The spirit of pride was all around Vari Hall Tuesday as a celebration of Pride Week got underway with the raising of the rainbow flag on York University’s Keele campus.
The Glendon campus Flag Raising Ceremony took place the previous day.
Homemade rainbow cupcakes were handed out and invited guests, including Janet Morrison, vice-provost students; Tyler Morehouse, internal coordinator, TBLGAY; and Noël Badiou, director of York Centre for Human Rights, spoke to the importance of marking the day.
Pride is a celebration of the history, courage and future of the LGBTTIQQ2SA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer/Questioning, 2 Spirited, Allies) communities. York @ Pride invites everyone to connect with the spirit of Pride and with Toronto’s queer communities and their allies to showcase the acceptance, diversity and solidarity that York promotes.
York @ Pride will once again participate in the main Toronto celebration’s Community Fair (Booth A8) on Church Street at Wood Street, Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30, from 11am to 5pm each day.
Once again, Pride @ York has teamed up with the Art Gallery at York University (AGYU). The AGYU commissioned artist Maurice Vellekoop to create York’s very own Super Queer Super Heroes! POW! as out-of-this-world mascots of York @ Pride. Come to the booth and get your stickers, pins, and have your photo taken with the Super Queer characters.
If you would like to volunteer at the Community Fair booth, contact Suzanne Carte for scheduling details at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-736-5169.
There will also be a York@Pride float in the 33rd annual Pride Parade on Sunday starting at 2pm at Bloor and Church Sts. Anyone wishing to be part of the parade and dance on the float, should contact Tyler Morehouse at email@example.com.
All York students, faculty, staff and their friends are welcome. The events are hosted by the AGYU, Centre for Human Rights, York Federation of Students, TBLGAY and SexGen York committee.
To connect further, visit the TBLGAY Facebook page or follow the latest on Twitter at #YUatPRIDE. To view the images taken with the Super Queer Super Heroes at the photo booth in York @ Pride’s Community Fair tent, click here.
The Pride flag will fly on both the Keele and Glendon campuses until Sunday, June 30.