Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services

Pride Week

U of A Pride Week 2019 will run from March 9 through March 15. Scroll down to see all the events for Pride Week 2019.

Everything you need to know about Pride Week lives here, including ways you can volunteer or donate to ensure that U of A Pride Week continues to be marked on campus.


About Pride Week



About Pride Week

Pride Week  is a collective celebration of LGBTQ2SIA+ individuals and communities at the University of Alberta. The planning and implementation of Pride Week is a collaborative effort by students, staff, faculty members, groups, units, organizations, and individuals across U of A campuses. Everyone is welcome and invited to participate - host an event in your area of campus, attend a workshop, walk in the parade, celebrate being LGBTQ2S+, support your colleagues and friends!


Our Pride Week community recognizes and embraces the origins of Pride as a political struggle for the rights, safety, and acceptance of LGBTQ2S+ people, many of whom live at the intersections of multiple forms of marginalization by virtue of not only gender and sexuality, but also race, class, disability, neurological experiences, citizenship, age, religion, place of origin, and more. University of Alberta Pride Week is an opportunity to reflect on our campus and ourselves. What can we celebrate having accomplished?





Pride Week hosts a number of events highlighting and celebrating the LGBTQ2S+ community! This year we have a number of exciting events organized by the U of A community. Take a look below and make sure to come out and support the many groups and faculty working to make Pride Week 2019 a success!


Intersections of Queers Symposium -  The Landing, APIRG & Rainbow Alliance for Youth of Edmonton
Date: March 9, 2019 
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m
Location: ECHA 1-490, University of Alberta 11405 87 Ave NW

The Intersections of Queer Symposium (IQS) is an attempt to create spaces for critical engagement with the complexities of LGBTQ2S+ experiences, bodies, identities and communities. This year, the Landing, Alberta Public Interest Research Group and the Community Social Work Team are coming together to immerse you in an enlightening experience! Based on a structural engagement with the intersections of queer identity, our goal is to support a series of workshops, panel discussions, and facilitated spaces that share knowledge and engage collaborative learning around issues of race, class, ability, gender, age, mental health, spirituality, ethnicity, Indigeneity, and citizenship in relation to queerness. 


Intersections of Queers Symposium- Networker

Date: March 9, 2019 

Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30pm

Location: The Good Earth Cafe - 8623 112 St NW

Take a break between the day and night activities to learn about some great organizations and service providers that are doing work supporting queer and trans folks in our communities! There will be food and coffee, tea, and juice provided


Intersections of Queers Symposium - The AfterParty Featuring The Lonely Spooners and Be Steadwell

Date: March 9, 2019 

Time: 7pm till late 

Location: The Aviary - 9314 111 Ave NW

The Afterparty for the Intersections of Queer Symposium (IQS) on at 7pm on March 9th 2019 at The Aviary, is going to be lit! Featuring our headliner Be Steadwell, The Lonely Spooners: a sensational local band, and a Drag performance (TBA)! This event will be an opportunity for our many guests to connect with each other and with APIRG and the Landing staff and our collaborators after IQS. It is also open to the public with tickets available by donation on a sliding scale at the door (suggested donation $10, advance tickets $8). Looking forward to seeing you all there!


fYrefly in Schools Open House

Date: March 11, 2019 

Location: 122 - Education South

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. 

Refreshments and Informal Activities: 1:45 - 2:45 pm

Did you know the U of A has an LGBTQ2S+ education program? It's called fyrefly in schools, and the program brings youth volunteers to visit classes in the greater Edmonton area. This open house will give you a chance to meet the program educators, view a short engaging presentation, and enjoy some FREE REFRESHMENTS. After the presentation there will be some informal activities and a chance to chat with the team members and our youth volunteers. We will also be giving away free mini trans flags, mini pride flags, and pride bracelets while supplies last. This event is open to U of A students, staff, alumni, and friends.


Emmet Michael at The Aviary

Date: March 11, 2019 

Time: 7:00 p.m. till late 

Location: The Aviary - 9314 111 Ave NW

Emmet Michael is a transgender singer/songwriter from Edmonton Alberta. He grew up singing in choirs in the church and at school, and has written songs from the time he was 12 years old. His inspiration comes from a journey of recovery from addiction and learning to love. His hope is to interpret these struggles in a way that others can connect and relate to. He expresses these authentic feelings and experiences through the lyrics in his original songs.


Emmet now has the opportunity that so many aspiring artists dream of; to record his first single with a professional producer. Everyone who has had the opportunity to see Emmet perform or know him personally will know how hard he has worked, how talented he is and how deeply deserving of this opportunity he is.


Tickets can be purchased at

Advanced: $15

Doors: $20


Rainbow Bannock & Stew

Date: March 12, 2019 

Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Location: 2-400 SUB 

First People's House will host a Rainbow Bannock and Stew to celebrate and acknowledge LGBTQ2S+ community. Come and enjoy some good food and company. 



Diversity in Engineering: Allyship 101

Date: March 12, 2019 

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Room 8-207, Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering (DICE) 


An educational session held by Diversity in Engineering to show the importance of making and creating space for the LGBTQ2S+ community in engineering through allyship and support. The first workshop will be facilitated by Landing volunteers, exploring privilege, allyship, and how we can apply this knowledge to our various roles in the engineering sphere. We will also explore the basics of LGBTQ2S+ terminology and concepts. Refreshments will be provided.


Register at


Pride Parade
Date: March 13,, 2019 
Time: 12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m

Location: South of CCIS Building 

Campus Pride is back! The campus pride parade is a colourful and diverse celebration of LGBTQ2S+ people and communities at the University of Alberta. Show your pride or support with colourful walking entries! The route is wheelchair accessible and an ASL interpreter will be available for the introductions. Everyone is welcome and we encourage people from diverse identities and backgrounds. The parade will take place over the noon-hour on Wednesday March 13, starting outdoors just south of the CCIS building and ending at the Van Vliet Centre. We need both participants and volunteers, and we hope that you’ll consider either walking in the parade or volunteering to help in another way. Workplace teams, departments, other groups, and individuals are all welcome in the parade.


Volunteer Form:

Group Entry Form:


No registration is required for individuals who wish to walk in the parade.Please feel free to contact the organizer if you have questions: Nicholas Ternes


iSMSS would like to thank the The Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA) and Nicholas Ternes for leading the organization of the Pride Parade. NASA has donated staff time to organize the event. 


Community Tabling and Network Fair 

Date: March 13, 2019 
Time: 12:30 p.m.  - 1:00 p.m

Social Street - PAWS 

Cool down after the parade and meet and connect with a number LGBTQ2S+ organizations and businesses at this community network event. You will get a chance to see the many services and resources available to you both within and outside of the U of A community. 


Underrepresented Genders in Philosophy Panel Discussion

Date: March 13, 2019 

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

Location: Humanities Centre L -1 

The Landing and the Underrepresented Genders in Philosophy are hosting a panel with philosophy students who challenge the normative ways in which traditional Western philosophy is practiced by complicating philosophy with queer theories. The format of the panel discussion will be Q&A, and the moderator will be Simone Medina Polo. The discussion will address the topics of Queer Philosophy and how queer theories are applied in philosophy. There will be pizza and refreshments provided. 



Putting Sex Back Into Queer Theory: Black Gay Men and the Politics of Dick

Date: March 13, 2019 

Time: 3:30p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Location:Telus Centre 150 


Join Dr. Walcott in a discussion about how Queer Theory has abandoned discussions of sex in favor of affect and other forms of abstraction. Dr. Walcott suggests that the very materiality of Black queer lives require that Black queer theory re-engages sex. While in some circumstances the HIV epidemic is now understood as reaching its end point, for Black queer men the idea of end is yet in sight. Dr. Walcott moves between the materiality of HIV/AIDS for Black queer men, music, and film to make a case for thinking Black sex beyond the abstractions of Queer Theory.


This event has been made possible through the collaboration of RIG, the Department of English and Film Studies, the Department of Women's and Gender Studies, and the Faculty of Arts and iSMSS. 

Pride Art Night - Outreach 
Date: March 13, 2019 
Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m


Our Art Night is a chance for artists of all media to showcase their work and provide opportunities to meet and network with artists in the YEG Queer community. From paintings to poems to interactive performances, all are welcome to come and share in the celebration of Queer Art on our campus and in the city


Students Union Pride Market

Date: March 14, 2019 

Time: 10 a.m. -2 p.m.

Location: SUB 

The University of Alberta Farmer’s Market (UAFM) with the help of the Sustainability Club will be hosting a pride themed Farmers Market. Come and stop by and visit LGBTQ2S+ Vendors such as moonshine doughnuts. There will be activities for all to enjoy. Make sure to check back to see what is planned for the Pride themed Farmer’s Market. 






The shop carries an always changing assortment of custom and curated used & new clothing; accessories like pins, pronoun buttons, patches, stickers; art by local artists; small gifts; trans gear including chest binders and compression underwear. 



Guest Speaker: Hasina Juma

Date: March 14, 2019 

Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm

Location: 122 - Education South

As a society we are only now acknowledging the existence and beginning to accept the LGBTQ2 community. There’s a myth that everyone in the LGBTQ2+ community is moving at the same pace. This is a false reality. People of colour who identify as LGBTQ2+ are one group that have a more complex experience as they are accepted in Canadian society, but not in their religious and ethnic community. Hasina Juma knows this struggle all too well as a Canadian born individual who identifies as a bisexual and grew up in Sherwood Park as an Ismaili Muslim with family roots in Africa/South Asia. Bisexuals like Hasina also have an additional layer of complexity as they are still fighting for credibility within the LGBTQ2+ community. 


Join us as we hear about Hasina Juma’s inspirational journey from hiding her bisexuality for a decade to finding where she belonged in the world to speaking up against a ‘taboo’ topic while becoming a recognized expert and thought leader.


Get your burning questions answered during a dedicated Q&A session.




Get fit with QUEERFLEX

March 9 - March 15 

Location: 10616 - 105th Avenue NW


QUEERFLEX will be joining UAlberta Pride Week and will be offering free fitness sessions to all U of A students for the entire week of Pride Week from March 9 thru March 15. Queerflex has a number of drop-in sessions from circuit training to Zumba. Take a look at their sessions here. Show your U of A Student ID at the door and mention Pride Week and you will get a whole session for free. 

QUEERFLEX is Canada’s first non-profit gym centred on creating safer space for queer, trans, and non-binary people in the fitness world through personal training, public education and direct advocacy. QUEERFLEX is about addressing fitness accessibility - physical, mental, emotional, and financial. We’re about honouring the intersections of identity and trauma that exist in our LGBTQIA2S+ communities, and is a tool in becoming stronger and more sustainable, individually and together, so we can keep doing the work we need to thrive


For more information on Queerflex visit their website. 


Drag and Slay 'er"- Outreach 
Date: March 15, 2019 
Time: 7 p.m. 

Location: Dinwoodie Lounge

Outreach's 16th Annual Drag Show - Drag 'n Slay 'er" it is an approximately 2-hour variety show with a mix of professional and amateur drag performers. The amateurs have a chance to win one of three prizes provided by The Traveling Tickle Trunk. Acts are primarily lip-syncs, though other entries are more than welcome.




LGBTQ+ is one version of an acronym used to describe groups of individuals across gender and sexual identities. The plus (+) in LGBTQ+ represents the vast array of identities not captured in this short acronym, which is sometimes extended to LGBTQ2S+, LGBTTQIA+, LGBTQ2SIA+, or other variations. Letters in this acronym refer to terms such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/transgender, Two-Spirit, queer, questioning, intersex, pansexual, asexual, and more. Definitions relating to gender and sexual diversity are not fixed, and tend to vary across time, regions, cultures, communities, ages, individual interpretations and identities, etc. For more information, please see here.