York U 2018 York@Pride Photo Diary

Posted by Lauren Dick on June 26, 2018

Events | Goings-On around York | Inside Perspectives | York Community

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.

Screenshot of a tweet from @yorkuniversity introducing Sophie (my fellow blogger) who took over the York U Snapchat account.
Don’t miss another student Snapchat takeover – follow York University on Snapchat (yorkuniversity)!

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!

Picture looking up at the third floor of the Student Centre from the ground floor as the Pride flag is about to drop.
The Pride flag is about to drop!
Picture of the York@Pride Pride flag.
The Pride flag was dropped from the third floor of the Student Centre, right beside the YFS Office.

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:

Allyson Mitchell, Chair of SexGen York Committee and Associate Professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies

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:

Screenshot from York U's Twitter page with a quote from Suzanne Carte.
Suzanne was one of many individuals featured on the @yorkuniversity Twitter page.
Picture of three speakers (Professor Mitchell on the right, Suzanne Carte in the middle and Maiesha Zarin on the right).
Professor Allyson Mitchell (left) shared her academic perspective on the 2SLGBTQIAP community’s social and cultural presence.

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.

Screenshot of a tweet from @yorkuniversity that has a quote from Maiesha Zarin.
If you would like to learn more about TBLGAY, you can follow them on Facebook, contact them by email or visit their space in the Student Centre in room 449A.

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!

Picture of the York@Pride's rainbow cake!
After all, no Pride Reception is complete without a 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

Lauren Dick
Lauren Dick

Lauren Dick graduated in Spring 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Professional Writing and a Professional Certificate in Marketing. She loves to curl up with a good story and a warm cup of tea (only English Breakfast, mind you), and she hopes her blog posts will continue to encourage current and incoming students to learn more about York U and its community.

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