Pride Season

See what’s happening

Pride is about coming together as a community to celebrate the freedom to be yourself, to uplift and honour LGBTQ2+ activism, and to support LGBTQ2+ rights. Here you can celebrate some local talent, learn about the allies and activists in your community, as well as a listing of free local events and resources available to you through your local library.

Introducing Special Edition “Love is Love” Library Cards

We are proud to showcase our commitment to inclusivity and diversity and you can too! The Love is Love card joins the 5 other Library card designs available for free to Innisfil residents. For $5 you can replace a lost card, or upgrade to the new design, and the proceeds will go towards the 2SLGBTQ+ programming at the Library. Available June, and all year long.

Flag Raising

You are invited to join us at Town Hall on June 2 at 1 p.m. for the raising of the Pride flag to celebrate Pride Month. On June 7, there will also be a celebration at Innisfil Beach Park at 9:30 a.m. for the installation of the permanent landscape feature signifying Innisfil’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Pride Month Book Lists

The Library has curated booklists to highlight the remarkable works of queer authors. These collections encompass a wide range of genres and perspectives, and provide an opportunity for readers to explore and appreciate the diverse experiences and voices within the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Read along with us to support the LGBTQ+ community with books that empower and inspire . Check out our staff-created book lists for children and adults on Bibliocommons.

Exhibition on Display at the Lakeshore Branch

In partnership with the MacLaren Art Centre, the works of Toronto artist, Francisco-Fernando Granados are now on display at the Lakeshore Branch of the Library at 967 Innisfil Beach Road. Granados (he/him) was born in Guatemala and lives in Tkaronto/Toronto. Through media that extends from drawing and performance into installation, publishing, and public art, he uses abstraction as a conceptual strategy to create projects that queer perceptions of identity. letters began as an exhibition at the MacLaren Art Centre as a gift to the community, intended to be displayed in community spaces. On display until the end of June.

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Drag Queen Storytime

Mark your calendars because you won’t want to miss Drag Queen Storytime – a family-friendly, inclusive event filled with stories and songs that explores themes of diversity and acceptance. Families will enjoy listening to stories, singing songs and participating in rhymes. After storytime, there will be a fun craft to take home, and an opportunity for a meet and greet with the two performers.
Drag Queen storytime is one of many inclusive programs at our Library that promotes literacy, diversity and acceptance.
Registration is required for this free event.
July 7, 2023 1:00 pm, Lakeshore Branch

Meet our partners past and present

Thanks to our partners for championing inclusiveness in our community and working with us to offer events this month!

Innisfil Pride

Community Partner

Innisfil Pride is all about the inclusion and support for LGBTTIQQ2SA.

As the logo indicates, Innisfil Pride wants everyone to feel safe and respected to “bee yourself”.

Whether you identify with LGBTTIQQ2SA or are simply a supporter, Innisfil Pride welcomes everyone with a positive, open, and encouraging mindset.

Justine D’as

Barrie’s Resident
Drag Queen

In a short few years, Justine D’as has lip-synced her padded butt off performing at tons of queer social events, with the Army Of Sass Barrie, at various charitable events, drag queen story reads, to sharing the stage with a Ru Girl and even making herstory as one of the first drag queens to perform on a Canadian Armed Forces Base.

Devoit O’Virtue

Durham-based Drag Performer

Devoit O’Virtue has high energy, a big personality and a passion for the stage and art of performance.

Activism, giving back to the community, and a heart as big as Devoit’s hair!

The Haus of Devereaux is an iconic collective of drag queens who have captivated audiences worldwide with their extraordinary talent, creativity, and fearless self-expression. Each member of the Haus of Devereaux possesses a unique style, personality, and flair. From the glamorous to the avant-garde, these queens mesmerize audiences with their impeccable makeup skills, dazzling costumes, and captivating performances.

The Haus of Devereaux is more than just a group of drag performers; it is a tight-knit family that supports and uplifts one another. They embrace diversity and individuality, celebrating the vast spectrum of gender identity and expression. With their bold and empowering presence, they inspire others to embrace their true selves and embrace their inner divas.