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Pride at Marc Garneau CI

Pride at Marc Garneau CI

Be who you want to be, Love who you want to love

Thursday, June 11, 2015
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

This month, Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute staff and students unveiled a new mural in its cafeteria created by both the MGCI Art Council and GSA (Gender Sexuality Alliance). This prominent artwork conveys a message of pride and support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and asexual students. (LGBTQA).

Created over the space of three months, and designed by Grade 12 student Gloria Zhou, the mural was conceived of by Scott Pearce, staff advisor of the GSA, who approached Hilary Masemann and Karen Wilson, staff advisors of MGCI’s Art Council, about collaborating on this challenging project.  Says Pearce, "I hope one day I can see two guys walking down the hallway without anyone staring at them, like it's no big deal at all."

The mural was inspired by the idea of celebration, and employs two well-known symbols of LGBTQ activism, rainbow colours and the word “pride”.  The pixels radiate out from the word to symbolize the way that love and joy can radiate in a society free from stereotypes and hatred. It is accompanied by a plaque that explains in more detail the mural’s purpose.

“I think this mural will bring confidence and visibility to those students and bring awareness to the whole school that we support them,” says Rahaf Al-Enzy, a Grade 10 student. 


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