It’s officially June, and with that comes Pride Month 2018! After last year’s successful Pride@York events, we invite you to join this year’s celebrations. Whether you want to get involved as a volunteer at the York University Pride March booth or be a spectator, there are a lot of Pride celebrations taking place all over the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). We at the #YUBlog are here to share the many Pride events coming up, including: York University’s Pride at York events and resources and some of Pride Toronto‘s most popular events!
Pride Month honours inclusivity, and everyone – student, staff, faculty and/or visitors – should feel free to join the York U community at Pride events to show support, get involved and make new friends.
Pride at York – York University
Pride Month at York University is a time of celebration. Pride@York strives to empower people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions while promoting acceptance, inclusivity and diversity for York U’s 2SLGBTQIAP* community. Learn more about Gender Identity and Gender Expression in York U’s guide for students, faculty and staff.
Both York U campuses offer wonderful celebrations throughout the month. Take a look at the #YUBlog’s “York Pride Events 2017” post to get an idea of last year’s Pride@York events!
York University’s 2018 Pride events begin Monday, June 14 and run until Thursday, June 21.
Join the York U community from 3:30pm to 4:30pm on June 14 for Pride@York’s Flag Drop ceremony in the Student Centre. The #YUBlog will be documenting the ceremony and reception in a future post so you won’t miss any of the action.
Enjoy a brief interlude in Kaneff Tower on June 18 from 11:00am to 12:30pm to get involved with Positive Space Training, Learn about Toronto Pride History and how to be a part of social change!
Who loves rainbow cake? We love rainbow cake! Visit the Pride Reception in Vari Hall from 3:30pm, to 4:30pm on June 20 to join our YU Bloggers as we listen to our honoured guests discuss their commitment to the equity and safety of 2SLGBTQIAP* communities at York U while enjoying some delicious rainbow cake.
The 38th-annual Pride Parade in Downtown Toronto is one of the biggest Pride Toronto attractions. Our bloggers will be in the heart of the action when the parade rolls out on June 24 at 2pm along with Pride@York’s float designed by Toronto artist Natalie Wood. Come to Vari Hall from 12pm to 4pm on June 20 to help us decorate the float!
Join us on June 21 from 6pm to 7:30pm as artist and writer Samra Habib shares her international Queer Muslim photo project Just Me and Allah and introduces her future publication We Have Always Been Here. This amazing event will be finished off with a round-table discussion asking “What does belonging look like for you?”
York U Pride Resources
York University also offers a variety of Pride-related clubs and organizations, support services and learning opportunities all year long. For a brief overview of these Pride resources, look at the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion’s “York has Pride” brochure. These groups may be campus-specific or geared towards faculty or students, so take your time to look through them and find the right one(s) for you!
York University – Students
Organizations & Associations
York University – Faculty
- Race Equity Caucus (REC)
- Indigenous Caucus
- Queer Caucus
- Disability Caucus
Side note: A caucus is a sub-group of individuals from the same larger group that share a common goal. In this instance, the Queer Caucus is a sub-group of the larger Equity Subcommittee whose members identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, Two-Spirit, intersex, queer or questioning. Together they discuss the issues, needs or concerns of queer faculty members.
York University – Academic Options
If you’re interested in learning about these topics throughout your time at university, York U offers various programs and courses related to gender and sexuality. For instance, York U’s School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies offers two programs:
Success Tip: If you’re interested in a gender and/or sexuality course, take it as an elective! However, similar to any other course offered at York University, some may have prerequisites, so pay attention to the course descriptions.
York University – Support Services
In addition to these wonderful clubs, committees, organizations and associations, York University also offers many support services to all York University students.
- Personal Counselling Services (PCS),
- Mental Health and Wellness at York,
- Glendon Counselling Services,
- Health Education and Promotion, Student Community and Leadership Development (SCLD)
- Sexual Violence Response Office (SVRO) and
- Sexual Assault Survivor’s Support Line and Leadership (SASSL).
York U is also home to the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (REI), who endeavor to promote and build a respectful, equitable, diverse and inclusive university community. It strives to be a leader in providing free, accessible, impartial, non-adversarial and confidential programs and services that uphold human rights, facilitate equitable access to opportunities and champion diversity and inclusion.
Pride Toronto – Downtown Toronto
Pride Toronto, the largest Pride celebration in North America, will host the third annual Pride Month in downtown Toronto from June 1 to June 24, offering a variety of events, including the Human Rights Panel, the Night at the Aqueerium, the Pride Community Street Fair, 2018 Trans March and the much-anticipated 38th annual Pride Parade.
Find a brief introduction to Pride Toronto’s events in the video below!
Look at the 2018 Pride Guide to find the perfect Pride event for you!
Some of the biggest attractions for the Pride Toronto Festival, running June 22 to June 24, are the Parades and March:
With a rally at 7pm and a march at 8pm on Friday, June 22, the 2018 Trans Parade is not an event to miss!
The Dyke March 2018 begins at 2pm on Saturday, June 23, and is a political demonstration to celebrate females and their power, strength and diversity.
The Pride Parade, scheduled for Sunday, June 24 at 2pm, will finish off both the Pride Toronto Festival and Pride Month, featuring 120+ groups on floats (including Pride@York) marching, performing and more! For a more personal perspective of the Pride Parade, keep an eye out for the #YUBlog’s post on the 2018 Pride Parade!
Success Tip: Take the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) subway downtown to avoid traffic congestion. The York Federation of Students (YFS) offers student discounts on TTC fares to help you get to your destination!
Pride Month is a sensational occasion, and with all the events across the GTA, there’s something for everyone. Happy Pride Month, Lions!
Tell us how you celebrated Pride in the comments below or tweet us at @YorkUStudents!