Community Feature: The University of Manitoba

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I am proud that this year the University of Manitoba is participating as an official sponsor in the Winnipeg Pride Festival. I invite and encourage all members of the university community, including our alumni, to engage in this vibrant event in support of the LGBTTQ* community.

The Pride festival’s 2016 theme is Be Authentic. I know that within the University of Manitoba community, our students, staff and faculty are committed to allyship and maintaining a welcoming work and learning environment. Many members of the University of Manitoba family count themselves with pride as members of the LGBTTQ* community. As well, across many disciplines, researchers and scholars are exploring LGBTTQ* themes on an ongoing basis.

Ours is undeniably a meaningful and authentic engagement with this subject, helping generate deeper understanding of complex and emerging issues, and I invite everyone – during this week and throughout the year – to explore our faculty’s rich scholarly output on the subject.

Beginning on Monday, May 30, and throughout Pride Week, the Pride flag will be raised and flown on both campuses. To find out more about the many activities happening on our campuses, visit news.umanitoba.ca/show-your-pride/. Members of LGBTTQ* communities and allies are welcome to join us in showing their pride and support of inclusion and diversity.

This is our opportunity to be authentic and take our place in support of this important community celebration.

David T. Barnard, President and Vice-Chancellor

Community Feature: Lives Well Lived

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The MGEU Equality and Human Rights Committee strives to promote opportunity for all citizens to live, learn, work and socialize  as equals, with dignity and respect for each other. That’s why we’re committed to sponsoring Pride Winnipeg, as well as supporting other Pride events throughout the province. We embrace that which makes each of us a unique reflection of the image of our Creator.  

After all, without diversity, the world would be a rather dull and bleak canvas. By celebrating and promoting diversity, we splash a rainbow of colours and the result is a more vibrant, eclectic, inspiring and scenic vista of life and freedom.

 Our desire is to be living proof that though we may be different, embracing one another and standing united means we can never be defeated.  In solidarity and diversity, we build better foundations for lives well lived!

James Price, MGEU Equality and Human Rights Committee member

Community Feature: Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries

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For more than a decade Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries (originally through the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission), has been supporting the LGBTTQ* community in numerous ways. It first began with support for the Rainbow Resource Centre’s annual Swish Gala and has grown into multiple areas of rainbow support, including being a Gold Partner for the 2016 Pride Winnipeg Festival.

“We have a responsibility to the community,” says Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries CEO, John Stinson, pointing out that the responsibility is more than just the support for outside events, it’s also about fostering a safe and inclusive work environment and tailoring offerings for the LGBTTQ* community.

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries has grown aware in recent years of the needs of LGBTTQ* individuals. On the inside they have made serious strides forward to ensuring they are a welcoming employer, have zero-tolerance policies, and are in the process of developing an LGBTTQ* staff group. On the outside they’re furthering their commitment by providing gender-neutral washrooms at the casinos and at their corporate offices, ensuring that anyone concerned about heading out to a casino parking lot will be accompanied by security personnel, and by promoting products that might be popular with LGBTTQ* folks at their liquor markets during Pride Week such as Half Pints Queer Beer.

However, based on what Stinson is seeing, there is a lot more that can be done. Areas of interest are the community events and events that take place outside of the Pride Festival. “We need to leverage more fundraising events, big and small,” says Stinson. “These events need our support.” Stinson views these events as not only being important to the community but also helping Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries reach other segments.

“Apart from being able to say ‘Bottoms Up,’ we really want people to tell us what they want,” says Stinson. “Please don’t be afraid to engage with us. We need the thoughts and ideas of the LGBTTQ* community to help us serve you the best we can.”

*Please enjoy Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries’ products and services responsibly.