Welcome to Pride Month at George Brown College!
At George Brown College, we’re committed to creating equitable, inclusive and safe learning, working and living environments for all members of our community who are Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual (2SLGBTQIA+). Pride month is a great opportunity to celebrate this dynamic community.
2SLGBTQIA+ Awareness Employee Training
Date: Tuesday, June 14 (10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.) & Thursday, June 23 (1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)
Location: Virtual via Zoom Webinar
Audience: GBC Employees
Presented by: Samantha Viarruel, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Education Coordinator
Summary: Using multimedia and lecture, this training provides education on the gender and sexuality spectrum including: terminology, concepts and anti-oppression principles. It offers an opportunity to learn practical approaches and tools for integrating/utilizing gender/sexuality diverse language and etiquette; and tools to identify and challenge homophobia/ transphobia in classroom and public spaces in the GBC community.
Film Screening - Our Dance of Revolution
Date: Friday, June 24
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: 3 Lower Jarvis St. (Daniels Auditorium)
Audience: All GBC Community
Film Synopsis: No, the revolution wasn’t televised. But it was hugged, chanted, marched, and danced into existence. Our Dance of Revolution tells the story of how Black queer folks in Toronto faced every adversity, from invisibility to police brutality, and over a four-decade span rose up to become a vibrant, triple-snap-fierce community.
Hall of Justice Poster Project
The Hall of Justice Poster project is a George Brown College Ignite research project led by John Caffery. Working with George Brown students, he has brought light to the stories of essential 2SLGBTQ+ activists. You can find some of these posters displayed at 200 King Street East.
Pride Flag Raising Ceremony
We kicked off Pride Month on June 1 by raising the Pride Flag and celebrating with the GBC Community. Members of the college community joined George Brown's Office of Anti-Racism, Equity and Human Rights Services (OAREHRS) as we marked the occasion with live music, delicious treats and refreshments, exciting performances, prizes and more.
We were lucky to have some special featured guests to help us celebrate. You can learn more about these guests below.
The Flag Raising Ceremony was a celebration of our 2SLGBTQIA+ community. It featured:
GBC Grad & Host MC samatha bitty (she/her)
Learn more about samantha bitty
samantha bitty is a sexual health and consent educator, speaker, certified Emotional Intelligence coach and social change entrepreneur. With humour, empathy and liberation as central to her work, she uses games, drag, and media to push the boundaries of propriety and facilitate entry points into challenging conversations. samantha prioritizes art, aesthetics and accessibility to teach sex-ed that is rooted in pleasure, anti-racism, and disability justice, and is affirming to folks across the gender/sexuality spectrum and survivors of gender-based violence.
Based in Tkaronto, samantha is the host of SEX SESSIONS(SliceTV), SEXY SEXUAL HEALTH TRIVIA, is the founder of Inner Development Project, and is represented by the National Speakers Bureau. She has developed and facilitated workshops, seminars, and training locally, and internationally.
Dancer Matthew 'Snoopy' Cuff (he/him)
Learn more about Matthew 'Snoopy' Cuff
Matthew ‘Snoopy’ Cuff is a multidisciplinary artist from Toronto with the drive to build bridges, and break molds, while spreading the reach of Ballroom culture. Matthew is a graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre; where he attained intensive technical training in Contemporary dance; working with the likes of Christopher House, Debbie Wilson, and Julia Sasso.
As a founder of Canada's first official Ballroom house (House of Monroe), Matthew is a trailblazer in the extensive Vogue scene in Canada, offering his expertise and dedication. As The resident choreographer for Dance Ontario’s ‘Dance Weekend 2021’, Matthew combined his love for Vogue, theatre, and Contemporary dance to create a piece never seen before in conventional spaces. Matthew brought forth Vogue internationally by being featured on “So You Think You Can Dance Canada”, also assisting choreographer Sean Cheeseman. In addition to being the featured Voguer on “CBC Arts: The Move”. Honing his skills in New York City, Matthew learned from and battled some of the greatest performers. Impacted by the performance-driven dance style, Matthew has also shared and taught his love for Vogue overseas in Moscow and Paris.
With numerous accolades, Matthew continues to create and perform in Toronto's thriving Ballroom Scene. Through the art of movement, Matthew ‘Snoopy’ Cuff hopes to inspire creativity while sharing their passion for dance.
GBC Grad & Drag Performer Miss Moço (she/her)
Learn more about Miss Moço
Miss Moço [mo-su] is Toronto’s Portuguese-Canadian international wig snatching fashion business queen. Recently returning from living in Lisbon, Portugal where she most notably created and hosts a yearly drag pageant, Miss Drag Lisboa, she has returned to her hometown Toronto to turn up the heat; becoming the brunch queen of the city with her highly sought-after Sunday Drag Brunch at Gladstone House.
DJ Rose Hips (they/them)
Learn more about DJ Rose Hips
Rose Hips (aka Max Mohenu, They/Them) is a cultural writer, content producer, DJ, and Gay Men’s Sexual Health Rights Activist. Located in Toronto, they serve on several boards and are a frequent contributor to Vice, NOW Toronto, and more.