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.
In June 1969, trans women of color rioted against police brutality at the Stonewall Inn in New York City after enduring harassment for years. This riot sparked a growing - and continuing - effort to stand against trans and queer violence of LGBTQIA2S+ individuals and 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.
- Queer and Trans Services (QTS)
- University of Nebraska Chosen Name and Gender Policy
- Visit the Queer Omaha Archive
- TRANScending Trans Narratives: Ally's Story of Resilience
- Huespring: Opening Doors, Building Communities for Queer Leaders in Nebraska
- Support Each Other Through 'OUT @ UNO'
- Listen to the UNO Pride Playlist
- Shop the UNO Bookstore for Pride Items
- Download Pride Zoom Backgrounds
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.
UNO's Queer and Trans Services student agency and the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center wants to ensure that UNO LGBTQIA2s+ communities can feel celebrated and less isolated, especially as more people are finding their ways after two years of pandemic isolation.
As of 2021, all members of the UNO campus community have the ability to update their chosen name, pronouns, and gender identity across all university systems. Students can make these changes using MavLINK and faculty and staff can do so in Firefly. A video is available here to walk through the process.
UNO is home to the city's only collection of LGBTQIAS2+ historical documents detailing the fight for equity and equality throughout the city's past. The Queer Omaha Archives preserves LGBTQIA+ history as part of the UNO Libraries’ Archives & Special Collections. Materials documenting Omaha’s and Nebraska's diverse LGBTQIA+ communities are available to the public to more widely share the stories of these individuals.
UNO student Ally Nelson-Matute 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.
The most recent cohort of Huespring participants recently graduated on May 13, including 12 Scholars and 10 Mentors and recruitment for the 2022 cohort will open this summer. Those interested in participating are encouraged to indicate their interest to one of the members of Huespring's leadership team.
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.
UNO faculty and staff hope this effort will demonstrate to prospective and current students, as well as faculty, staff, and the broader community that there are many LGBTQIA2S+ people at 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 @ UNO, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Visit the UNO Bookstore website for Pride items, or stop by storefront during regular business hours.
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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