Tips to Show and Support Pride Any Time

Pride Week 2018 has arrived at the University of Alberta! A collective celebration of LGBTQ2SIA+ individuals and communities at the U of A…

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Pride Week 2018 has arrived at the University of Alberta! A collective celebration of LGBTQ2SIA+ individuals and communities at the U of A, the week runs from Monday, March 12 to Wednesday, March 21. And while you are invited to join in at this year’s events, there are other ways that you can show your investment in LGBTQ2SIA+ causes, especially if you are unable to make it to this year’s planned activities. For those still interested in participating in other ways, here are some suggestions, that you can keep in mind all year long:

Prioritize the Intersections

Remember that there are LGBTQ2S+ people who live at the intersections of multiple forms of marginalization by virtue of not only gender and sexuality, but also race, class, disability, neurodivergence, citizenship, age, religion, place of origin, and more. Challenge racism, ableism, classism, xenophobia, and more when you can!

Internalize the Infinite

Internalize the notion that gender and sexuality are infinite rather than boxes you can put people into. Know that it’s not possible to tell someone’s pronouns just by looking at a person; it’s not possible to tell someone’s gender just by looking at them; knowing someone’s pronouns, doesn’t mean you know that person’s gender; and knowing someone’s gender doesn’t mean you know that person’s pronouns.

Use Mindful Language

Use non gendered language and refrain from gendering strangers. Starting sentences with a verb is one way of doing so. Here are just a few examples of how you can avoid gendering those you don’t know, while still identifying people in conversation:

“That person walking ahead of us has a beautiful coat. “

“Could the student with the plaid pants step forward next, please?”

“I can’t believe that driver’s behaviour, zooming around between lanes without signalling at all. So dangerous!”

Avoid Assumptions

Avoid making assumptions about other people’s relationships. Try asking people “who and what in your life is important to you?” rather than “do you have a partner?”

Get more information!

There’s no such thing as knowing everything there is to know about being LGBTQ2S+, and watch the Employee and Student Digests for iSMSS workshops on homophobia and transphobia and how their roots are in colonialism.

You can learn more about Pride Week at the U of A, including a full listing of events and initiatives, by visiting the Pride Week website and by reading the latest in the Faculty of Education’s online magazine, “Illuminate.”Pride Week website and by reading the latest in the Faculty of Education’s online magazine, “Illuminate.”

Pride Week would not be possible without the support of a wide variety of campus and community stakeholders who are committed to ensuring Pride Week continues to be an important, vibrant, and educational part of the institutional fabric of the University of Alberta. Special thanks are extended to the 2018 sponsors, the Office of the Dean of Students and Shell.