Autumn 2016 / Life on Campus
Rainbow Connection

U of T was decked out in bright colours in June to celebrate Pride

Photo of Trevor Young adding paper loops to the Faculty of Medicine's Display Your Pride installation

Trevor Young, dean of medicine. Photo: Julia Soudat

The University of Toronto was awash in the bright colours of the rainbow flag during this year’s Pride Day on June 23. U of T members from all three campuses decorated their spaces to the hilt – from Innis College’s balloon archway, to streamers in Hart House – to celebrate sexual and gender diversity as part of the Display Your Pride event.

Dean Trevor Young of medicine took part by adding paper loops to an installation at the Medical Sciences Building. People were encouraged to add a loop to the display, and post a photo to social media, in support of a positive, inclusive space.

“It’s a way to celebrate Pride in a fun way,” says Allison Burgess, U of T sexual and gender diversity officer. “[The event] helps to increase visibility, which is an important part of destigmatizing discrimination against sexual and gender identities.”

Display Your Pride, started by Ryerson University, was adopted by the University of Toronto’s Positive Space Committee last year.

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