Outweek 2016, a celebration of gender and sexual diversity on campus launches on February 5 with a flag raising ceremony. UBC raises the rainbow flag each year in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* (transgender, transsexual, trans-identified), two-spirit, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBT*TQIA+) students, faculty, and staff in campus.
The Opening Ceremony for this year’s OUTweek takes place at the flagpole in front of the old SUB’s main entrance. The event will start with a welcome speech and a land acknowledgement, followed by the flag raising to celebrate the official start of OUTweek. Celebratory cake and cupcakes will be provided.
Date: Friday, February 5, 2016
Location: Flagpole Plaza, between the Student Union Building and Brock Hall
Student Union Building (Sub) (Wayfinding at UBC)
About the rainbow flag
The rainbow flag has been a symbol of pride, hope, and diversity for LGBT*TQIA+ communities since the 1970s. It symbolizes pride in standing up for and being the person one is; hope for progress and equal rights in society and around the world; and diversity within LGBTQ2I communities.
In 1978, San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker designed the first Rainbow flag with eight stripes: pink, red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, indigo, and violet. According to Baker, the colours represented, respectively, sexuality, life, healing, the sun, nature, harmony, art, and spirit. Over time, the flag has evolved to become a symbol of solidarity and strength for LGBT*TQIA+ communities. The current flag consists of six colours and is recognized by the International Congress of Flag Makers.
See the full line-up of Outweek events