Pride at UVic

Pride week graphic reading "proud to be me"

March 2021

March is Pride Month @ UVic! Join us for community building programs, workshops, art exhibits and drag performances. Whether you identify as LGBTQ2SIA+ or as an ally, there’s something for everyone. This year our theme is Community and Capacity Building as we partner with other post-secondary institutions to bring you even more ways to connect, learn and show your pride!


Events

March 8 - 14

Date & Time Event How to access

Thursday,
March 11

5:30-7 p.m.

Queer Sex Ed w/ AVI

Presented by Anti-Violence Project

Join us as we delve into the queer sex ed you didn’t get in high school! In the first part of this workshop we talk about consent basics, definitions of what sex actually is, tools for setting boundaries, resources for exploring desire and what ethical porn means. In the second part of the workshop we go over some information about STBBI transmission and local testing services as well as barrier demos 201 (making a dental dam, using an internal condom, using an external condom, gloves) and then finish off with some sex toy and lube basics. We centre queer and trans experiences throughout and take a harm reduction lens.

There are chances for participants to ask questions throughout the workshop, as well as a question and answer period at the end. The workshop also includes collaborative brainstorms which participants can contribute to via the chat or over audio/video.

Register for Queer Sex Ed

March 15 - 21

Date & Time Event How to access

Thursday,
March 18

 

CANCELLED - Gender Diversity Workshop

Presented by the Gender Empowerment Centre (GEM)

Unfortunately we had to cancel this occurrence of the Gender Diversity Workshop, however, GEM can provide this workshop for free at another time. For more information on booking this workshop for you student or staff groups, go to genderempowermentcentre.ca.

Join facilitators from the Gender Empowerment Centre for a workshop exploring the basics of Gender Diversity. Learn more about the nuances of gender identity, gender expression, sex, as well as attraction. We’ll discuss the diversity of gender identities, disrupting normative gender expectations, using pronouns, and tips for incorporating gender inclusion into your daily life.

The Gender Empowerment Centre(GEM) provides a space for self-identified women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming folks to organize, network, access resources, attend workshops and events, study, and relax. Our space is open to both University of Victoria students and community members.

 

This event has been cancelled

Friday,
March 19

2-3 p.m.

Two Spirit & Indigiqueer Circle

Presented by the Native Student Union (NSU)

Join our weekly 2SIQ circle, a group for Two Spirit or Indigiqueer students, staff and faculty to connect and socialize. This is an opportunity to learn or share what being 2SIQ means to you. We often talk about relevant films, podcasts, articles and events.

This event is open to self-identified Indigenous 2SLGBTQ+ and questioning students, staff and faculty

Register for Two Spirit & Indigiqueer Circle

Friday,
March 19

6-7 p.m.

LGBTQIA2S+  Trivia Night

Presented by Leadership Through Diversity (LTD)

Join us for a fun trivia night!  Topics covered will include First Nations history in BC/Canada, historical LGBTQIA2S+ scientists and engineers, LGBTQIA2S+ history in Canada, and current LGBTQIA2S+ scientists and engineers.

This event is open to everyone

Zoom Link for LGBTQIA2S+ Trivia Night

Saturday,
March 20

6-7:30 p.m.

Paint Night

Presented by UVic Pride

Pull out some painting supplies and Join us for an evening of brush strokes and chats as UVic alumni, local QPOC artist, and mental health professional, Chloe da Matta guides us through some relaxing crafting and colorful conversations. Folks who register will be entered to win a prize!

This event is open to everyone

uvicpride.com

Register for Paint Night

Sunday,
March 21

10-11:30 a.m.

Online Pancake Breakfast with the UVic Global Community & UVic Pride

Presented by UVic Pride and UVic Global Community

Come follow along with GC Chefs and your pals from UVic Pride to make pancakes or you can sit back, relax and watch the demo so you can recreate these delicious pancakes on your own! Invite your friends and share the registration link, the more the merrier! After cooking together, we will eat breakfast, play some online games and hold a safe space to chat about healthy relationships, community connection, identity and gender diversity. You will receive the Pancake recipe a few days prior to the event as well as a zoom link.

This event is open to everyone

Register for Online Pancake Breakfast

March 22 - 31

Date & Time Event How to access

Monday,
March 22

2-3:30 p.m.

Trans+ People in History Lecture

Presented by the Chair of Trans Studies

This event has been postponed to Monday, March 29

Introduction to some gender-diverse people through the centuries.

This event is open to everyone

uvic.ca/transchair

Event Postponed

Thursday,
March 25

7-9 p.m.

Queer Games Night

Presented by QVic Life and QVic Res

Join QVic Res and QVic Life for a fun night of Jackbox games!

This event is open to LBTQIA2S+ Students

Zoom Link for Queer Games Night

Friday,
March 26

2-3 p.m.

Two Spirit & Indigiqueer Circle

Presented by the Native Student Union (NSU)

Join our weekly 2SIQ circle, a group for Two Spirit or Indigiqueer students, staff and faculty to connect and socialize. This is an opportunity to learn or share what being 2SIQ means to you. We often talk about relevant films, podcasts, articles and events.

This event is open to self-identified Indigenous 2SLGBTQ+ and questioning students, staff and faculty

Register for Two Spirit & Indigiqueer Circle

Friday,
March 26

4-5:30 p.m.

Queer Sex Ed Workshop

Presented by the Gender Empowerment Centre (GEM)

Join the Gender Empowerment Centre Education for a brand new workshop exploring everything Queer Sex Ed! We’ll be answering all the questions you’ve been hesitant to ask on consent, safer sex, toys, communication, gender, and more!

The Gender Empowerment Centre(GEM) provides a space for self-identified women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming folks to organize, network, access resources, attend workshops and events, study, and relax. Our space is open to both University of Victoria students and community members.

This event is open to self-identified 2SLGBTQIA+ and questioning folks

genderempowermentcentre.ca

Register for Queer Sex Ed

Friday,
March 26

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Short Film and Discussion

Presented by UVic Pride

Grab some snacks and join us for an evening of queer short films, snacking, and some friendly chats. Folks who register will be entered to win a prize!

This event is open to everyone

uvicpride.com

Register for Short Film Night

Sunday,
March 28

6-8 p.m.

Earring making night

Presented by QVic Residence

Join QVic as we make DIY earrings! This will be a casual environment where you can craft, make new friends, and find community. All supplies will be provided, and no skills or experience is necessary. This workshop is only open to students currently living in residence at UVic due to Covid regulations.

This event is only open to students currently living in residence at UVic. 2SLGBTQ+ folks and allies are welcome.

 

In person.

In the residence RUG.

Monday,
March 29

2-3:30 p.m.

 

Trans+ People in History Lecture

Presented by the Chair of Trans Studies

Introduction to some gender-diverse people through the centuries.

This event is open to everyone

uvic.ca/transchair

Zoom link for Trans+ People in History Lecture

Monday,
March 29

7 p.m.

Queer Open Mic Night

Presented by UVSS Events, UVic Pride and GEM

Open Mic Night for queer performers from UVic and the wider community. Anyone can join to watch and support! An event for fun, relaxation, and community building.

This event is open to everyone

Event link for Queer Open Mic Night

Events by topic

Academic Panels/Lectures

Date & Time Event How to access

Monday,
March 22

2-3:30 p.m.

Trans+ People in History Lecture

Presented by the Chair of Trans Studies

This event has been postponed to Monday, March 29

Introduction to some gender-diverse people through the centuries.

This event is open to everyone

uvic.ca/transchair

Event Postponed

Monday,
March 29

2-3:30 p.m.

Trans+ People in History Lecture

Presented by the Chair of Trans Studies

Introduction to some gender-diverse people through the centuries.

This event is open to everyone

uvic.ca/transchair

Zoom link for Trans+ People in History Lecture

Artistic Activities

Date & Time Event How to access

Saturday,
March 20

6-7:30 p.m.

Paint night

Presented by UVic Pride

Follow along with UVic alumni and local QPOC artist Chloe da Matta as she guides us through a relaxing evening of vibrant color and conversation. (Bring your own paint and paper)

This event is open to everyone

Register for Paint Night

Sunday,
March 28

6-8 p.m.

Earring making night

Presented by QVic Residence

Join QVic as we make DIY earrings! This will be a casual environment where you can craft, make new friends, and find community. All supplies will be provided, and no skills or experience is necessary. This workshop is only open to students currently living in residence at UVic due to Covid regulations.

Only open to students currently living in residence at UVic. 2SLGBTQ+ folks and allies are welcome.

In person.

In the residence RUG.

Monday,
March 29

7 p.m.

Queer Open Mic Night

Presented by UVSS Events, UVic Pride and GEM

Open Mic Night for queer performers from UVic and the wider community. Anyone can join to watch and support! An event for fun, relaxation, and community building.

This event is open to everyone

Event link for Queer Open Mic Night

Community Building Initiatives

Date & Time Event How to access

Friday,
March 19 and March 26

2-3 p.m.

Two Spirit & Indigiqueer Circle

Presented by the Native Student Union (NSU)

Join our weekly 2SIQ circle, a group for Two Spirit or Indigiqueer students, staff and faculty to connect and socialize. This is an opportunity to learn or share what being 2SIQ means to you. We often talk about relevant films, podcasts, articles and events.

This event is open to self-identified Indigenous 2SLGBTQ+ and questioning students, staff and faculty

Register for Two Spirit & Indigiqueer Circle

 

Friday,
March 19

6-7 p.m.

LGBTQIA2S+  Trivia Night

Presented by Leadership Through Diversity (LTD)

Join us for a fun trivia night!  Topics covered will include First Nations history in BC/Canada, historical LGBTQIA2S+ scientists and engineers, LGBTQIA2S+ history in Canada, and current LGBTQIA2S+ scientists and engineers.

This event is open to everyone

Zoom Link for LGBTQIA2S+ Trivia Night

Thursday,
March 25

7-9 p.m.

Queer Games Night

Presented by QVic Life and QVic Res

Join QVic Res and QVic Life for a fun night of Jackbox games!

This event is open to LBTQIA2S+ Students

Zoom Link for Queer Games Night

Friday,
March 26

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Short Film and Discussion

Presented by UVic Pride

Grab some snacks and join us for an evening of queer short films, snacking, and some friendly chats. Folks who register will be entered to win a prize!

This event is open to everyone

Register for Short Film Night

Experiential Learning Workshops

Date & Time Event How to access

Thursday,
March 11

5:30-7 p.m.

Queer Sex Ed w/ AVI

Presented by Anti-Violence Project

Join us as we delve into the queer sex ed you didn’t get in high school! In the first part of this workshop we talk about consent basics, definitions of what sex actually is, tools for setting boundaries, resources for exploring desire and what ethical porn means. In the second part of the workshop we go over some information about STBBI transmission and local testing services as well as barrier demos 201 (making a dental dam, using an internal condom, using an external condom, gloves) and then finish off with some sex toy and lube basics. We centre queer and trans experiences throughout and take a harm reduction lens.

There are chances for participants to ask questions throughout the workshop, as well as a question and answer period at the end. The workshop also includes collaborative brainstorms which participants can contribute to via the chat or over audio/video.

Register for Queer Sex Ed

Thursday,
March 18

 

Cancelled - Gender Diversity Workshop

Presented by the Gender Empowerment Centre (GEM)

Unfortunately we had to cancel this occurrence of the Gender Diversity Workshop, however, GEM can provide this workshop for free at another time. For more information on booking this workshop for you student or staff groups, go to genderempowermentcentre.ca

Join facilitators from the Gender Empowerment Centre for a workshop exploring the basics of Gender Diversity. Learn more about the nuances of gender identity, gender expression, sex, as well as attraction. We’ll discuss the diversity of gender identities, disrupting normative gender expectations, using pronouns, and tips for incorporating gender inclusion into your daily life.

The Gender Empowerment Centre(GEM) provides a space for self-identified women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming folks to organize, network, access resources, attend workshops and events, study, and relax. Our space is open to both University of Victoria students and community members.

 

This event has been cancelled

 

Sunday,
March 21

10-11:30 a.m.

Online Pancake Breakfast with the UVic Global Community & UVic Pride

Presented by UVic Pride and UVic Global Community

Come follow along with GC Chefs and your pals from UVic Pride to make pancakes or you can sit back, relax and watch the demo so you can recreate these delicious pancakes on your own! Invite your friends and share the registration link, the more the merrier! After cooking together, we will eat breakfast, play some online games and hold a safe space to chat about healthy relationships, community connection, identity and gender diversity. You will receive the Pancake recipe a few days prior to the event as well as a zoom link.

This event is open to everyone

Register for Online Pancake Breakfast

Friday,
March 26

4-5:30 p.m.

Queer Sex Ed Workshop

Presented by the Gender Empowerment Centre (GEM)

Join the Gender Empowerment Centre Education for a brand new workshop exploring everything Queer Sex Ed! We’ll be answering all the questions you’ve been hesitant to ask on consent, safer sex, toys, communication, gender, and more!

The Gender Empowerment Centre(GEM) provides a space for self-identified women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming folks to organize, network, access resources, attend workshops and events, study, and relax. Our space is open to both University of Victoria students and community members.

Open to self-identified 2SLGBTQIA+ and questioning folks

Register for Queer Sex Ed

QVic Life Care Packages

For Pride Week, QVic Life is shipping care packages to UVic LGBTQ2S+ students! Fill out the information below to receive your package in April. They have a limited number of packages we can send so they will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

Request a QVic Life Care Package

Find QVic Life on facebook: facebook.com/QVicLife

2SLGBTQIA+ Activities Outside of UVic Pride

The following events hosted outside of UVic Pride are open to the UVic community.

March 1-7

Date & Time Event How to access

March 1

noon-1:30 p.m.

Caretakers of History: Ethics and Storytelling in queer communities

MacEwan University

This interactive session will allow participants to ponder questions of equity and inclusion in historical storytelling through Darrin's experiences in the Edmonton region. His invitational style, sharp wit and seemingly unending well of stories ensures this will be an engaging and thought-provoking session. 

Register for Caretakers of History

March 2

9-10:30 a.m.

Mothering They/Them: Cree Protocol and Parenting

MacEwan University

Traditional Cree parenting systems are based on Natural Laws of truth, kindness, courage and sharing. There were, and still remain, strict parenting protocols that allow a child to grow into their gifts and skills within a system of love, patience and security, without fear of judgement and punishment. Indian Residential Schools and the Canadian government's oppressive policies severely wounded and influenced the sacred interconnection between a parent and child. When women give birth, they are conditioned on relating to and parenting their children depending on their sex.

Register for Mothering They/Them
March 2

 1-2:30 p.m.

How to Support Queer and Trans Survivors of Sexual Violence

MacEwan University

While all communities experience sexual violence, LGBTQ2S+ communities are disproportionately subjected to sexual violence and face systemic barriers to accessing support. We will examine the intersections of sexual violence, heterosexism and cissexism, learn about foundational support skills, and explore strategies for responding to sexual violence in ways that affirm the identities and lived experiences of queer and trans survivors.

Register for How to Support Queer and Trans Survivors of Sexual Violence

March 3 

noon-1:15 p.m.

Inclusive Housing Panel

MacEwan University/UVic

What does it take to create residence spaces where all staff and students feel safe, welcomed and respected?

Tune into this panel discussion which will explore the challenges and opportunities within inclusive housing options on post-secondary campuses. Lead by MacEwan's Residence Life Coordinator, Sarah O'Dwyer, the panel features residence staff from institutions across western Canada. This session will be of interest to anyone interested in creating safer spaces on campuses, including staff, current students, potential students and parents.

Register for Inclusive Housing Panel

March 5

6-7:30 p.m.

Edmonton’s Best Drag: Streaming Live from the Starlight Room

MacEwan University / Concordia University of Edmonton / TD Bank / Fruit Loop

Access Edmonton's Best Drag Livestream

March 8 - 14

Date & Time Event How to access
March 11-14

Moving Trans History Forward Conference

UVic Chair in Transgender Studies

Join community activists, academics, artists, and allies from around the globe for the fourth Moving Trans History Forward conference, among the largest of its kind in Canada. Share your voice and your history. Learn from others. Grow together. Make history!

*There is a conference registration fee, but subsidies available

Register for Moving Trans history Forward Conference 

March 13 

11:30-1 p.m.

Moving Trans History Forward Conference

UVic Chair in Transgender Studies

Keynote Speaker: Miss Major

Major is a veteran of the infamous Stonewall Riots, a former sex worker, and a survivor of Dannemora Prison and Bellevue Hospital’s “queen tank.” Her global legacy of activism is rooted in her own experiences, and she continues her work to uplift transgender women of color, particularly those who have survived incarceration and police brutality. Miss Major is featured in the 2015 documentary film, MAJOR!, which explores the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy.

*There is a conference registration fee, but subsidies available

Register for Moving Trans history Forward Conference

March 15 - 21

Date & Time Event How to access

March 18

noon-1 p.m.

Two-Spirit Reconcilia(c)tion in Research: Culturally Accounting for & Affirming Two-Spirit People and Communities in Surveys

Centre for Gender & Sexual Health Equity

How can health research(ers) collect Two-Spirit data in a culturally safe and affirming way, in order to better promote rigorous science that considers biological sex and all genders (with a focus on Two-Spirit)? Harlan Pruden discusses how to expand our collective understanding(s) of health within a diversity framework that considers the way determinants such as ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, migration status, age and geography interact with sex and/or gender. By bringing these considerations into focus, we can better formulate health research, policies and programs that are relevant, respectful and mindful to Two-Spirit people and communities.

Register for Two-Spirit Reconcilia(a)tion in research

March 22 - 31

Date & Time Event How to access

March 30

7-8 p.m.

Joshua Whitehead in Conversation with Vivek Shraya

Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University Library is pleased to announce this year's pick for One Book One SFU: Joshua Whitehead’s Jonny Appleseed.

Register for Joshua Whitehead & Vivek Shraya

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