We’ve been busy little bees over at the USSU Centres this week. Pride Week has been filled with so many awesome activities, and we’ve been trying to take in as many as possible! On Monday we zipped down to City Hall for the Pride Flag Raising. It was a great kick-off to the week, and we got to hear some really awesome speeches that really reminded me why events like Pride are still so important for our community. There was a wonderful speech from a young man and I thought it was so eloquent I just had to share it.
Pride to me is loving yourself no matter what and showing the world that you aren’t going to change. It’s standing up to a bully. It’s the first time you come out to someone ready to cry your eyes out and they tell you that it’s going to be ok. It’s knowing that someone will always be there for you you and it’s seeing yourself in that new dress or in that binder you just ordered and thinking for the first time that you really are beautiful. It’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever see and without pride I wouldn’t be standing here today.
On Wednesday we were down at the Avenue Community Centre for the Welcome to the Gaybourhood Barbecue. It was a blast, and lots of people came out which was really nice to see. The rain even managed to hold out for a few hours, so we had pretty nice weather to enjoy. The Pride Centre has a fantastic collection of buttons that are always a hit so our table was pretty popular. The buttons are also available in all of the USSU Centres, feel free to pop in to grab some and show your support! On Wednesday evening, Jack, Heather and I attended Mosaic- A celebration of queer artistry, which was an art and fashion show. Saskatoon is such a talented city and it was awesome to be immersed in so much brilliant work. The show was at the Albert Community Centre, and it was such a great setting with all of the beautiful artwork set up around the room. The fashion designer put on a great show, with the help of Simone DuVall, and Coco DiNolté, two of Saskatoon’s fiercest divas.
The Pride Parade is on Saturday. It’s my very first one, and to say I’m excited is an understatement. It’s all I can talk about. We’ve been working really hard on our costumes, so make sure you come down to check it out!!
Midterms are quickly approaching for summer session courses. If you’re looking for old exams, don’t forget about the USSU Exam File. We have hundreds of olds tests and quizzes to look through. And if you’ve just finished up a course we’d love to have your old tests. You’ll even be entered into a draw for a gift certificate to Louis’ or Browsers!
Happy Pride Everyone!