The arrival of June marks the start of Pride Month, a time to honour and support members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, while also reflecting on the long, difficult history that has led to this month.

Throughout June, Queen’s University will highlight several resources available to our students, staff, and faculty and point to several events taking place in Kingston this month.

To kick things off, Queen’s is raising the Progress Pride flag on the flagpole adjacent to the John Deutsch Student Centre (JDUC) for the entire month.

The Progress Pride flag provides an opportunity to recognize the unique intersections of identity that exist within LGBTQ2S+ communities. This updated version of the Pride flag was designed by Daniel Quasar in 2018 to visually represent individual identities and how they intersect with one another, recognizing the interconnected struggles.

“Pride Month is a significant time for members of the LGBTQ2S+ community as it provides a sincere opportunity to learn and have meaningful dialogue on what it means to be Queer in today’s society,” says Teri Shearer, Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion). “I’m proud of the work being done at Queen’s and happy to say there are many resources here designed to support our students, staff, and faculty throughout the year.”

Some of those programs include the Positive Space CampaignLevana Gender Advocacy CentreQueen’s University Association for Queer Employees, and the Provost's Action Group for Gender and Sexual Diversity. A list of resources can be found on the Inclusive Queen’s page. Learn more about the Progress Pride flag on the Yellow House website.

Continue to visit Queen’s social media platforms as we highlight organizations around campus, including the Yellow House and Queen's Queer Alumni Chapter throughout the month of June. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Pride Parade on Princess Street, which takes place June 18 starting at 11 a.m.

Originally published in the Queen's Gazette.

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