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Pride Week Events Highlight Awareness And Solidarity In Penn State Community

The LGBTQA Resource Center’s yearly Pride Week celebration will kick off seven days of concerts, workshops, and other events celebrating the LGBTQA community on Sunday, March 19.

Assistant Director of the LGBTQA Resource Center Sonya Wilmoth says that even though the week of events takes over a year to plan, both Penn State and State College organizations were eager to get involved.

“We have had an incredible amount of groups and organizations that want to be a part of this year’s pride, so we have had no shortage of events,” Wilmoth said. “They are varied in nature as well so that has been fun. For instance the [State College Area] Roller Derby girls will be joining us for the march.”

This year’s Pride Week will kick off earlier than years past with a concert by nine-piece choral group Tyler’s Suite at State College Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Monday begins with the familiar HUB Takeover from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be a screening of “Genderf*kation: A Gender Emancipation” at 11:30 a.m. and a career discussion titled “BP Pride: Building Your Personal Brand” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — both in the HUB.

Tuesday’s events are dedicated to #BlackTransMagick — there will be a workshop at 1:30 p.m. in the Paul Robeson Cultural Center conference room and a #BlackTransMagick performance at 6 p.m. in the center’s library.

Wednesday begins with the Pride Rally on the steps of Old Main at noon, followed by a talk from transgender activist and entrepreneur Angelica Ross called “We Are Not Worthy” at 8 p.m. in Freeman Auditorium.

On Thursday, student organization OUT and Allies in Business will host a networking night focused on corporate diversity from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Business Building Atrium.

Friday begins with the Pride March starting on the steps of Boucke at noon. Stand for State’s bias and discrimination workshop will start at 1:30 p.m. Those interested need to register for the event. Penn State Hillel will host its Pride Shabbat at 6:30 p.m. in the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center to close out the night.

Pride Week events will continue into the weekend, starting with the School of Theatre’s Gay Prom on Saturday at 9 p.m. in the Theatre Building. The week will come to an end on Sunday, March 26 with a presentation from ordained minister Allyson Robinson and blogger Austen Hartke called “Transgender and Christian: The Calling and Gifts of Transgender Believers” at 6:30 p.m. in Pasquerilla.

Above all, Wilmoth says that Pride Week is the LGBTQA Resource Center’s time to celebrate the strength of a growing community. “It is our time of the year to take much pride in our community — that the LGBTQA+ community is thriving at Penn State and that our students are proud of who they are and the identities that they hold.”

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