In June 1969, following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a New York City gay bar, LGBTQIA+ persons and allies rioted and protested, serving as a watershed moment in what was then called the gay rights movement in the United States. The Stonewall incident was an impetus for organizing Pride marches on a much larger public scale across the country.
Today, Pride events are hosted across the globe, seeking to celebrate the strides in LGTBQIA+ rights and accomplishments of LGBTQIA+ individuals.
Pride also serves as a reminder that members of the LGBTQIA+ community and their families continue to face discrimination and marginalization. It also highlights barriers and obstacles which remain to be dismantled.
The Office for Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion hopes you will consider joining us and our community and campus partners to celebrate Pride Month this June.
SETpoint Empowerment Self Defense Training
Tuesday, June 13
9:30 a.m. to 12 noon
31st Floor, Cathedral of Learning
Learn more about SETpoint at https://www.set-point.org/. Session is geared toward LGBTQIA+ faculty and staff but open to all. Participants will receive free lunch after the session and receive take-away materials/swag.
Space is limited. RSVP participation and any accommodation or dietary needs to email@example.com
Let’s Read It!: LGBTQIA+ Banned Book Club – Reading Gender Queer
Friday, June 16
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Learn more about Let’s Read It! at https://pitt.libcal.com/event/10568111. First 10 registrants will receive a copy of "Gender Queer: A Memoir," written by Maia Kobabe.
Space is limited. Preregistration required; RSVP at the link above.
Pride on the Patio
Tuesday, June 20
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
William Pitt Union Patio and Lawn
Enjoy fun in the sun as we celebrate Pride Month as a University Community! Free food, take-away materials and items, and engagement opportunities.
Open to all; no participant registration required. Rain location is William Pitt Union Assembly Room.
If your department or organization is interested in tabling, RSVP at https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cLSoPrTJDX8rnyC
Interested in volunteering? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Drag Bingo with Alora Chateaux
Monday, June 26
7 to 9 p.m.
William Pitt Union Assembly Room
Enjoy several rounds of bingo, along with witty banter and drag performances, hosted Alora Chateaux (https://www.instagram.com/alorachateaux/?hl=en).
Open to all. Registration information forthcoming, but you can note your interest at email@example.com.
In Our Own Write: Creative Writing for LGBTQ Elders
June 12 to Aug. 17
7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays
Learn more about In Our Own Write at https://www.creative.pitt.edu/programs/our-own-write-creative-writing-lgbtq-elders.
Preregistration required; RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-our-own-write-creative-writing-for-lgbtq-elders-ages-50-registration-613393996957?aff=Website
Events around the region
Pittsburgh Pride Revolution
A four-day LGBTQIA+ community event beginning June 1 and continuing through June 4, with events Downtown, on the North Side, and in Bloomfield that are focused around inclusion and diversity.
Pride March & Parade
Beginning at the corner of 16th Street and Liberty Avenue at 10 a.m. June 3, and featuring a new route through Downtown Pittsburgh, as well as the return of vehicles and floats in the parade.
Washington PA Pride
Sponsored by the Washington County Gay Straight Alliance, this event will be held June 10 along North Main Street in Washington, Pa.
Millvale Borough’s third-annual Pride celebration will be held June 24 and include education, outreach, and entertainment.
People’s Pride PGH
Sponsored by SisTers PGH, this June 25 event in Swissvale includes a parade and a day-long festival at Dickson Field.