While putting together this issue, we decided to take a look back at how Pride has been represented in The Ubyssey in years past.
One piece we found was a paper published on February 5, 1998, coordinated by Pride UBC — that year’s Pride issue.
The editors wrote that they hoped the issue would give readers “some insight into the hardships we, as a community and as people, must deal with.”
25 years on, reading that issue was a blast from the past (a young Ellen on the cover, references to nightclubs that don’t exist anymore), while also a stark reminder that the struggles of the Queer community at UBC back then are not all that different than those of today.
This page includes snippets of the full issue, which you can find online in the UBC Library Open Collections archive of The Ubyssey.
Some excerpts contain slurs and outdated terminology describing 2SLGBTQIA+ people. They have been printed unchanged from the original issue to preserve the historical record.