June is Pride month. Over fifty years ago, 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.
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.
Are you a UNO student? Do you want to begin your transition but don’t have the monetary means to? Or are you in the middle of it, waiting for the right piece of the puzzle? Do you need something for your journey in affirming who you are? QTS presents 'Trans Send,' a service that aims to help you complete your transition wishlist. With Trans Send you can request the purchase of one item up to $100 that will help you in expressing your gender to the fullest. This includes binders, makeup, a suit jacket, a dress, a packer, a wig, and so much more. Think large! Trans Send will honor this opportunity until we have spent $2000. This request will work on a first come, first serve basis through June 30th! All you need to do is fill out the request form.
The current situation with COVID-19 has certainly changed the ways in which we can gather but the strength of our community still deserves a celebration. UNO's Queer and Trans Services will be giving away shirts to the first 100 students to fill out the form below. The shirts are a white tank top, your choice of cut is listed below, and will feature our UNO PRIDE design. Once ordered, we will contact you with a time to pick up your shirts from Milo Bail Student Center. Make sure to put your request in by Thursday, June 4 at 11:59 P.M. so that you can wear them proudly for Christopher Street Liberation Day, Sunday June 28.
Finally, the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center knows that queer and trans spectrum people are often invisible to the campus community. 'OUT @ UNO' is an online visual depiction of LBGTQIA2S+ faculty, staff, and graduate students on campus. We hope this effort will address isolation and demonstrate for prospective and current students, faculty, staff, and the broader community that there are many LGBTQIA2S+ people here at UNO and are celebrated in the campus community. If you are a graduate student, faculty or staff and are interested in being a part of OUT @ UNO, we invite you to submit your information.
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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