celebrating Pride Month

“To me, Pride Month means progress, hope, recognition, and community. 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

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.

Students, staff, faculty, and community members participated in a campus Pride Parade in summer 2...
Kissing Rock with the Pride Flag painted on it.


Carthage community members with LGBTQ+ pride flags.

Diversity, Equity, & 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.

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