An Invitation to the Flag-Raising Ceremony
On behalf of Pride UBC, Access & Diversity and the VP Students Portfolio
Date: Friday, February 6, 2015
Time: 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
Location: Flagpole Plaza, between the Student Union Building and Brock Hall.
The Rainbow flag has been a symbol of pride, hope, and diversity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, two-spirit, and intersex (LGBTQ2I) communities since the 1970s. It symbolizes pride in standing up for and being the person one is; hope for progress and equal rights in society and around the world; and diversity within LGBTQ2I communities.
In 1978, San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker designed the first Rainbow flag with eight stripes: pink, red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, indigo, and violet. According to Baker, the colours represented, respectively, sexuality, life, healing,
the sun, nature, harmony, art, and spirit. Over time, the flag has evolved to become a symbol of solidarity and strength for LGBTQ2I communities. The current flag consists of six colours and is recognized by the International Congress of Flag Makers.
UBC flies the Rainbow Flag in support of our LGBTQ2I students, faculty, and staff.
Please join us in celebrating the diversity of our campus.
For additional information regarding Outweek 2015 please visit http://www.prideubc.com/content/outweek2015
Attend an Outweek Event
Full events list: www.prideubc.com
“Queerness + Ability”
Sunday, February 8, 1pm – 3pm, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Room 185
Facilitators: David Anderson and Donna Lester-Smith
The aim of this workshop is to provide an open space in which to discuss and build vocabulary and awareness about the multiple ways in which dis/ability and LGBT*TQIA+ experiences intersect. Drawing on the knowledge of participants, this facilitated workshop will provide a space to share and to build: 1) a vocabulary around dis/ability; 2) an understanding of dis/ability stereotypes, challenges, and opportunities, particularly those that connect with LGBT*TQIA+ communities; and, 3) a chance to share participants’ stories and experiences of dis/ability + LGBT*TQIA+ experiences. This workshop, as a starting point, aims to build awareness and knowledge and to provide an opportunity for participants to share, reflect, and learn with one another. All are welcome!
[Please note: the acronym LGBT*TQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* (transgender, transsexual, trans-identified), two-spirit, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual) is generally used by the Positive Space Campaign. A plus sign (+) is added to the end in respect of the infinite variety of identities outside of, or not represented, by this acronym.]
Beyond binaries: Trans* and gender diversity issues
February 12, 2015 – 1pm to 3pm. Dobson Room, Ike Barber Learning Centre (IBLC)
Join us for an interactive discussion of gender diversity and trans* issues. We will screen two short films and consider the impacts of gender on identities, families and society. The facilitated discussion will provide an opportunity to explore the limits and possibilities of gender through the films and experiences shared by attendees.
“OUTweek Closing Discussion + Reflection” Closing Discussion
Friday, February 13, 2:30pm – 4pm, Student Union Building Room 207/209
Facilitators: Rachael Sullivan and Donna Lester-Smith
Come and join us for a facilitated, reflexive discussion about Outweeks past and present. Through the co-creation of personal, institutional, and even broader “timelines,” this event aims to create a space to consider: 1) What are the diverse roots and histories of the Pride Collective and of Outweek? 2) What currently shapes the drives, desires and interests of the current Collective? 3) What might shape Outweek (and the Pride Collective) into the future? Please join us for a discussion of the many milestones and achievements of the last four decades and how to plant the seeds for all the years to come.