Brock 2S&LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Image of a Inclusive Pride flag in the sky.

Welcome to Brock 2S&LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2022!

Please join us in celebrating the vibrant and diverse 2S&LGBTQ+ communities at BrockU and in the Niagara Region!

Brock 2S&LGBTQ+ Pride Month Event Schedule:

May 30th: Pride Flag Raising

Join us in kicking off Brock Pride Month with our annual Pride Flag Raising!

Date and Time: Monday, May 30th from 1-2 pm.

Location: Brock University Flag Poles (in front of Rankin Pavilion)

Title: Brock Pride Coming Out Stories 

Date and Time: Wednesday, June 1/8/15/29 from 7-9 pm

Brock Pride presents weekly meetings for Pride Month! This is an opportunity for the 2SLGBTQ+ students of Brock to come together, foster community, discuss and enact change on prominent issues, and create a support network within a safe, inclusive environment. Whoever you are and whoever you love, you are loved, and you are welcome!  

This meeting is open to everyone. 

Registration Link: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/event/207243

Title: Conversations Over Coffee

Date and Time: Monday, June 6th from 9 to 10 am

Brock HRE and Brock International present Conversations Over Coffee! Join our P2P to chat about what pride means to you, your experiences as 2SLGBTQIA+, pride across different cultures. This is a safe space for queer folks to talk about their day or just have a casual conversation! We can also help you get any resources or support for sexual violence. 

Drop by any time at our Teams from 9 to 10 am with your coffee, or any drink of your choice!

This event is open to International students, who also identify as 2SLGBTQIA+, and allies only. 

Registration Link: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/event/207092

Title: Queer Peer Drop In

Date and Time: Tuesday, June 7 from 3-6 pm

Join our Queer Peer drop-in in anytime during the session! We are here to listen to any question you may have about the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, consent, queer sex, healthy and unhealthy queer relationships or just need someone to talk to. You can also use our space as a safe space to relax and unwind and discuss any queer-related topics. We are here no matter what!   

We can also help get you the resources and information you need if you want support surrounding sexual violence, safe accommodations, mental health, physical health, or spiritual support. Don’t forget that this space is always open to anyone, such as Queer-identifying people and allies.      

Our services are completely confidential, and we encourage that you join us anonymously (click this link for instructions on joining Teams Anonymously). Thank you for taking the time to consider talking to us. For alternative support options, please email svsec@brocku.ca or visit our website, linked here. 

In Person Location: MCE 205 

Registration Link: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/event/207186

Title: Brock Pride Coming Out Stories 

Date and Time: Wednesday, June 8 from 7-9 pm

Brock Pride presents weekly meetings for Pride Month! This is an opportunity for the 2SLGBTQ+ students of Brock to come together, foster community, discuss and enact change on prominent issues, and create a support network within a safe, inclusive environment. Whoever you are and whoever you love, you are loved, and you are welcome!  

This meeting is open to everyone. 

Registration Link: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/event/207244

Title: “Crush” Movie Screening

Date and Time: Thursday, June 9th from 6-8 pm

HRE and SJC present a 2SLGBTQ+ Movie Night event! We will be screening “Crush”, a lesbian coming to age film. The movie will be screened at Foundry Loft’s Movie Theatre, and will include closed captioning. There will be snacks, beverages, pride stickers and fun merch!  

About “Crush”  

When a young artist is forced to join her high school track team, she uses it as a chance to pursue the girl for whom she’s been harboring a crush. But she finds herself falling for an unexpected teammate and discovering what real love feels like.  

This event is open to everyone.  

For accessibility requests and inquiries, please email Rabia at rchoudhary2@brocku.ca. 

Location: Foundry Lofts Movie Theatre  

Registration Link: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/event/207184

Title: Queering Sexual Health Education

Date and Time: Friday, June 10th from 6-7:30 pm

Sexual health education in Canada is notourious for its inadequacy, and roots in fear, shame, and abstinence. Within its limitations is the constant undertone of heteronormativity. This workshop will further discuss the dangers of sexual health education that fails to be queer inclusive and provide useful information for queer and trans folks to be able to better advocate for their sexual health, and for service providers to be better equipped to provide sexual health education and care to LGBTQ+ clients.   

ABOUT LYDIA:  Lydia Collins is a writer and sexual health educator with a focus on HIV prevention in African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) communities, and decolonial consent education. Lydia is the author of three self-published chapbooks of poetry. She released Angry. Black. Woman. in January 2019, To Everyone We’ve Ever Been, in September 2020, and In Transit in February 2021. 

The event will be hosted via Zoom, and auto-generated closed captions will be available. For additional accessibility requests and inquiries, please email Rabia at rchoudhary2@brocku.ca  

This event is open to everyone. Attendees will be entered to win a $50 StagShop Gift Card 

ExperienceBU Registration Link: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/event/207189

EventBrite Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/queering-sexual-health-education-tickets-345093302357

Title: Pride Pottery Painting

Date and Time: Monday, June 13th  from 12-3 pm

Join Brock Pride on Monday, June 13th from 12-3 pm to paint your very own pottery! Show your pride by customizing a mug, plate, or bowl, with your own pride flag, doodles, and designs.  Pottery* and food related expenses will be covered by Brock Pride and SJC.   

*There is a limit of 1 pottery piece per person that will be covered by our fund, anything else that an individual customizes will not be covered.  This event is only open to 2SLGBTQ+ Students at Brock University.  

RSVP to claim your spot now, there is a limit of 25 people! COVID-19 Screening and wearing a mask is required. Open only to 2S&LGBTQ+ Brock students and staff. 

Location: Crock A Doodle St. Catherines  

Registration Link: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/event/207242

Title: Queer Peer Drop In

Date and Time: Tuesday, June 14 from 3-6 pm

Join our Queer Peer drop-in in anytime during the session! We are here to listen to any question you may have about the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, consent, queer sex, healthy and unhealthy queer relationships or just need someone to talk to. You can also use our space as a safe space to relax and unwind and discuss any queer-related topics. We are here no matter what!   

We can also help get you the resources and information you need if you want support surrounding sexual violence, safe accommodations, mental health, physical health, or spiritual support. Don’t forget that this space is always open to anyone, such as Queer-identifying people and allies.      

Our services are completely confidential, and we encourage that you join us anonymously (click this link for instructions on joining Teams Anonymously). Thank you for taking the time to consider talking to us. For alternative support options, please email svsec@brocku.ca or visit our website, linked here. 

In Person Location: MCE 205 

Registration Link: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/event/207187

Title: Brock Pride Coming Out Stories 

Date and Time: Wednesday, June 15th from 7-9 pm

Brock Pride presents weekly meetings for Pride Month! This is an opportunity for the 2SLGBTQ+ students of Brock to come together, foster community, discuss and enact change on prominent issues, and create a support network within a safe, inclusive environment. Whoever you are and whoever you love, you are loved, and you are welcome!  

This meeting is open to everyone. 

Registration Link: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/event/207245

Title: Exploring Queerness Outside of the Western Gaze Part 2

Date and Time: Thursday, June 16th from 12-2 pm

Facilitated by Maria Moin (she/her) and Nana-yaa Owusu (she/her/they/them)  

This workshop is geared at exploring queer history and identities from around the world, both in pre-colonial and post-colonial contexts. 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. 

The event will be hosted via Zoom, and auto-generated closed captions will be available. For additional accessibility requests and inquiries, please email Rabia at rchoudhary2@brocku.ca  

This event is open to everyone. Attendees will be entered to win a $50 SkiptheDishes Gift Card!

ExperienceBU Registration Link: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/event/207190

EventBrite Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/exploring-queerness-outside-of-the-western-gaze-part-2-tickets-345096842947

Title: Introduction to Transfeminism: Burdens and Possibilities

Date and Time: Monday June 20th from 2-4 pm

Facilitated by Laila Hanan (she/her). 

This workshop explores the fundamentals of the emerging field of transfeminism. The theme of the workshop and discussion will be the different burdens placed on trans people and the possibilities transness holds for trans and non-trans people alike. Questions that will be explored are: What makes a feminist discourse transfeminist (or not)? What does it mean to be trans or non-trans? What is gender identity and how does it influence feminist discourse? How does the burden of “understanding” what transness is affect the daily lives of trans people, their relationship to themselves and their access to healthcare? What do we do when the narratives of being trans contradict each other? What are the possibilities and limitations of thinking transness in “intersection” with other lived experiences (e.g. racialization)? Lastly but most importantly: what does it mean to think about trans liberation? 

The event will be hosted via Zoom, and auto-generated closed captions will be available. For additional accessibility requests and inquiries, please email Rabia at rchoudhary2@brocku.ca . 

This event is open to everyone. Attendees will be entered to win a copy of “Cooking with Trans People of Colour Cookbook”. 

ExperienceBU Registration Link: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/event/207192

EventBrite Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/introduction-to-transfeminism-burdens-and-possibilities-tickets-345099892067

Title: Queer Self Care Drop In

Date and Time: Tuesday, June 21st from 12-5 pm

Join us for a Queer self-care drop in to close out Pride month! We will be creating a safe space for queer members of the Brock community to come hangout, ask questions, chat, and receive self-care packages (including colouring books)! You’re welcome to join us any time between 12:00pm and 5:00pm on June 21st at Pond Inlet where we will have snacks, coffee, and space to hangout.  

We can also provide resources or information if you need support surrounding gender and sexual violence, mental or physical health, safe accommodations, and/or spiritual supports. 

Our services are completely confidential. Thank you for taking the time to consider talking to us! If you need support sooner or an online option, please email svsec@brocku.ca or visit our website, linked here. 

Location: Pond Inlet

Registration Link: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/event/207195

Title: Pride House (Pride Open Mic Night)

Date and Time: Wednesday, June 22 from 7-10pm

A fun night for members of 2S&LGBTQIA+ communities to come and spend time together and celebrate Pride month with food and music! The first hour will be a casual social event with food and games (7pm to 8pm) and the last 2 hours will be an open mic night, showcasing the many talents that students have! We will also be hosting fun games where winners can take home amazing prizes!

2S&LGBTQIA+ students wishing to perform can sign up through this link

Location: Isaac’s Bar & Grill

Registration Link: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/event/207465

Title: Brock Pride Gayme Night!

Date and Time: Thursday, June 23rd from 6-8 pm

Come online and join your 2SLGBTQ+ peers for an eventful night of games and fun! We will be playing online games such as Jack Box, Skribblio, Among Us, and more!  Participants that join the event will be entered in a giveaway to win one of two $25 gift cards of their choice!   

This event is open to everyone. 

Registration Link: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/event/207241

Title: Abolition, Autonomy & Art: Zine-Making 101 for Collective Care

Date and Time: Tuesday, June 28th from 12-2 pm

Facilitated by Destiny Pitters   

What is abolition? How do we care for ourselves and communities in a way that prioritizes our dignity and collective responsibility? And how are zines an instrument for these desires? Join this workshop to learn briefly about abolitionist organizing and how to practice these ethics of care in your everyday life. Then, we’ll learn about zine history/culture and make our own “one-pager” zines, centered on envisioning a future of radical care!   

Supplies required: A limited number of supply kits will be available at the Brock Student Justice Centre for pick-up. Email Rabia at rchoudhary2@brocku.ca to reserve yours. For those who can supply themselves, feel free to use your own materials!   

  • One piece of 8.5” x 11” (computer) paper   
  • Scissors   
  • Writing/drawing supplies of your choice (e.g. pencils, pencil crayons, markers, etc.)   

Facilitator bio: Destiny (she/her) is a queer, Black and disabled second-generation immigrant with roots in Xaymaca. Her multidisciplinary art practice focuses on zine-making and drawing, as an outlet for personal expression and social justice action. She is particularly invested in decolonization, abolition and mutual aid. At any point, you can catch Destiny watering her extensive plant collection, rewatching Glee and/or Twilight, reading or dancing. Her Instagram is @_destinyeden and @tinderfruit. 

The event will be hosted via Zoom, and auto-generated closed captions will be available. For additional accessibility requests and inquiries, please email Rabia at rchoudhary2@brocku.ca . 

This event is open to everyone. Attendees will be entered to win a $50 gift card to Deserres or Above Ground Art Supplies.  

ExperienceBU Registration Link: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/event/207193

EventBrite Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/abolition-autonomy-art-zine-making-101-for-collective-care-tickets-345101226057

Title: Brock Pride Coming Out Stories 

Date and Time: Wednesday, June 29th from 7-9 pm

Brock Pride presents weekly meetings for Pride Month! This is an opportunity for the 2SLGBTQ+ students of Brock to come together, foster community, discuss and enact change on prominent issues, and create a support network within a safe, inclusive environment. Whoever you are and whoever you love, you are loved, and you are welcome!  

This meeting is open to everyone. 

Registration Link: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/event/207246

Important Dates: Stonewall Rebellion Day

 

What is Stonewall Rebellion Day?

“June 28, 1969 marks the beginning of the Stonewall Uprising, a series of events between police and LGBTQ+ protesters which stretched over six days. It was not the first time police raided a gay bar, and it was not the first time LGBTQ+ people fought back, but the events that would unfold over the next six days would fundamentally change the discourse surrounding LGBTQ+ activism in the United States. While Stonewall became well known due to the media coverage and the subsequent annual Pride traditions, it was a culmination of years of LGBTQ+ activism. Historians have noted that the shift in activism, if Stonewall truly represented one at all, was a shift primarily for white cisgender people, as people of color and gender non-conforming people never truly had the benefit of concealing their marginalized identities.

It is important to note that there were a number of uprisings against police & state brutality, harassment and entrapment of the LGBT+ communities in the U.S. in the years before Stonewall. These events and the people involved have not received as much historical attention as Stonewall, but are just as central to understandings of U.S. LGBTQIA+ histories. Some of the pre-Stonewall uprisings included:

  • Black Cat Raid, Los Angeles, California, 1967
  • Black Night Brawl, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 5, 1961. 400 Plankinton Ave.
  • Compton’s Cafeteria Raid, San Francisco, California, 1966
  • Coopers Do-Nut Raid, Los Angeles, California, 1959
  • Pepper Hill Club Raid, Baltimore, Maryland in 1955. Over 162 people arrested.

While the events of Stonewall are often referred to as “riots,” Stonewall veterans have explicitly stated that they prefer the term Stonewall uprising or rebellion. The reference to these events as riots was initially used by police to justify their use of force.”

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