The Value of Our Rainbow and Camrose Pride Week

Trigger Warning: Depression and suicide


With recent talk of depression, suicide attempts, and #BellLetsTalk all over social media, I just want to say to my fellow LGBTQIA+ community members: I love you and I support you. You are all beautiful human beings bursting with light, and you are all worth something to me and to the community members who share this space with you. We celebrate your diversity, your strengths, your weaknesses, your successes, and your downfalls. You are welcome here and I invite anyone who needs support to reach out to me or to the fellow community members.

This is not an easy time for a lot of people. Winter depression is difficult, school is exhausting, and balancing everything on top of struggling to find self-love is even more difficult – especially for a lot of people in our community who have spent years (and may still have years ahead of them) trying to search for or come to terms with an identity. My heart goes out to anyone facing these challenges, and I offer a listening ear and some other resources.

To talk to me and email me at

To talk to a counsellor or psychologist in Camrose. Contact our Nurse Navigator at 780.679.1160 or see her in 2-144.
To talk to a counsellor on campus at 780.679.1511 or email
To reach out beyond the school, contact Camrose Primary Care Network at 780.608.4927.

With Camrose Pride Week coming up at the end of the month, I would like to remind our Augustana students that you don’t have to agree with what you see but you do have to respect it. I would like to remind our sexually diverse Augustana students that just because Pride Week is happening doesn’t mean you have to be – it’s okay to be yourself quietly. And finally, I would like to remind those who are OUT and abOUT (you know) to be loud and proud all week and forever long – but do not try to pressure others to do the same.

Now, where are those rainbow roses at?!

Upcoming LGBTQ+ Events in Camrose:

Camrose Pride Week
Feb. 24 – March
So You Think You Can Drag, EsspressOUT, Tie Dying, Trivia, Panels and Talks, Queer Youth Art Show, open mic and paint night, and so much more! Check out Camrose Pride’s Facebook for more info!

Pride Week Schedule

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LGBTQ+ & Ally Symposium
March 23, 2019
Augustana Campus

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Events in Edmonton this month:

Edmonton Pride Centre
Check out their calendar for drop ins, yoga, activities, and other events.


Holi-Gays and Tidings of Joy


Just hear those gay bells jingle-ing, ring-ting, tingle-ing, too! Happy Festivities everyone.
I wanted to write a short blurb about this holiday season, and touch on the pressures and struggles that many of our sexually and gender-diverse comrades have to deal with during this time of year and how to be sensitive to those issues as an ally and as a part of the community.
Holidays are a magical time, full of love and generosity, and all sorts of warm fuzzy feelings; but this isn’t a reality for everyone. Please remember that a lot of people in our community have lost the support of family and friends simply for coming out and trying to be who they are.
At a time when everyone raves about family love, giving back, and the warmth and kindness of the holidays, we have members of our LGBTQIA+ community who no longer have a family to go to, or who no longer have connections with loved ones with whom they once built incredible holiday memories.
It is important to be sensitive to these experiences and try to mitigate the amount of pain and hurt we can cause by being aware of people’s reactions and body language when talking about or taking action with the holiday spirit in our hearts and minds.
As a bonus, if you can, try to offer support to someone you know suffers through a difficult time during the holidays. Offer a day of non-festive related (or related, if they are okay with it) activities to do with them. Offer an open ear, mind, and/or heart to them if they need it. And most importantly, do not try to push anything on them.
Stay safe and be well friends.

Pizza and Movie Night – Dec. 10, 6:00 p.m.
Contact Camrose Pride for the address.
Queer Like Me Youth Art Project + Art Exhibit (Funded by CPA) Ages 12-24
Will begin in January
Details to come next issue. Register with Nikki Featherstone by emailing her at: Contact Camrose Pride for more information.
A Christmas Drag Spectacular – Dec.15, 7:30 p.m. @ Chic-Hog-O’s
Drag Dinner Theatre – Dec. 27, 6:00 p.m.@ Yellowhead Brewery
Fruit Loop Winter Bash – Jan. 13, 8:00 p.m. @ The Denizen

LGBTQA+ Appropriation during Halloween


People like to talk about appropriation during Halloween, and it defaults to cultural appropriation. What a lot of people forget is that you can appropriate queer culture and queer identities. Here are some tips to ensure that your costume doesn’t appropriate queer/trans/non-binary identities.


Cross dressing/drag is a big no-no for people who are not exploring their identity or who haven’t been introduced or apart of the drag community. Think about all the people who were abused or killed simply for cross dressing, or dressing in drag, and now here you are doing it for fun, without consequence, without any awareness of the history of the implications.


I have seen people dress up as “gay” where they’re covered in rainbows and “no they just meant gay as in happy, it’s a play on words, it’s just fun!”. Yeah, you can go tell the people who were degraded, abused, and killed holding pride flags that it’s just a fun play on words. I have also seen lesbians in the community dress up as “bisexuals” as a joke.


Caitlyn Jenner was a topic of conversations a while ago, where a costume of her became available to purchase after her transition. It was disgusting watching people trying to defend the costume that took someone’s identity and turned it into a costume. Again for fun right? No, it’s nice that you can be Caitlyn Jenner for Halloween, but she can’t be herself without the entire world harassing and verbally abusing her in person and online.

In general, if it is linked to gay, trans, queer, non binary, lesbian, bisexual, or anything that seems like it could be under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella, it probably isn’t a good idea to wear it.

Think about it.