Join VCU Students Commemorating Historic LGBT March Monday, 10/14 at 7PM
Several LGBT-affiliated VCU student organizations are holding a march to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
Lorin Hoisington, a graduate student assistant with Multicultural Affairs Office, says the Pride March will be a showcase of unity amongst the student body, “It’s going to be a celebration of coming together.”
The original march took place on October 14, 1979, marking the first ever march in support of gay and lesbian rights in Washington. An estimated 75,000 to 125,000 people took part in the march, which helped nationalize the LGBT struggle for equality.
The VCU Pride March will take place on October 14th, meeting at the OMSA office in suite 215 of the VCU student commons at 7 pm and will go through the commons, Shafer Court, down Franklin Street, and around Monroe Park.
LGBT History Month first began in 1994 with a Missouri high school teacher, Rodney Wilson. Inspired by the 1993 March on Washington, which now sought to represent bisexual and transgender people as well, Wilson lobbied for a month to celebrate and educate all on LGBT history. This was quickly endorsed by GLAAD, The Human Rights Campaign, the National Education Association and other LGBT advocacy groups.
The month of October was chosen in order to coincide with National Coming Out Day, which had been established in 1988. Other events that take place during the month are Ally Appreciation week, commemorating those who support LGBT causes and Intersex Awareness Day.
The Multicultural Office is hosting several other events to celebrate the month and it’s other civil awareness days.
Starting October 21, students can sign a banner to show support for the LGBT community during Ally Week. The banner will be unveiled in the commons on the 23rd.
OMSA will have a film discussion group for Undertow – Contracorriente on October 11 and The American Experience: Stonewall Uprising on October 25. Undertow, which is a Spanish made LGBT film, is being shown to parallel Hispanic Heritage Month which is also in October.
LGBT discussion groups are held every Wednesday between 3 and 5 in the Student Commons Metro Room. Hoisington, who holds those discussions says that a month to celebrate the LGBT is important, “It’s good to get a voice out there and be recognized by everyone and to celebrate as a collective our shared ideas and experiences.”
This month, VCU’S College of Humanities and Sciences is hosting a speakers series titled, “Celebrating Forty Years of LGBTQ Activism” to commemorate the court decision that allowed for VCU’s first queer student organization to exist on campus. This Thursday, Dr. Marc Stein of San Francisco State University, will give the second lecture in the series [...]October 11, 2016
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