Belleville Pride In The Park

Gilles Charette

Belleville Pride takes place from June 4-10th 2017.

All are welcome to join the Belleville, Hastings, Quinte & Prince Edward LGBTQ+ Pride Festivities!

Pride week is a time for LGBTQ+ people and our allies to celebrate the diversity of our community and the contributions we make to society. We reflect on the progress we’ve made toward full equality as well as on the losses we’ve experienced because of discrimination, HIV/AIDS, violence & suicide. We also mobilize around our history of protest and activism. This continues to be crucial in the light of events like the mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando in June 2016 and the current horrors occurring in Chechnya, where gay men are being detained and tortured in an effort to eliminate gay men from the country. The work of equality is not over as long as members of the LGBTQ+ community are not free to be themselves, and are not safe from persecution and violence.

For 2017, we’re proud to honour transgender activist Susan Gapka as our Pride Grand Marshall. Susan spent part of her life in the Bay of Quinte region and as a campaigner for social justice, housing, homelessness, mental health, harm reduction and transgender people has been hailed as a ‘national hero’.

We’re also proud to announce that Pride week is being officially proclaimed by the City of Belleville, Prince Edward County and the City of Quinte West this year. We are thankful for the support of our communities.

2017 Belleville Pride Grand Marshall – Susan Gapka

Susan Gapka is a dedicated campaigner for social justice highlighting her record on affordable housing, homelessness, mental health, harm reduction & lesbian, gay, bisexual & trans issues since coming out as a community leader almost 20 years ago.

As founder and chair of the Trans Lobby Group Susan helped lead a lengthy campaign to persuade the Minister of Health to fund Sex Reassignment Surgery for trans people in Ontario, helped change the Vital Statistics Act sex designation so that trans people's legal documents more accurately reflect their lived identity, and amended the Ontario Human Rights Code to include 'gender identity' and 'gender expression'.

Susan has served on the Toronto Local Advisory Committee & as Toronto representative on the National Consumer Panel of the At Home/Chez Soi Research Demonstration Project, the Housing Component for the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

She also served on the Board of Pride Toronto which hosted World Pride 2014 and is past Fierté Canada Pride's Central Regional Director for Ontario.

Susan has a degree in Political Science from York University & a diploma in Community Work from George Brown College.

Susan Gapka

To read about the history of Belleville Pride, CLICK HERE

For details of this year's parade route and other directions, CLICK HERE