Pride flag proposed to be raised on campus

Graphic Fani Hsieh
Graphic Fani Hsieh

A recent discussion has sparked about the lack of a presence of a pride flag on Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo campus.

While this topic may not be actively discussed amongst university administration or student government, the question still remains: Why there is not a pride flag on campus or if there is any interest in displaying one.

A pride flag would represent Laurier’s support of the LGBTQ community as well as spread awareness on the topic of LGBTQ issues.

Jai Eden, coordinator of the Centre for Women and Trans People, as well as Cassie Bray, marketing coordinator for the Rainbow Centre, were able to voice their opinions on the matter, as well as provide input on how the community would be affected.

“I have never been informed about this information, neither has the Rainbow Centre … but for me, this is a good idea for inclusivity and diversity on our campus. Yes, it is a good idea but I’m not sure if this is the best idea,” said Eden.

Bray also agreed that it would cause a reaction.

“It’s definitely hard … to see what would happen and how everyone else would react, but I think something like that would show support, it would be very nice,” said Bray.

Tyler Van Herzle, president of the Students’ Union, was also able to comment on the matter by reiterating the importance of acceptance and diversity on our campus.

“Well, there’s lots to say about this topic, about pride in general. I’m happy to say that there is a pride flag located on campus, in the Diversity and Equity Office. It actually has a Golden Hawk right in the middle of it, pretty cool,” he said.

Van Herzele was additionally able to discuss the importance of the discussion surrounding the possibility of having a pride flag flying on the Laurier property.

“But aside from that, having the flag flying on our property here at Laurier, that is absolutely something I’m interested in. Laurier ironically prides itself on the fact that we create an inclusive environment for all students. I’m actually surprised we don’t have one yet. That being said, I’ve spoken [sic] with a couple people today about just seeing what is possible. Hopefully I’ll have more information … in the coming weeks.”

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