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Positive Space Ryerson & WorldPride Toronto 2014

posted Apr 5, 2014, 9:31 AM by V.P. Outreach   [ updated Jul 7, 2014, 8:27 AM ]

WorldPride 2014 Toronto, presented by Pride Toronto, is ten days of queer celebration incorporating activism, education, and the history and culture of LGBTTIQQ2SA communities in the cultural diverse city of Toronto. The first North American city to host WorldPride, the 4th celebration in the world. For further information visit: WP14TO

Positive Space Ryerson will be participating through a number of initiatives planned especially for the Ryerson Community, we hope that Local 596 Members will come out and participate in the number of activities planed for the Ryerson community and their families during this time. Updates will be posted here with how Local 596 can get involved when information becomes available.

Your Pride is Our Pride: World Pride TO

June is PRIDE month and as part of our culture of inclusion, Ryerson welcomes the opportunity to commemorate the diversity of our community. This year, Toronto is hosting World Pride, an international celebration that incorporates activism, education and the history and culture of global LGBTTIQQS2A* communities.

The Communications, Government and Community Engagement (CGCE) office is in the process of putting together a webpage with all on-campus events, and Ryerson Today will be releasing a WorldPride special edition.

Here’s a quick sample of some events Positive Space Ryerson has been planning for employees:


Redefining Family: An Introduction to the LGTBQ Experience

When: Wednesday, June 11, 9:00 a.m.

Where: Peter Bronfman Learning Centre, 7th floor, Heaslip House

Where: Organized by the Ontario Public Service Pride Network and hosted by Ryerson University, this one-day symposium will discuss the intersections of life, work and family from the perspective of the LGTBQ community and the public service. For more information, visit the online registration page and sign up soon, as space is limited.


Queer Cheer - Stay tuned! 

When: Thursday June 19, 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Where: Coming soon! 

What: To kick off WorldPride celebrations, Positive Space Ryerson will be hosting an off-campus networking event for members of the LGBTT2SIQQA* community. Come by for a drink and chat with your Ryerson colleagues.

Social: Let @PSpaceRyerson know you’re coming using the hashtags #RiseUp Ryerson and #RyQueerCheer


Display Your Pride

When: Friday, June 20

Where: Your own workspace

What: Back by popular demand, Positive Space Ryerson is announcing the second annual Display Your Pride Contest. This contest invites you to show your creative flair and fabulous colours by decorating your office space in support of Pride. “Judging” will take place on Friday, June 20 and all participants will be invited to a celebration. Possible prizes include Most Retweeted, Best Use of Colours and more.   

Social: Share your photos with @PSpaceRyerson using the hashtags #RiseUp Ryerson and #DisplayYourPride.


Green Space TO Quad Parties

When: Saturday June 28, 2014 1:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. and Sunday, June 29, 1:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Where: Ryerson Quad

What: Organized by the 519 Church Street Community Centre, the Ryerson Quad will be host to two major Green Space parties this year, with the Main Event on Saturday and incredibly popular Treehouse Party on Sunday! The events will feature both international and local DJs. All proceeds will support the 519 Community Centre. 


Get involved

Visit and sign up to volunteer during the official Pride Toronto festivities from June 20-28.

For further information please visit:

If you’d like to volunteer at any of these events, contact Positive Space Co-Chairs Stephan Tang, or 416-979-5000, ext. 7520 or Laurie Stewart, or  416-979-5000, ext. 2013.