UWaterloo glows at the 2015 Toronto Pride Parade

Over 60 University of Waterloo students, faculty and staff marched in the rain to show their support during the 2015 Toronto Pride Parade. Held on June 28, the event featured a line of spectacular displays and lively music in the downtown core.

Federation of Students group photo at Toronto Pride Parade 2015

“It was incredible to see how energetic people were despite the rain,” said Akeylah Graham MacNeill, a coordinator for the Federation of Students’ Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity. “I felt a lot of acceptance and happiness while walking amongst everyone.”

Let's Glow Out & Play! Waterloo Pride 2015The Feds Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity organized the UWaterloo contingent, which has had a presence in the parade for the past few years. The purpose of attending was to raise awareness of the centre and to celebrate such an exciting annual event for the LGBTQ community.

This year, the theme for the parade was Come Out and Play, so the Glow Centre created an outdoorsy, beach chair style float.

“It took us 45 minutes to put it together, and people really liked the end result,” said Joyce Tsui, a Glow Centre volunteer and third year computer science student.

Federation of Students lineup at the Toronto Pride Parade 2015

Photography credit: Vince Harttrup, Federation of Students photographer

“We believe it’s important for the University of Waterloo to be a part of the parade because it shows there are different types of students on campus,” said Graham MacNeill, a fourth year arts and business student. “This is a diverse place, and it’s something to be proud of.”

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