Hello beautiful Out on the Shelf members! We are celebrating Pride this month🌈 and it is a busy, busy month for us🎉. Not only are we kicking off our new Virtual Book Club, we have our Annual General Meeting, Anti-Oppression Training, our regular monthly programming, and of course, what you've been all waiting for:

Guelph Pride's Spring Festival, which is running fabulous online events from June 4th - June 13th, so that you can celebrate Pride from home! #ShowYourPrideGuelph!

In the midst of celebration, we also want to acknowledge that it is also a time of immense grief and mourning. There's a community vigil on June 1st 6:30PM in Guelph to honour the lives of the 215 Indigenous children murdered at Kamloops Residential School. This tragedy reminds of us of not only the history of genocide, but the continued violence of the settler colonial state Canada through the legal, child welfare, and prison systems (see TRC's Report on the Legacy of Residential Schools). We grieve and stand in solidarity with Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation community and Indigenous communities across Turtle Island.


🌈 Guelph Pride

Join us (virtually) for our annual spring pride festival from June 4 - 13, 2021!  Our amazing Guelph Pride committee of volunteers have prepared a variety of events focused on diversity, education, visibility, inclusivity, and creativity that uplift and celebrate our vibrant local LGBTQ2IA+ community in Guelph. The festival kicks off with a virtual flag raising on June 4th at 6pm.

From colouring to painting, crafts, poetry, music, storytelling, comedy, learning about local beer, and educational workshops on Two Spirit history, there's something for everyone! Check out the full program on the Guelph Pride website. We hope to see you there💜

💰 Fundraising

Pride Month Fundraiser! 

Out on the Shelf and Guelph Pride is completely volunteer run, and as a nonprofit, rely on the generosity and support of our community partners, sponsors, volunteers, and donors💝

Help us grow our collection, provide anti-oppression training for all volunteers, provide ASL interpretation and closed captioning for virtual events, and continue to serve the local LGBTQIA+ community in the Guelph and Wellington area. You can donate to our general fund or specifically designate money for Guelph Pride.

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

📖 New Program: Virtual Book Club

We're excited to launch a new program! The Virtual Book Club is a social group that operates under Out On The Shelf to connect reading enthusiast members of the LGBTQ2I+ community in Guelph. Come to our kickoff on June 17th at 7pm to get to know our facilitators, talk about books and literature, and to pick the first book to read for the book club!

With a generous grant from the Guelph Community Foundation, we are looking to provide book club participants with free access to the books we read.

Find out more information, by attending the kick off, and read with us!🌟

✨ Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for ways to get more involved with Out on the Shelf? We are currently seeking:

Join us and meet new people, learn new skills, and help us grow!

Apply Now!

📰 News and Updates

Annual General Meeting (AGM) 👥

Our AGM is taking place on June 9th at 6:00 PM via Zoom (link TBA). All members are welcome to attend. What happens at the AGM? The OOTS Board will provide an update to membership about OOTS' activities in 2020, presenting committee reports and answering questions.

It's an opportunity for members to ask questions and provide feedback! 

Anti-Oppression Training ✊

Out on the Shelf envisions a community that is strengthened by its diversity. We provide all volunteers (OOTS and Guelph Pride) with anti-oppression training. This year, our training will be facilitated by Ruthie Neustifter from the Rainbow Diversity Institute and will have ASL interpretation. New and current volunteers are all welcome!

Queer Bodies: Book Collection 📚

Our friends at the University of Guelph Library have put together a book display in recognition of Pride month on the theme of Queer Bodies. The theme recognizes queerness as it is enacted through the body. Queer bodies are counter normative; they are trans bodies, fat bodies, disabled bodies; they are bodies that are politicized by virtue of existing.

You can find the following books highlighted in the Queer Bodies collection, also at our very own Out on the Shelf Library:

🏆Community Spotlight

This month we're recognizing two wonderful community partners. First, our wonderful friends at CFRU 93.3FM, Campus and Community Radio in Guelph! CFRU has been broadcasting "over 70 weekly shows programmed and hosted by students and community members about the things they care about." CFRU supports local businesses and community organizations, amplifying community events and happenings!

This year, CFRU is sponsoring Guelph Pride, ensuring that our local queer community is aware of our virtual events. Thank you CFRU📻🎉

Next, a great friend of ours: Guelph Queer Equality (GQE), a queer student-run group at the University of Guelph! GQE has been an active partner with us and Guelph Pride, and we're so grateful for their support and solidarity. GQE focuses on creating and maintaining a safer space for LGBTQ+ students. We love their anti-oppressive and intersectional approach to all their events, workshops, and activities, partnering with many community groups in and outside of campus!🌈💖 

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