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For the second year in a row, the Saskatoon Pride Festival had to be mostly virtual. But despite the distance, organizers said the turnout was better than expected.

A global trans discussion brought over 100 guests online.

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“We had trans activists from Argentina, the UK, Brazil and Contract 4 Territory here in Canada, our moderator was based in Ottawa, so it’s just amazing that you can connect like that,” said Lauryn Kronick, Saskatoon Pride volunteer .

Saskatoon Pride said the support has come online and from the community in a variety of ways.

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Saskatoon Pride Celebrates Pride Week with Virtual Events – June 17, 2021

“Sometimes it can be as simple as … just hanging your flag in your back yard or front yard to show that you support our movement and are here to celebrate with us,” said Executive Secretary Claire Underhill.

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Underhill said more companies are asking how they can be more inclusive.

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“Whether with someone who is trans, non-binary, creating safe spaces for people was definitely a priority,” she said, adding that some companies are adopting gender-neutral bathrooms and making other changes.

“Something as simple as adding the pronouns to the email signature is a way of realizing that you are an ally or that you want to see change within an organization,” she said.

Saskatoon Pride said having more virtual events has succeeded in reaching more people. While excited to be returning to an in-person festival, it said it could still have virtual options.

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“It’s just really important to think of people who don’t necessarily feel safe going to events, who can’t afford events, or who have a disability,” said Kronick.

A Hairspray drive-in show is at 8:30 p.m. Friday night. The virtual Pride festival starts on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and the week ends with an online dance party that evening.

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