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Human Rights Program

Human Rights Program

Global Human Rights for Queers





Human rights for sexual and gender identity minorities are central to WorldPride’s programming and mandate. The Human Rights Team is responsible for integrating human rights into the festival and drawing attention to human rights issues faced by many queer people around the world. We also seek to champion the work of human rights advocates who work to address the serious problem of violence committed against sexual minorities.

Some of the highlights of the WorldPride human rights program include the following:

Official Events or Major Partner Events

WorldPride Human Rights Conference
A three-day event held in partnership with the Bonham Centre at the University of Toronto gathering 500 activists from around the world. Free public plenaries with the world’s leading human rights activists will be held on June 25, 26 & 27.

Stonewall 45: A Commemoration of the 45th Anniversary of Stonewall
An interactive live art commemoration of the event that launched the modern movement for queer and trans* rights. Sunday, June 22nd at 3pm. Alexander & Church.

Just Me, You & the Silence
A powerful new play by Ugandan writer Judith Adong about the harsh new anti-homosexuality laws in her country. A panel discussion with the playwright along with Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina will follow the play. At the oldest queer theatre in the world, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

International Grand Marshal & Human Rights Reception
Join us as we welcome back the former International Grand Marshals and over 170 speakers and presenters at the WorldPride Human Rights Conference. Innis College, 111 St George Street, University of Toronto, Thursday, June 26th at 6:30pm. Free and open to the public.

International Human Rights Contingents in the Marches
Alongside activists from around the world, join us in the Trans* Pride March (June 27), Dyke March (June 28) and the WorldPride Parade (June 29)!

WorldPride Affiliate Events

There are also over a dozen community-led official WorldPride Affiliate Events related to human rights issues. Please see more details here.

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