Sunday in the Park with Pride Society (SPPS) is a registered non-profit society dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ2 (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit) youth on the Sunshine Coast. Through our activities, the Society aims to increase visibility; provide queer youth with the means and opportunity to create community both with their peers and the wider LGBTQ2 community; foster connections and understanding among these communities as well as the wider Coast community; and celebrate LGBTQ2 culture on the Coast, making the Sunshine Coast a truly safe and welcoming place where queer youth can thrive.
The Society pursues this goal by producing Sunday in the Park with Pride (an annual outdoor picnic in celebration of LGBTQ2 Pride), Read Out Loud (an all-ages literary event), and other all-ages and youth events and programs throughout the year, including three monthly youth drop-in groups: an LGBTQ2 youth group, an all-ages LGBTQ2 “drop-in community centre,” and an all-ages Transgender Mentorship & Support Network. These programs provide tools and support for queer youth, in accordance with their needs and requests.
In addition to this programming, SPPS publishes Pride Guide, an annual magazine showcasing LGBTQ2 people, arts and culture on the Sunshine Coast. All profits from the magazine (ad revenue) support SPPS programming.
We would like to acknowledge that our events take place on unceded Squamish and shishalh First Nation territories.
The Society’s activities are funded in part by the Town of Gibsons, Sunshine Coast Regional District, Sunshine Coast Pride Dance committee, Sunshine Coast Credit Union, and are supported by many more in-kind donations from our sponsors, both individuals and businesses up and down the Coast.