The 9th edition of Fière la fête – Sherbrooke Pride will start August 24th and end August 28th.
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What is Fière la fête?
Founded in 2013, Fière la fête is a festive, family-friendly and inclusive event celebrating sexual and gender diversity in the Eastern Townships. It brings together families, students, community organizations and the general public. The purpose of the event is to bring greater visibility to sexual and gender diversity, and to create a space for sharing and social networking.
Our mission is to support and promote local and environmentally friendly businesses which will be joining us to offer people in the Townships a celebration that represents our values.
Since 2013, we have hosted four successful events, with each one attracting between 300 and 500 people in support of diversity and open-mindedness. From August 20th to August 25th, our fifth annual event will be held at Sherbrooke’s Marché de la Gare.
At this event held by and for the Townships community, our organizing committee includes members from local social organizations as well as the university and Cegep communities.
Why is there Pride in Sherbrooke and the Eastern Townships?
We celebrate Pride in the Eastern Townships to show our colours to the whole region and to demonstrate that local members of the LGBTQAI2S+* community are recognized and accepted outside of large urban communities.
In this spirit of inclusiveness, Fière la fête is above all a unique occasion to celebrate diversity in our beautiful region with family and friends.
In the past, LGBTQAI2S+* groups mobilized to fight against discriminatory laws, but today in the Eastern Townships, the purpose of the event is to continually confront prejudice and stereotypes until there are none left.
Come Celebrate Diversity With Us!
LGBTQAI2S+ is an acronym that aims to represent the “entire” sexual and gender diversity community, which includes people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Asexual, Intersexual, 2-Spirited… And an extra “A” is sometimes added to include Allies!
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Photos: Guillaume Bolduc
French to English translation: Debbie Tacium