September 12, 2019

Planting Roots 2SLGBTQ+ Welcome

Event Details

Date & Time:

September 12, 2019
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Planting Roots is a welcome event for grad LGBTTTIQQ and MOGAI communities and allies.

The event includes live entertainment with refreshments and light snacks.

Come out and meet people from the community and get to know McMaster.

This year Planting Roots will feature drag performances by local artists Diamond and Sapphyre, as well as introductions from the Pride Community Centre (PCC), Adam and Steve, and other McMaster/Community resources.

Light vegetarian, non-vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options will be available. 

Why this event?

Sometimes students in LGBTTTIQQ and MOGAI communities feel isolated or have fewer opportunities to meet and connect with other queer, gender-diverse, and sexually-diverse folks. This event is to facilitate such connections.

The theme of "Planting Roots" was selected for this inaugural meet-and-greet since this is a time when students, staff, and faculty are starting the new school year or turning a new 'leaf' in their academic careers. It's an opportunity to grow as a collective as well as individually.

What do LGBTTTIQQ and MOGAI stand for?

LGBTTTIQQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, intersex, queer and questioning) and MOGAI (marginalized orientations, gender identities, and intersex).

Is registration required? 

No. An RSVP is appreciated but not required. Planting Roots is drop-in format (no check-in, lists, or tickets at the door). An RSVP through the registration link above will help us with the catering and refreshements order. Guests who would like a reminder can optionally enter an email address.

Who are the performers for entertainment this year?

Sapphyre Poison is a beauty queen who originated in Hamilton and now resides in Guelph. Sapphyre has been performing all over southern Ontario and is a regular to the travelling drag/burlesque troupe That's My Drag!  Sapphyre delivers sex and body, and a touch of psychotic, while combining elements of drag and classic burlesque in an intoxicating cocktail that will leave wanting more. This Deadly seductress aims to enchant you, thrill you, and lead you to your doom.

Diamond is a creative little dragqueen who navigates life with very little finesse but loads of pizzazz! She is very excited to return to McMaster, where she accidentally performed for the first time in 2011. Since, she has won the titles of Miss Pride Niagara 2014, and Drag Wars' Supreme, and is running for Prime Minister for the upcoming elections. She loves to delight and loves to confuse, and hopes she doesn’t break her ankle in her sparkling shoes!

Will there be alcohol served at this event?

No. Alcohol will not be served at this event.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

All ages are welcome.

Can I bring my kids? Partner? Spouse? Grandma?

Yes you can! 

What and where is the University Club?

The University Club is a focal point for intellectual, cultural and social interaction on campus for faculty, staff and alumni of McMaster University. It's located in Alumni Memorial Hall - Building #8 on campus map.


The washrooms will be multi-stall, All-Gender, and located in the lower-level of the building (follow the stairs down to lower level, then turn Right. Or, take the elevator down and turn Left).


This venue is wheelchair accessable through the side (East) entrance of the University Club. Once inside, take the elevator up one level to enter the Great Hall (Planting Roots event space). 

The main (South) entrance to the University Club has stairs leading into the building, and another set of stairs which lead directly into the Great Hall event space.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Directions and transit options. Parking: Lot H or the Stadium Undergroud are the closest parking lot to the University Club.

Who is organizing this event?
Planting Roots is organized by the School of Graduate Studies and current graduate students.

How can I contact one of the organizers with any questions?
Contact the School of Graduate Studies (Andrea)
Phone: 905 525 9140 x 23437 or 23710
In person: School of Graduate Studies located in Gilmour Hall, Room 212