On behalf of the Cato College of Education Diversity Committee: Happy Pride!
June is officially designated as Pride month in the LGBTQ+ Community. Pride commemorates the anniversary of the Stonewall Riot and subsequent uprisings in New York City and is considered by many historians to be the catalyst for today's LGBTQ+ Liberation Movement. BIPOC trans women and Black lesbians led these movements, including but not limited to Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, and Storme DeLarverie. More locally, Charlotte Pride was officially founded in 2000 and has organized Pride Festivals and Pride Parades annually for the last decade with over 200,000 visitors and locals in attendance. Additionally, UNC Charlotte students, faculty, staff and administrators have marched together in the Pride Parade for the last few years.
If you are interested, there are some small ways you can celebrate Pride this summer:
1. Virtual Zoom Pride Background (Zoom Settings>>Background & Filters>>Video Filters: Download the Pride package and then choose it)
2. Rename your Zoom Name to include pronouns (e.g., Michelle Stephan (she, her, hers)
4. Visit the Charlotte Pride website to learn about Pride 2021 events
5. Fly a Pride flag in your office or paste Pride stickers on laptops, phone cases, etc.
6. Sign up for Safe Zone training at UNC Charlotte this summer June 19
7. Support and get involved with Time Out Youth, Charlotte's LGBTQ+ youth center that directly supports youth and works with educators and schools in the region: https://www.timeoutyouth.org
8. Evaluate your fall course syllabi to include relevant LGBTQ+ topics, readings, and guest speakers
You can also find information on legislative initiatives related to the LGBTQ+ community below.