Country page 2023 – Canada


Country pages feature announcements of events that were directly registered on our site.
More information on what is happening for the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia can be found on our social media.

Winnipeg Beach Manitoba does not recognize May 17

Location: Winnipeg Beach Manitoba
Date: 17 May 2023
Time: All Day
Info: The town of Winnipeg Beach has failed to recognize May 17 as an important, international day against Homophobia. This tiny town that relies on tourism for it’s economy needs reminders as to how important this day is and why.

Please help spread the word to email the town councilors and remind them.

Thank you.

IDAHOBIT 2023 Paper Craft and Movie Night

Location: Coquitlam Public Library, BC, Canada. No registration required for the crafts, but yes for the movie night. Age check required for the movie night. The crafts are messy and will use glue. Check out our website to view more details on the event.
Date: 12, 17, 20 May 2023
Time: Afternoon to evening
Info: 2 all ages crafting activities and an adult social hour and movie night.

Welcoming all 2SLGBTQIA+ adults and their allies, this event is a free drop in craft activity making 3D rainbow colored shapes out of paper that will be combined together to create a free form art piece. Drop by to make a few cubes to the piece, a few to take home, and make an impact on our community artwork! The completed sculpture will be displayed in the library and online on our social media accounts.

An adults only movie night celebrating 2SLGBTQIA+ people. This event is part of the Coquitlam Public Library’s celebration of May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT). Welcoming all 2SLGBTQIA+ adults and their allies, this evening is a socialization event with drinks and refreshments followed by a showing of the movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Montreal’s honourable citizens award

Location: 155 Notre Dame Est Montreal city hall
Date: 15 May 2023
Time: 17:30
Info: Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante invited Roger and Theo, 15 May at 17:30 to meet her at City Hall to receive this honour distinction. It coincides with IDAHOBIT. A first for members of the LGBTQ+ community, it was Roger and Theo who first launched the idea of that day on 27 May 2001, with
Laurent McCutcheon making it happen in 2003. Theo Wouters and Roger Thibault are celebrating their 50th anniversary this upcoming 22 December 2023.

Rainbow Rhapsody. Chosen Family Dinner

Location: 99 Queen’s Rd, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, NL, Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador
Date: 17 May 2023
Time: 18:30
Info: Join us on May 17th for a night of music, joy, and community as we celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia.
Our event will feature a live music performance by Spectrum Queer Choir, a singing workshop (all levels welcome), and an open mic. We’ll also be serving a delicious dinner (Chili with Meat or Vegan/Vegetarian Chili), perfect for sharing with your chosen family.
Come connect with others in the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and stand in solidarity against discrimination. We can’t wait to see you there!
ASL Interpretation provided.
Date: Wednesday, May 17th
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Location: Gower Street United Church, in the Lecture Hall, entrance by Gower Street
Register here: or scan the QR code in the poster
This event is funded in part by RBC Foundation, and MusicNL

IDAHTB Celebration BBQ

Location: 38021 Third Ave. Squamish, BC
Date: 17 May 2023
Time: 16:30-18:30
Info: Join us at the HSWC drop-in centre to celebrate this special day!! Enjoy free BBQ hot dogs (vegetarian option too), beverages, and other treats! Open to all trans, non-binary, gender diverse people & supportive allies. All ages!
When: Wednesday, May 17th at 4:30-6:30pm
Where: 38021 Third Ave. (outside in the back)
Contact Jo for more information: 604-389-9165

Flag Raising at Province House

Location: 1726 Hollis Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Date: 17 May 2023
Time: 11:30
Info: Join MLA Lisa Lachance at Province House for the raising of the Pride flag to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.


Location: UBC
Date: 17 May 2023
Time: 12:00pm PDT
Info: Hosting an open lunch to discuss all initiatives UBC is currently taking to ensure awareness.

Flag raising event

Location: 40 college street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: 17 May 2023
Time: 11:00
Info: The Toronto Police Service is proud to have Chief of Police Myron Demkiw raise the Progress pride flag at our Headquarters building in Toronto. He will do this with his Command Officers to show support and to continue efforts of building bridges with the 2SLGBTQ+ Community. We will also have several important community members who will be there with us to help celebrate this event.

IDAHOBIT Informational Week at Our High School

Location: Richmond, BC
Date: 15-17 May, 2023
Time: 8:30-3:00PM
Info: Our school’s SJ12 class, with the approval of our PRIDE club, will be doing daily PA messages, social media posts, all week and on Wednesday, we will be created a 2SLGBTQIA+ mural in chalk at the front of the school and urging allies and members of our 2SLGBTQIA+ community to wear rainbow colours. During recess, we will be giving out rainbow lollipops and encouraging school staff to learn more about IDAHOBIT and May 17th.

Rally Against Discrimination

Location: 45793 Luckakuck road, Chilliwack, BC
Date: 17 May
Time: 16:00
Info: May 17th marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia. The Chilliwack Pride Society and the United Way of BC have partnered together to host a Rally Against Discrimination!
At 4pm, we will meet at 45793 Luckakuck. Chilliwack Pride will be selling flags and merch – the first 20 people to join us for the Rally will get a free flag!
We will provide sign-making supplies and a table for folks to make their own anti-discrimination / pro-love and inclusion signs, or you are welcome to bring your own!
At 4:30, we will begin our walk/roaming rally down Vedder, loop back, and end at 6pm. Water & snacks will be available.
The path for the rally includes well-lit sidewalks with curb cuts and uncontrolled crosswalks. There will not be any places to sit down. Public washrooms are inside the Shell gas station, Starbucks or the Cottonwood Mall. The rally will be along a busy street, please use caution if attending with small children.

Feel free to join us at any time, and leave at any time.

CSU IDAHOBIT Community Art Project

Location: Birch 313 – 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver, BC V7J 3H5
Date: 17 May 2023
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Info: What: On this day, we want to bring beauty and love to everyone in our community. Please join us in the Queer Resource Centre for a fun community art project, lunch, music, and awesome people! We are working to build the Queer Collective again and revitalize the space. All art supplies and lunch will be provided. Just bring your amazing selves and friends!
Where: The CSU Queer Resouce Centre in Birch 313
When: May 17 from 11:30am – 1:00pm
Why: Because we are all fabulous!


Location: Halton District School Board
Date: 17 May 2023
Time: 14:00
Info: Recognition and learning at our school


Location: 5020 Saint Ambroise St, Montreal, Quebec H4C 2G1
Date: May 17
Time: 7 pm to 2 am
Info: L-nights is celebrating its 8 years of existence but also celebrating May 17. LGBTQ people only.

Worship Service – preaching AGAINST homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia

Location: Sydenham-Heritage United Church, 120 Sydenham Street, Brantford ON, Canada
Date: 21 May 2023
Time: 10:30 am EST
Info: During this regular Sunday morning worship service I will be preaching against homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia. It should be an interesting service, because the congregation is made up of a spectrum of people including very inclusive/progressive people but also homophobic people. Visitors welcome of course (online or in person)!!!
Sydenham-Heritage United Church is part of the (relatively) progressive United Church of Canada. We affirm people of all genders and sexualities.
The service will last approximately 1 hour. If you come in person, there will be a social gathering following the service and you are welcome to that too.

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