The celebration of Pride Month in June observes community visibility and the movement toward equality.
The first Pride march in New York City was held on June 28, 1970, on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, which was a critical moment for LGBTQ+ rights in the United States.
In the early hours of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village. At that time, acting or dressing in a way that was considered gender-inappropriate or showing affection to someone of the same sex could get people arrested. Many clubs like Stonewall Inn operated illegally.
A police raid in the early hours of June 28, 1969, spurred neighborhood riots that continued for three days and led to new, more extensive LGBTQ+ activist groups than the U.S. had seen before.
Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Stormé DeLarverie — transgender and lesbian women of color — were prominent figures in that uprising, which fundamentally changed the nature of LGBTQ+ activism in the United States.
The uprising became a catalyst for LGBTQ+ organizations such as the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance, modeled after the civil rights movement and the women’s rights movement.
Carthage College is a proud ally and advocate of the LGBTQ+ community and its fight for equal protection under the law, access to healthcare, and acceptance as vital members of their communities.
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Carthage’s Pride Month Events
Several events are planned throughout the month that encourage conversation and celebration in honor of Pride Month.
Friday, June 11
Safe Zone Training
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Office of Equity and Inclusion invites students, faculty, and staff to connect for a two-hour session on creating a campus community that advocates for our Queer community and fully engages in equitable and inclusive practices.
Join us on Zoom
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30
RESCHEDULED: Carthage Pride Parade
Everyone in the Carthage community is invited to join us as we march down Campus Drive to demonstrate our love and support for our LGBTQIA+ community. Bring your signs of support! We will gather in front of the A. W. Clausen Center and will depart at 11:10 a.m., ending the parade at Kissing Rock. At the end of the parade, we will hear from community members who will share their thoughts and stories on what pride means to them and what a just, caring, and thriving Queer community looks like at Carthage.
* This event has been rescheduled due to inclement weather. Please check The Bridge for further updates.
IN THE COMING WEEKS
Additional Messages from the Office of Equity and Inclusion
The Office of Equity and Inclusion will share information on several campus initiatives including:
- how the College addresses homophobic, transphobic, and other hate crimes and bias incidents,
- our SafeZone trainings,
- our new LGBTQIA Orientation Day
- our inaugural Lavender Commencement Ceremony taking place in spring 2022,
- our upcoming participation in the Chicago PRIDE Fest and Parade in October,
- and more!
Carthaginians speak out: Why Pride Month is important
“To me, pride means having the ability to unapologetically be myself and express myself in the way that I want to without doubts. It has taken me quite a long time to understand my identity as a nonbinary lesbian, and I am glad that I can truly show who I am and show pride in my identities. I wouldn’t be able to be this proud of who I am if it weren’t for the brave trans and queer POC at Stonewall in 1969. I am grateful because LGBTQIA+ pride may not have risen to the level of national recognition it deserved. In addition, queer communities remain persistent in the fight against systems of oppression against them.”
— Wren Szeszol ’22, LGBTQ-SA President
“I celebrate Pride Month because I grew up in an area in the U.S. where being different in any way was a call for bullying and ridicule. Because of this, I hid my sexuality up until I graduated. So with Pride Month, I can find others like me and feel accepted in who I am.”
— Alyssa Thomas ’25
“I celebrate Pride Month because it is a beautiful time that is meant to honor the continual spread of love, acceptance, humanity, and willingness to embrace your own and others’ authenticity. To me, Pride Month means progress, hope, recognition, and community. With these celebrations, we come together as a whole to share joyful experiences in a safe space. We recognize the work we’ve done, the work currently being done, the work that was done by our predecessors, and we look forward to continuing to create, collaborate and embrace who we are.”
— Savannah Kroeger ’23
“Pride Month is dedicated to all of the LGBTQIA+ people in our lives and is about being proud of who you are. But of course, it cannot be that only one month be dedicated to this vast community. Personally, I do not identify as LGBTQIA+, but I have several family members and friends who do. It is only fair that they are treated with the same dignity, respect, appreciation, inclusion, and pride that I am treated with. Throughout my life, I have learned that it is always important and never too late to stand up for what is right, and that is why I am an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community and their rights. LGBTQIA+ people must be heard, appreciated, welcomed, celebrated, and loved all the time. People who identify as LGBTQIA+ are valuable members of our families, our communities, and our society. Pride Month means many things to me, but most importantly, it means two words that Carthage College is dedicating itself to: equity and inclusion.”
— Diego Castaneda ’25
“I celebrate Pride Month because I have been an ally for the LGBTQIA community my whole life. I celebrate this month to give power to these people and raise their voices!”
— Isabelle Esquivel ’22
“I see Pride Month as an opportunity to show publicly my support of our LGBTQIA community. Their courage in the face of extreme prejudice is astonishing, and I have family, students, and dear friends who have trusted me with their true identities. We must work to stop the ignorant, fearful, suspicious, and hateful rhetoric about LGBTQIA people!”
— Patricia Rieman, Associate Professor of Education
Tell us: Why do you celebrate Pride Month?
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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources
We live and work in a richly diverse world. At Carthage, we strive to enhance the diversity and equity of our community and together to create an ever more enlightened and inclusive environment that will positively impact the world. The Carthage academic community is committed to fostering integrity, civility, and justice. Aiming to learn from each other, we reject all forms of prejudice and discrimination toward underrepresented groups.
Learn more about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts at Carthage
Follow us on social media
Follow Carthage’s Equity and Inclusion Instagram account, @carthageequityandinclusion.
- Intercultural Center for Equity, Advocacy, and Engagement
- SafeZone Resources
- Equity and Inclusion Resources
- LGBT-SA (student org)
- Prism (student org)
- Advocates for Social Change (student org)
- Bias Education Response Team
Off-campus resources and events
- Local and national LGBTQ+ resources
- LGBT Center of SE Wisconsin
- Kenosha Pride
- Milwaukee Pride
- PrideFest Milwaukee
- Pride in the Park Wisconsin
- Local and national LGBTQ+ resources
- EduMed — Creating LGBTQIA+ Friendly Communities in Healthcare & Education