Dalhousie Pride Week

This year, Pride Week at Dalhousie University will take place from July 19th-29th, 2018 with multiple organizations and on-campus groups working hard to create accessible and inclusive programming that supports our 2SLGBTQ+ communities, educates allies and creates opportunities for visibility.

As we prepare for these events, it’s important that we acknowledge and celebrate the history of Pride. With the current climate around city-wide pride parades and the effect this has on the most marginalized communities at Dalhousie, in Halifax, and in Nova Scotia, we recognize that “Pride” is a positive stance against violence and discrimination towards 2SLGBTQ+ communities, where individuals promote their self-affirmation, visibility, dignity and equality. However, this stance must exist alongside action with and from allied communities, both within and outside of 2SLGBTQ+ communities, to be able to create a truly anti-oppressive society. It is because of this that being proud of who we are is not, and has never been enough, but rather is just one important aspect of creating the society we want.

There is no better time than now, Dalhousie’s 200th year, to commit ourselves to purposefully working towards a more inclusive community. One that respects and understands intersecting identities, and how the notion of “pride” affects people experiencing marginalization outside of their sexual identity and gender orientation.

History of Pride Parades and Current Issues

With “Pride’s” grassroot beginnings stemming from police harassment/violence and exclusionary policies, the “Pride” we know today began as a series of riots and demonstrations against police raids, and eventually the well-documented riot that took place at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, during the early morning of June 28, 1969. More often than not, those who led these protests were the from the most marginalized in these communities, such as Trans women of colour; this marginalization continues within and outside of our 2SLGBTQ+ communities today. These details are incredibly important to acknowledge as we participate in dialogue around the current political climate, especially as it relates to the Black Lives Matter movement in Toronto, and last year’s boycott of Halifax Pride in support of the Queer Arabs of Halifax. Further, we must acknowledge the voices of those who have not been heard in our current dialogue because of fear and other silencing factors.

It is with this notion that we would like to introduce our theme for Pride Week at Dal 2018:

Pride in Our Diversity: Taking Action, Prioritizing Voices from the Margins and Creating Inclusive Communities

Dalhousie University sits on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. When we participate in celebratory events, educational opportunities and resource sharing, we must remember the stories of those who came before us, and how their life is impacted by the events we put on. We would like to acknowledge the Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ+ individuals and communities of Nova Scotia, and the Wabanaki Two Spirit Alliance, and strive to prioritize their experiences in our Pride Week programming

We look forward to a week of action, sharing and learning, and a future of anti-oppression in our community.


2SLGBTQ+ (Two Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Plus symbolizes the ever-changing and growing identities within these communities, and the idea that individuals identities can change over time. It also represents any sexual orientations or gender identities not explicitly named in the acronym as is, such as asexual, non-binary, pansexual, polyamorous, folks questioning their identities, etc.)

(The dates below reflect events happening in 2018.)

Halifax Campus and Community Events

Flag Raising Ceremony - Thursday, July 19th

Our week of programming will begin with a Flag Raising Ceremony on July 19th at noon in the quad on Studley campus, hosted by the Dalhousie Student Union.

Intersectional 2SLGBTQ+ Identities Discussion - Thursday, July 19th

Intersectional 2SLGBTQ+ Identities - A Facilitated Discussion

Join Rachele Manett and Lianne Khoury on a guided converstation related to intersectional 2SLGBTQ+ identities, and how to better address intersecting identities in 2SLGBTQ+ spaces, programming and events.

Student Union Building, Council Chambers


Halifax Pride Parade & Dal Viewing Area- Saturday, July 21st

Be a part of Dalhousie University's Pride Parade float entry!

Join Dalhousie, during our 200th anniversary, at the Halifax Pride Parade on Saturday, July 21, 2018. We're looking for students, staff, faculty, alumni and family/friends to join the Dal contingent in this year's Pride Parade. Those interested in marching in the parade can meet at 12:00 p.m. in the parking lot at 2240 Valour Way (just past Casino Nova Scotia).

Not interested in marching in the parade? Join the Dal viewing area in front of the Medjuck Architecture Building (5410 Spring Garden Road, next to the Halifax Central Library).  

“Guests at Dal’s Cheering Section will also have a chance to meet Landon Getz, a Dalhousie PhD student, before and during the parade. He’ll be there with the Faculty of Science’s Ask a Scientist campaign to answer questions about bacteria, environmental microbiology and what it’s like to be a “queer scientist.” Earlier this month, Getz was proud to celebrate the first-everInternational Day of LGBTQ+ People in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. He’s looking forward to celebrating inclusive and welcoming communities again with fellow Haligonians this weekend. “Science is for everyone: join us to learn about more about what we do, and how we do it!”

Limited Pride t-shirts will be available for those marching. 

Questions? Email us via 200years@dal.ca.


Pride Day Drop-In - Saturday, July 21st

**This is a closed event for Queer, Trans, Intersex and 2 Spirit folks**

We are offering this space as an alternative to the pride parade as we recognize that this space is not accessible to everyone. We also recognize that this time of year can be hard for folks, and welcome you to bring your celebration and joyfulness but also your rage and grief.

This is a free event where we will be offering snacks, games and crafty activities. Feel free to drop-in or stay for the entire time. There isn't a formal discussion planned but we're holding space for folks to bring any thoughts they have around pride and what it means to them.


Location: South House (1443 Seymour Street)

Event Accessibility notes: The space is accessible via ramp however, the doors are not automatic. There is an all genders washroom equipped with grab bars, but the door is narrow. We will be providing snacks/ tea and coffee. The space is not scent free due to some recent scented toiletry donations, but is a low scent space. This is a free event!



The Katchup: A Halifax Pride Brunch - Sunday, July 22nd

Halifax Pride and Dalhousie University are bringing you Sunday morning festivities for the most important meal of the week. Roll back down to the Garrison Grounds at noon for pancakes, bacon, coffee, and mimosas while you debrief on your pride so far. Proudly supported by Dalhousie University.

Then stick around for a little Afternoon Delight with Symphony Nova Scotia and let their music sooth a tire head. A couple of hours at the Katchup and you'll be ready for the next week of pride.

Garrison Grounds (5425 Sackville Street)

12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

$10.00 ($13.48 with fees and taxes)

To purchase tickets:



Healthy Relationships - Monday, July 23rd

Join us for non-alcoholic beverages, snacks, prizes and an awesome talk on the intricacies of relationships as we explore consent, communication, boundaries, abuse and dealing with rejection in a safe, non-judgmental space.

This event is a collaboration between HRES, Health & Wellness, and Residence Life.

Risley Meeting Room 1


Pinkwashing 101 - Tuesday, July 24th

Last year, Queer Arabs of Halifax put forward a resolution at the Halifax Pride AGM after raising concerns of content that pinkwashed their current realities and trauma. “Pinkwashing is the use of claims to 2SLGBTQ+ friendliness by governments, corporations or organizations to divert attention from their violations of human rights or policies. The resolution specifically targeted the pinkwashing of violations of international humanitarian law by foreign governments; violations many members have experienced directly, having been racially profiled and denied basic human rights” (Queer Arabs Halifax, 2016).  This resolution was not addressed by Halifax Pride which lead to a multi- organizational boycott of Halifax Pride 2018. This workshop will discuss the systemic, widespread, and state sanctioned violence of pinkwashing abroad as well as the local and current repercussions, harm, and struggle.  This conversation aims to use larger concepts such as state control, neo-liberalism, supremacy, and access as a lens to examine questions such as:

-What does queer justice and liberation look like under capitalism and queer centric exploitation?

-What are the intersections between pinkwashing, occupation, and neo-colonisation and where do our responsibilities lie in disruption of this reality?

-Who is systemically erased and excluded from Pride? Who has ready access to "freedom"? What does a anti-racist restructuring or reimagining of corporate pride look like/ feel like?

This space was created and imagined to host and center queer brilliance, magic, and peer-to-peer learning. We are all experts of our own experiences. We are dedicated to holding the multifaceted parts of personal and political identities such as race, disability, class, and trauma and will work together to hold a space of learning, complexity, accountability, and care.

Location: South House 1443 Seymour Street


Partners/Collaborators: Queer Arabs Halifax

The space is accessible via ramp however, the doors are not automatic. There is an all genders washroom equipped with grab bars, but the door is narrow. We will be providing snacks/ tea and coffee. The space is not scent free due to some recent scented toiletry donations, but is a low scent space. This is a free event!


The Commodification of Pride - Wednesday, July 25th

The Commodification of Pride: A Facilitated Conversation

You are welcomed to a facilitated conversation about the systemic and widespread commodification of pride celebrations. This space will be participatory and will be centred around self examination and discussion. The goal of this space is to be one of reflection, healing, and movement. This conversation aims to use larger concepts such as community/family, power, and access as a lens to examine questions such as:

-In which ways are your queerness and consumerism connected? How is this linked to pink-washing?

-How do you feel or see yourself represented within queer joy or queer celebration? How is this tied to mass consumption of certain kinds of "acceptable" queerness?

-Is celebration a tangible part of your queer identity? How does this show up in how you present? In how your body feels? In how you hold relationships?

-Can queerness be appropriated?

Location: Venus Envy 1598 Barrington Street


Ask Me Anything Coffee House - Thursday, July 26th

Join us at the International Centre as we partner with Residence Life for a coffee house chat for pride week.

The Coffee House will be a guided conversation related to the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Students will have the opportunity to discuss current issue and ask questions in a safe and inclusive environment.

Everyone is welcome, and there will be FREE coffee, tea and snacks.


Location: International Centre


Truro Campus and Community Events

Dal AC Flag Raising - Friday, July 13th

Flag Raising happening at noon at the Dal Agriculture Campus

Truro Town Hall Flag Raising - Friday, July 13th

Community flag raising happening at Truro Town Hall at 1pm.

Connect the Dots - Friday, July 13th

"Connect the Dots" Pride swag making is happening at the Truro Library from 1:00pm-5:00pm.

Storytime with Keltie Jones- Saturday, July 14th

Storytime with Keltie Jones at the Truro Library at 11am.

Truro Pride Parade - Saturday, July 14th

Pride Parade begins at 2:00pm.  The route is:

Lorne - Queen - Commercial - Prince - Civic Square

Pride Entertainment - Saturday, July 14th

Here's a sneak peak at some of the Post-Pride Activities that will be held at Civic Square from 3pm-5pm.

Balloon Animals & Face Paint
Bouncy Castles
Truro Allstar Cheer Demos
Iron Tide Singers Performance
Dragstravaganza Teaser
Zumba + Drum Runners Performance
T. Thomason Performance

Dragstravaganza - Saturday, July 14th

Some of the most glamorous drag queens in Nova Scotia will take centre stage in Truro this summer. Truro Pride Dragstravaganza will take place at the Marigold Cultural Centre from 7:30pm-10:00pm.

QueerCarft Presents: Youth Games Night - Monday, July 16th

Youth games night in cooperation with Truro pride activities.  An excellent opportunity to meet LGBTQ+ youth in the area, do some networking, and play some fun games!

Held at Levels Game Loft

8:00pm -1:00am

Entry is $26 at the door, space is limited.

Trans Sport Seminar - Tuesday, July 17th

Join Scott (Naomi Allison) Wright for a Trans Sport Seminar, held at the Colchester - East Hants Public Library from 6:00pm - 7:30pm.

Trans Nutrition Talk - Wednesday, July 18th

Trans Nutrition Talk with Catherine Morley & Marin Whebby. Join them Wednesday evening (July 18) from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the Truro Library!

"The Bird Cage" film screening - Wednesday, July 18th

A public screening of "The Bird Cage" happening at the Noveltea Bookstore Cafe at 8pm.

Pride Activities - Thursday, July 19th

Join us on Thursday, July 19th for some Pride Activities at Dalhousie Agricultural Campus from 10:00am-2:00pm!

PFLAG Workshop - Thursday, July 19th

"Transgender, Teaching and Making a Difference" 

Shae Morse, an openly transgender teacher, will share their journey from growing up in Truro, through becoming an LGBTQI+ activist, to teaching in an urban junior high.

Sponsored by PFLAG Truro and Northern Healthy Connections Society

Held at the Truro Library from 6:00-7:30 on Thursday, July 19th.

Youth Dance - Thursday, July 19th

Last but not least; to finish off an amazing week of Pride - the Truro Farmers Market Cooperative is hosting a Youth Dance from 8:00pm - 11:00pm on July 19th!