Our History

2017

2017

Windsor-Essex Pride Fest is awarded the Ontario Trillium Foundation grant for $450,000 for the QConnect Program to reduce social isolation within the Windsor-Essex community.

2012

2012

Windsor-Essex Pride Fest Inc. is awarded the Ontario Trillium Foundation grant for $120,500 for the following:

  • Hiring of a Business Development Coordinator to raise additional funds for the organization
  • Completion of a survey of the Windsor-Essex Community to gauge the interest of the festival in the Windsor-Essex community.

Windsor-Essex Pride Fest partners with Travel Gay Canada and Toursim Windsor-Essex & Pelee Island on LGBT tourism destination initiatives.

2011

2011

Windsor Pride Community: Lawrence Lavender, President

Windsor Pride Festival: David Lenz, Chairperson

Windsor Pride Community separates the festival aspect from its programming, allowing Windsor-Essex Pride Fest to establish itself as a non-profit organization

Windsor-Essex Pride Fest Inc. is incorporated in November 2011

2010

2010

Windsor Pride Community: Jason Patterson, President

Windsor Pride Festival: David Lenz, Chairperson

2009

2009

Windsor Pride Community: Marc Dubois, President

Windsor Pride Festival: Jason Patterson, Chairperson

2008

2008

Windsor Pride Community: Marc Dubois, President

Windsor Pride Festival: Jason Patterson, Chair

2007

2007

Windsor Pride Community: Marc Dubois, President

Windsor Pride Festival held at Riverfront Plaza.  Jason Patterson, Festival Chair

2006

2006

Windsor Pride Community incorporated.  Joe McParland, President

Festival held at Charles Clark Square.  Dani Bobb, Festival Chair

2005

2005

Windsor Pride Festival is re-organized and held at Charles Clark Square. Robert Vitella (Festival Chair)

Bill C-38 passes into law; making Canada the 4th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.

2004

2004

Windsor Pride Festival cancelled due to lack of funds and community involvement.

2003

2003

Val Pearson & Chris Cecile (Pride Festival Co-Chairs)

Hedy Halpern/Colleen Rogers & Alan Sears (Man & Woman of the Year)

2002

2002

Cory Albert & Chris Cecile (Pride Festival Co-Chairs)

Cory Albert & Jim Davies (Man & Woman of the Year)

2001

2001

Cory Albert & Paulette Kupnicki (Pride Festival Co-Chairs)

Paulette Kupnicki & Chris L. Cecile (Man & Woman of the Year)

2000

2000

Paulette Kupnicki & Kirsten Schmidt (Pride Festival Co-Chairs)

Kirsten Schmidt & Brent Kulba (Man & Woman of the Year)

1999

1999

Pride Festival held

Liz Chamberlain & Evan LeBlanc (Man & Woman of the Year)

1998

1998

Windsor Pride reorganizes and succeeds the LGCC

Pride Festival held

1997

1997

Pride Festival held

Robin Chamberlain & Reverend Evan LeBlanc (Man & Woman of the Year)

1996

1996

Pride Festival held

Ligaya Byrch & David Lyons (Man & Woman of the Year)

Federal government adds sexual orientation to the Canadian Human Rights Act as ordered by the Supreme Court.
1995

1995

Pride Festival held

Jacquie Gahagan & John Shellhorn (Man & Woman of the Year)

1994

1994

Pride Festival held

Caroline Carnerie & Steve Lough (Man & Woman of the Year)

Pride includes an angry march on the provincial building protesting the failure of Bill 167 which was to recognize same-sex relationships. Windsor MPPs David Cooke, George Dadamo, and Wayne Lessard vote in favour of Bill 167; county MPPs Bruce Crozier and Pat Hayes, against.

Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Ontario steering committee hosted in Windsor

7 ad hoc liaison committee meets with police chiefs, Jim Adkin, then John Kousik, to discuss problems in police-community relations.

1993

1993

Pride Festival held

Debra Dumochelle & Barry Adam (Man & Woman of the Year)

Founding of Lesbian/Gay Community Council. Its mandate is to: initiate and coordinate activities and provide mutual support among area organizations, respond to concerns of the gay and lesbian community though its member organizations, provide representation for the local gay and lesbian community to the press and to other non-gay organizations, and provide representation to the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Ontario. The member organizations are: AIDS Committee of Windsor, Gay phone line group, Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee, Gay/Lesbian Drop-in Group, Metropolitan Community Church, One in Ten, Out on Campus, Queer Radio, Women's phone line group.

1992

1992

First Lesbian and Gay Pride Day Festival

Jim Monk and Diane Skomash are Man and Woman of the Year.

 
 
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Windsor Essex Pride Fest

Phone: (226) 348-3378
General Inquiries: [email protected]

536 Pelissier Street
Windsor, Ontario, N9A 4L1

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