May 30, 2022Print | PDF
Updated June 1, 2022
Wilfrid Laurier University will fly the Progress Pride flag in June to mark Pride Month.
The Progress Pride flag will be raised June 1 at 9 a.m. at Laurier’s Waterloo campus and at noon at Laurier’s Brantford campus. All are welcome to attend the campus flag-raising events, which will include remarks from members of the Laurier community.
Flying the Progress Pride flag represents Laurier's commitment to honouring the identities, experiences, and contributions of the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community and its continuing struggle for social, political and economic equality, as well as the university’s commitment to the inclusion of First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Black and racialized voices in 2SLGBTQQIA+ and other equity initiatives.
The Progress Pride flag, designed by American non-binary artist Daniel Quasar in 2018, is an evolution of the original Rainbow flag created by artist Gilbert Baker in 1987. The Progress Pride flag includes black and brown chevrons to represent marginalized and racialized communities, individuals living with HIV and those lost to AIDS, while the pink, light blue and white chevrons represent the colours of the Transgender Pride flag.
The month of June also marks Indigenous Heritage Month and Indigenous Pride Month. Laurier continues to engage with 2SLGBTQQIA+ leadership about how the university can act in solidarity with Indigenous peoples and honor commitments made in the spirit of the Two-Row Wampum as we work to advance equity, diversity, inclusion and Indigenization on our campuses.
Due to the forecast today, June 1, the events will be held indoors at the locations below. Laurier's face-covering policy remains in effect in all indoor spaces on campus.