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People change spaces

- By Wits University

The 2015 Varsity Pride is currently taking place across the various Wits campuses until Friday, 4 September, 2015. The Pride is an annual event which brings awareness to and celebrates the diversity of LGBTIAQ * people at Wits and beyond. 

Themed People Change Spaces, the 2015 Varsity Pride recognises that people who identify as LGBTIAQ often face multiple forms of intersecting oppressions.  

The event aims to bring people who are in support of LGBTIAQ issues together, and claim back the spaces which privilege heterosexual and cisgender people.

The Varsity Pride programme combines a series of initiatives which are educative and interactive in nature.

 Every day from 11:00 until 15:00 across Wits’ campuses, Safe Zones@Wits allies and staff will operate information stalls, offering people resources and information, and explaining different sexual identities and sexual health.

The 2015 Varsity Pride is hosted by the Wits Transformation and Employment Equity Office, Drama for Life, Wits SRC, in partnership with UJ Liberati and other organisations, and through its series of exciting events ­– including a drawing marathon, youth forums, a panel discussion and symposium on transgender and asexual identities, a queer wedding and a solidarity march – will unify the diverse personalities, sexual orientations and gender identities at Wits.

 Programme Outline

Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA) youth forum: This forum will provide a platform to learn about trans* inclusiveness in relation to Pride movements. 

Date: 27 August 2015

Time: 16:00-18:00

Venue: GALA offices - 7th Floor, University Corner, Braamfontein

Drawing Marathon: The Drawing Marathon is a wonderful place for artists to explore unique and fun ways to express themselves. The marathon will be facilitated by Stacey Vorster. To join the Drawing Marathon, contact Theresa Blom at Tzeeblom@gmail.com . A selection of images will be displayed at an exhibition on Senate House Concourse, Braamfontein Campus East from 1-4 September 2015.

Date: 29 August 2015

Time: 08:00-20:00

Queer Wedding: The Queer Wedding is the ultimate 2015 wedding on the calendar and the highlight of the Varsity Pride.  Wits will celebrate the ‘marriage’ of queer couples.

Date: 1 September 2015

Time: 13:15-14:00

Venue: Piazza (outside the Great Hall), Braamfontein Campus East.

Academic Symposium: A Symposium with Wits academics to learn about LGBTIAQ research, which is changing spaces across our context.

Date: 2 September 2015

Time: 09:00-16:00

Venue: Senate Room, 2nd Floor, Senate House, Braamfontein Campus East

GALA youth forum on asexuality inclusiveness in Pride spaces:The forum will be an informative session about asexuality and discuss intersections with pride movements.  

Date: 3 September 2015

Time: 16:00 – 18:00

Venue: GALA offices, 7th Floor, University Corner, Braamfontein Campus East

Varsity Pride March: A march which calls for visibility of and in solidarity of LGBTIAQ people.

Date: 4 September 2015

Time: 13:15 – 14:00

Venue: Piazza(outside Great Hall), Braamfontein Campus East.

*Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Asexual, Queer and other sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTIQ ).

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