Photojournalism (noun): The art or practice of communicating news by photographs.
While True to You is primarily focused on literary journalism, we believe in the power of photography and its ability to communicate to people.
We hope to highlight issues, events, and matters of advocacy that otherwise cannot be expressed in words. To vividly convey the emotions of a human being, or the things that happen in a split second, we take photos.
Last June, True to You put together a photo gallery of Pride across Canada. The snapshots we feature are meant to show how Pride, and Pride Month, in particular, is celebrated. As we stand in solidarity and in support of the LGBTQ+ community, it is equally as important to learn about the history of Pride Month and its values.
Below is an abridged history of Pride Month in Canada:
Pride Month in Canada has a similar origin to that in the United States, honoring the 1969 Stonewall riots and the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ rights. However, the LGBTQ+ rights movement in Canada has its own unique history and milestones. In 1971, the first gay rights organization in Canada was formed in Toronto, and the nation's first pride parade was held in the same city in 1975. Since then, Pride events have been organized across the country. In 2002, Canada became the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. Today, Canadian Pride Month events continue to be a time for the LGBTQ+ community to come together, celebrate their identities, and raise awareness about the ongoing fight for equality.
True to You compiled a collection of photos from past climate strikes and protests in Vancouver. As a literary and artisitc journal that vcosues on social justice and current events, we acknowledge the harms of greenhouse gas emissions and we hope that, collectively, communities can take bigger steps toward clean energy.
Below is a snapshot of a few key moments from the Vancouver climate marches.
Climate protests in Vancouver have been ongoing for several years, with various groups and individuals organizing events to raise awareness and demand action on climate change. The protests have taken various forms, including marches, sit-ins, and strikes. Some notable events include the Global Climate Strike in September 2019, which saw thousands of people march through the streets of Downtown Vancouver. The Earth Day march in April 2021 drew thousands of participants to join a global strike for climate action, as did the Global Climate Strike in September 2021.