June 21, 2019 | Campus
In photos: U of T shows its colours for Pride Month
By Geoffrey Vendeville and Nick Iwanyshyn
The rainbow flag, Maple Leaf and Trans Pride flag fly at Varsity Stadium (photo by Nick Iwanyshyn)
The University of Toronto came together to show its support for the LGBTQ+ community at multiple events across the three campuses this month. Here is a selection of images that detail the colourful displays:
The festivities kicked off with the traditional flag-raising ceremony at Varsity Stadium on June 6. “The raising of the Pride and trans flags, along with other campus events, promotes necessary LGBTQ+ visibility, celebrates our differences and emphasizes our support and allyship with our queer and trans communities,” said Kelly Hannah-Moffat (MA 1992, PhD 1997) (fourth from left), U of T’s vice-president of human resources and equity.
It's the second year that U of T has flown the blue, pink and white Trans Pride flag. Monica Helms, a U.S. Navy veteran and trans activist, designed the flag in 1999 using the traditional colours for boys and girls, with a white band separating the two to represent intersex, gender non-conforming or transitioning people.
People in the audience snap pictures during the flag-raising ceremony at Varsity Stadium.
One of the signature events on the Pride at U of T calendar, Pride Pub brings the community together for barbecue, dancing and a communtiy fair with local LGBTQ+ organizations. This year's edition featured Samba Elegua, a percussion ensemble inspired by Brazilian music.
The U of T Scarborough community came out in large numbers for a flag celebration.
The Instagram-friendly rainbow frame at Hart House was a popular spot for pictures. Pride Pub is organized by U of T's Sexual & Gender Diversity Office and Hart House.
Partygoers could also record their memories of Pride Pub at a photo booth installed for the occasion.
Cuter than the real Elmo? A family poses for a portrait at the photo booth.
The festivities took place on each of U of T's campuses. U of T Mississauga held its flag-unfurling ceremony on June 6 at the UTM Student Centre with representatives from the Equity & Diversity Office, UTM students’ union, OUT @ UTM, human resources, dean of student affairs and the Indigenous Centre.
Angela Lange, U of T Mississauga's acting vice-principal, academic and dean, and Amrita Daniere, acting principal, pose with Pride-themed cupcakes.
U of T Mississauga's mascot, Eddy the Eagle, sporting colourful plumage in honour of Pride month.