A message from MSVU President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Joël Dickinson:

I write today to denounce in the strongest terms the hatred that is being rallied at the anti-LGBTQ protests that are expected across Canada tomorrow (Sept. 20) – events taking place under the guise of “protecting our children.”

Mount Saint Vincent University stands unequivocally with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

We prioritize rational, evidence-based argument, not the fear-based and hate-filled rhetoric of those who seek to silence queer-inclusive education (though, let’s be clear: these protests are about much more than that).

With incidents of anti-2SLGBTQIA+ hate on the rise around the world, we have to rise up more loudly and take up more space. I call on all my colleagues to post similar messages of solidarity with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Let’s flood all feeds with these messages.

And let’s check in on those whose sense of safety is being threatened through these hateful actions.

All people deserve to live in peace – without threat of harassment, discrimination and violence because of who they are or who they love.

Members of the MSVU community in need of support are reminded of the following services: