St. Catharines university has so many Pride Week activities, it’s 9 days long

Published March 23, 2023 at 1:17 pm

The Rainbow Crosswalk that leads into Niagara Rgion headquarters.

Brock University’s Pride Week is so successful and jammed with activities that seven days isn’t long enough to celebrate it all.

So instead, the celebratory week that honours and highlights the two-spirit, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (2SLGBTQ+) community is now nine days long.

In fact, it started today (March 23) and will run right until March 31.

While the university, of course, participates in the traditional Pride Week in June, holding a separate one in March provides “a chance to be together while many students are still on campus before the end of Winter Term.”

The week will begin with a virtual workshop today about suicide prevention hosted by therapist and community organizer Carly Boyce. Additional events include a 2SLGBTQ+ focus group on March 29, the annual Pride Social and Karaoke Night on March 30 and the celebration of Trans Day of Visibility on March 31.

Pride Week Chair Rabia Choudhary, Brock’s Student Justice Education Co-ordinator, said the week is a reflection of the University’s commitment to hosting a culture of inclusivity.

“We recognize the importance of creating a safe and inclusive environment for all members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community,” she said. “We strongly encourage everyone, including allies and other members of the Brock community, to attend Pride Week events as a celebration of diversity and a show of support for those who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.”

“These events provide a welcoming space for individuals to feel represented and validated in their identities. Our commitment to supporting pride is reflected in our ongoing efforts to foster an inclusive community where all individuals are respected and valued for who they are.”

Pride Week Chair Rabia Choudhary


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