Pride Flags will be raised to kick-start Pride Week 2010

Show a little pride. The Pride Flags will be raised at York’s Keele and Glendon campuses on Tuesday, June 29, to kick-start Pride Week 2010 across the University.

There will be flag-raising ceremonies at both York campuses this year. The first will take place at 11am on the second floor of the York Research Tower overlooking the flagpole on the Keele campus. Rob Tiffin, vice-president students, will speak and there will be a Pride cake along with other refreshments. The second flag-raising ceremony will take place at 3pm at Glendon’s main flagpole.

Right: The Pride Flag being raised in 2008

“Having the Pride Flag fly at the top of the flagpole for one week is a very meaningful symbol for the LGBTT2SIQQA community at York,” says Aaron Doupe, pride coordinator, SexGen York Committee.

This year’s pride activities are organized by SexGen York in collaboration with the Centre for Human Rights to celebrate Pride Toronto, the University’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, 2 Spirited, Intersex, Queer, Questioning and Allies (LGBTT2SIQQA) community and York’s commitment to the full inclusion of individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

In addition to the on-campus activities, SexGen has also organized an information kiosk at the Pride Toronto Community Fair & Marketplace in downtown Toronto from 11am to 5pm on both Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4. Pride Toronto will run from June 25 to July 4.

The York Federation of Students and Trans Bisexual Lesbian Gays Allies at York will also have tables at the festival and have organized a float for the Pride Parade on Sunday, July 4. All York community members are welcome to join the float and parade.

“This is a chance for volunteers to reach out to current faculty, students and staff, as well as future students and alumni, while promoting the inclusive values of York to the one million visitors that the Pride festival attracts each year,” says Doupe.

The Pride activities were made possible through support by students, Faculties, alumni and the York community.

For more information about York’s Pride activities, visit the SexGen York Committee Web site.