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Celebrating Pride Month and Supporting 2SLGBTQ+ Mental Health

Updated: Jun 3

As we head into summer, we also head into the celebrations, parades and events in support of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. June is International Pride Month, and at the end of July Vancouver will be hosting Canada Pride 2024!

Let's take a moment to reflect on what this time of year means for us in the film and entertainment industry and, more importantly, how we can support our 2SLGBTQ+ colleagues when it comes to mental health and inclusion.

The Importance of Pride Month

First off, let’s talk about why Pride Month matters. It’s not just about the parades and the rainbow flags — though those are important events and symbols. Pride Month is a chance to celebrate the 2SLGBTQ+ community, acknowledge our history, and recognize the ongoing fight for equality. For many of us working on film sets and in production, it’s a reminder of the importance of visibility and acceptance. Being seen and accepted for who we are is crucial for our mental health and well-being.

Creating Inclusive Work Environments on Set

We all know that film sets can be demanding, hectic places, but they should also be places where everyone feels safe and respected. Inclusivity isn’t just about tolerance; it’s about creating spaces where 2SLGBTQ+ individuals feel valued. Here’s how we can make our sets more inclusive:

  • Leadership Matters: Directors and leaders need to vocalize their commitment to diversity. When leaders show support, it sets the tone for the whole crew.

  • Education is Key: Regular training on 2SLGBTQ+ issues can build understanding and empathy. Topics can include using inclusive language and recognizing microaggressions.

  • Clear Policies: We need clear anti-discrimination policies and a straightforward process for reporting incidents.

  • Support Networks: Encouraging support groups for 2SLGBTQ+ crew members can provide a sense of community.

  • Visible Support: Small symbols, like Pride flags or inclusive language in our communications, can make a big difference.

Challenges Faced by 2SLGBTQ+ Film Workers

Even with the best intentions, our 2SLGBTQ+ colleagues still face unique challenges that can affect their mental health. These can include:

  • Microaggressions: Subtle, often unintentional comments or actions that can create a hostile environment.

  • Fear of Coming Out: Despite great progress, many still fear negative repercussions if they come out at work, leading to stress and anxiety.

  • Lack of Representation: Not seeing themselves reflected on crews, or leadership can make 2SLGBTQ+ individuals feel invisible.

  • Stigma Around Mental Health: Additional stigma within the 2SLGBTQ+ community can make it harder to seek help.

The Role of Allies in Promoting Mental Health

Allies play a crucial role in creating inclusive environments. Here’s how you can support your 2SLGBTQ+ colleagues:

  • Educate Yourself: Learn about the experiences and challenges of the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

  • Speak Up: Challenge discriminatory behavior and advocate for inclusive practices.

  • Listen: Be an empathetic listener.

  • Show Support: Wear a Pride pin or use inclusive language.

  • Encourage Growth: Support your colleagues' career development opportunities.

Mental Health Resources for 2SLGBTQ+ Film Workers

Here are some great resources to support 2SLGBTQ+ mental health in the workplace:

  • Pride at Work Canada: Offers resources and support for 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion in workplaces. (

  • Out On Screen: Based in Vancouver, they promote 2SLGBTQ+ representation in media and provide community support. (

  • Egale Canada: Provides resources and advocacy for 2SLGBTQ+ rights and inclusion. (

  • QMUNITY: This Vancouver-based organization provides counseling and peer support. (

Success Stories and Positive Changes

We’ve seen some fantastic changes in recent years. Shows like "Pose" and "Schitt's Creek" have not only showcased diverse 2SLGBTQ+ characters but have also been praised for their inclusive practices behind the scenes. These successes highlight the importance of representation and inclusive work environments.

Celebrating Diversity and Encouraging Dialogue

Let’s keep the conversation going beyond Pride Month. Here’s how we can celebrate diversity and encourage open dialogue about mental health and inclusion on set:

  • Host Discussions: Create spaces where we can openly discuss 2SLGBTQ+ issues and mental health.

  • Celebrate Milestones: Recognize significant dates like Pride Month to reinforce our commitment to inclusion.

  • Ongoing Support: Make mental health and inclusion a continuous conversation, not just a one-time initiative.

By fostering an environment of respect and understanding, we can ensure that everyone in the film and entertainment industry feels valued and supported. Let’s use Pride Month as a catalyst to renew our commitment to inclusion and mental health, creating a better, more inclusive industry for all.

Pride Month 2024, and Vancouver’s Canada Pride 2024, are opportunities to come together and celebrate the vibrant diversity of the LGBTQ+ community. By participating in Pride Month events, supporting LGBTQ+ organizations, and advocating for equality, we can contribute to a more inclusive and accepting society. 

Canada Pride 2024 - Vancouver

This year’s Canada Pride 2024 theme is“Infinite Horizons,” symbolizing a call to look beyond the horizon and embrace the limitless potential of Canada's diverse and vibrant 2SLGBTQAI+ community. This theme encourages us to adopt a forward-looking perspective, celebrating the boundless possibilities that lie ahead for all members of our work and social communities. At its core, this theme challenges societal norms, urging us to embrace authenticity in a world where the identities of queer individuals are under siege daily.

Let us embrace the spirit of Pride, stand alongside the LGBTQ+ community, and work towards a world where love, acceptance, and equal rights are celebrated by all.


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