Thursday, March 20 marks Langara’s first Pride Fair, hosted by nursing students and the health services department.
The Pride Fair is an opportunity for faculty and students to get promote an LGBTQ-friendly environment at the college.
It’s also an opportunity for people to ask community agencies and organizations any LGBTQ- related questions. A few of the 19 groups attending the fair include Prism Services, Qmunity, Pride UBC and Vancouver Pride Society.
Organizer Tiffany Fong said the Pride Fair will provide people with access to a lot of different resources.
Jenny Liu, a term seven nursing student said, “We’ve been getting positive feedback from people from the different organizations.
“They’re really happy that we’re taking the initiative to have this fair at our school.
“The purpose of the fair is mainly to promote awareness and to make the campus a friendlier place.”
Langara College policy is committed to the principle that all members of the college community have the right to work and study in an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.
Christopher Wee, Mr. Gay Canada 2014, addressed a letter to Langara College and the organizers of the fair.
“May your first Langara Pride Fair be the beginning of an empowering legacy in the education and celebration of diversity,” said Wee.
“I encourage the community of Langara College to attend your Pride Fair, not only to show your support but to be a part of and stand for something larger than yourself.”
The organizers of the event, Liu, Fong and Langara’s clinical nurse Susan Kensett, hope the Pride Fair becomes an annual tradition. UBC and Kwantlen Polytechnic University have already started hosting similar events.
Reported by Lukasz Jonca