Rainbow in the clouds

Finding Pride through Art Therapy

Happy Pride Month! The Month long celebration in June will culminate with the festivities of the Pride Parade in downtown Toronto the first weekend in July. Canada’s first ever Pride Month has been festive as well as emotional for the LGBTQ community.  While we celebrate unity and social progress, we also remember the hard road it has been to get here, and the miles we still have to go.

Major life decisions such as coming out, transitioning or telling those you love who you truly are can be fraught with anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts. Although it is different for everyone, sometimes these decisions progresses through an unfolding of choices. And while each choice brings you closer to your authentic self, there are risks you have to contend with.

As a mother of a Two-Spirited child, I know that a parent’s journey can be difficult when trying to help your child navigate through uncharted waters. Watching them struggle to find confidence and self-acceptance can be a source of pain for the both of you.

Art therapy is an inclusive and expressive outlet to help with those feelings of isolation and confusion. Art can help you not only tell your story of where you were, but where you are, and where you are going.  But remember that art isn’t the only tool available to you in this time. Talking to a mental health professional is always a good way to find support either for yourself or for someone you care.

Find out more at:

www.pridetoronto.com

Family Pride:

Church Street Public School 83 Alexander Street  Saturday, July 2, 2016 10:00am – 5:00pm Sunday, July 3, 2016 10:00am – 5:00pm

Trans March Friday, July 1, 2016 7pm

Dyke March Saturday, July 2, 2016 2pm

Pride Parade Sunday, July 3, 2016 2pm