New Year, New Queer
With spring in full swing, the effects of this new position have been hitting me as hard as seasonal allergies. Unlike seasonal allergies, this new position of being the Pride Centre Coordinator has granted me the ability to breathe in the pollen that is the USSU.
Understanding the roots of the USSU and the University have brought about a new appreciation for the community here, for this second year English major. The history of the USSU dates back to 1909. A time when, well, lets face it, a Cree bisexual transgender man such as myself would not have had the opportunity to apply for such a fabulous job. However, through the hard work and determination within the USSU and the greater Saskatoon community, we are growing seeds of change. The staff at the USSU have been more than welcoming to all of the new centre coordinators and I am forever grateful to be a part of such a diverse team.
Diversity has always been a large part of my life, from growing up in Calgary, to establishing communities across Canada. The diversity here in Saskatoon is growing substantially and I am more than excited to be a part of it, while flourishing the distinct Queer community.
That being said, the Queer community is not just for LGBTTQ people; rather for all peoples who are interested and committed to creating a more welcoming environment. I’d like to invite each and every one of y’all (Calgary background “coming out”) to stop by the Pride Centre or like our FB page for amazing opportunities to create positive change! Or to simply know where and when a sweet hang out opportunity is!
My name is Jack Saddleback, I am from the Samson Cree Nation in Hobbema, Alberta, and I am ridiculously exciting at being able to work with y’all in growing a fantastic community.
Have a good one,