Vancouver just celebrated Pride for the 40th year running.

Pride is a celebration. It’s a place to be heard, to be seen, to be proud of who you are. It gives members of our community the chance to reflect on how far we’ve come, and the opportunity to discuss how far we can still go. The all-inclusive event means so many things to so many different people and was celebrated by our staff, in one way or another.

“It’s important for us to get involved in initiatives that are integral to the community that we live in. Our staff includes proud members of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies, it only felt natural for us to get involved and support where we can.” Scott Mackay, Project Manager

As an active member of the LGBTQ+ community, Scott was able to utilize his network to tell some incredible stories. He handles the AntiSocial Solutions client, Cruisey T. Cruisey T has been celebrating Pride in Vancouver for 27 years, providing a safe and inclusive cruise for the LGBTQ+ community. Founded in 1991, they’re proud to support their community, donating a total of $650,000 over the years to “worthy causes and direct service agencies.”

Scott also weighed in with video-based media company The MIX on their #BeYouVancouver Pride campaign, introducing them to Jaylene Tyme. Tyme is “a sober and proud transwoman, a two-spirited First-Nation, a survivor, and an artist.” She discusses the courage a person must have, “holding their head up walking through society with people looking at them.”

By proudly identifying as two-spirited, “Tyme does her part in deconstructing the stigma colonialization afflicted upon the First Nations LGBTQ+ community.” We spoke to The MIX, who stated they were proud of the #BeYouVancouver campaign. The MIX saw being able to offer their platform to members of the LGBTQ+ community like Tyme as an important show of support. This way, The MIX uses their presence to further LGBTQ+ representatives in media.

Media companies who use their platform to give the LGBTQ+ community a place to have their voices heard have a special place in our hearts here at AntiSocial, and the #BeYouVancouver campaign did exactly that. The MIX released “a series of videos sharing stories of members of Vancouver’s LGBTQ+ community. For [their] #BeYouVancouver campaign, [they] spoke to eight people of various backgrounds to learn about their personal stories growing up queer.”

It wasn’t long ago that homosexuality was largely discriminated against, gay marriage was only legalized in 2005. It’s important to recognize and understand the struggles the LGBTQ+ community has been through and continue to experience today, which is why Pride is important to us.

We recognize the event took place on the unceded, occupied territories of the x?m?θkw?y??m (Musqueam), Skwxwu?7mesh (Squamish),and S?l?ílw?ta?/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. We are thankful for the use of the land.