Our meetings take many forms. Sometimes we discuss action we want to take within our residence and our wider community. Occasionally we run “Questions for Queers,” an opportunity for anyone to pose anonymous questions about the LGBTQ2+ community they might otherwise be too scared to ask. But often, we simply exist in the same place as one another, playing games, making art, and reveling in queer joy. It is exactly the kind of safe space I felt was missing from my life.
This is not to say that Grebel is perfect. Like any other institution, there are barriers to overcome and lessons to learn. But we are all learning together. Bit by bit, Grebel has become a welcoming, inclusive, and affirming space. For this, we must thank past and present members of QuAQ, who lead discussions, have meetings with administration, and work tirelessly to ensure Grebel is constantly improving. I look forward to the future, when new queer, allied, and questioning Grebelites will gather in the sunlight, feeling the same sense of community that I felt during my first QuAQ meeting. After all, Grebel is all about community.
By Alana Matsuo, third-year Knowledge Integration student