2018 Community Feature: University of Manitoba

I am pleased that the University of Manitoba is once again participating in the Pride Winnipeg Festival. I know that our students, staff and faculty are committed to contributing to diversity on our campuses and maintaining a welcoming work and learning environment. I invite all members of the University community, including our alumni, to engage in this event in support of the LGBT2SQ+ community.

The University supports a meaningful and authentic engagement with LGBT2SQ+ studies, helping generate deeper understanding of complex and emerging issues. Many within the University of Manitoba family count themselves as members of the LGBT2SQ+ community. As well, across many disciplines, researchers and scholars are exploring LGBT2SQ+ themes on an ongoing basis. These trailblazers are making outstanding contributions to their fields and establishing U of M as a leader in human rights research. As a statement of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, the Pride flag will be flying on our Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses during Pride Week. To find out more about the many activities taking place at the U of M, visit umanitoba.ca/umqueer. We welcome members of LGBT2SQ+ communities and allies to join us in showing their support.

David T. Barnard, Ph.D.

President and Vice-Chancellor

2018 Community Feature: Oh Doughnuts

Oh Doughnuts’ support of Pride Winnipeg is a no brainer, it’s Gay Christmas! Since we are owned and operated by a lesbian, employ a diverse range of people from the LGBT2SQ+ community and welcome all to our humble little doughnut shop, we are delighted to support Winnipeg’s most visible (and fabulous) event.

While we still have some way to go for the level of acceptance we deserve in this world, we feel it’s important to acknowledge the power of today’s youth, as well as our privilege and responsibility to speak up for everyone who might need it.

Our community has had a long history of fighting for acceptance and being viewed as valued members of society. There is a disturbing discourse that is happening south of the border, but it is seeping into our own backyards. It affects all of us regardless of sexuality, gender identity, race, religion or socio economic status. While previous LGBT2SQ+ generations did a lot of the heavy lifting for tolerance and then acceptance, it is today’s youth that have the tools to illicit the kind of change needed today.

So we need to continue to be fabulous in our small/big prairie town, speak up when we know in our hearts something needs to be said and just be there for each other. After all, hope will never be silent.

And of course, let them eat fabulous doughnuts.

Happiest Pride to you all from everyone at Oh Doughnuts!

2018 Community Feature: MGEU

The Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union is a progressive, democratic union representing 40,000 working Manitobans, making it the largest union in the province. The MGEU is committed to improving the working lives of all of its diverse members and all Manitobans. Achieving equality for all continues to be a large part of that work.

For decades now, the MGEU has been working for equality and human rights for each and every one of us here in Manitoba. Our 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 know the struggle for equality is a long and difficult road.

Let’s take this wonderful opportunity to celebrate and promote the LGBTTQ!* community, and with this be living proof that though we are all unique, embracing one another and standing united means we can never be defeated. Let’s never forget that every person has the right not just to feel safe, but to be recognized for all they are, and all they have to offer our great province.

Congratulations on 31 years of Pride Winnipeg!