Pride Month: Moving Beyond Rainbow Logos and Embracing Authentic Allyship

June is Pride Month, and with the library being home of Alpha’s GSA Club (Gender and Sexuality Alliance), we wanted to make sure that everyone knows what Pride is, and why it exists. Below is some basic info.

Why is Pride Month celebrated in June?

To honour the Stonewall Riots which took place in Manhattan beginning on June 28, 1969. They were the tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. It works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning people.


What are the 3 main premises of the pride movement?

  1. People should be proud of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
  2. Diversity is a gift.
  3. Sexual orientation and gender identity are inherent and cannot be intentionally altered.


What is an ally?

It is a heterosexual and cisgender person who supports equal civil rights, gender equality, and LGBTQ+ social movements. Individuals may meet this designation through their actions without actively identifying as an ally.


Why are there so many different flags?

There are many pride flags that identify and support different groups that fall under the LGBTQ+ umbrella. Some of the flags represent specific genders and others represent sexual orientations. An excellent guide can be found here.


Is there a list of helpful terms related to Pride?

Yes! Check out this Glossary of Terms


I still have questions. Where can I get more information?


Truth and Reconciliation Day

Both the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day take place on September 30.

Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day intended to raise awareness of the individual, family and community inter-generational impacts of residential schools, and to promote the concept of “Every Child Matters”.  The orange shirt is a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.

On September 29th, please where your orange shirt to Alpha.

If you’re looking to educate yourself further around what this day is about and why it matters, check out the resources available at

Welcome back!

Happy September and welcome back to the school and the library!

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Reminder to students that books can be checked out anytime the library is open. You can check out up to 5 books at a time, and you get to keep them for up to 3 weeks.

When you’re finished return your books to the library book drops located in the hallway right outside the library, or in the side of the main library desk. If you aren’t done your book after 3 weeks come speak to us and we can renew it for you.

Happy reading!

Thursday’s Literacy Week Activities


Come get the worksheet from the library to unscramble the titles of 10 famous books. You can also print the handout out below. Answers need to be submitted to Ms. Haigh in the library by 3:15 today for a prize!

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Bring your favourite book to the library to share with other students. They will share their favourite book with you and maybe you’ll find a new favourite!