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Top five UR Pride Programs for 2SLGBTQ+ students

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: April 5, 2022 10:00 a.m.

Unveiled in September 2021, the U of R proudly flies the Progress Pride Flag. The flag was designed in 2018 and incorporates a five-coloured chevron to place a greater emphasis on inclusion and progression.
Unveiled in September 2021, the U of R proudly flies the Progress Pride Flag. The flag was designed in 2018 and incorporates a five-coloured chevron to place a greater emphasis on inclusion and progression. University of Regina Photography

In 1996, a group of like-minded U of R students came together to register a student club called Gays, Bisexuals and Lesbians of the University of Regina. From humble beginnings, the club has grown over the years to become a fixture on the U of R campus — and what we know it by today  —  the UR Pride Centre for Sexuality & Gender Diversity.

The UR Pride Centre for Sexuality & Gender Diversity serves the 2SLGBTQ+ student population and plays a crucial role building awareness of the 2SLGBTQ+ community and greatly contributes to the overall diversity and inclusion on the U of R campus.

Bren Campbell is the Campus Programs Manager at the UR Pride Centre. Campbell says the non-profit organization is dedicated to providing programming, advocacy, and outreach for 2SLGTQ+ University of Regina students and Regina-area community members.

Bren Campbell

Bren Campbell, Campus Programs Manager at the UR Pride Centre for Sexuality & Gender Diversity. Photo courtesy of Bren Campbell

Campbell says the UR Pride Centre is a home away from home where University of Regina 2SLGBTQ+ students will always find a compassionate staff member.

“Staff are super supportive and welcoming of queer and trans folks who are at varying points in their journeys to self-understanding. We also recognize the importance of honouring one's agency in coming out at their own pace and take student privacy very seriously.”

Here are Bren Campbell’s top five program suggestions for 2SLGBTQ+ on-campus students to consider:

  1. Sexual Health Fridays: A free sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing clinic is offered on-campus monthly. Pick up safer sex toys, educational materials, free condoms and lube. Sexual Health Fridays are also part of a larger URSU-UR Pride campaign called #StickItToStigma to tackle and unpack the stigma around STIs and sexual health.
  2. Colourful Campus House: A confidential on-campus housing for queer, trans, intersex and allied students. Colourful Campus House is a partnership between U of R Housing Services and UR Pride.
  3. Resilience Trans Support Group: An adult-oriented social support group and closed space for those who are transgender, gender diverse or interested in exploring their gender. Activities include a mix of group conversations and personal reflection. Weekly topics include issues such as mental health, social and medical transition, staying safe, sex and relationships, among others.
  4. Group Z (Ages 16-24): A group for 2SLGBTQ+ and allied folks aged 16-24. It runs Wednesday evenings from 7 -9 p.m. on Discord where participants meet other queer folks, play games, and generally hang out.
  5. #SaskQTY Network: A program designed to empower queer youth, build queer community, and foster civic engagement within the queer youth community. The program runs throughout the year, providing non-profit governance education and helping youth develop a project to aid others in their community and help improve the lives of queer youth across Saskatchewan.

The UR Pride Centre for Sexuality & Gender Diversity is located in the Riddell Centre in Room 225. For more information, visit the website at www.urpride.ca.