In 1996, a group of students at the University of Regina saw a need to build a community of 2SLGBTQ+ people and registered a student club called Gays, Bisexuals and Lesbians of the University of Regina (GBLUR) under the University of Regina Students’ Union (URSU). As a student club, GBLUR existed as a collective of whichever students joined the club each year.
In 2002, URSU gave space to GBLUR in the Riddell Centre and GBLUR saw the beginning of a more formal collective. Three years later, GBLUR transitioned to a student centre, instead of a student club, and became GBLUR Centre for Sexuality & Gender Diversity. GBLUR was no longer an abbreviation, but was included to offer recognition to how the organization started. As a student centre, the organization became responsible not only for a small collective of engaged students, but for providing services to all students at the University of Regina.
Finally in 2010, GBLUR Centre for Sexuality & Gender Diversity became UR Pride Centre for Sexuality & Gender Diversity after expanding programs to serve the needs of both people on campus and in the community. Working out of the Riddell Centre at the University, UR Pride began offering youth groups, community gatherings, and fundraisers for 2SLGBTQ+ people at large.
In 2019, UR Pride successfully opened a downtown location in Regina that named SPACE. This community location aims to provide a much needed gathering space for 2SLGBTQ+ people of all ages to use for gatherings, community events, and projects.
Our Mission is to set the foundation for a safer, healthier, and more vibrant community for sexually and gender diverse people in the City and University of Regina.
Our Mandate is:
- To provide and promote health, wellness, and social support for sexually and gender diverse people on campus and throughout the City;
- To promote an intergenerational community of sexually and gender diverse people on campus and throughout the City;
- To advocate for the safety and equitable inclusion of sexually and gender diverse people on campus and throughout the City; and
- To provide avenues for sexually and gender diverse students to expand their skills and explore new leadership opportunities.
- In supporting our community through an anti-oppressive framework;
- That the health of the people in the community is important;
- In equality, fairness, social equity, respect and social acceptance regardless of social circumstances;
- That everyone should have access to a safer and supportive environment;
- In consent as an essential part of social interaction;
- In freedom of choice;
- In informed, constructive social criticism;
- In promoting relevant social issues; and
- In informed healthy choices.
- a community where people are free from marginalization, and social and political prejudice because of their sexual and/or gender identities;
- a healthy and positive queer community where there opportunities for social interactions in safer, inclusive, and comfortable spaces;
- a Canada-wide queer university community that shares resources;
- a community where all people have access to educating themselves on queer issues to alleviate discrimination driven by ignorance.