Pride Week

Pride Week 2021

March 28th-April 3rd, 2021

History

The June 1969 “Stonewall Rebellion” against police – led by mostly young working class, youth of color, Puerto Rican and Black drag queens – at the Stonewall bar on New York City’s Christopher Street, is often thought of as marking the beginning of modern gay liberation in the U.S. In the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, police had extorted money from the owners of nightclubs that served gay folks. They often raided the clubs to demonstrate their muscle, arresting the patrons, publishing their names, and sometimes beating or raping them in custody. For the first time ever, instead of passively accepting the police brutality, the patrons fought back.

A year later, activists in other cities were thinking of ways to make the anniversary. During the 1970s various groups began to observe Pride Day, on weekends in June. Today, the holiday is celebrated as the anniversary of the modern movement for the human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

In our Northern Virginia and DC area, pride celebrations include Youth Pride, Black Pride, Leather Pride, the Dyke March, and Capital Pride.

University campuses vary widely in whether, how, and when they organize LGBT Pride observances. Here at Mason, Pride Week takes place in late March / early April (close to the end of Spring semester, but prior to June when many students are off campus for the summer). Our activities include speakers and performers, panel discussions, dances, poetry readings and open mic events, and our annual Drag Show.

Pride Week Event Calendar

Pride Game (NCAA Women’s Soccer vs. Davidson) by Mason Athletics
March 28th, 1pm | George Mason Stadium
The Mason Athletics Pride Game is back! Join us on March 28 when women’s soccer hosts Davidson! The celebration will include a Mason Pride shirt giveaway and in-game elements which honor diversity & inclusion.

Decoding the Dress Code by University Career Services
March 30th, 3-4pm | Via Zoom | Register Here
Find out how phrases like “professional attire” or “dress for success” apply to cultural, religious, and gender inclusive clothing in the workplace.

Thriving with Pride by Student Health Services and Student Support and Advocacy Center
March 31st, 6-7:30pm | Via Zoom | Event Link
Join SHS and SSAC for an interactive, LGBTQIA+ focused workshop on sexual health and healthy relationships of all kinds! We will highlight safer sex, the importance of consent and boundaries, and resources for students who may be experiencing an unhealthy relationship or need support around sexual health. We hope you can join us!

LGBTQ+ Faculty, Staff, & Student Mixer by LGBTQ+ Resources
April 1st, 12:30-2pm | Via Zoom | Register Here
Join us for the semesterly LGBTQ+ faculty, staff, and student mixer. Get to know your fellow students and meet some amazing members of our faculty & staff.

Gaymes with Gays by Board Gaymers & Queer Student Leadership Council
April 1st, 7:30-9pm | Via Zoom | Register Here

Coping Together: LGBTQ+ Identified Students Workshop by Counseling and Psychological Services
April 2nd, 2pm | Via Blackboard Collaborate | Register Here
This workshop focuses on coping with specific stressors that may be unique to one of your identities/populations. Each Friday, we will gather and discuss the impact of these stressors on different identities and skills to cope. Please join us on the sessions that feel applicable to you.

Virtual Drag Bingo ft Monique Heart & After Hours Drag Show byPride Alliance, LGBTQ+ Resources, and PAC
April 3rd, 6-9pm | Via Zoom and Youtube Live | Register for Drag Bingo via Mason360
Join Pride Alliance, LGBTQ+ Resources and PAC for a thrilling Virtual Drag Bingo (via ZoomPasscode: RPDR!Bingo) ft. Monique Heart, a world-renowned Drag Queen seen on RuPaul’s Drag Race, on April 3rd at 6 PM EST. Don’t forget to join the After Hours Drag Show with Mason Drag Royalty at 7:30 PM EST via Youtube Live as well!