What is Pride Month?
Pride Month, celebrated each June, recognizes the history and current issues for the LGBTQIA+ community. It was created to commemorate the Stonewall Inn Uprising, which is often pointed to as the spark of the modern gay rights movement. On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn in New York City, a gay club that was frequented by drag queens and kings, trans people of color, sex workers, gay men, lesbians, and others within the queer and trans community. This was not an atypical occurrence; police often raided gay bars and areas where LGBTQ folx would gather to enforce anti-queer and anti-trans laws. On the night of the Stonewall Uprising, the community of drag queens, trans women of color, and dykes decided enough was enough and fought back. The protests and rioting that occurred over the next week caught national attention and lit a spark for future gay rights movements and activism.
While this is not the first uprising and revolution of its kind, Stonewall is looked to as a marker of history, hope, justice, and coming together as a community for many members of the LGBTQIA+ community today. The first Pride Parade was hosted in 1970 on the year anniversary of the Stonewall Inn Uprising, and similar parades, parties, protests, marches, and resource fairs continue every year throughout the summer to carry on the tradition. While much of what occurred that night at Stonewall has fallen to myth and story, what is clear and needs to be centered is the integral role and weight carried by Black and Latinx Trans Women, Drag Queens, Lesbians, and Sex Workers, such as LGBTQ+ rights activists Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Stormé DeLarverie, and Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, who are often credited with "throwing the first brick" to initiate the uprising.
You can learn more about Stonewall through the blog, them.
For this year's Pride Month, check out the opportunities below to keep learning and showing your pride!
“THE FIRST GAY PRIDE WAS A RIOT,” Heritage of Pride, New York City, June 25, 1989. Photo/copyright by James McHugh
Marsha P. Johnson & Sylvia Rivera, Christopher Street Liberation Day, June 24, 1973. Photo by Leonard Fink
June 1 | Pride Month Declaration for the City of Fort Collins
Time: 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM MST | Audience: Open to All | Location: Zoom Link Here
Tune in for the City of Fort Collin's Annual Pride Month Proclamation presented by Mayor Jeni Arndt. This event is hosted by the City of Fort Collins and NoCo SafeSpace.
June 3 | Safe Zone Training
Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM MST | Audience: CSU Faculty & Staff, Alumni, and Community Members | Location: Register for Zoom Here.
The Pride Resource Center’s Online Safe Zone Training is a 3.5-hour training program [via Zoom] with the objective of reducing homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism at CSU, thereby making CSU a safer environment for all members of our community across sexual orientations, romantic orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and intersections of identities. This training us open to CSU faculty and staff. Alumni or community members interested in attending can reach out directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 5 | LGBTQIA Employee Network Kick-Off at New Belgium
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM MST | Audience: CSU Employees | Location: New Belgium Brewery Lawn
The LGBTQIA Employee Network is a networking and affinity space for CSU employees that identify with the LGBTQIA+ community (faculty, staff, and grad students). Find us at New Belgium with our Rainbow Ram flag for their Queer Kick Back following Queer Beer Fest. Please see New Belgium's website for all COVID-19 guidelines. Email email@example.com with questions.
June 18| Pride Night at the Museum of Art Fort Collins
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM MST | Audience: Open to All | Location: Museum of Art Fort Collins
Mask fundraiser exhibition featuring 219 masks made by local artists for sale. Open to the LGBTQIA community and their family, kids welcome. Visit https://moafc.org/ for more information.
June 22 | Allyship: A Transgender Panel Discussion Expanding Awareness
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM MST | Audience: Open to All | Location: Register Here
This is a panel hosted by CSU Career Center, Charles Schwab & Denver Military Veterans Network. Join them for an hour long discussion on gender identity and how you can be a better ally to your family, friends, work colleagues, and service members in the trans community.
June 25 | Queer Coffee
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM MST | Audience: CSU Employees | Location: Zoom Link Here
Queer Coffee is a monthly program hosted by the Pride Resource Center and CSU's LGBTQIA Employee Network as casual community building for LGBTQIA+ faculty and staff at CSU. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
June 28 | Alumni Night In: Pride 365
Time: 6:00-7:00 PM MST | Audience: CSU Alumni | Location: Register for Zoom Here.
Join the CSU Alumni Association and Pride Resource Center in ending June with a virtual event featuring diversity, equity and inclusion specialist from New Belgium Brewing Company, Patrice M. Palmer. We'll gather as a CSU community online to dive into New Belgium's social sustainability work as the 4th largest craft brewery in the U.S. The event is free and open to everyone, but an RSVP is required.
July 15 | Safe Zone Training
Time: 1:00-4:30 PM MST | Audience: CSU Faculty & Staff | Location: Register for Zoom Here.
The Pride Resource Center’s Online Safe Zone Training is a 3.5-hour training program [via Zoom] with the objective of reducing homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism at CSU, thereby making CSU a safer environment for all members of our community across sexual orientations, romantic orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and intersections of identities. This training us open to CSU faculty and staff. Alumni or community members interested in attending can reach out directly to email@example.com
July 16| NoCo Pride March by NoCo SafeSpace
Time: 5:30 PM MST | Audience: Open to All | Location: Old Town Square, Fort Collins
Join NoCo SafeSpace for the 3rd Annual NoCo Pride March. Learn more on their Facebook Event page.
Celebrate with us virtually!
Download a Pride Month Virtual Background
Show your Pride throughout meetings & virtual events! We have a wide selection of various pride flags and pronouns available to download. Click here to view & download a Virtual Background.
Follow us On Instagram at @CSUPrideRC to Learn & Celebrate #CSUPrideMonth all Month Long!
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We want to share what Pride Month represents throughout our community. Fill out the form below or tag us on Instagram with your response to "To me, Pride Month is...". We'll share via our social media & newsletter!
Meet Our New Director, Dr. Ashley Grice!
Stay tuned on our Instagram to get to know our new director, Dr. Ashley Grice.
We'll be posting and sharing content all month long to help spread awareness and learning about Pride Month, LGBTQ History, and local Pride events.
Get your Rainbow Ram Gear in the CSU Bookstore!
Purchase a CSU Progressive Pride Flag, coffee mug, tumblr, magnet, lanyard and more to show your Pride!
Tune in to KCSU new podcast for Pride Month!
KCSU will be featuring a podcast for CSU playwright and director Alana Corrigan's play "Patria Del Cuore".
The story dives into the dynamics of the Fanucci family who lives on Piccola Cuoro, a beautiful Italian island. Teenager Valentino Fanucci (played by Ryan Leibold) is disowned by his father (played by James Fagan) for coming out as gay. Sergio, a middle-aged and single-vineyard owner on the mainland (played by Ryan Wilke-Braun), steps in to raise the boy. As Sergio learns to become a fatherly figure for Valentino, he also develops feelings for his long-term business partner, Nico Silvestri (played by Adam Isaacs).
Join director Corrigan, assistant stage manager Taylor Baptiste and the entire KCSU staff as we welcome “Patria Del Cuore” to the KCSU podcast family. A new episode releases every Tuesday for the first three weeks of June in celebration of Pride Month.