GLBT Center connects students to vital programs and resources during LGBTQ History Month | Culture

Celebrated from October 1 through October 31, LGBTQ History Month is a month of community, support, and togetherness for students who identify as LGBTQ through campus events and key resources.

In honor of National Coming Out Day, the second Campus Pride March on October 3 from 3-6 p.m. is the star of the show this month. Pride Walk is an opportunity for students to connect with allies and peers. The event will consist of a 1.4 mile loop around campus, with several stops and a party at Stafford Commons to close out the event.

“This is the kick off for LGBTQ History Month before handing over the programming of our History Month to our student organizations, as we know that many of our students engage better directly with other students. “said Rain Garant, deputy director of the GLBT Center.

According to Mitch Bowersox, program coordinator for the GLBT Center, the Pride Walk is much larger than last year due to earlier planning efforts and more collaborations with campus departments.

“We have more student participants, we have more volunteers,” Bowersox said. “Last year it was just kind of a walk, then we had a little table in Wolf Plaza, and now we’re having a huge lawn party at the end of our walk. And it’s just a big opportunity for students to engage in this way.

Last year, students especially appreciated the fact that the GLBT Center and NC State recognized the importance of pride for their students, faculty, staff, and members of the LGBTQ community through the GLBT Walk. pride.

“The students seem to really enjoy having this performance on campus,” Bowersox said. “As it had never been done before, it was a big deal. People were joining us as we walked, students and pedestrians were honking their horns, and I saw [people] on Hillsborough Street they were cheering us on. People came out of their buildings just to cheer us on too.

The second Our futures The event will take place on October 6 in the lounge of the GLBT Center, a monthly opportunity for students to engage with members of the LGBTQ community on a range of topics.

“This is an ongoing lecture series where we bring adults living, working and thriving in the Triangle area on campus to talk to our students about what it’s like to be a queer adult in a post world. -academic,” Garant said.

October Queer Quoruman ongoing student-led discussion group that facilitates conversation, will hold a session later this month, October 18, for students and LGBTQ allies to connect with the community.

GLBT Center director Charla Blumell said she wants people to feel celebrated and belong, and when they walk through campus, no matter where they are, they know there’s a place. and a space for them.

“I think things like Pride Walk help amplify that and help understand, at least for me, why community is so important,” Blumell said. “But I would like our students, staff and faculty to feel that they have that kind of community-building community care, wherever they are. It is my hope.

The GLBT Center is dedicated to helping make and create as much space as possible for LGBTQ students and the surrounding community, centering their well-being and providing support.

Discover the GLBT Center websiteevents calendar and newsletter follow the monthly schedule.

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