June: Pride events and food and beverage

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June is busy with a variety of festivals and events taking place in the area including Pride Month, a time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.

For many businesses, creating safe and welcoming spaces for the LGBTQ community is part of their core values, and many say it’s not about a single month of the year.

Spectrum is an organization that “serves, affirms, and supports the well-being of 2SLGBTQ+ individuals in Waterloo Region.” When you visit their Rainbow Pages Directory only a handful of businesses are listed. A stark contrast to the hundreds of food and beverage operations in the area.

However, that certainly does not mean there aren’t many, many other businesses dedicated to diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging in the community. Many entrepreneurs and food operators say they have worked diligently to build “safe spaces” for their staff and customers.

For more, visit CBC-KW.

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