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June is Pride Month, and Elon University’s Gender & LGBTQIA Center has resources and tips on how to celebrate.

Each year, June is recognized as Pride Month to honor the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a series of protests that followed a June 28, 1969 police raid on the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, which was a popular gathering place. for members of the LGBTQIA community.

June was officially recognized by the US government as Pride Month in 1999 when President Bill Clinton proclaimed June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. The government has since expanded the recognition to make it “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Month”. Learn more about the story here.

To help celebrate Pride Month, the Elon University Gender and LGBTQIA Center offers the following resources and recommendations for learning more, advocating, and getting involved.

Resources at Elon

  • Gender and LGBTQIA Center at Moseley 209 provides support for LGBTQIA students, provides confidential support for survivors of gender-based violence, and features gender and LGBTQIA topics
  • Lively learning community on gender and sexuality is a residential community open to any student wishing to explore topics around gender and sexual orientation
  • Spectrum is a queer-straight student alliance providing a safe space for all queer people, in existence for over 20 years
  • Outlaw is a social and educational organization that fosters an environment of support and acceptance for Elon Law’s LGBT students, faculty, staff, and professionals
  • The Spirit and Pride Initiative is a grant-funded initiative supported by the Carpenter Foundation and in collaboration with the GLC and the Truitt Center to support LGBTQIA students of faith
  • ASCENDa QTPOC student initiative, supports LGBTQIA students of color through affirmation, celebration and upliftment
  • CLEAR (Coalition of Learning, Empowerment, & Anti-violence Resources) is a student-led initiative overseen by the GLC that coordinates events and presentations on gender-based violence awareness and prevention

Community Resources

  • Pride of Alamance is a non-profit organization serving the LGBTQ communities of Alamance County by hosting an annual Pride Festival
  • PFLAG Alamance provides support to families and friends of LGBTQ people through educational materials and advocacy against harassment and bullying
  • Guilford Green Foundation & LGBTQ Center (Greensboro) creates unity through programs and philanthropy that advance equality and inclusion for LGBTQ communities

GLC Ally Tips

  • Connect with one of Elon’s organizations or the Alamance Country community
  • Donate to the Gender and LGBTQIA Center to provide financial support for food-insecure LGBTQIA students, to access gender-affirming clothing, and to make educational experiences financially accessible
  • Learn about the history of LGBTQIA communities, from the Society for Human Rights and the Compton Cafeteria Riot, to the Stonewall Riots and subsequent Pride parades

Contact the Gender and LGBTQIA Center staff to find out other ways to get involved or if you are interested in volunteering with the GLC.

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