Dalhousie Pride Week
This year, Pride Week at Dalhousie University will take place from July 18th-25th, 2019 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.
History of Pride Parades
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; we must acknowledge the voices of those who have not been heard in our current dialogue because of fear and other silencing factors.
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.)
Studley Campus Flag Raising - Thursday, July 18th
Our week of programming will begin with a Flag Raising Ceremony on July 18th at noon in the quad, Studley campus.
Dal Pride Kick Off with Dal After Dark Movie Night - Thursday, July 18th
Join Dal After Dark for a film screening of Gen Silent! Popcorn and other movie night confectionary will be provided.
Location: LeMarchant Place atrium
Security Services freezie & condom give away - multi-day
Security Services will be on campus greeting student to giving away freezies, condoms and dental dams. Be sure to say Hello!
Location: across all 3 Halifax campuses
Halifax Pride Parade & Dal Viewing Area - Saturday, July 20th
Halifax Pride Parade will start at 1:00pm
Be a part of Dalhousie University's Pride Parade float entry!
Join Dalhousie at the Halifax Pride Parade on Saturday, July 20, 2019. We're looking for students, staff, faculty, alumni and family/friends to join the Dal contingent in this year's Pride Parade. Anyone interested in decorating the float can meet us at 10:00am and those interested in marching in the parade can join at 12:00pm in the parking lot at 2240 Valour Way (just past Casino Nova Scotia).
Not interested in marching in the parade? DPMG will be hosting the Dal viewing area in front of the Medjuck Architecture Building (5410 Spring Garden Road, next to the Halifax Central Library). Join them from 12 - 1:30pm for button making, face painting and freezies!
Limited Pride hats will be available for those marching.
Body Positive Beach Day with the DSU - Sunday, July 21st
Join the Dalhousie Student Union for a fun filled day at Rainbow Have Beach!
The DSU will have busses to trasport you to and from this accessible beach; water and snacks will also be provided.
QFSC Lunch & Learn - Tuesday, July 23rd
Join Dalhousie's Queer Faculty & Staff Caucus for a pannel-style Lunch and Learn!
Location: University Club Pub, lower level. 6259 Alumni Cres.
Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm
Dal AC Flag Raising
Flag Raising happening at noon at the Dal Agriculture Campus
Truro Town Hall Flag Raising - Friday, July 12th
Pride Week kicks off in Truro on Friday, July 12th with a flag-raising ceremony.
The pride flag will be raised at the Truro Town Hall.
More details to come. https://downtowntruro.ca/tag/pride/