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June 2018

[Dr. Sam King] I feel especially honoured to serve as guest editor for this issue of the Inclusive Community newsletter given that June is Pride month in Kingston and many other cities around the world. This year will mark Kingston’s 29th annual parade, and the 39th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City that inspired this annual celebration of LGBT resistance and solidarity.

I am one of the many members of the Queen’s community who participate in the smorgasbord of activities put together by teams of dedicated volunteers over the course of the month. Many events are free of charge, and with the Queer Art Show at HARS (HIV/AIDS Regional Services), a Movie in the Square, a Pride Worship Service, a jazz night, and numerous parties and dances, this year's celebration has something on offer for everyone.

The Saturday of Pride (June 16 this year) remains my favourite “holiday” of the year, but as a scholar of queer studies and a participant in a range of progressive political causes, I inevitably feel some ambivalence about this celebration.

Since Kingston is a small and not particularly wealthy town, it has largely avoided the wholesale corporatization of Pride that has befallen larger cities. What was once a politically defiant, brazen, and sassy celebration of LGBTQ politics and communities has, in many cases, become heavily commercialized and mainstreamed.

In Kingston, Pride still has a strong community feel. Here, for instance, the parade features people rather than business sponsors. And official delegations from the police, the military, and corrections—institutions that have too often been a source of oppression and violence towards queer people—have not (yet) become standard features here. Since the early days of Pride, those politics have not just been about LGBTQ issues, but also about supporting and working with other marginalized groups. 

It takes a lot of self-education and organizing to keep Kingston Pride as a grassroots, inclusive, and diverse project. We have similar work to do at Queen’s. This has not been an easy year for members of the university community seeking a more just, anti-racist, and non-binary world. But I am grateful to work in academic units where people teach and learn about the dangers that accompany not only glaring threats to positive social transformation, but also the most well-intentioned of movements for change.

So, with a dose of excitement and a dash of skepticism, I wish you all a very happy Pride!

Samantha King
Head, Department of Gender Studies
Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies 

P.S. Kanonhsyonne  (Janice Hill), Director of the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, will guest edit next month's edition.

Featured Stories

[heritage minute]

A minute in history

Rector Alex da Silva addresses graduates during convocation

Rector focuses on ‘choosing her lanes’

[A group of students are welcomed to Heathrow Airport]

Building community at the castle

[University Avenue]

Making dreams come true

[Mary-Jane Vincent explores the Anatomy Learning Centre]

Mentoring Indigenous youth

Featured Events

Kingston Pride
Sat, Jun 16 - all day

Highlighting Indigenous Issues in Curricula
Tues, June 19, 2:30 - 4 pm, Robert Sutherland Hall Room 202; Tues, Jun 26, 1:30 - 3 pm, Robert Sutherland Hall Room 202

Staff Discussion with Dr. Teri Shearer about Inclusivity at Queen's
Wed, Jun 20, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, Dean of Womens Lounge, Ban Righ Hall

National Indigenous Peoples Day
Thurs, Jun 21

Indigenizing Curricula - Indigenous Experience and Theorizations of Identity
Thurs, Jun 28, 9:30 - 11 am, Robert Sutherland Hall Room 202; Wed, Jul 11, 1:30 - 3 pm, Robert Sutherland Hall Room 202

Eve of Tisha B'Av (Jewish Faith)
Sat, Jul 21

From the Community

Thanks to all who came out to the recent Talk with Teri event at the west campus. Dr. Teri Shearer will be hosting the next event on Wed, Jun 20, at 4:30 pm in Ban Righ Hall. Stay tuned for more group discussions about diversity and inclusivity this fall.

Renovations recently began on the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre as part of a planned expansion. Until renovations are completed, Four Directions staff will be located on the first floor of Victoria Hall. Stay tuned for more updates about the renovation project very soon!

Young Women at Queen’s is a vibrant employee resource group of Queen’s staff and other Queen’s affiliates. The group meets every other Tuesday over lunch for networking, peer support, and to plan future events. A feature of their summer program is an internal speaker series wherein members of the group share the story of their career path. New members are welcome. Contact angela.lyon@queensu.ca for more information.

Have you heard about the Equity and Human Rights Office's new Queen's Equity Locator app for iPhone and iPad? It helps you find equity resources across the three Kingston-area campuses. Check it out and, if you see any on-campus resources which are not listed, submit them through the app!

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