Historically, Pride gatherings emerged from the first large-scale protests for LGBTQ2 rights. In Canada, the first demonstrations took place in Ottawa and Vancouver in 1971. By 1973, Pride events were held in several Canadian cities, including Montréal, Ottawa, Saskatoon, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg. Toronto's Pride weekend in June is now among the largest Pride events in North America. To celebrate Pride Month, Waterloo Architecture has compiled a list of resources that are available for its community members.
Pride Dance 2022: The Grand Masquerade: Event
June 4, 2022 at 9:00PM EST
Queer Night Out
Come on out to our annual Pride Dance at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Downtown Kitchener, hosted by Queer Night Out and the Rainbow Coalition of Waterloo Region. The dance is in the Grand Ballroom on the second floor of the hotel.
TRI-PRIDE IS BACK! For the first time since 2019, we will be gathering in Victoria Park. Entertainment, vendors, bar area, kids zone, and a whole lot of fun! The fun begins at noon! The kids zone will be open from noon-4pm. Live music performances from noon- 4pm. Drag and Gender Performers from 4-8pm.
Inclusive Spaces: Queering Public Space: Lecture (Free)
June 6th, 2022 at 1PM EST
Join our expert panel of speakers as they discuss how – by considering diversity at early stages of design and planning – public spaces can become more accessible to marginalised and disempowered groups.
Despite the emergence of queer enclaves in many cities across the world, there is still an urgent need to rethink the development of safe public spaces. The rise in hate crimes in recent years calls for interventions which increase inclusion and acceptance of marginalised groups, not least LGBTQ+ people, and create more welcoming, hospitable environments for all members of these communities.
An Anti-Colonial History of Colors: Lecture (Free)
June 7th, 2022 at 6PM EST
A blue work shirt. A golden ring, a promise. Smooth, solid, reddish wood. A copper wire, connecting two places. Khaki trousers in a desert landscape. Charcoal, burning bright. White, whipped egg whites.
What paths might have been traced for certain materials, pigments and hues to color and be present in the environments of the everyday? How do these things travel across lands and oceans, interwoven in the fabric of colonial history? In this talk, artist, researcher and writer Luiza Prado will offer a critical analysis of these stories, unearthing colonial routes and thinking of the possibilities opened up by the rejection of colonial narratives.
Queer Global Indigenous Solidarity – a Pride month conversation with indigenous LGBTIQ activists: Lecture (Free)
June 7th, 2022 at 7:00PM EST
Join us at Glad Day Bookshop for a conversation on international/global indiqueer solidarity with indigenous queer human rights defenders from Colombia and Guatemala. This conversation will provide a space for dialogue and to explore solidarity work and collaboration around indigenous 2S / LGBTIQ issues around the globe with a focus on Latin America. The session includes Olowaili Green, an indigenous queer filmmaker from Colombia, Fernando Us Alvarez, a Mayan sexual dissident activist, and Monica Chub, a trans indigenous activist – both from Guatemala. The session is supported by Dignity Network Canada, Inter Pares, CUPE, the Steelworkers Humanity Fund, and the Canadian Embassies to Guatemala and Colombia.
Queering Design: Perspectives from LGBTQ+ designers in Utah: Lecture (Free)
June 08th, 2022 at 6PM EST
AIGA Salt Lake City
QUEERING DESIGN highlights the voices of LGBTQ+ designers working in a variety of disciplines and roles within our community. Join us at Enlisted as we hear from panelists about their experiences working as LGBTQ+ designers in Utah. The panel discussion will be shaped by questions and topics that the community is interested in learning more about (so leave those questions in your RSVP!) but we expect to discuss topics such as finding inspiration in identity, navigating the workplace, disparities within the design community, and allyship.
Queer Futurity: In Conversation with Tim Waterman and Sarah Ensor: Lecture (Free)
June 9th, 2022 at 1:00PM EST
The Bartlett School of Architecture
Queering Urbanism is an online event series initiated by B.Queer, The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment’s network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA+) students, staff and allies. Organised by Claire Tunnacliffe, Jordana Ramalho and Ben Campkin, the series connects queer and trans studies to urban studies and practices of urbanism, foregrounding issues of equity, diversity and inclusion in the built environment.
This event will explore queer futurity through the lens of spatial and environmental imaginaries. It will ask how modes of queer futurity engage with the future, particularly when the pandemic and climate change have highlighted the 'queerness' of this future. Tim Waterman, Associate Professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture, will be in conversation with Sarah Ensor, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Both Tim and Sarah bring a nuanced and varied approach to thinking through queer futurity in today's world, and to the question of how we plan, design, and build futures which centre the environment, community, and care.
QUIN Pride Social: Lecture (Free)
June 9, 2022 at 5:00PM EST
Queer Infrastructure Network
The Queer Infrastructure Network ('QUIN') invites members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in the infrastructure sector and allies to celebrate pride in the Toronto village. QUIN responds to the need in the infrastructure sector to connect, support, and validate members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. This social will serve as a launching pad for all of our future activities, and we hope to see you there! This event will feature speakers that are members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in the infrastructure sector, while also focusing on network building and community connection to celebrate Pride 2022.
Recl(AI)ming Pleasure through F(AI)lure: Lecture (Free)
June 9th, 2022 at 7:00PM EST
AI x Design Community
The tools we use to create narratives with AI, furthering and expanding our human language, are modern in their performance but simultaneously stuck in the past carrying our ingrained biases and stereotyping. How can one reclaim agency and fight biases with (AI) storytelling?
In their work, Emily Martinez focuses on critically looking, un/learning, un/making, speaking and dreaming about queer imaginings and AI. During the behind-the-scenes talk, Emily will walk us through their projects such as Queer AI, Ultimate Fantasy, and Unsupervised Pleasures
Queer Perspectives in Architecture: Film Screening + Panel Discussion (Free)
June 10th, 2022 at 6:00PM EST
On June 10, 2022, SCI-Arc will host a public screening of the National Endowment for the Arts supported SCI-Arc Channel Film series "Queer Perspectives in Architecture." The three-part, short-form film series examines diverse perspectives on aesthetics, practice, alternative histories, and possible futures for queer architecture. Three talented artists—Enrique Agudo (M.Arch 2 + MS Fiction and Entertainment ’19), Evaline Wu Huang (M.Arch ’17), and John Ira Palmer—have been invited by SCI-Arc Channel producers Reza Monahan and Marcelyn Gow to each develop and direct a short film exploring Queer Perspectives in Architecture. The screenings will be accompanied by public panel discussions to be held at SCI-Arc in the Keck Lecture Hall.
Virtual Pride Trivia: Game (Free)
June 10, 2022 at 7:00PM EST
Waterloo Public Library
Join us and our friends from SPECTRUM for an evening of virtual Pride trivia. Test your knowledge of queer pop culture and 2SLGBTQ+ history!
Pride at THEMUSEUM | Drag and Burlesque Show: Event
June 10, 2022 at 7:00 PM EST
Celebrate Pride at THEMUSEUM with a Drag and Burlesque show! Fabulous performers brought to you in partnership with Troy boy Entertainment, cash bar, snacks, and prizes! VIP ticket holders will have an opportunity for early entry, LGBTQ2S+ themed trivia, a tote bag, and a chance to win extra prizes!
Pride Day at Queen's Square by Idea Exchange: Event (Free)
June 11, 2022 at 2:00PM EST
Come and celebrate with us the freedom to be you with colourful crafts, games, and activities to explore how we fit together in this crazy beautiful world of ours.
Body, Labour & Land in Contemporary Craft: Lecture (Free)
June 13th, 2022 at 12:00PM EST
Please join DesignTO for the 2022 series of ‘In Conversation’. This panel talk on contemporary craft brings together textile artist and educator Caryn Simonson, Mi'kmaq/Settler artist and educator Julia Rose Sutherland, and Yonsei artist and weaver Molly JF Caldwell. Together they explore the properties of materials both natural and synthetic, textiles as metaphors for community and body, labour as an act of repair and redemption, and craft practice as an act of resistance and invention.
Exploring Queerness Outside of the Western Gaze Part 2: Workshop (Free)
June 16th, 2022 at 12:00PM EST
Brock Student Justice Centre
This session will explore the ways in which colonization has impacted and erased queer communities from “Western” history, as well as enforced a heteronormative society on cultures across the globe. Participants are, invited to challenge their own biases, beliefs, and experiences to further understand the impact of colonization in the framework of our lives, ways of thinking and belief systems. This is a continuation of the first workshop from Pride Week, we will now explore different cultures and traditions from around the world and address their queer history.
Pride Parade Toronto: Event (Free)
June 26, 2022 at 2:00PM EST
Watch the 200+ contingents and over 200,000 marchers for our 2022 Pride Parade. Join us for our 41st commemoration in person! The Pride Parade is about celebrating diversity and creating an inclusive experience for all. Pride Toronto is excited to be taking a more sustainable approach to its annual Parade with the goal of eventually hosting a zero-waste Festival in the future.
Pride Info and Resources:
Pride at Waterloo: Pride at Waterloo is an opportunity to prioritize the diverse voices and experiences of two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (2SLGBTQ+) students, faculty and staff, celebrating and acknowledging their significant contributions and vital roles within the campus community. There are many clubs that support the 2SLGBTQ community here at the university.
Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity: Glow is the oldest continually-running university-based 2SLGBTQ+ group in Canada. Run entirely by dedicated student volunteers, Glow promotes a healthy attitude towards all sexual orientations and gender identities on the UWaterloo campus by providing a wide variety of peer support, social events, advocacy work, and resources.