Unapologetically queer


by: Thembie Moyo, Writer (Creative Action and Digital Content), Equity and Human Rights Office, & Events Assistant Coordinator, UVic Libraries

The cherry blossom trees blooming in June at the University of Victoria create a beautiful backdrop for Pride month celebrations. It’s as if nature is also rejoicing in the beauty of diversity and inclusivity. Pink petals a symbol of love, acceptance, grace and identity in every place.

From the Stonewall riots to present day, the journey has been long and challenging but the resilience and determination by the 2SLGBTQIA+ community has led to significant milestones. As a writer who is originally from Africa, I would say in my language that “It’s not yet uhuru” - meaning that some of the countries are still lagging, or not accepting. There are many voices that need to be amplified with their stories and lived experience shared with the rest of the world. This is crucial for promoting understanding, empathy, and inclusivity.

However, let’s shine the spotlight on the University of Victoria and its effort to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone. The university’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is truly commendable, and there are indeed many exciting events and initiatives happening across campus and in Victoria that the community can be part of.

Pride Events

Book Resources

To deepen our understanding and empathy, I recommend these 2SLGBTQAI+ books, available at the Mearns - McPherson Library: “The picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde, “A room of One’s Own” by Virginia Wolf, “Giovanni’s Room” by James Baldwin, “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker, and “The memoirs of a beautiful boy” by Robert Leleux.

I hope to see you at some of these events! Let’s celebrate Pride and promote love, acceptance, and inclusivity for all.