LGBTQ Events in Peterborough & the Kawarthas

September 17, 2021
  • Pride Week Flag Raising at City Hall

    September 17, 2021  12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
    The City of Peterborough

    Pride Week Flag Raising at City Hall

    Where: Peterborough City Hall, 500 George St. N
    When: Friday September 17, 12:15pm

    The Proclamation of Pride Week will be read by Mayor Diane Therrien and the progressive pride flag raised on the south lawn of City Hall.

    Come out and join the launch of Peterborough Pride Week 2021 and Fleming College Pride Week!

    More details about Pride Week:

    Please wear a mask as we only want to spread Pride at this event!

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  • Love is in the Air PRIDE Grab & Go Craft Kits for Teens & Adults

    September 17, 2021  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Peterborough Public Library

    Pick up your Love is in the Air PRIDE Grab & Go Craft Kits for Teens & Adults at the Peterborough Public Library!

    Roll, loop, curl and twist a rainbow heart on canvas to celebrate Peterborough PRIDE.

    Paper quilling kits will be available at the Mezz Info Desk on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

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  • Reading with PRIDE at the Ptbo Library

    September 17, 2021  10:00 pm - September 26, 2021  5:00 pm
    Peterborough Public Library

    Do you have a favourite LBGTQ+ book or movie?

    Stop by the Library during Peterborough PRIDE Week September 17-25, share your recommendation on a Post-It, and add it to our Heart Wall to celebrate PRIDE in Ptbo!

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  • .Pride Week - Change Starts Here!

    September 17, 2021 - September 26, 2021  
    Peterborough, ON, Canada

    Nogojiwanong/Peterborough Pride Week takes place this year from September 17th – 26th. This is the 19th year of Pride in Peterborough.

    The theme of the 2021 Pride Week is “Change Starts Here”. For background on why we chose this theme go to this link:

    Out of an abundance of caution, there will be no parade/march during Pride Week again this year. The challenge will again be to connect as a community and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals in spite of the fact that we can't yet gather as we normally would during Pride Week.

    Plans are in the works for various community run virtual events and gatherings that folks can participate in safely. Pride Week events provide space for participants to gather, share ideas, speak their minds, support each other, and have fun in a safe and accepting environment.

    The challenge is to connect as a community and LGBTQ+ individuals in spite of the fact that we can't gather as we normally would during Pride Week.

    To learn more about Nogojiwanong/Peterborough Pride Week, to propose an event or volunteer, go to or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you have questions or ideas please email

    In addition to creative events that folks can participate in safely, we are inviting everyone to fly Pride related flags or decorating their homes and businesses to signal to others that they are part of a welcoming community and not alone.

    For info on some of the Pride related flags and their history go to these links:

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September 18, 2021
  • Film: PS Burn This Letter Please

    September 18, 2021 - September 26, 2021  

    We are once again partnering with ReFrame Film Festival ( to bring queer focused films to you. Again this year the films will be available for streaming throughout Pride Week for free so everyone can get together with friends to safely view them when it works for them.


    PS Burn This Letter Please (1 hr 40 min): A box of letters, held in secret for nearly 60 years, ignites a 5-year exploration into a part of LGBT history that has never been told. The letters, written in the 1950s by a group of New York City drag queens, open a window into a forgotten world where being yourself meant breaking the law and where the penalties for “masquerading” as a woman were swift and severe. Using original interviews, never-before-seen archival footage and photographs and stylized recreations, P.S. BURN THIS LETTER PLEASE reconstructs this pre-Stonewall era as Lennie, Robbie, George, Michael, Jim, Henry, Claude, Tish and Terry—former drag queens now in their 80s and 90s—reveal how they survived and somehow flourished at a time when drag queens were both revered and reviled, even within the gay community. The government sought to destroy them, then history tried to erase them, now they get to tell their story for the first time.


    The film will be available free all week (Sept 18-26). To register and to watch the film go to this link and follow the instructions:


    ReFrame is a documentary film festival that offers year-round screenings and an annual festival every January. Peterborough Pride is a proud sponsor of the festival.

    Watch ReFrame films from the comfort of your home:

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September 21, 2021
  • Fleming College hosts the Rainbow Railroad!

    September 21, 2021  3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Fleming College hosts the Rainbow Railroad!

    Fleming College is celebrating Peterborough Pride with the local 2SLGBTQ+ community, and the Fleming Student Administrative Council & Fleming Diversity & Inclusion Services invite the community to join us for a special event with Dane Bland of "Rainbow Railroad".

    Tuesday, Sept. 21st
    3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Live online event

    Dane Bland is the Director of Philanthropy for Rainbow Railroad, a global not-for-profit organization that helps 2SLGBTQ+ (Two Spirit, Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, +) people facing persecution based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics. In a time when there are more displaced people than ever before, 2SLGBTQ+ people are uniquely vulnerable due to systemic, state-enabled homophobia and transphobia. These factors either displace them in their own country or prevent them from escaping harm. Since their founding, Rainbow Railroad has helped over 1,600 individuals find safety through emergency relocation and other forms of assistance.

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    For more information about 2SLGBTQ+ services at Fleming College:

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  • Pride Euchre Gathering

    September 21, 2021  6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    The Garnet

    When: Tue, September 17, 2019, 6:30pm

    Where: The Garnet, 231 Hunter St W, Peterborough, ON K9H 2L1, Canada

    Cost: Free

    The Garnet extends a warm welcome to any euchre players. Cards provided.
    Come try the game and enjoy! Bring your friends too.

    All Public Health Restrictions will be followed so please wear a mask.

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September 22, 2021
  • PFLAG Pride Meet and Greet

    September 22, 2021  12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Silver Bean Café

    Join PFLAG Peterborough for an in-person meet-and-greet for 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals, families, friends, and anyone with questions.

    We provide support, education and resources on topics of sexual and gender diversity. Consider joining our great team of volunteers!!

    Come to the Silver Bean event room between 12 noon and 1:30 pm on Wednesday, Sept 22nd. Pick up Pride items, enter in a draw for a Pride/Trans flag, and more!

    Please wear a mask when you're not eating or drinking, and follow Peterborough's Covid precaution of keeping 6 ft apart.

    We look forward to seeing you there!!
    #ptboprideweek Peterborough Pride #pflagcanada

    For more information about the PFLAG Peterborough (event hosts) go to their Facebook Group here:

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September 23, 2021
  • Sunshine and Rainbows!

    September 23, 2021  3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    Millennium Park, Peterborough

    Calling all 2SLGBTQQIA+ youth to join us for a lovely afternoon in the park! New folks are welcome to come meet the youth group and ask questions about our programs.

    We'll be giving away buttons, zines, and info. There will also be a banner-making station in support of the Fly the Flag Rally!

    ~This event is part of Peterborough Pride week 2021: Change Starts Here.~

    Accessibility info: This is a completely outdoor event. We will provide snacks, drinks, and hand sanitizer. We encourage physical distancing of 2m between people; please bring a mask with you as well. There are public washrooms available at the entrance to the park. The park is a 5 min walk from the downtown bus terminal and there are paved trails throughout.

    About us: The Rainbow Youth Program @ PARN works to make 2SLGBTQQIA+ youth feel safe, included, and empowered in Peterborough and the four counties. We give youth the space to be themselves and the tools to lead positive change in their schools, peer groups, and community. We host a weekly youth drop in, both online and in person, and we offer educational workshops to local schools and service providers. Connect with us on Facebook or Instagram!

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  • Fly the Flag

    September 23, 2021  6:15 pm - 9:15 pm
    Holy Cross Secondary School

    Come out to show your support for 2SLGBTQIAA+ students!

    In response to the June 2021 decision against flying Pride flags at all PVNCC schools, and in celebration of the history of Pride, queer youth and allies are invited to a rally on the lawn of the school board headquarters at Holy Cross. Bring your rainbow flags, make a sign, and make Change Start Here!

    *This event is entirely outdoors. Please follow physical distancing of 2m and masking. Let's keep each other safe!*

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  • PFLAG Peterborough Sharing Meeting - Pride Edition

    September 23, 2021  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    During Pride Week, PFLAG Canada PETERBOROUGH is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting on Sep 23, 2021, 7:00 PM Toronto time.

    Topic: PFLAG Canada PTBO introduces Stacey Love-Jolicoeur, a two-spirited Métis Trans woman and Independent Education and Mental Health Support professional for the LGBTQ2S community who provides services to eleven Federal and Provincial Correctional Facilities and Institutions and seven half-way houses where she supports over 300 incarcerated LGBTQ2S offenders. Stacey also created a re integration program for the transgender inmates that have a set release date to assist them to be a successful member of society upon release. Her passion and insight into Tran’s issues is a welcomed resource to the many groups she works with.

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    For more information about the PFLAG Peterborough (event hosts) go to their Facebook Group here:

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  • PTBO PRIDE: 3 Artists / 3 Shows

    September 23, 2021  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Artspace Peterborough

    Peterborough Pride - 3 Artists / 3 Shows - Artspace Peterborough: September 23rd, 2021 @ 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm & 9:00 pm.
    Livestreamed at 8:00 pm on IGTV @PeterboroughPoetry Hosted by the Peterborough Poetry Slam 🎉🎉🎉

    $5-20 Sliding Scale; No one turned away for lack of funds.

    OK! Here we go... Happy PRIDE!!!

    We are excited to announce our first in-person show in almost two years! 3 poets, performing 10 minutes each of poetry each, 3 times over the course of the night to small audiences (10 people maximum per show). Join us for the amazing poetic stylings of Charlie C Petch and Carlo José Quinones as well as comedy by Muna Ahmed!

    As Artspace will be operating as a venue, all attendees must be masked, distanced, and need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) as well as provide proof of vaccination to enter the venue. Each show will run for half an hour and the space will be thoroughly cleaned between sets. Contact tracing will also be in effect. Have a question, please ask. We're all figuring this out as we go.

    First come, first serve! DM us or Email us at to reserve seats we will respond as quickly as we can. Please indicate your preferred time and number of seats in your request. Payments will be accepted by e-transfer or we can accept cash at the door with prior arrangement. Please arrive 10 minutes before the show and be on time as we will be on a tight schedule.

    Get to know your features:

    Charlie Petch (they/them, he/him) is a disabled/queer/transmasculine multidisciplinary artist from Peterborough / Nogo who resides in Tkaronto/Toronto. A poet, playwright, librettist, musician, lighting designer, and host, Petch was the 2017 Poet of Honour for SpeakNorth national festival, winner of the Golden Beret lifetime achievement in spoken word with The League of Canadian Poets (2020), and founder of Hot Damn it's a Queer Slam. Petch is a touring performer, as well as a mentor and workshop facilitator. In 2021, they are launching "Daughter of Geppetto", a multimedia/dance/music/performance poetry piece with Wind in the Leaves (TBA), their first full length poetry collection "Why I Was Late" in Sept with Brick Books, and their libretto "Medusa's Children" with Opera QTO. Find out more at & @sawpoet

    Muna Ahmed is a community organizer and occasional stand up based in Nogojiwanong. She holds a BA Honors in English with a concentration in African American Studies from Howard University and is one of the founding members of BLM Nogojiwanong.

    Carlo José Quinones is a queer filipinx cebuano diaspora babe who’s been living and adapting and dining in Treaty 20/Williams Treaty Territory: Nogojiwanong Peterborough for almost 9 years. A child of a live-in-caregiver; they’re mother is also a flower gardener and a harmony visualist. Carlo is the child of a painter and a drunkard; they’re father is powerful ritualist and observer of the world. Born in 1996 and raised by they’re grandmother, Carlo waters her plants in the afternoon. Carlo is a descendant of their grandfather who worked in the ocean and a practicer of distance nurturance. Carlo’s poetry is a mix of prayer, belonging, and emotional cadence. It touches on ancestral queerness, diaspora blues, and dreams of the collective and environmental place home.

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September 24, 2021
  • Trans Day of Resilience

    September 24, 2021

    Normally Peterborough/Nogojiwanong Pride devotes a day during Pride Week for programming specifically for folks who identify as transgender, non-binary, agender, or gender diverse. Due to issues with capacity in this very difficult year we were not able to put together this important programming.

    We apologize for this and pledge to ensure that this programming returns for Pride Week 2022.

    If you wish to help us deliver Trans programming throughout the year please send your thoughts and ideas to

    The Peterborough/Nogojiwanong Pride Team

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September 25, 2021
  • Virtual Pride In The Park 2021

    September 25, 2021  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Join us for this year's Pride in the Park* event, set to premiere live on Youtube on September 25th, at 1:00 PM!

    Tune in to watch drag queens, comedy sets, poetry, circus acts, and more! All artists are 2SLGBTQ+ folks living in and around the Peterborough region.

    After the show, there will be a 90-Minute DJ set spun by DJ Noah William.

    Hosted by Sahira Q.


    !!! Deadline Extended: September 23, 2021 !!!

    We are STILL searching for #2SLGBTQ+ performers living in PTBO & the region to showcase their talents during this year’s DIGITAL event. Please submit a three to five-minute video of your performance via Google Drive to Include a name to be used, a short bio, & a headshot. An honorarium of $100 or more will be provided for all selected submissions.

    *Due to Covid-19, this year’s festivities will be streamed digitally on September 25th, 2021.


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September 26, 2021
  • Lakefield Pride Picnic 2021

    September 26, 2021  12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Isabel Morris Park

    Sunday Sept 26
    Isabel Morris Park
    12-4 PM

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October 14, 2021
  • Pflag Sharing Meeting

    October 14, 2021  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    159 King Street, Peterborough, ON - Suite 302-2

    Pflag Peterborough Sharing meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7pm in Suite 302-2 at the PARN offices on 159 King Street in downtown Peterborough. If the door is locked, dial #6 on the keypad by the door to connect with Catherine and Daniel to open outside door. The location is elevator accessible. Parking is available in the King St. garage (free after 7 p.m.) or on King St.

    Meetings are for LGBTQ2S individuals, their parents, family members, friends, and allies. Meetings are based on peer models, meaning those with previous and existing knowledge provide empathetic support to others. It is not a formal psycho-therapeutic intervention. An agreement precedes the meeting regarding personal discussion: it is confidential and must stay in the room. Those attending have the opportunity to share their story if they wish, although there is no pressure to share. Some may choose to just listen and learn from others. Community updates on LGBTQ2S resources and events are also provided.

    For directions or more information, please email:

    Our support group focuses on challenges and feelings associated with coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) and the way it touches relationships with families, friends and our larger communities. We understand that we are all here to better understand our own feelings about sexual orientation and gender identity and to support each other as we learn to embrace our own sexual orientation or gender identity, or that of our loved ones.

    We provide support by listening carefully, sharing our own stories, and discussing our own problem-solving experiences. We are sensitive to each person’s stage in the acceptance process. We each speak from our own experiences, and respect the experiences of others.

    Confidentiality is a top priority. Nothing said in the room is to leave the room, nor will people be pressed to share more information than they are comfortable with here or after the meeting. We are supportive rather than confrontational. Anyone who is uncomfortable may make this known to the facilitator. Everyone will be given the chance to speak. To ensure that this can happen, each person is asked to be conscious of the amount of time they are using in order to leave adequate time so that others may also speak.

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