Events

We did it, we made it to Toronto Pride 2017.

 

Ashton Deroy Writes: Thanks to the help of Melissa, Stephanie and anyone who showed up to Seneca Pride meetings. We did it guys we got to march in the Toronto Pride Parade! 

This was the climax of a year of our vice president and President’s planning and because of this, we were able to promote Seneca’s culture of acceptance, education, and diversity. 

At this event, I was handing out flyers with some other people to promote our group within Seneca College. This is why promotion is one of the most fun methods of Marketing guys

My favorite part of participating with Seneca in the parade was, of course, getting my free black T-Shirt. Stephanie did a great job designing these and I love to collect gay shirts so thank you so much! 

I had to say as a gay man from a bit of a crappy past. Marching in the Gay Pride Parade in Toronto was a dream come true and I am so happy to be able to say I have done this with my college now. Since being out I have done gay Pride events in Belleville, Kingston, and Toronto. 

Did the drama of Toronto Pride interfere with my fun? No, because Pride is a cultural celebration, not a political or business drama. Sometimes organizations want to get in the way of that or preach the wrong message but you just have to continue to show up and relay your own message of acceptance and hope eventually you will be heard. 

Speaking apart from Seneca Pride, I Ashton Deroy would like the OPP to have a feature in next year’s Toronto Pride! 

LGBTQ Press

Idealistic thoughts about Seneca Pride at Seneca College.

Seneca Pride

Ashton Deroy writes: As we stated before we are going to start doing some regular blogging for Seneca Pride’s forum here. When I first came to Seneca Pride we were talking about how we could making our group more visible at Seneca College. 

Since then I got our website up,  Melissa Ronson has gotten us indexed with Seneca’s Student federation, and we have developed events plans. 

Perceptions at Seneca College

As far as the Business students go they are all pretty on board and happy the college has an LGBTQ group. However I would like to see more people excited for this group to exist. 

A fellow business student suggested that if Seneca had a gay bar this might generate more excitement for the group. I like that idea, but to execute it better we are going to do LGBTQ events. 

Connecting within the college

I would love it personally if we were more connected with the LGBTQ fashion students, Cosmetics students and etc. 

We have a lot of technological and Library students in the group & Business students. We’d like to see more diversified programs in the group as well to promoted all variances of thinking towards lgbtq issues, events and etc. 

What I like about the group

To start our leader Melissa Ronson is taking us in all of the right directions. She is respectful to institutions, various cultures and our group’s autisti-queer members. 

(autisi-queer: a term autistic people in the queer community call themselves, an example of this is the web master Ashton Deroy

We could of easily became do nothing “Social Justice Warriors”. Preaching against discrimination and trying to break down the system. 

Instead we are a rational LGBTQ group with a very rational leader in Melissa Ronson who wants to grow the group without being too obnoxious. I feel like this is the right direction for the group. 

I like the direction of helping LGBTQ positive charities, supporting fashion, and being apart of Toronto Pride formally. 

I feel like in the past I have seen Queen’s University Pride in Kingston sensationalize LGBTQ+ issues and attack their community. What that actually does within the community is diminish the importance of our causes. 

To conclude it is a great time to be in Seneca Pride. We are heading in positive Queer directions with perceptions, we have goals to connect in the college and our leader Melissa Ronson is a very promising figure head.