Legends of Pride

A Five-Day Virtual Series Celebrating Manitoba's Diverse 2SLGBTQ+ Community

This Pride, Rainbow Resource Centre's older adult (55+) program, Over The Rainbow, presents a five-day virtual speaking series featuring five Legends of Pride whose work and activism enrich Manitoba's 2SLGBTQ+ narrative.

From May 30 to June 3, join us at noon (CT) to hear powerful stories of activism and pride, and gain insight into what's ahead for Manitoba’s 2SLGBTQ+ community.

This event is FREE.

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Monday, May 30 - Phil Graham (he/him)

  • Our first Legend of Pride recalls a time before the legalization of homosexuality in Canada and shares his story of activism in pursuit of 2SLGBTQ+ rights in Manitoba. Join us to hear the incredible journey of Phil Graham, the award-winning Indigenous, 2SLGBTQ+, and Disability rights activist behind Gays For Equality, the beginnings of the gay rights movement in Manitoba, and the start of Rainbow Resource Centre itself. This session will be recorded.

Tuesday, May 31 - Syndee Thibert (she/her)

  • Living and ageing out-and-proud beyond the Perimeter can be tough. Syndee Thibert, of Dykes on Bikes Winnipeg, speaks to the challenges of coming out and being openly lesbian in rural/small town Manitoba, and about the work of Dykes on Bikes to create a sense of community on the open road. This session will be recorded.

Wednesday, June 1 - Barbara Bruce, O.M. (she/her)

  • Barbara Bruce, O.M., has been working with and for the Métis Nation and First Nation communities for decades. Among other important work, her advocacy for Two-Spirit/Indigenous LGBTQ people earned her recognition from the Order of Manitoba, she was named one the 150 Trailblazers by the Nellie McClung Foundation, and most recently was honoured with a Member’s Statement at the Manitoba Legislative Assembly. Barbara will share her journey as a Two-Spirit Woman, explain her understanding of the terminology “Two-Spirit”, and discuss the work that has been accomplished and what remains to be done to move towards Reconciliation. Exclusive: Live Only. This session will not be recorded.

Thursday, June 2 - Shandi Strong (she/her)

  • After facing difficult challenges with coming out later in life, a path of volunteerism with keystone queer organizations in Winnipeg led this Legend of Pride to being nominated and running as the first openly transgender provincial candidate in Western Canada. Join us to hear the moving and inspiring story of author, artist, and activist Shandi Strong. This session will be recorded.

Friday, June 3 - Allen Morrison (he/him)

  • Club 200 is one of the oldest queer-owned and operated gay bars in Canada. Among the last of its kind, it maintains a position at the heart of Winnipeg’s queer community. We ask Allen Morrison, owner, why Club 200 is such a success story. What role has the gay bar played in the past, what is are its many purposes today, and where does he see it going in the future? This session will be recorded.

Hosted by Ashley Smith, Older Adult Program Coordinator, Rainbow Resource Centre


Register now: https://rainbowrc.wufoo.com/forms/legends-of-pride/

As per the request of the presenters, these presentations will not be recorded.

  • Monday, May 30, 2022
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • Rainbow Resource Centre (Virtual / Online)
  • 170 Scott St, Winnipeg