Colorado State University’s Pride Resource Center and community partners are hosting a series of events for Pride Month focusing on LGBTQIA+ history and current issues facing the community.
Events include a Safe Zone training session as well as talks throughout June. This year’s annual NoCoPrideMarch by NoCoSafeSpace is scheduled next month on July 16. Information on all of the events is available at prideresourcecenter.colostate.edu/pridemonth.
The monthlong celebration kicked off on June 1 with a proclamation from City of Fort Collins Mayor Jeni Arndt declaring the month of June LGBTQ Pride Month.
On June 3, the Pride Resource Center is hosting a Safe Zone training session on Zoom from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The 3.5-hour training program is designed to reduce homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism at CSU. The event is open to CSU faculty and staff, with registration at prideresourcecenter.colostate.edu/pridemonth. Alumni or community members interested in attending can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On June 5, the LGBTQIA Employee Network is hosting a networking and affinity space at New Belgium Brewery for CSU employees who identify with the LGBTQIA+ community. For more information, email email@example.com.
In addition, the CSU Career Center, Charles Schwab and Denver Military Veterans Network are hosting a virtual talk — “Allyship: A transgender panel discussion on expanding awareness” — on June 22, 4-5 p.m. The discussion will focus on gender identity and how people can become allies in the trans community.
Also for Pride Month, KCSU is releasing a special podcast, Patria Del Cuore, created by CSU student playwright and director Alana Corrigan. According to KCSU, Patria Del Cuore was intended to be a play performed on stage, but Corrigan had to pivot the format due to the pandemic. KCSU describes Patria Del Cuore as a story that dives into the family dynamics of a teenager who is disowned by his father for coming out as gay. A new episode releases every Tuesday for the first three weeks of June. Visit kcsufm.com to listen to the podcast.
The month will conclude with the Pride Resource Center hosting its monthly program, Queer Coffee, with CSU’s LGBTQIA Employee Network on June 25, 9-10 a.m. The event serves as networking and community building for LGBTQIA+ faculty and staff at CSU. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instagram and Zoom
Throughout the month, the Pride Resource Center is encouraging the CSU community to follow its Instagram account at @csupriderc. The Pride Resource Center will be posting and sharing content all month long to help spread awareness about Pride Month, LGBTQ+ history, and local Pride events.
The Pride Resource Center also has created a special Pride Month virtual background for Zoom meetings and other virtual events. The special background can be downloaded at prideresourcecenter.colostate.edu/pridemonth.
Maggie Hendrickson, assistant director of the Pride Resource Center, encouraged university community members to engage throughout the month on Instagram due to the ongoing pandemic. Additionally, they pointed to the Pride Resource Center website to learn more about the history of Pride Month and its origins with the uprising at New York’s Stonewall Inn in 1969.
“Pride is going to be really different this year,” Hendrickson said. “We’ll be committed all summer to sharing what local things are happening, and our social media is the best place for that.”
Established in 1997, the Pride Resource Center provides programs and services to support the retention and thriving of LGBTQ+ students at CSU. Pride also provides resources for all community members to embrace and expand their understanding of sexual orientation, romantic orientation, gender identity, and gender expression through engaging the campus in critical learning and action toward the liberation of our wider LGBTQ+ community, particularly those who continue to face oppression based on other intersecting identities.
To support the Pride Resource Center, scholarships and services during Pride Month, visit advancing.colostate.edu/PRIDERESOURCECENTER.