Pride Week organizer Jon Kinsley holds the new Cap U Pride flag.

When you identify as something outside the gender-binary of male/female, it can get pretty hard to go to the bathroom. Especially if you’re in between this idea of masculinity and femininity.

The men’s washroom is entirely out of the question—too dangerous—the women’s washroom is considerably safer, but you will get looks.

Do we need Pride?

So when Capilano U finally implemented All-Gendered washrooms, I was ecstatic. Finally, a place I can pee in peace. So why is it that I still hear people question the need for them in the first place? Why is it that, despite being in 2016, we still have so many people uneducated on this topic? It really does bring into perspective how much we do need Pride Week on campus.

Yes, visibility of Queer identities has increased amazingly far within the past decade—from cinema and representation through characters (Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset on Orange is the New Black), celebrities coming out (Ellen Degeneres and Ellen Page) to even the encouragement of safe spaces within social settings (like the Queer Collective at Capilano U).

Representation

Yet, despite this visibility, we still have several issues surrounding queer settings. The need and use of All-Gendered washrooms is just one example. In addition, we need a campus-wide dialogue on the use of language within classrooms and work place environments. We need more discussion about what it means to be an ally and its importance when it comes to self-labelling and pronouns. We also need open discussion about privilege and what it’s like to live in a place of heteronormativity when you are, quite obviously, not heterosexual.

Pride on Campus is not just for the Queer students and faculty at Cap—it’s also for those outside queer identities who wish to learn more about being an ally. It’s about encouraging those people to come out (pun intended) to fun, safe spaces and to learn from other students and organizations about everything and everyone Queer.

We’re really not that different—we just need to pee in different places.

Submitted by Jayden Gonzales for the Queer Collective

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The Capilano Queer Collective and Capilano Students’ Union are hosting Pride Week on Campus February 22 to 26. This will be a week of events and celebration of sexual and gender diversity on campus:

Day 1: February 22, 2016

  • Event: Community Resource Fair
  • Time: Monday, February 22, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Library Building room LB 195 Members’ Centre & Library Hallway
  • Description: Meet amazing organizations from the community from HIM Positive Living BC, Vancouver Men’s Chorus, Womyn’s Ware, and Youth Co and more.

Day 2: February 23, 2016

  • Event: Workshops—Anti-Oppression (Peernet) and Queer Competency (Qmunity)
  • Time: Tuesday, February 23, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Library Building room LB 195 Members’ Centre (Peernet) & MA 116 (Qmunity)
  • Event: Workshop—Drag Makeup 101
  • Time: Tuesday, February 23, 2-4 p.m.
  • Location: MA 116
  • Event: Community Dinner / Open Mic (Licensed Event)
  • Time: Tuesday, February 23, 5:30-8 p.m.
  • Location: MA 116
  • Description: Showcase your talent at the open mic and get to know the different members of our community.

Day 3: February 24, 2016

  • Event: Film Screening of The Way He Looks
  • Time: Wednesday, February 24, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Library Building room LB 195 Members’ Centre
  • Event: Workshop—Queer Body Image
  • Time: Wednesday, February 24, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Library Building room LB 190B Queer Resource Centre

Day 4: February 25, 2016

  • Event: ChatLive—Queer 101: Intersections, Allies and Q&A (with faculty Ki Wight & Seanna McPherson)
  • Time: Thursday, February 25, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: TBA
  • Event: Film Screening of Pride
  • Time: Thursday, February 25, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Library Building LB 195 Members’ Centre
  • Event: Glitter Extravaganza
  • Time: Thursday, February 25, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
  • Location: Bar None, 1222 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: 10$ can be purchased at the CSU services desk or online 
  • Come out and celebrate Pride with Drag Performances, DJs and other universities. All proceeds will be donated to Rainbow Refugee and Directions Youth Services. 

Day 5: February 26, 2016

  • Event: Film Screening Appropriate Behaviour 
  • Time: Friday, February 25, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Library Building LB 195 Members’ Centre