Pride Centre

Are you interested in gender and sexual diversity? Want to meet new people? Check out the Pride Centre (Z204) – everyone is welcome!

The Pride Centre is a queer-positive, all gender-inclusive, safer space in which students explore gender and sexual identity. The Pride Centre is a space for students to:

  • create inclusive community across the gender and sexuality spectrum.
  • find support for themselves and support their gender and sexually diverse peers.
  • enhance everyone’s learning about gender and sexual diversity.

The Pride Centre’s programs and services include:

  • Gender and sexuality resource library
  • Free safer sex and pregnancy prevention supplies including latex-free, internal condoms, and dental dams
  • Free educational information for gender and sexual diversity, sexual and reproductive health, and healthy relationships for people of all genders and sexualities
  • Referral services and peer support
  • Queer-positive events and workshops

Are you interested in volunteering with the Pride Centre? Check out the volunteer page!

Programming

Sex Week is back! The Students’ Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU) is proud to host a variety of accessible programming, activities and workshops centred on the exploration of sex and sexuality!

Sex Toy Bingo
Wednesday, September 27th at 8:00 pm
If you are a returning MRU student, you probably remember Sex Toy Bingo from last fall – and if you’re new to MRU, this might just be one of the best events you’ll attend this year. Sex Toy Bingo is a hilarious way to learn more about happy, healthy, and consensual sex, while also topping up your very adult toy box with a few new goodies.

The evening is brought to you by The Hub and SAMRU. You can expect a hilarious night filled with good friends, great food, and a few battery-operated shenanigans!

Workshop 1
TitleMaking Consent Real and Everyday
Workshop Facilitator: Karen B. K. Chan
Date & Time: Wednesday, September 27th from 3:00pm-5:00pm in The Pride Centre (Z204)
Description:
To text or not to text?
Should I make a move?
What about regrets?
What would you do in sticky, unusual, or unexpected consent situations? Using live, anonymous polling with workshop participants, we’ll find out! You’ll also learn some easy (and realistic!) strategies to practice consent (in sexual) and other everyday situations!

Bring your phone or a wifi-capable device!

Workshop 2
Title“How do I get someone to do something they don’t want to do?” and Other Questions in the Anonymous Questions Box
Workshop Facilitator: Karen B. K. Chan
Date & Time: Thursday, September 28th from 4:00-6:00pm in Council Chambers (Z236)
Description:
Believe it or not, this is one of the most common questions sex educators get… at least when the audience is honest. Come and learn how to deal with different desires between partners, how to try new sexual things, how to talk about sex without feeling super awkward, and how saying, “YES” and saying, “NO” can both get easier.

Workshop 3
TitleSex Toy Savvy
Workshop Facilitator: Meagan Lee Filteau from Eudaimonia Sexuality Seminars
Date & Time: Monday, September 25th from 12:00pm-2:00pm in Council Chambers (Z236)
Description:
Join Eudaimonia Sexuality Seminars for a fun and interactive discussion about sex toys!
Sex Toy Savvy will offer information and tools for participants to navigate the world of sex toys with more confidence. In this workshop, we will:

  • Examine common myths about who uses sex toys
    Explore the many styles of sex toys and types of vibrations
  • Review the different sex toy materials and lubricant compatibility
  • Learn how to determine if a toy is body-safe
  • Cover safer-sex toy use
  • Discuss ways to introduce and use sex toys with others
  • A resource guide with detailed information on sex toy materials, lubricant and condom compatibility, cleaning, and toy storage, accompany this workshop.

Workshop 4
TitleWhat What (In the Butt)
Workshop Facilitator: Meagan Lee Filteau from Eudaimonia Sexuality Seminars
Date & Time: Tuesday, September 26th from 12:00pm-2:00pm in the Pride Centre (Z204)
Description:
Curious and want to know more about butt stuff? Join Eudaimonia Sexuality Seminars for a fun and interactive discussion about anal pleasure.
What What (In the Butt) opens a space for participants to:

  • Discuss the myths and cultural associations surrounding the topic of anal play
  • Review anal anatomy and what causes the anus to behave differently than other body openings
  • Explore introducing and experiencing anal play with others
  • Learn and share practical tips about preparation, hygiene, lube, safer sex, anal toys

Workshop 5
TitleCreating a Culture of Consent: Let’s TALK About Sex
Workshop Host: Calgary Sexual Health Centre
Date & Time: Tuesday, September 26th from 3:30-6:30pm in EA1055
Description:
This workshop will focus on what consent realistically looks, sounds, and feels like in practice. We will explore the impact of gender norms, scripts, and stereotypes on practicing consent. Participants will leave this workshop with a deeper understanding of consent, as well as tools to talk about and practice healthy communication in relationships.

Registration Linkmtroyal.ca/sexualviolence

Workshop 6
Title: Where “no” means yes, and “banana” means no
Workshop Host: Brian and Sarah from Yay! Sex!
Date & Time: Thursday, September 28th from 12:00pm-2:00pm in the Pride Centre
Description:
Tons of people are curious about BDSM (bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, sadism, and masochism), but it can be hard to know how to start turning these kinky fantasies into realities. How can we be sure our partner is into it? How can we keep ourselves safe when we’re into sexy, sexy danger?
In this fun, interactive workshop, Brian and Sarah from Yay! Sex! will discuss:

  • what BDSM is and why people are interested in it
  • how to bring up your kinky desires with a partner
  • getting, assessing, and maintaining consent when playing with pain and power
  • basic BDSM safety and risk assessment
  • finding and becoming a part of your local kink community

No matter whether you’re kinky, curious, or perplexed, you will no doubt have some laughs and learn some sexual negotiation tips and tricks to help you hurt without causing harm!

Spend your Wednesday afternoons with us at Crafternoon!, a drop-in craft sesh led by volunteers and staff. Take a well-deserved break from essays, labs, and tutorials and get in on some hands-on fun and relaxation. Every week we’ll provide a DIY craft, as well as all the material and instruction you need, so all you need to do is show up. If you’re feeling nervous, we encourage you to bring a friend!

Crafternoon! will take place every Wednesday from 12:00pm – 2:00pm for the duration of the fall semester (excluding Fall Reading Week).

Upcoming crafts:

September 13: Paint swatch calendars
September 20: Make-your-own journals
September 27: Sex positive doorknob signs
October 4: Yarn webs
October 11: READING WEEK
October 18: Sexual violence & sexual assault prevention felt patches
October 25: Make-your-own crystals

Join us in the Pride Centre every Tuesday night for Pop Culture Queered! Each week, we’ll meet to discuss queer media across multiple media such as literature, poetry, music, movies, TED talks, YouTube videos and more. Discussions will be centred around themes such as expression, identity, sexuality and gender. Through this club, we hope to offer a safer space for students to have meaningful conversations about LQBTQ+ representations and misrepresentations in literature, media and beyond.

Pop Culture Queered will take place 4:00pm – 6:00pm on Tuesdays for the duration of the fall semester (excluding Fall Reading Week).

Upcoming topics:

September: Literature

September 12: Slam Poetry (Miles Walser, Andrea Gibson, Denice Frohman)
September 19: Children’s Literature (“And Tango Makes Three” Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell, “The Family Book” Todd Parr)
September 26: Erotica and Fan Fiction

October: Music

October 3: Vivek Shraya (“Even This Page is White”)
October 10: READING WEEK
October 17: Drag Queens (Courtney Act, Adore Delano, Trixie Mattell)
October 24: Local Artists (Rae Spoon “My Prairie Home”, Tegan and Sara)
October 31: Todrick Hall (“Straight Outta Oz”)

November: Film

  • November 7: RuPaul’s Drag Race (season 8 on Netflix)
  • November 14:  Happy Endings or Not (Degrassi: The Next Generation, The 100)
  • November 21: Trans Actors or Not (Laverne Cox, The Danish Girl)
  • November 28:  Sense8

 

Contact

Relationships, Identity & Sex Programmer
Office: Wyckham House, Z211
Phone: 403-440-5604
Email:  Pride Centre
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