June is Pride month and all month long, we want to celebrate the stories, lives, and contributions of LGBTQIA2S+ Mavericks past and present, while also providing support and resources to those in need today and in the future.
It was in June 1969 when trans women of color rioted against police brutality at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. After enduring harassment for years, the riot began in an effort to stand against the trans and queer violence that came from frequent police raids of LGBTQIA2S+ spaces.
While there were other documented queer and trans riots that also was in response to police brutality, the Stonewall Inn Riots hosted a remembrance parade the year following the events in New York City called Christopher Street (location of the Stonewall Inn) Liberation Day. This was the birth of the modern day Pride Parade.
Learn more about UNO's history of supporting and celebrating queer voices and ways to be loud and be proud this Pride.
Pride Month is a time to celebrate together and learn about the history of the queer movement locally as well as worldwide. Here are just some events to participate in to celebrat Pride:
There is no one way to "do" pride. It might be a private coming out experience, to walking the streets showing off all your colors, to activating against inequities of justice for queer and trans folk. In the era of social distancing and supporting our most vulnerable populations, UNO's Queer and Trans Services student agency and the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center wanted to share a few ways that UNO LGBTQIA2s+ communities can feel celebrated and hopefully less isolated. If you are interested in LGBTQIA2S+ activism, consider applying for the Queer and Trans Services (QTS, pronounced 'Cuties') student agency board. Applications will be open through the end of the June.
UNO student Ally Nelson shares her story of how support from campus groups like TRANScend have been lifelines for her and other students in navigating school, life, and their own identities.
In October of 2019 UNO faculty, staff, and students helped launch Huespring, a nonprofit leadership development program designed specifically for LGBTQ+ individuals with its first cohort of 22 mentors and scholars. Over the next year, these young professionals and community leaders came together to learn from each other as well as from entrepreneurs, educators, political leaders, and luminaries from across the country.
Queer and trans spectrum people are often invisible to the campus community. OUT @ UNMC & UNO is an online visual depiction of LBGTQIA2S+ faculty, staff, and graduate students on campus. We hope this effort will demonstrate to prospective and current students, faculty, staff, and the broader community that there are many LGBTQIA2S+ people at UNMC & UNO who are celebrated in the campus community! If you are a graduate student, faculty or staff and are interested in being a part of OUT @ UNMC and UNO, please email email@example.com.
Made in collaboration with UNO's Queer and Trans Services Student Agency. UNO supports the Maverick Spirit of every student, faculty member, staff member, alumni, and guest who are part of the LGBTQIA2S+ community.
Celebrate Pride throughout the year with these Zoom backgrounds!
The images are easy to download and easy to incorporate. Simply choose one of the images linked below and save it to your desktop (or a preferred folder). Once you open Zoom, go into "Settings" or "Preferences" and choose "Virtual Background." Once there, beneath your example video there will be a small "+", choose "Add Image" and the UNO Zoom image you downloaded to your computer and then back out of your settings.
Durango Wearing the Flag
Durango Holding the Flag
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