This year’s Muskoka Pride Week (July 18-26), like many things scheduled for this summer, has had to alter its festivities thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. But that hasn’t dampened the spirit of the week-long series of activities, which celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community in Muskoka.
Muskoka Pride kicked off the week with a Rainbow Road Tour that began in Huntsville and wound its way around Lake of Bays. A second tour will travel around Lake Muskoka on July 26. In between, there are a variety of virtual and socially distanced in-person activities, including flag raisings, a mini-golf tournament, a virtual film festival, and a virtual reading of a play about the community reaction to the 1998 murder of gay university student Matthew Sheppard in Laramie, Wyoming. (Advance registration for the latter is required—visit the Muskoka Pride website for details.)
Shawn Forth of Muskoka Pride acknowledged that due to COVID-19 restrictions there won’t be the usual turn-out for this year’s activities, but they didn’t want the year to pass without some kind of celebration.
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