Queen's shows its pride
Queen’s Pride Project (QPP) is helping Queen’s show its queer pride. Now in its third year of operation, QPP has organized a variety of events for Pride Week to cover a spectrum of issues and reach as many people as possible - from first years to tenured professors.
Althea Green, a third year nursing student, is the director of QPP.
“This year our theme is ‘Uncensored’,” she says. “We really want to make sure that we engage those who aren’t necessarily members of the mainstream queer community at Queen’s.”
This is the fifth year Pride Week has been celebrated on campus. Events were previously organized by the Education on Queer Issues Project (EQuIP).
In 2008, Queen’s Pride Project was formed for the sole purpose of organizing events for Pride Week. The executive committee is composed of seven dedicated students who are passionate about queer issues on campus.
This year, QPP is hoping to reach marginalized members of the queer community in an effort to recognize its diversity. The group has organized a variety of events including creative workshops, presentations from out-of-town speakers, evening events and performances, as well as talks by Queen’s professors.
“We really want to stress that these events are for everyone,” says Ms Green. “We want to see Queen’s Pride Week grow and expand and not limit it to individuals who identify themselves as queer but also to allies, friends and those who want to educate themselves on queer issues.”
Events will kick off at Opening Ceremonies and Positive Space Award Presentation on March 14 at 2:30 in the Robert Sutherland Room of the JDUC. Principal Woolf will be in attendance speaking about censorship.
For more information and a full list of events, visit the Queen's Pride Project website.