Each spring, the LGBTQU Student Resource Center celebrate the identities within the LGBTQQIA community through Pride Week, where there are events and activities every day to show Penn State’s support of the community. The week kicked off Monday with the HUB takeover from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will end Saturday, March 26 with the LGBTQA Prom.
Joey Young, a freshman hospitality management major, got involved in pride week this year because of ALLY House, which is a SLO that provides a safe space for all students to live in, especially for those who identify within the LGBTQA community.
“[The events] have been pretty fun so far! The HUB takeover has been my favorite. I got to talk to a lot of people there who either identify within the community or were there in support of the community, so that was a good time,” Young says. “I’m looking forward to the Pride March on Friday. I have no idea what it’s going to be like, but people have been telling me left and right how awesome it’s going to be!”
Tuesday, there was a BP Pride Lunch and Learn, where attendees received a free lunch. In the evening, Emily McGranachan presented her talk “Maybe Baby: LGBTQ Paths to Parenthood” in the HUB.
Wednesday, The Pride rally will kick off on the steps of Old Main at noon, and then Shane Bitney Crone’s “Bridgeroom” at 7 p.m. in the Freeman Auditorium.
McGranachan makes another appearance this week with her “Growing Up Queer – LGBTQA Parent and Children” speech Thursday, followed by Eric Lueshen’s discussion on Homophobia in sports, and in the evening Carnegie Cinema will host a viewing of Out in the Night.
The Pride March will begin at noon Friday on the steps of the Boucke Building, and Penn State Hillel will host the Pride Shabbat at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center later for dinner.
Last, but not least, the LGBTQA Prom hosted by the School of Theatre from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. in 119 Theatre Building on Friday.
For more information and the full schedule of Pride Week events, visit the Pride Week website.