Borderland Pride announced yesterday that Trevor Bonot has been named Grand Marshal of the organization's LGBTQ2 Pride March, as part of 2019's PRIDE WEEK+ festival in the Fort Frances and International Falls area.
Bonot was born and raised in Stratton, Ont. He made a name for himself and his community through his local curling club.
He now resides in Thunder Bay, where he graduated from Lakehead University with a sociology degree.
Curling continues to be his passion, and he is involved in numerous volunteer initiatives related to the sport.
In 2017, Bonot's team took home silver from the World Mixed Curling Championship in Switzerland.
Bonot will be the first-ever Grand Marshal of Borderland Pride's Pride march.
The organization plans to name Grand Marshals each year in order to recognize the achievements of an LGBTQ2 individual or ally from the Borderland region or with ties to one of its communities.
Identifying visible queer and ally role models that our community is proud of is a critical to supporting young people who identify as LGBTQ2.
Borderland Pride's Grand Marshal is the ceremonial leader of the Passport to Pride March, which is the only cross-border LGBTQ2 Pride parade in the world.
“I am very proud to be home to take part in the area's Pride festival,” said Bonot.
“It has been very moving to see such incredible growth for Borderland Pride in such a short period of time—and especially to see it recognized in my home community of Stratton,” he added.
“I hope that by highlighting different LGBTQ2 people and allies in our community that we can continue to build bridges and provide a supportive environment for those who are different,” remarked Bonot.
“Pride exists to showcase and affirm our community's sense of inclusion and to celebrate diversity,” said Douglas W. Judson, co-chair of Borderland Pride.
“We do that, in part, to show our young people visible, positive role models who identify as LGBTQ2 or as their allies,” he added.
“All young people look for figures that they can identify with—in school, in community leadership, in the workplace, and in sport. Trevor's achievements as an out athlete continue to bring pride to our community,” noted Judson.
This year's Pride March will be held on Saturday, June 8 at 10:30 a.m.
It begins at Smokey Bear Park in International Falls, Mn., and ends at Rainy Lake Square in Fort Frances.
A community barbecue and concert will follow the march.
The march is approximately one mile in length, and participants are reminded that they must meet the requirements for admissibility to Canada in order to participate.
The march is a pedestrian-only march along sidewalks (no vehicles allowed, though bicycles and strollers are permitted).
PRIDE WEEK+ is Borderland Pride's second annual Pride festival.
It will be celebrated from May 24 to June 9, featuring over 17 events and initiatives.