Pride Month at York University is a time of celebration! #YUPride strives to empower people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions while promoting acceptance, inclusivity and diversity for York U’s 2SLGBTQIAP community. If you want to learn more about Gender Identity and Gender Expression, please read York U’s guide for students, faculty and staff.
Speaking of celebration, #YUPride is hosting many events on campus this June! If you aren’t able to come to campus, you can also check out the Pride Toronto events that are happening over the course of Pride Month. In today’s #YUBlog post, we will dive into the events happening on campus and downtown – we hope to see you there!
Pride at York – York University
York University’s 2019 Pride events begin Monday, June 17 and run until Thursday, June 20. This year’s events are hosted in collaboration by the SexGen York Committee, the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion, the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), TBLGay and the York Federation of Students (YFS)!
Join the York U community from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, June 17 for #YUPride’s Film Screening and York’s Pride Community Quilt Launch! At 1 p.m. in the Nat Taylor Cinema (N102 Ross Building), SexGen, the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion and the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) are hosting a screening of Queer Coolie-tudes, an 87-minute film that explores the experiences of queer Canadians from the Indo-Caribbean diaspora. After the film, you can ask questions with the filmmaker herself, York U faculty member Michelle Mohabeer!
Following the screening, SexGen will unveil their Pride Quilt at 3:10 p.m. in the East Bear Pitt in Central Square. The quilt was designed by York U students, faculty and staff and will be hung in York Lanes over the course of the celebrations at York U! There will be a reception with appetizers and a rainbow cake.
TBLGAY and YFS are co-hosting a BBQ and flag drop in the Student Centre Food Court! Drop by on Tuesday, June 18 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. to eat, visit with the #YUPride community and enjoy the annual Pride flag drop at 3:30 p.m.! Following the Flag Drop food will be served and there will be games and other activities on the green in front of the pond.
Come down on Wednesday, June 19 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and make some banners and t-shirts! TBLGAY and YFS are collaborating to host t-shirt-making with TBLGAY* in Room 449A (Student Centre) and banner-making in Vari Hall with YFS!
*Materials and supplies provided
Join us and the TBLGAY at the Roundtable Discussion on Thursday, June 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in 307 First Student Centre! The Roundtable Discussion will open the floor to discuss the 2SLGBTQIAP community, the experiences of 2SLGBTQIAP people and how they intersect with arts and media and more!
Success Tip: Take a look at the #YUBlog’s “York U & Toronto Pride Events 2018” post to get an idea of last year’s #YUPride events!
Pride Toronto – Downtown Toronto
Pride Toronto, the largest Pride celebration in North America, will host the fourth annual Pride Month in downtown Toronto from June 1 to June 23, offering a variety of events, including the Human Rights Series, the Ripley’s Aqueerium, the 2019 Street Fair, 2019 Trans March and the much-anticipated 38th-annual Pride Parade.
Some of the biggest attractions for the Pride Toronto Festival, running June 22 to June 24, are the Marches and the Parade:
With a rally at 7 p.m. and a march at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 21, the 2019 Trans March is not an event to miss!
The Dyke March 2019 begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, and is a political demonstration to celebrate females and their power, strength and diversity.
The Pride Parade, scheduled for Sunday, June 23 at 2 p.m., will finish off both the Pride Toronto Festival and Pride Month, featuring 120+ groups on floats marching, performing and more!
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 offers something for everyone, with celebrations happening across the GTHA. We hope to see you at a few events on- and off-campus. Happy Pride Month, Lions!
Tell us how you celebrated Pride in the comments below or tweet us at @YorkUStudents!