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U of R support for Queen City Pride Festival

By Costa Maragos Posted: June 19, 2016 2:00 p.m.

In June 2015, the University unveiled the permanent installation of the Pride Flag. To celebrate the occasion, President Dr. Vianne Timmons was joined by some members of the U of R Students’ Union and UR Pride Centre for Sexuality & Gender Diversity.
In June 2015, the University unveiled the permanent installation of the Pride Flag. To celebrate the occasion, President Dr. Vianne Timmons was joined by some members of the U of R Students’ Union and UR Pride Centre for Sexuality & Gender Diversity. Photo courtesy of University of Regina Students’ Union

This year’s Queen City Pride Festival has taken on even greater significance in light of the tragedy in Orlando, Florida.

The Pride Festival officially begins June 20 with a flag raising at Regina’s City Hall.   

The U of R will have a presence throughout the festival week including the Queen City Parade Saturday, June 25, from noon to 1 p.m. A contingent from the U of R will march in the parade, including President Dr. Vianne Timmons.

“I’m proud to once again be a part of the parade and other events that mark the Queen City Pride Festival,” says Dr. Timmons. “The University of Regina has to be a leader in promoting inclusiveness on our campus and in the larger community. By participating in various initiatives such as permanently displaying the pride flag on campus, we are sending a message that we want all of the students, faculty, staff and visitors at the University to feel welcomed and safe.”

Pride Exhibition
Resilience: A Pride Exhibition is now on display at The Fifth Parallel Gallery. The closing reception is Thursday, June 23, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
(Photo courtesy of Alex Lohnes)

To coincide with the festival, the Fifth Parallel Gallery at the Riddell Centre is now featuring the exhibit Resilience: A Pride Exhibition. The mixed media art exhibit showcases local LGBTA+ artists in Regina who also happen to be students, instructors or alumni. The exhibition promotes the continuous fight toward equality on behalf of the LGBTA+ community. The closing reception is June 23, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and it’s open to the public.

The UR Pride Centre has also organized the Summer Solstice Ritual at the Academic Green, June 23 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It’s a celebration of the longest day of the year and the beauty of diversity.

“It’s incredibly important to have pride week presence at the U of R,” says Leo Keiser, Director of UR Pride Centre for Sexuality & Gender Diversity 

“We have experienced that there are a lot of friends and allies of the UR Pride Centre and it’s great to see such events welcomed here.”

The University of Regina has on campus the UR Pride Centre and provides services and programming for the University of Regina, City of Regina and on request, southern Saskatchewan. Some of the services UR Pride provides are confidential peer support and referrals, workshops and lectures, youth programming, and publications.

The University celebrates diversity and welcomes peoples of all backgrounds, orientation and identities. Some of the more notable initiatives at the U of R include:

  • In 2013, the University opened 10 gender neutral washrooms.
  • Last June, the University unveiled the permanent installation of the pride flag.
  • Last fall, the U of R adopted a policy allowing undergraduate applicants to declare preferred gender and/or a preferred    name. That means students can self-identify their gender preference and have their preferred name used for all university processes.

“That’s huge. There was and continues to be tremendous positive response to this change,” says Keiser. “We’re now helping transgender students enroll in classes here and be who they are. There are students who have told us they enrolled in classes at the U of R specifically because they feel more comfortable now, because of that policy change. It’s giving students the institutional support they need.”

Numerous events are planned for the Queen City Pride Festival. For a list of events please visit here.

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