Pride is celebrated annually in June around the world!
Pride month both celebrates and commemorates LGBTIQA+ people, culture, and activism throughout the years. Both LGBTIQA+ people and ALLY’s alike band together to uplift the voices of the LGBTIQA+ community and celebrate its culture and support LGBTIQA+ rights, while continuing to bring awareness to the difficulties still faced by many LGBTIQA+ communities around the world.
Why do we celebrate in June?
June marks the start of the International Gay Rights Movement in 1969, beginning after a series of violent confrontations called the Stonewall riots.
On June 28, 1969, police in N.Y.C.’s West Village raided popular gay bar, The Stonewall Inn. Long frustrated with police brutality, the community fought back sparking riots for the next five days. From this confrontation launched the Gay Liberation Front with Stonewall becoming a symbol of resistance to discrimination and harassment against LGBTIQA+ groups around the world.
You can read more about it here.
Across Victoria there are a range of activities you can get involved in. From exhibitions at the NGV, to workshops, a sausage sizzle, clothes swaps and many on-demand resources on the Victorian Government Pride website.
Pride Week at La Trobe 22 – 26 August 2022
Pride week at La Trobe will be celebrated from the 22 – 26 August 2022. This is a week where the La Trobe community rally’s together to celebrate the LGBTIQA+ community and bring to light some of the difficulties this community still faces. This week will include a Pride festival day, workshops, speakers, events, and activities for you to immerse yourselves in learning about and celebrating the LGBTIQA+ community. Keep your eyes peeled on the My La Trobe channels in the next month for more details of exactly what is coming up, and how to get involved!
Wear It Purple Day 26 August 2022
Pride weeks ends with Wear It Purple Day on Friday 26 August. Wear It Purple’s aim is to continue to bring awareness to the types of difficulties still experienced by the LGBTIQA+ community. It strives to foster supportive, safe, and inclusive environments for rainbow young people. On this day we encourage you to wear purple to Uni, to work, in your Zoom classes, or just around the house to stand in solidarity with our rainbow youth.
For LGBTIQA+ Identifying Students
La Trobe has many ways you can connect with the LGBTIQA+ community on many of our campuses, and online. These include social groups, clubs, programs, mailing lists and specialist counselling. Check out this article for some ideas.
LGBTIQA+ ALLY Training
For ALLY’s, La Trobe has a diverse ALLY network of trained ALLY’s that champion and affirm LGBTIQA+ voices around the uni. Being a good ALLY means calling out behaviour that hurts our queer community and playing our part in learning and listening to lived experiences to break down harmful stereotypes.
Come and learn to be a better ALLY today and be a part of creating a more inclusive and respectful La Trobe.
Email our ALLY team for more information and training dates! firstname.lastname@example.org