Every year, the City of Toronto hosts an annual Pride Festival. A highlight of the celebration is the colourful Pride Parade, where groups from across Canada march through the bustling streets of downtown Toronto to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community.
This year, the theme for the festival was ‘You Can Sit With Us,’ based on a well-known line from the popular film Mean Girls, with the goal of promoting inclusivity and acceptance. The Pride Parade took place at 2 p.m. on July 3, and new this year, the beginning of July also marked the start of Canada’s first ever Pride Month.
In the middle of the action on July 3 was a contingent from the University of Waterloo. A group of nearly 100 attendees including students and staff members walked the parade route, laughing, cheering, and waving the pride flag.
The trip was organized by The Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity, which is a Federation of Students’ service, and the oldest, continuous running centre of its kind in Canada. The Glow Centre has been attending Pride for decades.
“It’s an event that brings everyone together to support equal rights, and it gives people the opportunity to really open up and be themselves,” said Glow Centre Coordinator Judy Liu. “Everyone should experience Pride at least once.”
The Feds Vice President Internal, Deanna Priori, was excited to be a part of the event and shared Liu’s sentiments.
“The most memorable part was walking through the streets and having people in the audience shout the Water Water Water chant. I don’t know if they were Waterloo alumni, current students, or just people who were familiar with the cheer,” she said. “It’s important that the University of Waterloo show support and representation at Pride because it acknowledges that LGBTQ+ issues matter. We should not only be working to combat them, but also celebrate the diversity of our students.”
Missed attending Pride this year? Keep checking Feds.ca for details about next year’s event.