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Outweek 2014

We are excited to present OUTWEEK 2014: a week full of laughing, (un)learning and love! This year, OUTWEEK is running from February 8th-14th, and is focusing on the tensions and power at play within attempts at forming communities like Pride UBC and spaces of solidarity that reflect the realities of queer lives, power and identities. Queer U will start us off, and we will end with a dinner and party on Friday!

Check out the schedule below for the workshops, activities, discussions and entertainment we have planned.

Accessibility: If you plan to attend an event, please take a look at the event-goers section of this accessible events checklist. All OUTWEEK events are free and include snacks. We want everyone to participate in OUTWEEK as much as possible; if there is anything we are not doing to facilitate your participation, or if you have any questions or feedback, please contact us at prideubc@gmail.com.



12:00-5:00PM | Queer U Academic Conference: Minds, Bodies, Communities | IKB 261


10:00-11:00 AM | Opening Ceremony | SUB Flagpole
11:00AM-2:00PM | Family Time with Pride UBC | SUB 207
3:00-4:30PM | Shakesqeare (Queering Shakespeare) | SUB 211
5:00-6:30PM | Intersections of Race & Indigeneity with Queer & Trans* Identities | IKB 185
7:00-8:00PM | QTIPOC Experiences & Unlearning | IKB 157&158


12:00-2:30PM | Arts & Crafts & Chats | SUB 207
2:30-4:30PM | Creating a Culture of Solidarity | SUB 211
7:30-8:30PM | "She's A Boy I Knew" Documentary Screening | IKB 461
8:30-10:00PM | Non-Binary Experiences & Unlearning | IKB 157&158


11:00AM-3:00PM | Resource Fair | SUB Conversation Pit
2:00PM-4:00PM | Body Mapping | SUB 207
6:00PM-7:30PM | Examining Serophobia in Queer & Trans* Communities | IKB 261


12:30-2:00PM | Unpacking Violence in Queer Communities | SUB 216
5:00-7:00PM | A Totally Queer Tea Party | SUB 245 Resource Groups Centre
7:30-10:00PM | Once Upon a Queer Cabaret featuring Floyd VB | Abdul Ladha Science Student Centre


10:00AM-1:00PM | Fuck the Cistem March | Meet at SUB 245 Resource Groups Centre
3:30-5:00PM | Body Politics Workshop: Fat Oppression in Queer and Trans* Communities | BUCH D 312
7:00-11:59PM | A Totally Queer Valentine's Dance Featuring Rae Spoon | SUB Ballroom

Other awesome events happening during Outweek

Fri, Feb 14th @ 8:30pm: Plenitude Magazine presents an evening with queer writers, featuring Amber Dawn @ Café Deux Soleils

Gayming the Year Away

Celebrate the new semester by Gayming the Year Away with Pride!


Ah, 2014! A slab of fresh beginnings and all kinds of energy to get out there and show the world what the new you is like. What better place to start than a room full of video games, snacks, and friendly queers?

Join us this friday for a night of *almost* too much gaming. We'll have a wii, a ps3, and a good handfull of tabletops if we can get a group up for that. Plenty of folks will have their 3ds, so make sure to bring yours for streetpasses and multiplayer! (this only applies to those who own a 3ds) Any and all laptops are welcome, and it would be great if we can get a mass of steam users together. There's SO much fun to be had!

This is a free, all-ages event, and is welcoming of people of any sexual or gender identity.

If you have a game you want to play, but for a different console, you'll have to bring the whole package, sorry! Give us a heads up if you're doing this, so we can be ready for you.

Despite the fact that we'll be playing in a slurry of virtual worlds, this event is taking place on unceded territory of the x ʷməθkʷəyəm (Musqueam) people, so we please ask you to keep that in mind when attending.

We'll see you there!

Our regular discussion group information will be sent out shortly. 

Locations: IKB 155
FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/200920936764574/

QTW Nov 18 - Nov 23

week at a glance 

Hello folks! Welcome to the Pride UBC newsletter!

If you're new to PrideUBCyou can get involved! In addition to our open positions, we also have a volunteer mailing list for anyone who wants to help out with our events. Simply contact us at prideubc@gmail.com with your email if you want to keep up to date with volunteer information. If you'd like to visit us in person, our office is in SUB 245C.



Trans* Day of Rememberance

Wednesday, Nov 20

5:00pm-7:00pm, SUB Art Gallery

Join us with SASC to commemorate those who have prematurely passed as a result of transphobia, and acts to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the trans* community.

12:00-4:00 - Candlelight vigil, resources, and community mural painting - SUB Main Concourse by The AMS Art Gallery

4:00-5:00 - Allyship discussion/workshop in SUB Partyroom. Please feel welcome to show up at The Partyroom at 4pm.

5:00-8:00 - Please join us for discussion, dialogue, food, lighting of candles, and community building - AMS Art Gallery

Accessibility: The AMS Art Gallery at The Student Union Building (SUB) is accessible by wheelchair and is a short distance from the bus loop.

Food: Food options will include Trans* Flag cupcakes (gluten free/vegan), and additional vegan/gluten free choices.

Contact: sasc@ams.ubc.ca or prideubc@gmail.com

facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/229734953860461/?fref=ts


Friday,Nov 22

You have spent the past months trekking through the terror of midterms and papers, and you are weeks away from beautiful freedom, when...

DISASTER STRUCK! With the end of the semester came the end of the world! You find yourself guided to Room 212 in the SUB, where the echoes of survivors are faintly heard. As you get closer, you hear that it is music, the beautiful voices of your most fabulous fellow students all trying to survive... what could it be? Why, it's KARAOKAPOCALYPSE: a PRIDE UBC KARAOKE NIGHT! Will you all band together to make it through or will it be a sing off to the end?

Find out on Friday, November 22nd from 8pm to 11pm in the SUB, Room 212, on the unceded territory of the x ʷməθkʷəyəm (Musqueam) people.This event is wheelchair accessible by the elevator located next to Blue Chips. There is a gender neutral washroom on the same floor. 

Be warned: danger lurks just around the corner, but we hope to see you there!

facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/681315668554031/

Our general meetings will be on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 4pm-5pm in SUB Room 213. 

Engagement Committee Meetings will be Wednesdays at 1pm-2pm. 

Event Committee Meetings will be Wednesdays from 5pm-6pm.

We welcome all members to join!

We will also soon be sending out applications for those who wish to join our Constitutional Restructuring Committee for those who are interested. Anyone may apply.

The minutes from our general meetings can be found at:


discussion groups


A discussion group for non-cis gender identities and transgender, transexual, genderqueer, and trans* experiences. Provides a supportive group exclusively for trans* and gender non-conforming folks on alternate weeks.


On the QT  |TUESDAY | 6PM-8PM |  Buchanan D221


Embraces broad topics that allow and encourage LGBTQ2IA folks and allies to engage, learn, and share.

Pizza and drinks provided! On Tuesday Nov. 19, we will be talking about Discrimination and Coping with Discrimination. Some thought-provoking questions to think about: why does discrimination occur against people who identify as, or appear to be, LGBTQ2IA? how do you think someone should respond to discrimination? What are some of your own coping mechanisms?



Focuses on women, loving women and female sexuality and identity in a queer context.




Focuses on men, loving men and male sexuality in a queer context.


Next week (Nov. 27) we will be having our first After-GLoW social dinner! We will be meeting at the Eatery (http://theeatery.ca/) @ 7pm. There is no topic, just good food, good people and good conversation. Make sure to bring cash or credit (they have a debit machine, but it cost $5 to take out money).  



Encompasses sexual and romantic orientations and experiences that are fluid, shifting, multiple and/or not present at all. Focused specifically on, but not limited to, experiences of asexuality, pansexuality, demisexuality and polysexuality.

This week:  A discussion on the recent sexual assualts on campus, as well as various responses.  We will start at 1:30ish in the resource group lounge/pride office for some informal chatting, and then move into room 211 for the actual discussion group.  


TotallyQueerThursdays | |SUB 245 (resource group lounge)

A regular space that focuses on actions and activities over the discussions that occur the rest of the week. Look for TQT to host board games, video games, arts and crafts, movie screenings, music sharing and other fun ways to bring in the end of the week with friends. THIS WEEK: Apocalyptic Crafting Frenzy! Join us for a night of artsy fun designing amazing end-of-the-world themed goodies and decor! :) Your ideas, creativity, and general awesomeness are very welcome!


LFF | FRIDAY | 12PM-1PM | SUB 224


Eschews, challenges and examines labels, queerness, experiences and ourselves in various configurations; looks at issues between, outside and in sexual and gender binaries.


On the DL | FRIDAY| 11AM-12PM| SUB 213

A confidential peer support group for sharing, empathizing and problem-solving. This week we will be discussing Passing and Identity.


the knoll

Resource Group Centre: Call for Submissions
The Social Justice Centre is working in tandem with other Resource Groups to make the first issue of a campus newspaper this year. In previous years we have run the Knoll newspaper (http://knollubc.blogspot.com), to reach out to the campus community on issues of relevance to social justice and to promote the AMS Resource Groups. 

The Knoll is UBC's alternative student-run publication, aimed at coverage of issues pertinent to UBC and the student experience, introducing students to new ideas from different social perspectives, and giving voice to contemporary activism. This First issue will focus on a ‘guide to UBC’ and the activites and issues of the Resource Groups: the Womyn’s Centre, Pride UBC Collective, Color Connected: Against Racism, the Social Justice Centre, and the Student Environment Centre. 

We invite your participation! If you are a writer, poet, artist or otherwise interested in activist communication, please drop us a line! We are also especially in need a graphic designer to help us make a template for our first issue. If you have experience doing graphic design, or are experienced with desktop publishing apps like Adobe InDesign, your skills are needed. If you would like to be involved in the paper, contact knoll.ubc@gmail.com or reply directly to this emaiI.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Knoll/308512525850475
Due Date: TBA
Resource Group Centre: Call for Knoll Committee
The Knoll is UBC's alternative student-run publication, aimed at coverage of issues pertinent to UBC and the student experience, introducing students to new ideas from different social perspectives, and giving voice to contemporary activism.
The Knoll is looking for fellow editors, organizers, and idea people to help produce, facilitate, and run the production of the Knoll. Anyone welcome!  Please contact us at knoll.ubc@gmail.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Knoll/308512525850475 

open positions

For those of you who still want to get involved, we have have a few remaining positions that need to be filled! Drop by one of our General Meetings if you interested in any of the following positions: Graduate Student Representative, Political Coordinator and Publicity Coordinator. Feel free to come talk to us if you are interested in any other position not listed here.
You do not need any specific formal experience to run for a position, nor do for the majority of the positions do you need to be a current UBC student! A detailed list of the function and responsibilities of each position are detailed in our constitution, which can be found at: http://prideubc.com/content/constitution

If you still want to get involved, but are uninterested in the current open Exec positions, we now have a Volunteer Mailing List! Send us an email at either prideubc@gmail.com or pride-ubc-volunteers@googlegroups.com if you're interested in updates for volunteer opportunities. 


community notices


Resonance Project


"The Resonance Project is a collaboration of four national HIV organizations, three gay men’s health organizations (one of which is the Health Initiative for Men), and the University of Windsor.

In the last few years, there has been a lot of new information about HIV risk and prevention. We want to know what gay guys are hearing about what’s new in HIV prevention, how they’re making sense of that information, and how it’s changing the way gay guys are having sex.

If you volunteer to participate in this study, you will be asked to:

o    Fill in a brief survey that collects background information about you

o    Participate in a group discussion with other gay men (“service providers” for Gay Men’s Health Reference group) for up to three hours

o    In that group, we’ll ask you to give your opinions and thoughts about HIV risk and how new HIV information could affect gay men’s decisions about sex

You will receive an honorarium of $40 to thank you for your participation.

The information provided during these discussion groups will help those working in HIV prevention to identify how they can integrate new HIV information into prevention programs, resources and policies for gay men in Canada.

If you’re interested in participating in the discussion group, you can call our research moderator at 1-855-590-9541 (it’s a toll free number don’t you worry). He will ask you a few questions to see if you are eligible to participate. If you’re eligible and still interested, he will let you know when and where the discussion group will take place.

For more information you can e-mail resonancebuzz@gmail.com or check out their website at http://www.catie.ca/en/resonance."


DEC 03
07:00 PM
UBC Norm Theatre

"In a time when Islam is under tremendous attack from within and without, "A Jihad for Love" is a daring documentary filmed in twelve countries and nine languages. Muslim gay filmmaker Parvez Sharma has gone where the silence is loudest, filming with great risk in nations where government permission to make this film was not an option. "A Jihad for Love" is Mr. Sharma’s debut and is the world’s first feature documentary to explore the complex global intersections between Islam and homosexuality. Parvez enters the many worlds of Islam by illuminating multiple stories as diverse as Islam itself. The film travels a wide geographic arc presenting us lives from India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa and France."

Have a fabulous week!
Rishi (your secretary)

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