Universities launch initiatives, raise flags for Pride month

June 2, 2021
Institutions across Ontario are preparing for Pride month through a variety of initiatives including events, workshops, flag raising, and sharing stories. The University of Guelph has curated an online collection of literature on queer bodies and is launching a well-being workshop series and an Identity and Employment workshop for LGBTQ2IA+ students. King’s University College has raised the Progress Pride Flag for the first time to signify openness and support for LGBTQ2S+ students, but has raised the flag at half-mast out of respect for the lives of the 215 children at the Kamloops residential school. Wilfrid Laurier University has invited students to an exclusive discussion with Jonathan Van Ness, a host of the Netflix show Queer Eye, while the University of Toronto's events include the second annual Pride Pitch and the Rainbow Tie Celebration. Carleton University has shared the story of Philip Macho Commonda, a two-spirit Algonquin and Carleton’s Algonquin Community Liaison Officer, who describes the experience of trailblazing for the younger 2SLGBTQ+ generation. U of T | UoGuelph | King's (1) | King's (2) | WLU | Carleton(ON)