Lethbridge College is committed to fostering an environment of inclusion and support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer + (LGBTQ+) community. Our LGBTQ+ Club is a student initiative that focuses on creating a fun and safe place for all students. All students who identify as LGBTQ+ and allies are welcome to join in at any time.
"Lethbridge College is committed to providing a safe and inclusive campus to all students,” says Lethbridge College President and CEO Dr. Paula Burns. “Last week, we opened our new the Pride Flag in conjunction with the city of Lethbridge’s Pride Week each of the past three years. This summer, we also marched in the Pride parade for the first time and created gender non-specific washrooms on campus. These are all different but meaningful ways to show our institution’s inclusivity.”
Dr. Paula Burns: Pride Lounge Grand Opening, September 18, 2018
The Pride Lounge, located in AN 1717, is a welcoming, supportive and safe environment that embraces gender and sexual diversity ( OR for all genders and sexual orientations).
Allyship- For LGBTQ+ communities, an ally is any person who supports and stands up for the rights of LGBTQ+ people. Allies have been involved in almost all movements for social change, and allies can make a significate contribution to the LGBTQ+ movement. It is important for allies to demonstrate that LGBTQ+ people are not alone as they work to improve school climate, and to take a stand in places where it might not be safe for LGBTQ+ people to be out or visible. ( GLSEN. 2016. The safe space kit: guide to being an ally to LGBT students.
The first rainbow flag was designed in 1978 by Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco artist, who created the flag in response to a local activist's call for the need of a community symbol. (This was before the pink triangle was popularly used as a symbol of pride.) Using the five-striped "Flag of the Race" as his inspiration, Baker designed a flag with eight stripes. Baker dyed and sewed the material for the first flag himself.
Christopher Pinette, 12 June 1996description
Baker also asked Paramount to make vertical banners that would be split and displayed from the angular double bars of the old-style lamp posts on Market Street. Baker and Paramount's vice president Ken Hughes agreed to drop the hot pink and turquoise stripes and replace the indigo stripe with royal blue — resulting in three stripes on one side of the lamp post and three on the other.
Steve Kramer, 24 April 1998
Soon the six colors were incorporated into a six-striped version that became popularized and that, today, is recognized by the International Congress of Flag Makers.
Christopher Pinette, 12 June 1996
Resources and quick links
Resources in Lethbridge
· MyGSA.ca .
· Crisis Hotlines for the LGBTQ Community
- The Trevor Project - 1-866-488-7386 - A 24-hour, toll-free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth.
- Youth Line
· Glossary: Coming Soon!