On Thursday, March 14, two students vandalized an art mural project that was part of the Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) Pride Month programming taking place outside the CSU Members Centre. The students returned shortly thereafter to make homophobic remarks toward several members of the CSU’s queer students collective and board of directors.

While we are working closely with the university to attempt to identify these students and to ensure that they are held accountable, this incident demonstrates that there is more work to be done in advocacy for the safety of LGBTQ2S+ students and community members at Capilano University. The CSU is committed to championing this work through campaigns and advocacy, as well as events celebrating the queer community including Pride Month, the Social Advocacy Faire, and more.

The CSU unequivocally condemns homophobia in all of its forms and encourages anyone who might have experienced harassment to report it to campus security.

Don’t let hate win — join us in celebrating queer history and culture as Pride Month continues through March. A full list of activities can be found at csu.bc.ca/pride.