In the fall of 1997, the Associated Students of Colorado State University (ASCSU) and the Student Organization for Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals (SOGLB) proposed that the university establish a GLBT Student Services office. The Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, working closely with these student organizations and with the support of private donors, created the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Student Services at Colorado State University.
The GLBT Student Services officially opened August 1, 1998. It was located in the basement of the Lory Student Center. Eventually, the office moved to a larger space across the hall in the spring of 2002. Subsequently, the GLBT Student Services moved it location again (Room 174 of the LSC) during the fall of 2003, and was located on the main level of the Lory Student Center. The increased visibility of the office led to a 175% increase in contacts over a period of one year. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Student Services continues to provide support services to more and more students each year.
In the fall of 2013 our office had gone through many changes, including a name change and yet another new location due to the renovation of the Lory Student Center. From fall of 2013 to the fall of 2014, our office had been located in the LSC west near the Recreation Center of CSU. It also garnered a name change to the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Queer Questioning and Ally Resource Center. Since the renovation our office acquired its current location in room 232 on the main floor of the LSC.
Over the summer of 2016 our office was striving towards, yet another, name change. After much deliberation, gathering of input, and having many meetings with constituents, we were proud to announce our official name change. The GLBTQQA Resource Center became the “Pride Resource Center.” This process lasted over a year to make sure we were gathering as much information as possible. Our administration has been extremely supportive of this name change and we feel this reflects where we are going as a department.
We understand that finding a name that fits everyone is absolutely impossible. However, we recognized that we needed to make our name more inclusive and accessible. We feel we have come as close to this as possible at this moment.