Mason Pride Week

Pride Week 2022

March 26th-April 8th, 2022


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 the 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/open mic events, and our annual Drag Show.


2022 Pride Week Event Calendar


DateEvent NameEvent TimeEvent LocationSponsoring Orgs/UnitsRegistration (if applicable)
Saturday, March 26thMason Pride Game 12:00pm-2:30pmSoftball ComplexMason Athletics, LGBTQ+ Resources CenterPress Release
Monday, March 28thMakeup Monday12:00pm-1:00pmSUB I 2200LGBTQ+ Resources CenterRegister Here
Monday, March 28thQueer Grad Coffee Hour3:00-4:30pmLGBTQ+ Resources CenterGrad Student LifeRegister Here
Tuesday, March 29th Real Talk: Decoding the Dress Code4pmZoomCareer Services & LGBTQ+ Resources CenterRegister Here
Tuesday, March 29thIdentity Night-WLW and Sapphic Solidarity5:30-7:00pmSUB I 2200LGBTQ+ Resources Center Register Here
Tuesday, March 29thBeyond the Binary5pmJC Room APride AllianceRegister Here
Wednesday, March 30thSafety First!2pm-4pmWomen and Gender Studies CenterWGSTRegister Here
Wednesday, March 30thIdentity Night-WLW and Sapphic Solidarity5:30pm-7:00pmSUB I 2200LGBTQ+ Resources Center Register Here
Thursday, March 31stLGBTQ+ Student Veteran Chat12pm-1pmZoomOffice of Military Services & LGBTQ+ Resources CenterRegister Here
Thursday, March 31stQSLC Presents: Pride Week Party7:30pm-9:00pmMerten 1202QSLCRegister Here
Friday, April 1stLGBTQ+ Faculty Staff Alliance Business Meeting/Social10:00am-11:00amZoomLGBTQ+ Faculty Staff Allliance Join Here
Friday, April 1stConnect and Reflect12pm-1pmZoomCounseling and Psychological ServicesRegister Here
Monday, April 4thSafe Zone+ workshop- Intro to LGBTQ+ Communities10:00am-11:00amZoomLGBTQ+ Resources CenterRegister Here
Tuesday, April 5thElder/Student Roundtable 12:00pm-1:00pmZoomLGBTQ+ Resources CenterRegister Here
Tuesday, April 5thArt Self-Care Hour4:00pm-5:00pmSUB I 2200LGBTQ+ Resources CenterRegister Here
Tuesday, April 5thO-STEM Kick-Off Celebration5:00pm-6:00pmENGR AtriumCollege of Engineering and Computing Register Here
Tuesday, April 5thIdentity Night-Queer Neurodivergence5:30pm-7:00pmSUB I 2200LGBTQ+ Resources Center Register Here
Wednesday, April 6thIdentity Night-Queer Neurodivergence5:30pm-7:00pmSUB I 2200LGBTQ+ Resources CenterRegister Here
Thursday, April 7thBIPOC Trivia Night7:00pm-9:00pmThe RidgeCCEE, WGST, HRL, LGBTQ+ Resources CenterRegister Here
Friday, April 8thPride Week Drag Show7:30pm-10:00pmJC AtriumLGBTQ+ Resources Center, PACRegister Here