’s not the first LGBTQ Agenda meeting.
The meeting has also been held at the Royal Canadian Legion, which was originally hosted at the Gay and Allied Veterans Memorial, but moved to a new venue in 2015.
The LGBTQI+ agenda is the culmination of an initiative to bring LGBTQIA+) communities together for “research and advocacy work,” as Pride organizers put it.
“The LGBTQIA agenda is a work in progress,” Tishiro said of the gathering.
“We’re hoping that by the time it’s over, there will be a really strong network of people coming together to get a really high-quality LGBTQIA-focused meeting, one that will bring in people that are queer and cisgender.”