U of T Virtual Pride Calendar
Image courtesy of Jada Reynolds-Tabobondung (IG:j0ejay)
As we begin Pride Month this year, we are reminded of the importance of being in solidarity in the most difficult of times, even more so now when we are physically disconnected from one another. The most recent acts of racialized violence against Black lives painfully highlights once again the impacts of systemic injustices of racism, and anti-Black racism. We stand in solidarity with our Black community members in our LGBTQ2S+ communities and beyond.
From its inception following the Stonewall Riots in 1969, Pride has always been more than a celebration: Pride commemorates pain and loss within LGBTQ2S+ communities, and it serves as a demonstration to highlight the continued importance of resisting homophobia and transphobia. And as we actively work against anti-LGBTQ2S+ violence and all forms of racism, it is vital that we also make space to nurture and to celebrate our communities, including our queer and trans Black, Indigenous and people of colour communities. At this time and at all times, LGBTQ2S+ liberation is intersectional.
With this in mind, we hope that you will join us for Pride events that celebrate our diverse LGBTQ2S+ communities, while highlighting the work of two-spirit, LGBTQ+ Indigenous, and people of colour artists and community leaders. During these isolating and divisive times, let us come together to sustain our communities and celebrate each other and ourselves, with Pride.
Please note that this page is still being updated. If your group would like your event to be added to this U of T Pride Calendar, please send all your event details to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible so that we can include it here.
U of T Virtual Tri-Campus ‘More Colour; More Pride’ and Trans Flag Raising – June 2020.
LGBTQ2S+ Alumni Hot Docs Film Screening – June 8, 7 pm
Hosted by Alumni Relations, University of Toronto Libraries and Sexual & Gender Diversity Office
Auntie Jenny’s Story Time for Kids and Their Families – June 12, 11 am
Hosted by Sexual & Gender Diversity Office and Hart House
U of T Pride Strut & Stroll – June 13, 10 am
Hosted by Sexual & Gender Diversity Office and Hart House
As You Are: Celebrating QTBIPOC Youth in the Wider GTA – June 16, 3 pm
Hosted by the Equity Offices at UTSC and UTM and SCSU and UTMSU
U of T Pride Pitch – June 17, 4 pm
Hosted by iCube – Entrepreneurship in Action at UTM
Display Your Pride – June 18
Hosted by the UTSG, UTSC, and UTM Positive Space Committees
Speaker Event: “Transitioning Employers: A Survey of Policies and Practices for Trans Inclusive Workspaces – June 18, 3 pm
Hosted by Rotman School of Management and Pride at Work Canada
Pride Concert: A Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit Indigenous Showcase – June 18, 4 pm
Hosted by Sexual & Gender Diversity Office, Hart House and First Nations House
Move With Pride: Vogue Dance – June 19, 3 pm
Hosted by U of T Sports & Rec
Blog post – Books for Two-Spirit Pride
‘More Colour; More Pride’ Frequently Asked Questions
Over the past twenty years, the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office has been at the forefront of advancing equity and inclusion for LGBTQ2S+ people at the University of Toronto. Today, its programming creates inclusive spaces and connected communities that affirm and explore sexual and gender identities and the community’s experiences that inform practices and processes of the University. We continue to engage in ways that intentionally include the rich diversity of experiences that exist within the LGBTQ2S+ communities in the GTA.
One way of demonstrating this intentional inclusion is to raise the ‘More Colour; More Pride’ flag across the university throughout the month of June. The ‘More Colour; More Pride’ flag serves to highlight the importance of representation and inclusion of queer, trans, Black, Indigenous and people of colour (QTBIPOC) communities and is a sign of U of T’s commitment to being intentionally inclusive. The newly added black and brown stripes are a visible symbol of the importance of including more voices and experiences in the LGBTQ2S+ community.
More than 50 years after the Stonewall Riots, the ‘More Colour; More Pride’ flag is a reminder that there has been uneven progress for LGBTQ2S+ people, and despite being instrumental in leading movements for greater inclusion, QTBIPOC often continue to be left out. We need to be intentional as we listen to these voices and experiences in order to design our services and supports using an intersectional lens as we strive to create safe and brave spaces on our campuses. The Pride flag, like the LGBTQ2S+ community, will continue to evolve, and we hope that this ‘More Colour, More Pride’ flag will contribute to QTBIPOC being seen, heard, and valued on campus.
What is the ‘More Colour; More Pride’ flag?
The ‘More Colour; More Pride’ flag is an adaptation of the well-known rainbow flag designed by Gilbert Barker and first flown in San Francisco in 1978. The adaptation includes the addition of a brown and black stripe highlights the importance of representation and inclusion of queer, trans, Black, Indigenous and people of colour (QTBIPOC).
Where and when did the ‘More Colour; More Pride’ flag originate?
The ‘More Colour; More Pride’ flag originated in Philadelphia in 2017 in with Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs on an inclusivity campaign in partnership with the advertising agency, Tierney. The purpose of this change was to address issues of racism and exclusion in Philadelphia’s gay neighbourhood. This new symbol quickly raised the attention of communities of colour globally, and has since been a useful tool to help fuel important conversations about intersectionality and the need to address forms of exclusion and barriers to full participation within the community.
Why is the ‘More Colour; More Pride’ flag important to the University of Toronto?
The intersectional identities of members of our LGBTQ2S+ community enrich and innovate our campuses and our cities. Increasing visibility of Black and Indigenous LGBTQ2S+ people and queer and trans people of colour aligns with U of T’s institutional values of equity, diversity and inclusion. Raising the ‘More Colour; More Pride’ flag along with the trans flag across the university’s three campuses is a reminder to work towards building a more inclusive community respectful of intersectionality across the university.
Who is the ‘More Colour; More Pride’ flag for?
The ‘More Colour; More Pride’ flag is for everyone to use. It is meant to bring greater visibility and inclusion in our communities. The use of the well-known six colour pride flag is still acceptable and the ‘More Colour; More Pride’ flag is an additional symbol to demonstrate our pride in the LGBTQ2S+ community at U of T.