October 1st, 2020

Pride Week underway at MHC with COVID in mind

By MO CRANKER on September 15, 2020.

Veronica Yeoman, Harish Kumar and Josh Cross hand out goodie bags Monday at MHC.--SUBMITTED PHOTO

mcranker@medicinehatnews.com@mocranker

Pride Week kicked off Monday at Medicine Hat College with a raising of the rainbow flag at both campus locations.

“We live-streamed the flag raising this morning and it can still be viewed on our social media pages,” said vice-president community and wellness Taylor Ohs. “From noon until 1 p.m. today we gave away Pride goodie bags to students.”

Today the college is hosting a Pride photo contest. Wednesday MHC is having a faculty and student decorating contest. Thursday is tight-and-bright zoomba. Friday is a virtual trivia event.

Ohs says COVID-19 made planning Pride festivities more difficult this year.

“It caused a lot of challenges for us,” she said. “Students are spending so much time at their computers now for class, we had to make online events really fun.

“We’re doing the best we can and we’re seeing a good turnout so far.”

Ohs says it is important for college campuses to celebrate Pride Week every year.

“It’s important for the community to come together and support Pride Week to show that we support all LGBTQ2S individuals,” she said. “We want to show people that our campus is a safe and inclusive space where everyone can feel welcome to be themselves.”

The Pride flag is flying outside the school until Friday afternoon.

For more specifics on this week’s events with the college, go to http://www.mhc.ab.ca and look under dates and events.

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