AMS stands by Pride Collective after act of hate

It has come to the attention of the AMS that the Pride rainbow flag between the old Student Union Building and Brock Hall raised during the opening ceremonies of The Pride Collective’s OUTweek 2016, was intentionally destroyed. As strong supporters of safer spaces on campus for all students, especially those in the LGBTQ+ community, the AMS vehemently denounces this act of hate and commits to work closely with The Pride Collective and the university administration to repair the damage that has been caused.

OUTweek 2016 is an 8 day celebration of queer and trans identities, communities, and learning at UBC Vancouver. The theme for this year is “Claiming our Power, Claiming Ourselves: Healing our Communities through (Un)Learning,” with the intention to hold spaces for conversation and enactment of the ways power and violence can be challenged in communities. In alignment with the AMS’ mission – to improve the educational, social, and personal lives of the students of UBC – the AMS supports the work of The Pride Collective in events such as OUTweek. The Pride Collective of UBC wishes to inform students that OUTweek 2016 programming will be proceeding as planned, minus a march that was scheduled for tomorrow, and that the AMS has committed to provide additional support services to ensure a safer environment for attendees and organizers.

The AMS wishes to extend support and solidarity to any member of the UBC community who is victimized or negatively affected by this hurtful act of violence. Acts such as these reaffirm the importance of events like OUTweek and the need to continue to engage critically with the university community on issues of inclusiveness and acceptance. If you or anyone you know needs support during this time, we encourage you to reach out to any of the resources listed below.

Sincerely,

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Aaron Bailey
AMS President

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About the AMS
The AMS is the Student Society of UBC Vancouver and represented the over 50,000 graduate and undergraduate students on campus. Its mission is to improve the quality of the educational, social, and personal lives of the students at UBC. ams.ubc.ca

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