Pride at Dalhousie University will take place July 12 -13, 2019 on the Agricultural Campus and July 18 -25, 2019 on the Halifax Campuses, 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.)
Agricultural Campus Flag Raising & Strawberry Social - Friday, July 12th
Join us for Flag Raising celebration in the amphitheatre!
A strawberry social will also be included in our festivities. Everyone is invited to join us for some sweet treats!
Location: amphitheatre, Agricultural Campus
Truro Town Hall Flag Raising - Friday, July 12th
Pride Week kicks off in the town of Truro on Friday, July 12th with a flag-raising ceremony.
Location: The pride flag will be raised at the Truro Town Hall.
Security Services freezie & condom give away - Friday, July 12th
Security Services will be out and about on campus greeting the community and giving away freezies and condoms. Be sure to say Hello!
Location: Agricultural Campus
Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm
Truro Pride Parade - Saturday, July 13th
Join the Dalhousie contingent on the Agricultural Campus to march in Truro's Pride Parade! Their tractor and hay wagon will be transformed into Rocky's chariot for event.
Location: Parade will begin at Colchester Legion Stadium, 14 Lorne St, and end at the Civic Square.
Studley Campus Flag Raising - Thursday, July 18th
Our week of programming on Studley Campus will begin with a Flag Raising Ceremony on July 18th at noon in the lower quad. Elder- in-Residence Geri Musqua-LeBlanc will open the event and welcome everyone (smudging ceremony will take place), Jasmine Walsh, AVP HR, and Faiza Nauman, Dal Student & Dal After Dark Program Assistant, will also address the event. Cake will also be served.
Please join us in welcoming Pride Week on campus!
Location: Lower Studley Quad (next to the main flag pole)
Dal Pride Kickoff Film Screening Gen Silent - Thursday, July 18th
Dal After Dark is pleased to host the #PrideAtDal kick-off event film screening of Gen Silent!
Gen Silent is a 2010 documentary film, directed and produced by Stu Maddux. The film looks at the lives of LGBT seniors living in the Boston area who much choose if they will hide their sexuality in order to survive in the long-term health care system.
Popcorn and confectionary will be provided as we welcome you to the screening (while quantities last!)
Location: Ondaatje Auditorium, Marion McCain Arts & Social Sciences Building
Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm (welcome & confectionary distribution), 6:00pm – 8:00pm (film screening)
Security Services freezie & condom give away - multi-day event
Security Services will be out and about on campus greeting the community and giving away freezies, condoms and dental dams. Be sure to say Hello!
Location: Friday, July 19 - Sexton Campus; Monday, July 23 - Studley Campus; Wednesday, July 24 - Carleton Campus
Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm
Halifax Pride Parade & Dal Viewing Area - Saturday, July 20th
Halifax Pride Parade will start at 1:00pm from Valour Way
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). You will find Dalhousie is in spot 52!
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 in the fun from 12 - 1:30pm for button making, face painting and freezies!
Dal Pride hats will be available for those marching and a limited number will be at the viewing station.
Campus QTs: Healthy Relationships + Safer Sex Workshop - Monday, July 22nd
Interested in learning about creating healthy palships and relationships? Want to know more about queer and trans specific sexual health? This workshop is for you!
Join Frank from South House for a workshop focused on healthy relationships and safer sex. This workshop will take place in the council chambers, located on the 2nd floor of the Dalhousie Student Union Building (SUB). There is an elevator with gendered bathrooms on the floor and gender neutral bathrooms one floor below.
Location: Dalhousie Student Union Building, Council of Chambers.
Time: 6:00PM – 7:30PM
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
Campus QTs: Film Screening - Sunday, July 28th
Join us for a sleepover-themed movie night this Pride season! Wear your comfiest PJs and cuddle up for the show!
Vote in the poll (on Facebook) and pick your favourite movie - winner will be screened in the King's Wilson Common Room.
The Wilson Common Room is located on the 2nd floor of the New Academic Building (NAB). There is an elevator, as well as two gender neutral bathrooms. The Frazee Room, just next door, will be provided as a quiet decompression space.
Location: Wilson Common Room, 2nd floor, New Academic Building (NAB), University of King’s College.
Time: 9:00PM – 12:00AM
Campus QTs: Body Positive Beach Day - Sunday, August 11
Come as you are to Rainbow Haven - enjoy a day in the sun with your pals! Pack your swimsuit, sunscreen, and lunch! We'll bring the snacks.
Interested in coming? All you have to do is fill out this form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScsMSGQfsoDM_maSPi4F4uEiVd7dQPe4aUgublq7vP4c72pSg/viewform) by August 1st. The DSU / CFS-NS (event hosts) be in touch about carpooling/rides.
Location: Rainbow Heaven Beach
Time: 11:00AM – 4:00PM