Multiple events – from parades to flag-raising ceremonies – are planned in Grey-Bruce in June to celebrate LGBTQ Pride month, which this year comes on the 50th anniversary of Canada decriminalizing same-sex relationships as well as the Stonewall riots south of the border.Ryan Brown, organizer of the second annual Owen Sound Pride Parade on June 8, said it’s amazing to see so many Pride-related activities taking place throughout the two counties.“It’s so important that everyone is really rallying together,” the Owen Sound teen said Wednesday in an interview.“The most important thing is showing the community that there is that support, especially for a young person who is maybe questioning things about themselves and maybe doesn’t know what their support system would be at home.“It’s so important for them to see that their community does support them. So I’m really happy to see all that.”June has become known as Pride month for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community due to the anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which happened on June 28, 1969, in New York City. Many historians consider that event to be the birth of the LGBTQ movement, according to GLAAD.The riots took place in the same year as the Canadian government amended the Criminal Code to decriminalize same-sex relationships among consenting adults.Two Pride parades – one in Owen Sound and another in Kincardine – are being organized in Grey-Bruce to coincide with Pride month.The second annual Owen Sound Pride Parade is set to begin at 11 a.m. and make its way down 2nd Avenue East, from 11th Street to 7th Street.A post-parade celebration is to follow at the Bruce Grey Child & Family Services parking lot. It will include performances, child-friendly activities, food and beverages.“We had an incredibly successful first parade. It was very successful in terms of being family-friendly and got a lot of attention,” Brown said. “So I think this year’s event will be similarly successful. It’s impossible to know, but there’s a good chance it will grow.”The third annual Kincardine Pride Parade, organized by Kincardine Pride Inc., is set to start at 11 a.m. June 22 at Connaught Park. It will then head east on Broadway Street and down Queen Street before wrapping up at Victoria Park.Fort Papalia, president of Kincardine Pride, said festivities will continue in the park and include children’s activities, games, music and line-dancing.He said he’s thrilled with the “incredible” success of the parade.“Three years ago, when we decided to give this a shot publicly, we thought there might only be two of us walking down the street holding a rainbow flag,” he said.“But the outpouring of emotion and support from everywhere has been amazing.”Also for Pride month, Grey Bruce Pride has organized a “Rainbows in the Sky” flag campaign, which is distributing Pride flags that will be raised on municipal and other poles across the region.The committee is also working with Owen Sound Pride Parade organizers to provide Pride flags to downtown Owen Sound businesses.Grey Bruce Pride chairman Donald Anderson said all but two municipalities in Grey-Bruce have agreed to fly the Pride flag, along with Saugeen First Nation. Southgate declined the invitation, while Chatsworth is to discuss the matter next week.On June 3, Saugeen First Nation is planning to hoist the Pride flag at the band office, while, in Kincardine, a rainbow flag will be raised at noon at the Bruce County Public Library and a transgender flag will be lifted into the sky at 4 p.m. at the Davidson Centre.The same day, Meaford is planning to raise a Pride flag at 10:30 a.m. at Meaford Hall. The municipality will also light up its water tower with rainbow colours.“Last year was the first year we were approached to raise the Pride flag and we certainly approved that and so it’s an annual event now,” Mayor Barb Clumpus said.West Grey is planning to raise the Pride flag June 4 at noon in Durham.In Owen Sound, a flag-raising ceremony is set for June 7 at 9 a.m. at the community flag pole at Owen Sound city hall. Afterwards, the city is planning to present its 2019 youth volunteer of the year award at 9:30 a.m. at The Ginger Press.Saugeen Shores is planning to raise Pride flags at three locations June 8 and, for the first time, a rainbow flag is set to be raised in Tiverton. Papalia said that event is planned for June 17 at 6 p.m.Grey Bruce Pride is also organizing a four-movie Summer of Pride Film Festival, with screenings at the Owen Sound library. Two LGBTQ-themed films will be shown in June, starting at 6:30 p.m. The Favourite will be played June 5, followed by Philadelphia June 26.On June 28, Heartwood Concert Hall in Owen Sound will be holding a Sound of Pride dance with DJ Strobe8. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.Manager Lisa Koop said the event is for members, friends and allies of the LGBTQ community.“We decided to do it last year because we had never hosted anything like it before. Seeing as last year was the first year for the Pride parade, it spurred some interest in throwing an event upstairs that would support the community as well and we had a great turnout, so we’re doing it again,” she said.Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. More information is available at heartwoodhall.ca.