Virtual Pride Opening Ceremony

June 25, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Jessica Thyriar

Save the date! Join the Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education for the first-ever virtual York Pride Ceremony on June 25 at 12pm.

This ceremony, which folks are busy finalizing, will bring together:

  • Vice President of Equity, People Culture Sheila Cote Meek (she/her), who’s going to be our fabulous MC
  • Blu Waters, Blu Waters (she/her), Two-Spirit Cree Elder, will support us with a Traditional Opening to the ceremony
  • Rhonda Lenton (she/her), President of York University, will provide welcoming remarks
  • The Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion Advisor Darcy Belisle  (he/him)will share perspectives on human rights and protected grounds
  • Vice President Campaigns & Advocacy for the York Federation of Students, Jessie Whyte (they/them), who will remark on Pride
  • Co-Chairs and members of SexGen, Chris Chapman (they/them), Gin Marshall (he/they), and Ruth Koleszar-Green (she/her), who will share stories of the Pride Quilt and trans resilience
  • Very special Performances by:
    • Poet Brandon Pereira (he/him) will provide a spoken word performance
    • Faith Andrew (she/her) will be performing an original song
    • A drag performance from Anton Ling (he/him), but you might know her as Aurora Matrix (she/her)
    • Community Organizer Yamikani Msosa (Ze-Hir/She- Her), sharing perspectives on how to Center Joy as an Act of Resistance and Liberation

A weblink for the event will be forthcoming, and we look forward to celebrating solidarity with you! Have questions? Feel free to email them to or