Pride Month is an opportunity for the University to celebrate and reflect on the history, courage, and diversity of 2SLGBTQ+ communities. It is also a time to deepen our collective commitment to challenging discrimination, harassment, and infrastructural inequities faced by members of 2SLGBTQ+ communities.
The celebration of Pride was born out of the Stonewall Riots of 1969, where protests and demonstrations erupted in response to police raids of the Stonewall Inn, a popular Greenwich Village gay bar in New York. Pride in Toronto is rooted in community advocacy and organizing. It evolved in part from the protests following the 1981 bathhouse raids, called “Operation Soap,” in which 286 men were arrested by police. At the time, this was one of the largest mass arrests in Canadian history. The raids marked a turning point for Toronto’s gay community, highlighting the need to advance 2SLGBTQ+ rights locally and worldwide.
Pride has many meanings: it is a catalyst for change; a time to commemorate and celebrate; and an opportunity to express collective support and advocacy for 2SLGBTQ+ rights worldwide. As we actively work against transphobic and homophobic discrimination, harassment, and violence and all forms of racism, it is vital that we also make space to centre and celebrate the Indigenous and Two-Spirit, queer and trans-Black, and racialized queer and trans individuals who have often led these movements.
The University of Toronto will kick off Pride 2022 celebrations with Progress Pride Flag Raising ceremonies across our three campuses on Wednesday, June 1. Raising the Progress Pride Flag for the first time across our three campuses highlights the importance of progress toward inclusivity. The addition of the arrow in this flag highlights trans identities and demonstrates the value of intersectionality, representation, and the unique experiences of Indigenous, Black, and racialized members of queer and trans communities. It is also a reminder of the important responsibility we all share in creating a University community that is not only inclusive, representative, and welcoming—but one that empowers every community member to freely and openly be themselves.
In celebration of Pride 2022, U of T’s Sexual & Gender Diversity Office (SGDO) and partners across the institution have organized a broad range of in-person and virtual events. I invite the entire U of T community to join us in celebrating Pride Month.
Upcoming Pride 2022 Events
U of T Progress Pride Flag Raising on June 1: U of T Sports and Rec and the SGDO invite you to attend the University of Toronto Progress Pride Flag Raising ceremony at the Varsity Centre on Wednesday June 1 at 12 p.m. Join U of T Sports and Recreation and the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office (SGDO) at Varsity Centre for the official flag raising ceremony, remarks, and light refreshments.
UTM BBQ and Flag Drop on June 1: UTM, in partnership with UTM’s EDI Office, UTM’s Student Union, UTM Positive Space Committee, and Student Affairs and Services, will be holding a BBQ and Flag Drop event on June 1 at 11:30 a.m.
UTSC Progress Pride Flag Raising Ceremony on June 1: UTSC will raise their Progress Pride Flag on June 1 at 12 p.m. in front of the Arts and Administration building. The ceremony, presented in partnership with UTSC Marketing & Communications, UTSC’s EDI Office, Scarborough Campus Students’ Union, Athletics & Recreation, and UTSC Positive Space Committee, will include opening remarks from Cherilyn Scobie Edwards, Director of EDI at UTSC, giveaways, and refreshments. For any accessibility concerns, please contact email@example.com.
U of T Pride Pub on June 9: SGDO and Hart House are co-hosting this year’s in-person Pride Pub on Thursday, June 9 at 4:30 p.m. at the Hart House Quad. This will be an opportunity for the University community to come together to celebrate, show support, and enjoy local queer and trans talent.
U of T Pride Pitch on June 15: Students, staff, faculty, and community members across the tri-campus are invited to apply for #UofTPRIDEPITCH—an annual pitch competition that offers $5,000 in cash prizes to recognize, reward, and accelerate U of T’s 2SLGBTQ+ entrepreneurs.
#DisplayYourPride on June 15: On Wednesday, June 15, U of T’s three campuses will celebrate Pride Month with the annual #DisplayYourPride event. Decorate your office or your workspace, or get creative with your colleagues to find a way to celebrate Pride! Tag your post with the hashtag #DisplayYourPride and add your campus hashtag (#UofT, #UTM, #UTSC).