Waterloo’s Rainbow History: 50 Years of Glow

Posted On Thursday May 13, 2021

The City of Waterloo Museum along with the Glow Centre and SPECTRUM invites you on a tour of Waterloo’s Rainbow History.


What: Waterloo's Rainbow History: 50 Years of Glow

Where: University of Waterloo Campus

When: June 6, 2021 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.


Canada has its own rich history to honour each June for Pride Month. This year during Pride Month, join the City of Waterloo Museum, Spectrum and the Glow Centre for a walking tour on the University of Waterloo campus. 

The Glow Centre, located on the University of Waterloo’s campus, will play host to the tour in honour of the Centre's 50th anniversary. This means the tour will look at the origins of Waterloo University’s Gay Liberation Movement (WUGLM) in the 1970s and conclude with today’s Glow Centre, the current iteration of WUGLM. Throughout the tour, the history of this important institution as the longest-lived 2SLGBTQ+ group on a Canadian university campus will be explored. 

SPECTRUM, Waterloo Region’s first LGBTQIA+/rainbow community space, is also supporting the tour. In fact, Jim Parrott, curator of the Grand River Rainbow Historical Project and former Executive Director of SPECTRUM, will join the group. Among other guest tour guides, Jim will speak about his personal experience working with the Glow Centre and SPECTRUM. 

The walking tour will be 1 to 1.5 hours in length. Please dress appropriately for the weather, including sturdy footwear, and be mindful of uneven terrain. 

The tour is free, however pre-registration is required. Please register at waterloo.ca/activewaterloo


COVID-19 protocols

Anyone who is unwell, has a temperature, left Canada over the last 14 days or has been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 is asked not to attend this tour.

As part of the provincial directive for outdoor gatherings, visitors are required to check-in when they arrive. In addition:

  • A member of the museum team will greet participants and review the provincial guidelines upon their arrival.
  • Tour participants will be required to wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing at all times.
  • Please adhere to these guidelines.


About the City of Waterloo Museum 

Popular for ever-changing exhibitions and offering access to Waterloo’s premier shopping centre (Conestoga Mall) at its doorstep, the City of Waterloo Museum explores the hometown history of Waterloo and the stories we have to share. The City of Waterloo Museum is the place to discover an array of historical objects, art and artifacts that tell the story of Waterloo from its founding in 1806 to the present day. The museum features a main gallery containing fabulous items from its sizeable holdings of over 15,000 objects, including the restored 1919 Pierce Arrow Seagram Whisky delivery truck, and provides various elements to learn about and celebrate all things Waterloo! 

For more information, please call Karen VandenBrink, manager, museum & archival collections at 519-885-8828 or visit waterloo.ca/museum



Media contact:

Shelly Reed
Communications consultant
City of Waterloo