Bow Valley College is excited to host Pride Week in person for 2023

We are thrilled to announce Pride Week 2023, happening February 6 through 10, 2023. Pride Week is a collaborative effort by Learner Success Services, SABVC, students, and employees from diverse Schools. The week is a collective celebration of 2SLGBTQ+ individuals and communities at Bow Valley College.

What’s happening this year? 

For Pride Week 2023, Bow Valley College will host and participate in in-person events and original content open to all employees and students. Some events will have a hybrid option to join virtually. Be sure to check back during Pride Week for more exciting resources to come.  

Stories of the Queer Experience: Reimagined 

Monday, February 6, 2023 | 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. | Hybrid (register here) or in-person: Esmail and Safana Bharwani Hall, N231 

“I think this world could use a little more empathy. I don’t think we’re going to be like, ‘Ah, there’s too much empathy’… Empathy? I think we could use a lot more empathy, no matter your political stripe, no matter your sexuality.” – Scott Fee, Actor & Former News Anchor

Through the lens of stories, we are given a window into the lives and experiences of others. This window allows us to experience more empathy, especially for marginalized communities. For this upcoming Pride Week, we invite you to listen to stories of the queer experience from different lenses and walks of life. These stories will be followed by some reflection, delving into the major takeaways and lessons we can learn from these stories. 

May include triggering language or mentions of suicide, discrimination and other sensitive content.

Pride Lanyard Beading

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 | Drop-in event from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. | Iniikokaan Centre, 2nd Floor South Campus

Join the Iniikokaan Centre in learning how to bead your own rainbow pride beaded lanyard. You will have the chance to learn how to bead, sew, and create your own item. Materials, supplies, and instructions provided!

Resource Fair

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 | 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. | The Market, 2nd Floor South Campus

Meet the community resources and organizations dedicated to supporting the LGBTQ2S+ community.

Gender-Affirming Clothing Swap

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 | 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. | Gender and Sexual Diversity Hub, S3015

Join the Intercultural Centre for a Gender-Affirming Clothing Swap at the Gender and Sexual Diversity Hub! Explore your gender identity and express your authentic self in a safe space. You are welcome to drop in. Private fitting rooms are provided.

Interested in donating clean and lightly used items? Visit the Intercultural Centre (N322).

Drag Me to BVC! Pride Week Drag Show

Thursday, February 9, 2023 | 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. | ATB Hall S2009/10/ 11

Drag me to BVC! Celebrate 2SLGBTQ+ pride at this fantastic show featuring drag performances by the fabulous Angelina Starchild, Ella’va Whore, King Neptune, and Visa De’Klein. Live entertainment, music, and so much fun!

What is drag? Drag is best known as a gender-bending performance art but is also recognized as a form of self-expression and celebration of 2SLGBTQ+ pride. Check out this explainer from Masterclass to learn more.

Film Screening: The Fruit Machine, directed by Sarah Fodey

Thursday, February 9, 2023 | 6:00 p.m.  to 7:45 p.m. | Esmail and Safana Bharwani Theatre

Join us for a screening of Sarah Fodey’s documentary The Fruit Machine. Over the course of four decades, thousands of men and women had their privacy invaded and their careers ruined. They were interrogated, threatened, and manipulated. Many suffered psychological effects; some took their own lives. It was one of the largest bullying campaigns in Canada’s history. The Fruit Machine examines the homosexual witch-hunt of public servants and military personnel in canada from the 1950s through early 1990s.

As space is limited for this event, please register here.

Discovery Hub: The Genderbread Person

February 6-10 | Self-guided drop-in activity | Intercultural Centre, N322

Visit the Intercultural Centre during Pride Week to participate in a self-guided exercise that breaks down the complex concept of gender. This activity includes discussions of anatomical sex, including physical attributes, gender identity, gender expression, and attraction. 

Personal vs. Professional values

How to navigate personal and professional values when it comes to sexual diversity.

Personal gender pronouns

Bow Valley College is committed to respecting and validating gender identity and gender expression.

Gender identity expression

Understanding the differences between gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.



LGBTQ2S+ supports, services, and resources

Navigating your communities and the internet for support, allyship, and information can be challenging. We have compiled a list of LGBTQ2S+ resources to help direct you.




Click here to visit the LGBTQ2S+ supports & resources page

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