The Origins of LGBTQ+ History Month
LGBTQ+ History Month started when Rodney Wilson decided he wanted to be inclusive with his curriculum and educate his students about the legacy of the LGBT community in 1994. This month was chosen because of the second march on Washington for Gay and Lesbian rights, which was later celebrated as National Coming Out Day on October 11. Join us at NC State as we celebrate our LGBTQIAP+ community.
In recognition of National Coming Out Day and LGBTQ+ History Month, campus partners from across NC State will host the third annual PrideFest (previously known as “Pride Walk”) on Tuesday, October 3 at Stafford Commons starting at 3 p.m.
What is PrideFest?
PrideFest is an annual celebration of the NC State LGBTQ+ community and all are welcome! Each year, the LGBTQ Pride Center unites colleges and departments across campus to show our Pack Pride. Join us for an afternoon of belonging and festivities as we recognize and honor the valuable contributions of LGBTQ+ members of our Wolfpack and their allies.
How can I get involved?
PrideFest will kick off at Stafford Commons with LGBTQ Pride Center Director, Charla Blumell, giving an energizing send-off speech. Parade attendees will then follow an ADA-accessible route throughout NC State’s main campus passing 3 Rally Points and 3 Cheer Points along the way. Attendees will be welcomed back to Stafford Commons with a Lawn Party featuring food, games, and community resources from across campus to conclude the event.
- 3 – 5 p.m.
Sign and T-shirt Decorating; Fun, Relax, and Restore Fair, featuring food trucks and vendors with self-care items
- 4 – 4:10 p.m.
Speakers and Kick-Off Parade
- 4:10 – 5 p.m.
Parade Along the Accessible Route
Parade with us:
Meet at Stafford Commons at 3 p.m. to make a sign or a t-shirt, we start our parade at 4:10 p.m. You’re also welcome to join the route as you see us on campus. If you choose not to parade, you can also stay back at Stafford Commons to enjoy the “Rest, Relax, and Restore Fair”, involving self-care resources and food trucks.
Cheer us on:
Stop by one of our designated cheering locations with a sign, a pride flag, or other rainbow gear.
Who can join in?
Anyone! Students, faculty, and staff across campus are all invited.