U of T Pride Pub Celebrates World Pride 2014

U of T Pride Pub Celebrates World Pride
Friday June 20th, 4 p.m. – 1 a.m., Hart House Quad

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The University of Toronto kicks off World Pride in Toronto with an expanded program for its annual U of T Pride Pub. This year’s event brings together students, staff, faculty, alumna and community members to make new connections and celebrate our long and proud history of LGBTQ involvement at U of T.

Beginning at 4 p.m. on June 20th, the U of T Pride Pub will see the return of the popular Community Fair, featuring notable LGBTQ community leaders and organizations. Hart House will have the BBQ flaming with a delicious menu throughout the event.

For those looking to start Pride on the dance floor, DJ Cosmic Cat and DJ Craig Dominic will hit the stage at 8:00 pm and will keep the music going until long after the stars come out. This year’s event will feature a special performance from the Spectrum Project that will include homage to dance forms that found a home in the queer community.


Global LGBTQ Human Rights: In Conversation
A Special U of T Pride Pub Pre-event
Friday June 20th, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Hart House East Common Room

In recognition of U of T hosting the World Pride Human Rights Conference 2014, the U of T Pride Pub will present a special pre-event featuring conference highlights for the U of T community.

Starting at 3:00 pm, the pre-event “Global LGBTQ Human Rights: In Conversation” will feature Brenda Cossman, Director of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies and Conference Co-Chair in conversation with Maurice Tomlinson (Jamaica/Canada), Yahia Zaidi (Algeria/Belgium).

“We are honoured to welcome the world to the University of Toronto for a global dialogue about LGBTQ human rights at the World Pride Human Rights Conference 2014. The U of T Pride Pub is the perfect place to preview some of the issues we’ll be exploring at the conference, including how Canadians can be effective allies in the larger global movement, “said Brenda Cossman.

President Meric Gertler and Professor Angela Hildyard, Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity, will provide welcoming addresses and reflect on the importance of this historic conference being held at U of T. All members of the U of T community are encouraged to attend. Registration is required for this event. Please register early.




Bringing our Communities Together

For members of our U of T community from across all three campuses and for those who return each year to celebrate Pride with their alma mater, the U of T Pride Pub is an annual tradition for all of us to come together. Bobby Diaz, UTM 2012 alumna, continues to attend “to raise the visibility of LGBTQ alumni staying involved, as well as the nostalgia of being back at Hart House, a place that has paid witness to many of the important moments in my undergraduate life.”


Kathy Mac, a Sexual Diversity Studies student will be returning because this is “one of the only events that allow students to mingle with faculty, staff and alumni in such a casual setting.” For current staff, like Josh Hass, Student Life Coordinator, Orientation & Transition, the U of T Pride Pub “is a great time for staff to come together to show support for our LGBTQ students and colleagues, and celebrate our vibrant communities at U of T.” The U of T Pride Pub marks the beginning of 10 days of events and activities on all three U of T campuses and throughout the city in recognition of World Pride 2014.

U of T Pride Pub
Friday June 20th, 2014
4 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Hart House Quad
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Global LGBTQ Human Rights: In Conversation
A Special U of T Pride Pub Pre-Event
Friday June 20th
3 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Hart House East Common Room

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The U of T Pride Pub is organized by the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office with the support of an Advisory Committee of staff, faculty, students and alumni.

Event Sponsors: Hart House, Steam Whistle Brewery, Xtra!
The U of T Pride Pub is a World Pride 2014 Affiliate Event.

For more information, contact:
Allison Burgess
Sexual & Gender Diversity Officer, University of Toronto