GO to Global Black Pride!

Published: July 25, 2022

GO Transit and UP Express celebrate Global Black Pride

The first in-person Global Black Pride event is taking place in Toronto on July 27-31, 2022 and we can get you there. GO Transit is strongly committed to diversity, equity, and creating a safe space for members of the Black LGBTQI+ community. We’re excited to help you attend this important global event!

If you’re coming from outside Toronto, GO Transit is your ticket to a comfortable and relaxing ride, without the stress and headache of highway traffic and difficult parking. Travel by GO train or GO bus to Union Station and then it’s an easy TTC connection to all of the GBP events and activities.

Use our new GO Weekday Group Pass to save money on unlimited travel for your entire group, or take advantage of our $10 One-Day Weekend Pass or $15 Weekend Pass if you’re attending events and activities on Saturday and/or Sunday.

Buy your e-tickets today, and plan your trip to Global Black Pride now!


What Is Global Black Pride?

Global Black Pride is the first and only activist-led global Pride event. GBP strives to bring together Black LGBTQI+ communities from around the globe to celebrate their culture, and allow activists from different parts of the world to work together.

“Global Black Pride has the mission to serve as a global platform to celebrate all Black LGBTQI+ diversity and to build a global movement to fight for freedom, liberation, and justice for all Black LGBTQI+ communities across the globe.”

Does this sound like something that you want to be part of? We have all the details on this year’s Global Black Pride event so you can join the movement.


Global Black Pride 2022

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Director, Human Rights Conference for Global Black Pride

Global Black Pride was founded in 2020 and the first two events were virtual only. This year, Global Black Pride has partnered with Pride Toronto, a long-time Metrolinx partner, and Blackness Yes! to create the first in-person Global Black Pride event right here in Toronto.

The theme for this year is Honoring Our Past, Securing Our Future. Global Black Pride 2022 will take place over five days and will be a unique opportunity for activists and delegates from all around the globe to discuss and reflect together.


Get There With GO

GO Train travelling over a bridge in the summer

Travelling to Global Black Pride is both easy and affordable with GO Transit! We have a variety of fares so you can choose the best one for you.

Buy your e-tickets today, and plan your trip to Global Black Pride now!


Global Black Pride Schedule of Events

Waving pride flag

Five days of events and activities will keep you busy, engaged, and inspired. Check out the schedule below so you don’t miss a thing!


Opening Ceremony

Global Black Pride kicks off on with an invitation-only Opening Ceremony, co-hosted by Global Black Pride, Blackness Yes!, and the Mayor’s Office. It will highlight the importance of community partnership.

  • Date:Wednesday, July 27, 2022
  • Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: YMCA Central, 20 Grosvenor St., Toronto, ON
  • Get There With GO: Travel by GO train or bus to Union Station. From there take the TTC Yonge Subway Line to Wellesley Station and it's a short walk from there.

Human Rights Conference

The Global Black Pride Human Rights Conference will bring together activists from around the world, some attending physically and some joining virtually. GO Transit can get you there to attend in-person and be part of the movement. The purpose of the conference is to address the harm that has been done, and is continuing to be done, to Black people and people of colour who identify as LGBTQI+.

  • Date: Thursday, July 28, 2022
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Courtyard Marriott, 475 Yonge St., Toronto, ON
  • Get There With GO: Travel by GO train or bus to Union Station. From there take the TTC Yonge Subway Line to Wellesley Station and it's a short walk from there.

Night Out On The Town

GBP

Join your fellow activists for evenings of exploring Toronto. You’ll visit local Black-owned and queer spaces while enjoying dinners, social experiences, and networking opportunities. GO service extends past 11 p.m. on many train lines, and even longer on GO bus lines, so you can enjoy the evening activities without having to worry about a safe way to get home.

  • Date: July 28, 29, and 30, 2022
  • Time: Evenings - Late
  • Location: Various locations in Downtown Toronto
  • Get There With GO: Travel by GO train or bus to Union Station.

Health Fair and Global Village

Celebrate and support the creativity of Black LGBTQI+ artists and entrepreneurs at this outdoor market. Black LGBTQI+ vendors will be displaying, selling, and promoting their crafted goods and services. Global Black Pride encourages you to “shop with Pride”!

  • Date: Friday, July 29, 2022
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Courtyard Marriott, 475 Yonge St., Toronto, ON
  • Get There With GO: Travel by GO train or bus to Union Station. From there take the TTC Yonge Subway Line to Wellesley Station and it's a short walk from there.

Blockobana

The weekend of Global Black Pride events will close with Blockobana, organized by Blackness Yes! Blackness Yes! is a volunteer collective of DJs, stage and visual artists, community organizers, healthcare practitioners, and activists.

Blockobana is the traditional closing party of Toronto Black Pride, and Blackness Yes! will ensure that the “programming honours the historical context of Toronto’s Black community.”

This music and arts festival is a safe space for the Black LGBTQI+ community to celebrate culture through music, art, and food.

  • Date: Sunday, July 31, 2022
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
  • Location: Stackt Market, 28 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON
  • Get There With GO: Travel on the Lakeshore West Line to Exhibition GO Station. From there take the 511 TTC to Bathurst. Alternatively, travel by GO train or bus to Union Station. From there take the 504 TTC across King Street to Bathurst and it's a short walk from there.