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PRIDE MONTH: Armstrong Explores LGBTQ+ Issues Throughout April

In June 1969, the Stonewall riots in Manhattan fueled what was then known as the Gay Liberation Movement, which called for equal rights and treatment for members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. As a result of the riots, the month of June was established as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. In honor of this anniversary, Armstrong students in the Gay-Straight Alliance have organized an entire roster of Pride Month events for April.

“Ignorance breeds fear,” says Charles Breazeale, vice president of the Armstrong Gay-Straight Alliance. “Gay-Straight Alliance helps to educate those who may not fully understand what it means to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community. By doing so, Gay-Straight Alliance is helping to stop homophobia and transphobia before it can even happen.”

Last year’s Campus Climate survey showed that one-sixth of Armstrong’s population identified as being part of the LGBTQ+ community, which inspired the Gay-Straight Alliance to coordinate a month-long Pride celebration. The success of recent diversity months, such as Latino Heritage Celebration Month last September-October and Black Heritage Month this February, encouraged Gay-Straight Alliance leaders to arrange events that would promote understanding and camaraderie.

“The LGBTQ+ community here on campus is probably the most underrepresented group, in terms of visibility, outreach and inclusion,” explains Breazeale. “I’ve had dozens of people come up to me over the past two years to say that they appreciate what the Gay-Straight Alliance does for them on campus.”

Throughout April, 2017 Pride Month will feature guest speakers, panels, block parties, forums, movie screenings, a masquerade prom and more on the Savannah campus and at the Armstrong Liberty Center in Hinesville. All events are open to the public and free, unless noted otherwise.

“We intend for Pride Month to help bolster the LGBTQ+ community’s visibility on campus, to reach out to those who may not be aware of Gay-Straight Alliance and to help include the LGBTQ+ community in future conversations about issues and other concerns on campus,” says Breazeale.

The 2017 Gay-Straight Alliance Pride Month will span both campuses in Savannah and Hinesville, and all events are open to the public and free, unless noted otherwise.

Event Schedule

Monday, April 3

11 a.m.
Sexual Awareness with Lekara Simmons

Student Union – Ogeechee Theater

4 p.m.
Sexual Awareness with Lekara Simmons

Armstrong Liberty Center, Room 206 (Hinesville)

Tuesday, April 4

1 p.m.
Guest Speaker Billy Wooten

Student Union – Ogeechee Theater

Wednesday, April 5

7-9 p.m.
LGBTQ+ Panel

Student Union – Ogeechee Theater

Thursday, April 6

12-3 p.m.
HIV Testing & SGA/CUB Organizational Block Party

Student Union Plaza

Monday, April 10

11 a.m.
Mental Health Awareness Speaker

Student Union – Ogeechee Theater

Tuesday, April 11

1 p.m.
Mental Health Awareness Speaker

Armstrong Liberty Center, Room 206 (Hinesville)

6:30 p.m.
Comedian Alison Grillo

Student Union – Ogeechee Theater

Wednesday, April 12

12:30 p.m.
Gender-Sexuality Minority Network Forum

Solms Hall, Room 103

6-9 p.m.
Stonewall Documentary

Student Union – Ogeechee Theater

Thursday, April 13

7 p.m.
Urban Culture in the LGBTQ+ Community

Student Union Ballroom

Friday, April 14

6-9 p.m.
A Danish Girl Movie Screening

Student Union – Ogeechee Theater

Monday, April 17

11:30-2 p.m.
Religion in the LGBTQ+ Community Panel and Movie Screening

Student Union – Ogeechee Theater

Tuesday, April 18

7-10 p.m.
GSA Masquerade Prom

Student Union Ballroom

Wednesday, April 19

11 a.m.
He/She/Him/They

University Hall, Room 156

Thursday, April 20

2-4 p.m.
Safe Space Training

University Hall, Room 156

Friday, April 21

6-8 p.m.
NAACP White Party

Armstrong International Garden

Monday, April 24

Noon
Campus Conversation: Legalities in the LGBTQ+ Community

Student Union – Ogeechee Theater

Tuesday, April 25

11-2 p.m.
Rainbow Pavilion with No H8 in My School

Student Union Plaza

7-10 p.m.
Drag Show

Student Union Ballroom
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with free admission. Admission is $2 after 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 26

7-9 p.m.
GSA Meeting & Karaoke Night

University Hall, Room 156

Amy Neely

Amy Neely
Class of 2017
Biochemistry
Savannah, Georgia