Is it Time To Wave the Flag?

Canada is widely regarded as a leader in diversity and inclusion, leading the way for LGBTQ2 equality. Major strides including formal legislation have been made toward advancing equality, but more needs to be done. This begs the question – is it time to wave the flag?

2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada. Hear from the Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of BC, and Santa J. Ono, President & Vice Chancellor, UBC, alongside prominent LGBTQ2+ leaders and advocates, as they share their unique perspectives and vision for shaping a diverse and more inclusive society in Canada and beyond.

Hosted by The Office of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and UBC President & Vice-Chancellor Santa J. Ono.

With support from UBC Community Engagement and UBC Equity & Inclusion.


Lien Yeung, MJ’15 – Host and Producer, CBC Vancouver News


Cicely Blain, BA’16 – CEO, Cicely Blain Consulting
Libby Davies – Member of Parliament (1997-2015), Public Speaker, Writer and Community Activist
Amin Ghaziani – Professor of Sociology and Canada Research Chair in Sexuality and Urban Studies, UBC
Ahmad Danny Ramadan – UBC Masters Student, Author, Public Speaker, LGBTQ-Refugees Activist
Lorimer Shenher – Former police officer; author, This One Looks Like A Boy
Mark Tewksbury – Olympic Champion Swimmer; Co-Founder, The Great Traits

Recorded November 13, 2019, at the Vancouver Playhouse in Vancouver, BC.