Waterloo’s Rainbow History: A Tribute to the Rainbow Pioneers

By: Kw Now Local News
| Published 05/13/2021

Waterloo’s Rainbow History: A Tribute to the Rainbow Pioneers
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Waterloo’s Rainbow History: A Tribute to the Rainbow Pioneers

'The Waterloo Museum, the Glow Centre and SPECTRUM, invite you on a tour of Waterloo’s Rainbow History.'

The City of Waterloo Museum along with the Glow Centre and SPECTRUM invites you on a tour of Waterloo’s Rainbow History.

Canada has its own rich history to honour each June for Pride Month. This year during Pride Month, join the City of Waterloo Museum, Spectrum and the Glow Centre for a walking tour on the University of Waterloo campus. This walking tour will pay tribute to the Rainbow Pioneers of the Gay Liberation Movement that happened right here in Waterloo.

The Glow Centre, located on the University of Waterloo’s campus, will play host to the tour in honour of the Centre's 50th anniversary. This means the tour will look at the origins of Waterloo University’s Gay Liberation Movement (WUGLM) in the 1970s and conclude with today’s Glow Centre, the current iteration of WUGLM. Throughout the tour, the history of this important institution as the longest-lived LGBTQ2S+ group on a Canadian university campus will be explored.

SPECTRUM, Waterloo Region’s first LGBTQIA+/rainbow community space, is also supporting the tour. In fact, Jim Parrott, curator of the Grand River Rainbow Historical Project and former Executive Director of SPECTRUM, will join the group. Among other guest tour guides, Jim will speak about his personal experience working with the Glow Centre and SPECTRUM.

The walking tour will be 1 to 1.5 hours in length. Please dress appropriately for the weather, including sturdy footwear, and be mindful of uneven terrain.

The tour is free, however pre-registration is required. Please register at the link below.

What: Waterloo’s Rainbow History: A Tribute to the Rainbow Pioneers

Where: University of Waterloo Campus

When: June 6, 2021 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

COVID-19 protocols

Anyone who is unwell, has a temperature, left Canada over the last 14 days or has been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 is asked not to attend this tour.

As part of the provincial directive for outdoor gatherings, visitors are required to check-in when they arrive. In addition:

  • A member of the museum team will greet participants and review the provincial guidelines upon their arrival.
  • Tour participants will be required to wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing at all times.
  • Please adhere to these guidelines.