It was a night celebrating the strengths and accomplishments of local individuals and organizations, who have contributed selflessly to social progress and improvement.
Of course, it was also an evening with a recurring theme of grieving, gravity, and regrouping.
The 2016 Pride Legacy Awards, held at Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre on June 18, brought together local LGBT communities one week after the shooting at a gay Orlando nightclub sent shockwaves across the world.
Vancouver Pride Society president Alan Jernigan began the evening with a moment of silence for all those affected by the Orlando massacre.
“The Vancouver Pride Society exists to bring the community together to celebrate, and after a week marked by pain, grief, and fear, I am so happy we can all be here tonight to celebrate the work of some amazing people who fill our community with love, light, and hope,” Jernigan said.