Welcome to PRIDE 2009

Despite today’s Pride flag raising at City Hall being cancelled because of the strike, a crew of us from Ryerson headed out to revel in the excitement that is the opening of Toronto’s Pride Week 2009. Luckily for us The 519 was having a flag unfurling of its own, so we headed up Church Street to watch.

Video of the Pride flag unfurling at the 519.
In case you've never heard of this amazing place the 519 Church Street Community Centre is a welcoming place for the LGBTT2IQQ community and their allies. Offering a wide range of programs and services, including counselling and advice, the 519 is an excellent resource and is located just up the street from campus. For more information on the centre and the services they provide, check out their web site: http://www.the519.org/

If you've missed out on the opening festivities of Pride, never fear: a fun and exciting week awaits us! As it stands right now, Pride Toronto says that the city's labour disruption will not interrupt any of the other events scheduled for the week. For a complete listing of the Toronto Pride 2009 events visit: http://www.pridetoronto.com/festival/events/ But be sure to check out the following events organized by the university's very own RyePride:

Tuesday, June 23rd - GTA Placard and Banner Making
6-8pm at the University of Toronto Students’ Union (12 Hart House Circle)
We’ve got the materials, so bring your creative side and make your own placard or banner for PRIDE.

Wednesday, June 24th – Pride BBQ (Students, faculty and staff invited!)
12-1:30pm at the Ram in the Rye patio
PRIDE is a time reclaim, unite the community and be free!
FREE BBQ LUNCH for first 125 Ryerson members with I.D. Non-Ryerson will receive a discount with student I.D.
RSVP by June 23rd –
ed.communications@rsuonline.ca

Saturday, June 27th – Dyke March
1pm, meet at Church and Hayden Sts. (SE corner)
All self-identified women lesbians/bisexuals/trans women are encouraged to join.

Sunday, June 28th – Pride Parade
12pm, meet at Church and Bloor Sts. (NE corner)
Everyone is welcome! Celebrate with Ryerson in the parade!

Sunday, June 28th – Post-Pride Parade Party
4-9pm at the Ram in the Rye Patio.
This is a joint CUPE and GTA Students’ Union party.

I hope to see you all at
Pride!

Cheers,
Sarah
Our Ryerson crew outside of the 519, waiting for the Pride flag unfurling.

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