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Glow Be Free with Pride Month
June is Pride Month and the Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity is gearing up to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community all month.
Pride Month is the commemoration and recognition of the Stonewall riots [external link]that took place in June 1969. Numerous police raids of LGBTQ+ spaces were taking place in North America. When the Stonewall Inn was raided, patrons began to riot in protest. One prominent rioter was LGBTQ+ activist Marsha P. Johnson, a black transgender woman. This month allows members of the LGBTQ+ community to commemorate these historical events, celebrate sexual diversity and equality rights, and promote self-affirmation.
“As we celebrate how much the LGBTQ+ rights and freedoms have come, as well as plans for the future, we must also remember the brave transgender women of colour who began the riots and helped push society forward,” said Adrian Quijano, Glow Centre education director.
Every year, the Glow Centre takes a trip to the Toronto Pride Parade [external link]. For the price of $10, participants have the opportunity to march in the parade and represent the Glow Centre on Saturday, June 23.
The Glow Centre also hosts weekly events that students can get involved in such as board game nights, arts and crafts, and movie nights. During the week leading up to the pride parade, the weekly events will also be pride themed.
“The Glow Centre is a safe and inclusive space on campus, and where your LGBTQIA2S+ family is,” said Kelvin Sun, Glow Centre marketing director.