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The Capital Pride Youth Committee (CPYC) is excited to announce the launch of their social media campaign, #PrideMatters. The initiative will celebrate the importance of the Pride movement and remind our community why it is still essential today. In the weeks leading up to the summer festival, one post will be released every Monday on Capital Pride’s official social media platforms, beginning on June 22, 2020

#PrideMatters is an opportunity for young people to take part in Capital Pride’s mission to celebrate, advocate, educate and connect members of the  2SLGBTQ+ community in its full diversity in the National Capital Region. The campaign will feature passages written by CPYC members to showcase diverse perspectives and emphasize issues that matter most to youth, including visibility and connection within the community.

“We’ve made a lot of progress in our society in terms of equality, but there is still a lot of work to do,” said David Thibodeau, Co-Chair of the CPYC. “Pride is a time for us to celebrate and reflect on those achievements, but also to remind ourselves of the work that still needs to be done. #PrideMatters because it is still as important today as it was 20 years ago; it promotes visibility and I believe that visibility is vital.”

“#PrideMatters because it helps us as 2SLGBTQ+ people connect with one another,” noted Gillian Fenwick, CPYC Liaison to Capital Pride’s Board of Directors. “By doing so, we can support 2SLGBTQ+ people across the globe, listen to the most marginalized voices in our community, and uplift those who feel alone.”

In these unprecedented times, 2SLGBTQ+ online spaces are an indispensable resource to connect our community members who would otherwise be left in the dark. Capital Pride strives to make Pride a source of strength and hope, allowing us to stand united in solidarity even while distancing ourselves physically. Members of the community are encouraged to share their own stories and commentary using the hashtag #PrideMatters. 

Find the campaign on Capital Pride’s Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

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