Brock Pride, a safe space on campus

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Brock Pride welcomes  students of diverse genders and sexual identities. It’s a place on campus that is dedicated to creating a safe and welcoming environment.

Brock Pride seeks to address topics including equality, acceptance, same-sex marriage, homophobia, transphobia, heterosexism, sexual diversity and inspire change.

With all the controversy in today’s society, it can have students on campus not knowing how to feel or act. Brock Pride aims to end the negative stigma behind students coming out.

Marcos Tawfik is the co-president of Brock Pride and seeks to provide students with a safe space on campus, every day of the week.

“We provide a social atmosphere which offers support for members of the Pride community and their allies, dealing with relationships, coming out, sexuality and gender issues, etc.,” Tawfik said.

“We also pursue the advancement of equality, acceptance and fair treatment of Pride issues such as same-sex marriage, homophobia, heterosexism, and sexual diversity. We also aim to educate the general public on these topics.”

Tawfik believes it is important to educate everyone on topics that may not be spoken about in classrooms or around the dinner table.

Brock Pride is free to be a part of. Social events occur once a month and weekly meetings happen every Tuesday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Thistle 133.

Examples of social events from 2017 include: end of year drag show, coffee house (open mic night), movie nights and a laser tag trip.

All events had significant turnout and increased students attendance at monthly social events as well as weekly meetings.

Each week a new topic is discussed in the meetings and attendees are encouraged to participate in conversation. These meetings are a place where attendees can feel safe to talk to about anything that is on their mind.

Topics are different at each weekly meeting week, allowing you to gain knowledge on new subjects. These topics educate students and members of the community.

Some examples of discussions the club has had are: stigma around bisexuality, transphobia and how the current political climate impacts the LGBTQ community.

“We usually devote the first house of the meeting to the chosen topic, and we proceed to have a fun inclusive activity for the last hour,” said Tawfik.

Participants of Brock Pride do not have to be students of Brock. Currently, Brock Pride is a weekly event attended by Brock, Niagara College and local high school students, as well as members of the Niagara community.

Tawfik continues to seek out the best for students and anyone else attending Brock Pride meetings, helping them to feel safe in school and within the community and helping students to connect with others.

“We hold not only a safe space but a family for our members. We all try to support each other during hard times and celebrate each other’s good times. I notice during meetings that whenever someone is talking about something difficult they experienced, at least one person will speak out and say, ‘we are all here for you, come up to us anytime and chat’,” Tawfik said.

“We as [executives] make sure our members know that this applies to any of us too, we are here for our members and the community.”

Brock Pride creates a community within the school for students and members of the public to feel safe in. Providing a support system for students who may struggle to feel welcomed..

Brock Pride is a group that allows you be yourself and talk to others that are always willing to support you in your journey throughout university.

To learn more about Brock Pride or attend the weekly meetings, be sure to check out their Facebook page and connect with them.

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