Happy Pride!

A vehicle decorated with flags and banners reads London Autistics Stanting Together OutLAST. A woman is visible from behind. She is wearing a rainbow tutu and fairy wings.
A vehicle decorated with flags and banners reads London Autistics Stanting Together OutLAST. A woman is visible from behind. She is wearing a rainbow tutu and fairy wings.
A vehicle decorated with flags and banners reads London Autistics Stanting Together OutLAST. A woman is visible from behind. She is wearing a rainbow tutu and fairy wings.

London Autistics Standing Together and OutLAST will be participating in Pride again this year. All community members, friends or family members who wish to march with us are welcome to join us.

Why Is Pride Important?

2019 marks the 50th anniversary since the Stonewall riots and 50 years since homosexuality was partially decriminalized in Canada.

LAST participates in pride both because it aligns well with our organization’s values of inclusion, intersectionality, and a more just and inclusive society.

More importantly, many of our community members are LGBT2QIA+. In fact, a higher percentage of our community identifies as LGBT2QIA+ than the general population.

It is important for Autistic people to be acknowledged as having a diversity of sexualities and genders. Despite stereotypes our community is diverse and Autistic adults are adults with the same broad range of desires, aspirations and sexualities as any other community.

Furthermore, there is still work to be done to bring about a world where people of all neurotypes, genders and sexualities are included and safe. There is still a need for more inclusive and accessible sex education. The shadow of Lovaas and conversion therapy still lingers, and more work is needed to ensure that all people have an opportunity to live with dignity without “treatments” that force compliance.

Pride is an opportunity to be visible as a community as we continue to advocate for more accessibility, justice, and inclusion.

There is power in coming together as a community and seeing and meeting other people like ourselves.

The Details:

Where:

  • We are assembling at the Western Fair District Raceway. 900 King Street, London.
  • Our position in the parade is A25, between CNIB and PFLAG and Trans London.
  • The parade rout will take us from the Western Fair District to Vic Park.

When:

  • Sunday July 28, 2019.
  • The parade begins at 12:30 and we will begin to move out to the parade route around 12:00, so please make sure you arrive before noon.

What to bring:

  • We will provide water, and will have a vehicle for those who find that walking in the parade takes too many spoons.
  • Please come prepared for the whether with sunscreen, umbrellas.
  • Bring extra water and snacks as needed.
  • If you intend to walk the parade route with us wear comfortable shoes.
  • There will be vendors in the park, including a beer garden so if you intend to celebrate pride in the park afterwards bring whatever money or identification you will need.
  • Dress how you want and express yourself. Often people come in colourful clothing.
  • Bring ear protectors, and any other items you need to manage a busy, stimulating environment.

Safety:

  • It is likely that there will be far right protesters present, it is expected that they will be a small group and we ask that you do not engage with them or give them attention, as they may be looking to get people to escalate in order to cause trouble.
  • When we are assembling please keep the centre of the track clear for vehicles and floats to find their place.
  • If you have any questions about where to go, or other concerns, Pride volunteers will be wearing green.
  • While police will not be marching in the parade in uniform, in acknowledgement that their uniforms can be a symbol of oppression for many marginalized communities, there will be a police presence. They will be managing the road closures, and there may also be officers present out of uniform. Be aware that there will be police presence, and feel free to speak to the officers if you have concerns about the far right protestors.

Above all, Pride is a time to celebrate the diversity of our community while advocating for a more inclusive society. Have Fun!

More info on other Pride events can be found at: http://pridelondon.ca

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