On Saturday, June 24, a special visitor to Aksarben Village’s Stinson Park prompted a lot of buzz and – naturally – a lot of Facebook updates.
That visitor was Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who made a surprise visit to the Heartland Pride festival as part of a cross-country tour.
The experience was something that UNO graduate student Kati Kough won't soon forget.
"I was definitely nervous when I saw him," she says. "I had a lot more emotions when he left, particularly when I realized I had met one of the people whose decisions have had the most influence in changing our society."
Kati, who is a graduate assistant for UNO's Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC), was with several UNO representatives were at Heartland Pride to promote the GSRC, UNO's Queer and Trans Services (QTS) Student Agency and the Queer Omaha Archives, which is the only formal LGBTQIA+ archive for the metro area.
The Queer Omaha Archives is part of UNO Libraries’ Archives & Special Collections and officially launched in 2016. The Queer Omaha Archives collects and preserves materials relevant to the LGBTQ+ community in the region. Archives & Special Collections' material is available for the university community and general public at both the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library and online.
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