POW WOW and Pride Flags
I had a great meeting at the Aboriginal Students Centre about working together on Two-spirit and Queer issues. The Graduation Pow Wow Ceremony is on June 10th and there will be queer visibility and support. Dancers are free to choose their own dances and the USSU Pride Centre will have a table to promote awareness. If you would like to get involved with this new initiative or know of another organization on campus that would, please let me (Eric) know. Check out the links to the Aboriginal Student Centre and to a two-spirit webpage for more information.
There are more links available on the USSU Pride Centre Facebook page, remember to invite your friends and post articles or events.
If you're like me, you like to learn the origins of why or how things came to be. I came across this info about the Rainbow Pride flag….
Colours of the Rainbow Flag:
The original flag had eight stripes from top to bottom: pink (sexuality), red (life), orange (healing), yellow (sunlight), green (nature), turquoise (magic), indigo/blue (serenity), and violet (spirit). Within a year, the flag had shed two of its stripes—pink and violet. According to Gilbert, they "ran out of pink dye." The violet stripe was later taken out to create an even number of stripes on the flag.
Since, many variations of the flag have been created. For instance, a black stripe is added to some symbolizing those lost to AIDS. There are also variations to represent bisexual people, bears and others.