The RALLY Table
Made from Pride, for Pride.
For decades, the 2SLGBTQ+ community has been fighting for equality, inclusion, and social justice by showing up, speaking out, and taking action. Marching together and rallying around the issues that matter most to them is the essence of Pride.
This year for Pride, we are celebrating the spirit of activism and advocacy with The RALLY Table, a one-of-a-kind table made with rally signs from community members and allies and designed to be a gathering place to amplify 2SLGBTQ+ voices.
Seated at The RALLY Table
Julie Vu is a Vietnamese-Canadian trans woman who cares about creating more opportunities for trans people. She supports Rainbow Railroad.
Raymond Jordan Johnson Brown is a two-spirit, queer, genderless, ethnic anomaly working to disrupt systems of harm and spark courageous conversations to get there. They support Qmunity.
Oceanne Trudel is a pansexual French-language specialized education assistant who cares about inclusive, accessible education. She supports Fondation Émergence.
Karmella Barr is a queer drag queen and educator who cares about BLM and the intersection of anti-racism and 2SLGBTQ+ rights. They support the Dogwood Monarchist Society.
Braeden Attwood is a disabled trans/queer person who cares about increasing the representation of disabled 2SLGBTQ+ people. They have a passion for all things film and hopes to help create a more inclusive world for disabled queers everywhere. He supports The Trevor Project.
Chris Morrissey is a 79 year old Settler. She started the organizations LEGIT:Canadian Immigration for Same-Sex Partners, and Rainbow Refugee Society. Alongside a group of volunteers, she changed Canadian Immigration Law to include same-sex relationships in the definition of family. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada. She supports the Rainbow Refugee Society (RRS).
Behind the scenes
The film was directed by Lulu Wei, a director and cinematographer whose work focuses on themes of urbanism, community and intersectional identities. Outside of filmmaking, Lulu is focused on creating space and throwing events through their queer Asian collective New Ho Queen.
At every step of the RALLY Table process—from creative concepting, to the fabrication of the table, to the film crew—this project was used as an opportunity to employ, uplift, and collaborate with as many 2SLGBTQ+ community members as possible. The goal was to ensure that the RALLY Table was not just built for Pride, from Pride—it was built with Pride.
Steps we can all take to make progress
How do you help build a world where everyone can feel at home?
We all have the power to push progress a little bit further and help the whole 2SLGBTQ+ community feel welcome and respected—at home, at work and out in the world. Check out the tips below to see if there are any ways you can make progress in your everyday life.
Call it out
Hear something that sounds disrespectful? Speak up and kindly explain why it’s not okay to speak that way, or why you find it troubling. If that feels too difficult, tell someone who will speak up on your behalf. We all need to stand against discrimination and hate, even when it’s uncomfortable.
Use inclusive language
Don’t make assumptions about someone’s gender, sexual orientation, or relationship. Use language that acknowledges that we have diverse relationships and families. This can mean using gender-neutral words like ‘partner’ or ‘parents’. Consider using the 2SLGBTQ+ acronym as it provides space for people to self-identify along a spectrum of sexualities.
Respect the pronouns people use (she, they, he, etc.)
The pronouns we use are tied to our deepest sense of self and how we want the world to recognize us. When someone shares their pronouns with you, respect them and use them. Using the wrong pronouns (misgendering) can be insulting and harmful.
Make a habit of sharing your pronouns
Have you thought about changing your email signature or your social media bio to show your personal pronouns? This is a great way to be an ally to the 2SLGBTQ+ community and make conversations about pronouns more commonplace. It’s a small step that can make life feel more welcoming and inclusive to all.
Pronouns for French Canadians
For our French communities, we recognize the limitations that come with the gendered nature of the French language. While there is no perfect solution, the French language continues to evolve and we encourage you to get curious about non-binary pronouns, get creative to make your words more inclusive and engage in meaningful conversations so that we can work towards a more inclusive future.
Own up to mistakes
We all mess up sometimes. If you make an incorrect assumption about someone, or refer to them by the wrong pronoun, or accidentally use an inappropriate or offensive term, acknowledge your mistake. If you’re corrected, you can thank the person who corrected you for giving constructive feedback.
Read up and stay curious
If you want to know more about 2SLGBTQ+ issues, there’s a wealth of information out there. Look for the answers you need online or respectfully ask people you know from 2SLGBTQ+ communities for their views and perspectives. Practice active listening without judgement and when in doubt, ask questions to affirm and clarify what you’re hearing to ensure that you truly understand. Being informed is an important step towards being inclusive.
Ask questions respectfully
Curiosity is a good thing, but make sure it’s balanced with respect for privacy. Put yourself in other people’s shoes and don’t ask overtly personal questions that you wouldn’t want to answer yourself.
Understand how you can best support
The 2SLGBTQ+ community is a strong one and has been committed to fighting for their rights for a long time. If you want to show your support, take cues from them. If you don’t understand or agree, have an open discussion so that you can imagine what it means to stand in front of someone, beside someone, and behind them.
Sign a petition. Join a virtual event. Look into your local 2SLGBTQ+ volunteering opportunities or show your support though donations. We’ve made lots of progress on 2SLGBTQ+ equality, but there’s still lots more each and every one of us can do.
Join local Pride Events
Join others in communities across Canada to stand up for 2SLGBTQ+ equality and justice.
Pride events are happening all across Canada, here are a few:
Toronto, ON: June 24 - 26
Victoria, BC: June 23 - July 2
Halifax, NS: July 14 - 24
PEI (Charlottetown & Summerside: July 16 - 24
Vancouver, BC: July 31
Montreal, QC: August 1 - 7
Ottawa, ON: August 21 - 28
Calgary, AB: August 26 - September 5
Social action from the many
Thanks to the dedication of individuals who have taken social action over the past several decades, the 2SLGBTQ+ community has made significant strides towards equality and inclusion. But so much more ground remains to be covered as this community continues to face bias, injustice, and violence.
The key to change is through our collective action. The good news is that social activism can take many different forms. From creative art to petitioning, public education programs to intentional purchasing, editorial and political commentary to peer networking—we all have the power to make a difference in our own ways.
Learn more about social action including direct action and advocacy for the 2SLGBTQ+ community from Egale, Canada’s leading organization for 2SLGBTQ+ people and issues. Egale’s work helps create societies and systems that reflect the universal truth that all persons are equal and none is other. The stories, ideas, and experiences that were shared around the RALLY Table are just the beginning of the conversation—there is so much more to hear and understand from the 2SLGBTQ+ community.
The stories, ideas, and experiences that were shared around the RALLY Table are just the beginning of the conversation—there is so much more to hear and understand from the 2SLGBTQ+ community.
We invite you to learn more about the topics discussed at the RALLY Table.
Carry with pride
Since 2019, STORSTOMMA has been sold in more than 26 countries, with a portion of proceeds going directly to local 2SLGBTQ+ organisations fighting for equality. Show your support for a world where everyone can feel at home with this rainbow-coloured carrier bag and join over 3.5 million proud bag carriers around the world! This year, proceeds will go to select 2SLGBTQ+ organizations across Canada that push progress forward and create safe spaces in their local communities including: Pride Centre of Edmonton, Skipping Stone, QMUNITY, Wabanaki Two Spirit Alliance, Fondation Émergence, The 519, and Rainbow Resource Centre.