While we celebrate Pride Festival at Carleton University, 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.

Acknowledging the history and hardships of the 2SLGBTQ+ community at Carleton, and in society, is an important part of the process of creating a more inclusive campus and community. That is why we’ve created the Pride Timeline to reflect on the history that paved the way for the 2SLGBTQ+ community at Carleton to thrive today.

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 the 2SLGBTQ+ community at Carleton. This timeline will be updated periodically to include newfound history and any new initiatives that are launched to celebrate and support 2SLGBTQ+ members of the Carleton community.

Learn More About the Pride Timeline

To learn more about the development of the Pride Timeline read the post below by inaugural Pride Festival Planning Committee, Research and Advocacy Lead – Lydia Harvey-Lloyd.

Navigating the Pride Timeline

  • Scroll through the timeline to see historical recounts from 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 widescreen tablet but, is functional on mobile devices as well.

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