While we celebrate Pride Festival at Carleton University in 2021, it’s important to acknowledge that the road to this moment was not without its challenges. Rights and protections for two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (2SLGBTQ+) people have not always been guaranteed by law. In fact, the law has historically been used to oppress and harm members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

Acknowldgeing the history and hardships of the 2SLGBTQ+ community at Carleton, and in society, is an important part of the process to creating a more inclusive campus and community. That is why we’ve create the Pride Timeline.

About the Pride Timeline

The Pride Timeline outlines key moments in history related to the 2SLGBTQ+ community at Carleton, and in the greater Ottawa area. It is the culmination of hundreds of hours of research – including archives dating back to the 1960 – and interviews with dozens of members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community – both past and present.

The Pride Timeline is an interactive and living document. Click through each item to learn more about the history of Pride and theĀ 2SLGBTQ+ community at Carleton. This timeline will be periodically updated as both research continues, and new initiatives are launched to celebrate and support 2SLGBTQ+ members of the Carleton community.

If you have questions, or contributions for, the Pride Timeline – email us at pride@carleton.ca

Navigating the Pride Timeline

  • Scroll through the timeline to see stories about the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.
  • Click “More” to read the full summary for each item.
  • Click “Find Out More” to see full resolution images, archival documents, and other interesting artifacts.
  • The timeline is best viewed on a desktop computer, laptop, or wide screen tablet but, is functional on mobile devices as well.