Queer Cocktails photo gallery

The University of Winnipeg kick-started Pride week with its inaugural Queer Alumni & Friends Cocktail Party on Thursday, May 25, at Forth on McDermot Avenue. The party was a hit and drew a diverse crowd that included students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members. UWinnipeg wants to thank everyone who came out to show their pride. To learn about the other Pride activities at UWinnipeg please visit UWinnipeg Pride.

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7 Comments

  • A.J. said...

    Really disappointed to see the university website using the word “queer” in this context, as a bi trans person. It makes me feel extremely unsafe.

    • Lois Masur said...

      Gay used to mean happy. Now it means something else, and has virtually lost its original meaning. Queer cocktails may very well refer to unusual drinks, layered shooters for eg, or flaming drinks. “Queer” did, and still does, refer to unusual practices. Not abnormal, but not usual. I love the diversity of meaning in the lexicon; let’s preserve the multiple acceptable useful meanings of “gay” or “queer” or “fruit” Is it okay to have a fruity drink?

      • A.J. said...

        “Gay” and “fruity” aren’t used as homophobic slurs to the extent that “queer” is.

  • Communications said...

    Hello A.J. – Thank you for your comment. We regret that the use of the term queer made you feel unsafe. We at UWinnipeg celebrate the diversity of our community and use the term queer in a positive context and as an umbrella term for 2SLGBTQ* identities. Over the past 25 years, the word has been reclaimed within queer communities and is now commonly used in both academic and popular contexts. While language changes over time, we recognize that people’s opinions vary and we respect those differences.

    • A.J. said...

      The person who claimed the term “queer theory” – i.e. the academic context in which the word is used – has publicly stated that she regrets coining the term because it is now used to uphold the same systems of oppression she intended to fight against. Source: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/8980528_The_Normalization_of_Queer_Theory

      Many of us have trauma associated with the word due to past abuse. It would be nice if both UWinnipeg and Pride Winnipeg would stop using the word in all of their Pride programming so that EVERYONE could feel comfortable at Pride events.

  • Pride 2017 Committee said...

    Hello A.J,

    We are always open to having more input on similar events moving forward, please feel free to contact us if you would like to get involved.

    • A.J. said...

      I have contacted you about this before.