Queen's set to show off its Pride
Members of the Queen’s community are gearing up for the school’s fourth annual Pride Week. Organized by the Queen’s Pride Project (QPP), Pride Week celebrates sexual and gender diversity and aims to bring students, staff, faculty and community members together for a weeklong celebration.
“The purpose of Pride Week at Queen’s is to start building a community and carve out a niche for students and allies to meet,” says QPP publicity chair Caitlyn Clark, a fourth-year psychology and gender studies student.
Running from March 8 – 13, the week features a full schedule of events. Tracey Sandilands, executive director of Toronto Pride, will kick things off at the opening ceremonies.
“I think having (Tracey) come gives some scope to our own Pride Week,” says Ms Clark. “While it’s small and just Queen’s campus, there’s a need for it. These weeks wouldn’t be happening globally if people didn’t think there was a purpose for these events.”
Queen’s faculty members are also getting involved in Pride Week. Professors Meredith Chivers (Psychology), Kathleen Lahey (Law), Scott Morgensen (Gender Studies) and Pamela Dickey Young (Religious Studies) are scheduled to be the keynote speakers at Queer Inquiry, a discussion about queer research happening on campus.
Students will also have the chance to relive one of life’s milestones at Pride Prom, an event designed to be inclusive and accepting of all its guests. “A lot of people, if they were trying to figure out who they were in high school, couldn’t bring who they wanted to prom because of stigma or what people may think,” says Ms Clark.
Everyone from the Queen’s and Kingston communities is invited to attend Pride Week events. “They’re not just for queer students,” says Ms Clark. “The point is that anyone can join these things. Anyone can participate, as long as they have an open mind.”
For more information and the full schedule of Pride Week events, go to www.queensupride.ca