The just-concluded uOttawa Pride Week that took place from the 7th until the 11th of October was filled with activities to help educate people and forge links with and among the LGBTQ2+ community.
Well, if you weren’t able to make it, we’ll make it feel like you were there. This celebration was not just all talks, as there were other social events enjoyed by the university community and external members of the Ottawa community. The first event to kick start the week was a talk with our guest speaker Amanda Jetté Knox, who shared her personal experiences about the power of acceptance, understanding, vulnerability and unconditional love, in the hopes of normalizing the existence of LGBTQ+ families. The university also hosted a Drag Show featuring Tatianna, a contestant on Season 2 of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, along with a number of local queens. Other events were Inspirational messages, Candy Bar, and Rugby Night, Wellness Café and so on…
During the Candy Bar event, participants had the opportunity to write inspirational messages to show their support for the LGBTQ2+ community. An atmosphere of love and inclusiveness was created even as we continue to remove further barrier and create a more inclusive space for everyone.
The weeklong celebration wrapped up with the inauguration of a new rainbow-coloured crosswalk near the University Square attended by the President and Vice-Chancellor of the university Jacques Frémont. The inauguration also marked the National Coming Out Day.
We are glad to be able to join in the festivities to celebrate with the LGBTQ2+ community on Campus. To know more about events held, check uOttawa Pride Week.