Join us for Flag Raising on Friday to Celebrate Pride Week

You're invited to the annual raising of the Pride flag at Victoria City Hall on Friday, June 28 at 11:15 a.m. outside the Pandora Avenue entrance.

This year, the Asexual, Bisexual, Genderqueer, Non-Binary, Pansexual, Polysexual, Transgender and Two-Spirit flags will be displayed across the entrance to City Hall in support of the LGBTQ2+ community. All nine flags will fly until end of day Monday, July 8.

Mayor Lisa Helps will be joined by leaders from the LGBTQ2+ community, who will speak to the significance of Pride Week before inviting members of Council to help raise the Pride flag.

The City of Victoria is proud to be a welcoming and inclusive community for all people regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

All are welcome. We hope you can join us.

About the LGBTQ2+ Flags

Below is a brief description of each flag and the community each flag is commonly considered to represent. An individual’s self-identification or perception of the following descriptions may differ from the information provided. After the Pride flag, they are listed in alphabetical order.

Pride Flag (multicolored flag resembling a rainbow)
Commonly known as the Gay Pride flag or LGBTQ2+ Pride flag, is a symbol for LGBTQ2+ social movements around the world.

Asexual Flag (four horizontal stripes: black, grey, white and purple)
Asexuality can include individuals who do not feel sexual attraction for others, or those whose attractions do not need to be realized in any sexual manner.

Bisexual Flag (three horizontal stripes: pink, purple and blue)
Bisexuality is commonly considered to be the sexual, romantic or emotional attraction towards more than one sex or gender.

Genderqueer Flag (three horizontal stripes: purple, white and green)
Commonly represents gender identities that do not fall into the common transgender narrative and consider their gender expression or identities to be queer or non-normative.

Non-Binary Flag (four horizontal stripes: yellow, white, purple, and black)
Commonly represents gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine, identities that don’t experience any specific gender, and identities that exist outside of the gender binary model.

Pansexual Flag (three horizontal stripes: pink, yellow and blue)
Pansexuality can include the sexual, romantic or emotional attraction towards people regardless of their sex or gender identity.

Polysexual Flag (three horizontal stripes: pink, green and blue)
Polysexuality can include the sexual, romantic or emotional attraction to multiple, but not all, genders.

Transgender Flag (five horizontal stripes: two light blue, two pink, and one white in the centre)
Transgender is an umbrella term that includes individuals whose gender identity does not correspond with the gender they were assigned at birth.

Two-Spirit Flag (a rainbow with feathers or a dream catcher in the centre)
Commonly represents Indigenous persons who house both masculine and feminine, or other spirits. It may refer to cultural, spiritual, sexual or gender identities.

Victoria Pride Week

Victoria Pride Week is June 30 – July 7 and features a range of events, culminating in the 25th Annual Victoria Pride Festival from noon – 6 p.m. at MacDonald Park (212 Niagara Street) in James Bay.

The 2019 Victoria Pride Parade on Sunday, July 7. The family-friendly Parade is 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and begins at Pandora Avenue and Government Street and ends at MacDonald Park.

Learn more about what’s planned for Victoria Pride Week.