Pride Week

Pride Week 2019

March 22 – 29, 2019

·         March 22ND 1-2pm: Trans Closet Opening ODIME + LGBTQ Resources will kick off Pride Week 2019 by opening up our new Trans Closet in SUB I Suite 2200, in the LGBTQ Resources Closet! Our Trans Closet is a resource where transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming students can find free clothing and accessories. This closet exists because transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people can have a hard time finding places where they can shop comfortably due to discrimination, can find it financially difficult to replace large amounts of clothes to help them express their gender, and can find it financially difficult to purchase clothing due to job discrimination. Come by to see the spot or be the first to find some new clothing items!

·         March 27TH 1-4pm: LGBTQ+ Leaders with LEAD in Patriot’s Lounge (in SUB I) This program honors outstanding individuals, leaders, and activists who have furthered the causes important to the LGBTQ+ community.

·         March 27TH 8-10pm: LGBTQ Community Movie Night in ODIME MPR—open to the LGBTQ+ Student organizations, students that identify, and friends!

·         March 28TH Noon-1:30pm: Trans at Work Brown Bag in Merten 1202 Professional Staff will share their varied experiences of joining Mason and some best practices for supporting trans candidates in hiring and onboarding.

·         March 28TH 3:30-5:30pm: Transgender Day of Visibility in Patriot’s Lounge (in SUB I)—where transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming students, faculty, and staff engage with realities in the experience, visibility, and intersectionality of their identities.

·         March 28TH 7-10pm: Women’s History Month Open Mic in JC Bistro. Open to folks of all genders and orientations!

·         March 29TH 3-5 pm: Anniversary of Pride Alliance with the RSO and Student Centers in the Corner Pocket for some dessert and free play!

·         March 29TH 11:30am-1:30pm: LGBTQ+ Lunch & Learn with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) in SUB I Room 3008, pizza and discussion on Hollywood LGBTQ+ diversity issue will be provided!

·         March 29TH 8-10:30pm: Annual Pride Week Drag Show in JC Atrium! Join ODIME + LGBTQ Resources and co-sponsor Patriot Activities Council (PAC) to enjoy some excellent local drag performers. Don’t forget your ones!

·         March 29TH KiKi, after the Drag Show in the Johnson Center! Join Patriot Activities Council (PAC) to kick back and mingle with some light refreshments and a chill playlist.

·         March 30TH 2-6pm: The Golden Ticket Prom will be held on the Arlington Campus in Founders Hall Multipurpose Rooms 125/126, a chance for (LGBTQ+) students who might want to do Prom in a way that aligns with their identity, open to all genders and orientations as long as they are respectful of everyone else!

·         March 31ST 1pm: Women’s Lacrosse Game at George Mason Stadium: Fans who attend the game will receive a complimentary Mason Athletics Pride t-shirt (while supplies last). Promotions and activities throughout the game will center on inclusion and diversity in college sports, specifically as part of the You Can Play project.

 

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.