Pride Club looks to create lasting legacy
The SAITSA Pride Club has launched, offering students the chance to have fun and enjoy a safe space.
“We got a lot of feedback from students, instructors and faculty that students have been asking for a [pride club],” said club president Jessica Beddow.
The club is open to all people, students, friends, LGBTQ individuals and allies.
“I wouldn’t want this club to be pride only,” said Beddow, who said she wants the club and space to be open to all people.
Pride Club is just in its beginning stages and the club executives have big plans for the future.
Beddow said that she hopes to get funding for the club and provide access to co-curricular credits for volunteers and bring in educational speakers.
Co-curricular credits are a SAIT-approved official record of non-academic activities. They are not worth academic credits.
“[It’s] especially [important] for people who are just kind of discovering themselves. They might not know what it entails to have safe sex with my gender,” said club Vice President Carol Poole.
“First rule of Pride Club is talk about Pride Club
Students are encouraged to come to Pride Club and share their ideas, helping the club to flourish and grow.
“We’d like to get the other students and the other members involved so they can carry it on,” said Beddow.
“Hopefully a couple of the first years get really involved in it, and next year they can get the new first years involved.”
Beddow said there have been pride clubs in the past that died out.
“It’s super fresh right now so students need to hang out and get to know each other,” said Poole.
Beddow and Poole are aiming to create a community right now so that Pride Club can have a lasting legacy.
“I’m hoping to start something that’s beneficial here for students in and around the gay community and hope to see it continue on for years.
“I hope all the students that have been requesting to have Pride Club can feel that they finally have a place and a voice,” said Beddow.
Poole and Beddow said they hope to help build friendships, relationships and social networks for students in the LGBTQ community.
“We have a really diverse group of people and I think that it is kind of amazing. We can all learn a lot from each other,” said Poole.
Beddow said Pride Club’s success all depends on the students that join.
“There’s tons of stuff that we can do, that we should do, that we want to do and now we just need to get the members,” said Beddow.
“First rule of Pride Club is talk about Pride Club,” said Poole.
The club welcomes all students to come join in the festivities every Tuesday from 5 p.m. in the Campus Centre in room V128.