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Pride Month 2021 (DEI Team)

DEPARTMENT(S): 
June 3, 2021

 

Pride Month centers and celebrates the wide spectrum of sexual orientations and gender identities of LGBTQIA+ individuals, advocates, allies and communities. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June. The “+” represents the additional sexual identities and orientations recognized and those that are still to be discovered. Pride month is a celebration to increase visibility, affirm, recognize, and honor the impact that the LGBTQIA+ community have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. For many it is also a somber memorial and remembrance for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes and/or HIV.

The history of pride can be traced to a number of critical events, namely, the 1969 Stonewall Riots/Uprising. On June 28, 1969, during the early morning hours, New York City Police raided the Stonewall Inn, a well known gay club located in Greenwich Village. Members of the queer community protested in response to persistent police brutality. Leaders, such as Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera were at the center of organizing the uprising towards liberation for these oppressed communities, and gay rights activists, communities, and advocates all came together to demand a change. The Stonewall Uprising became a tipping point for the Gay Liberation/Rights Movement in the United States.

In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as "Gay Pride Day”. In major cities across the nation the "day" soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQIA+ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world.

Breaking Fast movie poster
Upcoming Events

Summer Digital Film Screening

Breaking Fast
(Sponsored by Mike Mosallam Productions)
June 11-13, 2021

BREAKING FAST is a remarkable journey of love, set against the twinkling lights of West Hollywood. Breaking Fast is a romantic comedy that follows Mo, a practicing Muslim still reeling from heartbreak. When an All-American guy named Kal offers to join him in his nightly Iftars - the traditional meal eaten by Muslims during Ramadan - meal after meal, the two start to discover they have more in common than meets the eye. The full-length feature is now available On Demand, Digital, and will be at WPI! The film aims to be the first of its kind to feature a practicing Muslim character who is gay and not dealing with those two things in conflict, but rather, in harmony.

 

Great Minds Brave Spaces at WPI
Upcoming Events

Great Minds, Brave Spaces: Caring for Trans Kids and the Double-Edged Sword of Visibility

June 16, 2021, 12-1pm EDT 

Jules Gill-Peterson is Associate Professor of English and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Jules is the author of Histories of the Transgender Child, the first book to shatter the myth that transgender children are a brand new generation in the twenty-first century and show how the concept of gender actually relies on the medicalization of children, challenging the terms of how we talk about today's medical model. The importance of research and histories that complicate the visibility of trans communities, especially trans kids, is at the center of her career.

Republican lawmakers are pushing a historic flood of over 100 anti-trans bills in state legislatures this year, with the perception that trans kids are a “new phenomenon” and that gender-affirming treatments and policies are “experimental.” In this GMBS, Jules Gill-Peterson unpacks this narrative, the history, and their implications for all of us. 

Resources

 

Gordon Library Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Guides: Be sure to visit the Gordon Library Resource Guides, to find literature and resources centering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) Topics.

Pride Month Hub Theme: Did you know that you can customize your WPI Hub Dashboard with a special Pride Month theme? Check it out!

LGBTQ communities are elevating black voices during Pride Month in solidarity:  Last year, as Americans took to the streets to protest against racism, police brutality and the marginalization of minorities in the aftermath of George Floyd's death, the LGBTQ communities. In many communities focused Pride Month programming on elevating black voices.

History of the Stonewall Riots: The editors at History.com take a deep dive into the socio-political history of Pride Month, deeply rooted in violence, resistance, and community liberation.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month: The Law Library of Congress has compiled guides to commemorative observations, including a comprehensive inventory of the Public Laws, Presidential Proclamations and congressional resolutions related to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender and Queer Pride Month.

Listen to LGBTQ+ Icons (Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P. Johnson, and Randy Wicker): This Pride Season, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) continues its mission to provide resources to create safe and inclusive schools for LGBTQ+ youth. A curriculum that centers LGBTQIA+ communities is a curriculum that can help students better understand the world.

Suggested Pronouns Practices: For most individuals, the pronouns that others use when referring to them are not something they have to ever worry about or consider. As such, a dialogue around gender pronouns may not seem as imperative. However, talking about pronouns is a small way to normalize mindfulness of our assumptions and promote gender inclusion.