Now that the 2018 York@Pride events are over, it’s the perfect time to share some of our favourite #YUPrideMonth moments with a photo diary! If you’d like to read a full account of all of the scheduled York U Pride 2018 events, be sure to read our recent #YUBlog post, “York U & Toronto Pride Events 2018.”
Sophie and I, the #YUBlog bloggers, joined the Pride Flag Drop on June 14 and the Pride Reception on June 20 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm to hear a wonderful group of York U students, staff and faculty speak about their experiences in the 2SLGBTQIAP community. The 2SLGBTQIAP community includes individuals who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, intersex, asexual, pansexual, two-spirited and more.
The Pride Flag Drop was coordinated by the York Federation of Students (YFS), while the Pride Reception was hosted by York’s Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion (REI) and Suzanne Carte, Coordinator of York@Pride and Assistant Curator of the agYU (The Art Gallery of York University). REI works to build a respectful, equitable, diverse and inclusive University community year-round by providing education and training resources open to faculty, staff and students; funding for inclusive initiatives on campus; and case resolution and consultation services. Additionally, REI provides Gender/LGBTQ*/Positive Space resources.
This photo diary is in chronological order, starting with the Flag Drop and continuing with the speakers in order of appearance at the Pride Reception.
York@Pride 2018 Flag Drop
The York Federation of Students (YFS) organized the York U Pride Flag Drop that took place on June 14 in the Student Centre. This exciting event was a great way to kickoff York@Pride!
York@Pride 2018 Pride Reception
This year’s Pride Reception celebrated five speakers and their commitment to the equity and safety of the 2SLGBTQIAP communities. Suzanne Carte, Coordinator of York@Pride and Assistant Curator for the agYU, gave the opening address and introduced the four other speakers for the event:
PhD student Daria Davydova
Alumni Engagement Officer Zachary Nichols
Maiesha Zarin, External Coordinator of the Trans Bisexual Lesbian Gay Asexual at York (TBLGAY) student group
Suzanne welcomed everyone to the Pride Reception and spoke about the importance of inclusivity. She was featured on the @yorkuniversity Twitter account with the following quote about Pride:
PhD student Daria Davydova and Alumni Engagement Officer Zachary Nichols followed Professor Mitchell’s speech with more personal accounts of their unique experiences in the 2SLGBTQIAP community.
Maiesha Zarin, External Coordinator of the Trans Bisexual Lesbian Gay Asexual at York student group (TBLGAY) eloquently shared her story as a member of the 2SLGBTQIAP community and how she hopes to encourage inclusivity and acceptance for all members and allies of the global 2SLGBTQIAP community.
TBLGAY provides a safe space for the queer, trans and asexual community on campus. Anyone is welcome to come by the space to speak with staff, enjoy a social atmosphere, make new friends in a safe space or take advantage of an ever-growing library of exciting books, magazines, movies and games!
As the speakers started to mingle with the Pride Reception guests, Suzanne began passing around the much-anticipated rainbow cake!
As the Pride Reception was winding down, we spoke with Suzanne for a few moments, and she shared her joyful thoughts with this parting comment:
“I am so inspired and thankful to hear the multitude of voices presented here today. Happy Pride, everyone!”
– Suzanne Carte, Coordinator York@Pride/ @A_G_Y_U