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Penn State To Host Campus Pride Month Events Throughout April

Penn State’s Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (CSGD) is hosting several virtual and in-person events to celebrate Campus Pride Month throughout April.

Throughout the entire month of April, social media PRIDE shoutouts will be posted on CSGD’s social media platforms for individuals and organizations representing Penn State communities. The center said it aims to spread much-needed positivity through inspirational videos.

Additionally, students can run or walk in a 5K Pride Run all month until Friday, April 23. Participants will receive a commemorative patch and must register here.

All in-person events require participants to wear face masks, socially distance, and follow Penn State COVID-19 guidelines.

The schedule for Penn State’s Pride Month events is as follows:

  • HUB Takeover & Pride Cookie Giveaway-Grab & Go — Monday, April 5 through Wednesday, April 7 @ noon — CSGD in LL011 HUB — Students can pick up individually wrapped pride-themed cookies in the Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity all day until they run out.
  • ABSolutely Fabulous Ab Workout — Monday, April 5 & Friday, April 30 @ 4:15 p.m. — Virtual — Students can complete a quick ab workout virtually. Register through the Campus Recreation website.
  • Pride Round Robin Tennis Tournament — Tuesday, April 6 — In-person — Register through the Campus Recreation website.
  • HonesT: LGBTQ+ Allyship — Wednesday, April 7 @ 5 p.m. — Virtual — Students can learn terminology, learn about LGBTQ+ activism, and have an honest discussion about what it means to be an ally. Register for the event here.
  • Lions PRIDE Roundtable: Movie Night — Wednesday, April 7 @ 7 p.m. — Virtual — The Lions Pride student organization is hosting a virtual movie night. More information can be found on its Instagram.
  • Model Minority Discussion — Thursday, April 8 @ 6 p.m. — Zoom — The Model Minority discussion is an educational event to raise awareness of anti-Asian racism. During the discussion, participants will learn about what the model minority myth is, how it disproportionately affects the Asian community, and information on the recent attacks on the Asian community. Email [email protected] for the Zoom link.
  • Afternoon Stroll at The Arboretum — Friday, April 9 @ 2 p.m. — Arboretum Entrance Area — Students can enjoy spring and a break from studies with some fresh air at Arboretum, then enjoy some individually packaged food afterward. Register for the event here.
  • Pride Zine Workshop — Friday, April 9 @ 4:30 p.m. — Virtual — Gender and Sexual Diversity in Schreyer’s student group is holding a Zine workshop. Register by Monday, April 5 to receive materials for the workshop.
  • Outdoor Rainbow Power Remix — Friday, April 9, 16, & 30 @ 4:15 p.m. — In-person — Campus Recreation will host Pride-themed Power Remix group dance classes every Friday. Register through the Campus Recreation website.
  • Queer Food Foundation — Monday, April 12 @ 5 p.m. — Virtual — Community activist and Penn State alumna Gabrielle Lenart will host a panel of esteemed queer chefs and activists, including Vanessa Parish, Destiny, and Tiffany Bryant. Registration link to come.
  • Flow-n-Glow Yoga — Tuesday, April 13, 27 @ 12:15 p.m. — In-person — Students can enjoy some inclusive yoga. Register through the Campus Recreation website.
  • Pride Month Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Groff — Wednesday, April 14 @ 5 p.m. — Virtual — Actor and singer Jonathan Drew Groff is a prolific actor on stage, screen, and television, and recipient of a Grammy Award and nominated for two Tony Awards. As an actor, he appeared in “Frozen” (2013), “Hamilton” (2020), and “Mindhunter” (2017). An advocate and activist, he has used his platform to speak about both the challenges and opportunities young LGBTQ+ people face in society. The WPSU watch link is pending.
  • QPOC Music Trivia Night — Thursday, April 15 @ 6 p.m. — Virtual — Learn about different music that’s written and performed by queer people of color. Email [email protected] for the event link.
  • Snapchat CSGD — Friday, April 16 — Use a Snapchat filter created by the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity to celebrate pride on campus. It can be found around Old Main and the HUB. Tag @psulgbtqa.
  • Day of Art — Friday, April 16 — Virtual — Student art and short videos will be showcased all day through social media. It’s an opportunity for graduate and professional students from all fields to showcase their creative talents and unique perspectives. Register here.
  • Out of the ClosetClothing Transit — Saturday, April 17 @ noon — CSGD in LL011 HUB — The Clothing Transit will be featured. Students can learn more about this resource for transgender and non-binary students and pick some clothes out for themselves. 
  • Trans Positive Swim — Saturday, April 17 @ 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. — McCoy Natatorium — This is an inclusive swim time for trans, gender non-conforming, and non-binary students, as well as trans allies to participate in a swim session. Anyone willing to participate in creating a positive space for trans folk is welcome. Students are encouraged to arrive with their bathing suits on, but locker rooms and gender-inclusive changing spaces are available. Register through the Campus Recreation website.
  • Pride Ride: Indoor Cycling — Monday, April 19 through Thursday, April 22 — In-person — Students can enjoy pride-themed indoor cycling all week. Register through the Campus Recreation website.
  • Queer Peers Q’mmunity Social — Monday, April 19 @ 4 p.m. — CSGD in LL011 HUB — First-year, change-of-campus, and transfer students are welcome to create a care package for themselves or for someone else. Meet other students and create these packages. Register here.
  • KaraoGay — Tuesday, April 20 @ 11 a.m. — HUB Lawn tents — Students can stop by until 1 p.m. for pride-themed Karaoke.
  • QPOC Wellness Workshop — Tuesday, April 20 @ 6 p.m. — Virtual — Working towards racial equity while balancing multiple marginalized identities is tiring. Come learn wellness techniques that’ll you take care of you first before the rest of the world. Email [email protected] for program link. 
  • Know Your Rights — Wednesday, April 21 @ 5 p.m. — Virtual & In-person — Students can get an overview about their rights as LGBTQ+ individuals in various situations, including employment, being a consumer, protests and rallies, on-campus housing, and more. Register here.
  • Watch and Learn: “Paris is Burning” — Thursday, April 22 @ 6 p.m. — Virtual — This documentary focuses on drag queens living in New York City and their “house” culture, which provides a sense of community and support for the flamboyant and often socially shunned performers. Groups from each house compete in elaborate balls that take cues from the world of fashion. The film features interviews with several renowned drag queens, including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, and Dorian Corey. Email [email protected] for the link. 
  • Lavender Recognition — Friday, April 23 @ 6 p.m. — Virtual — As we take pride in Penn State this April, we also take pride in our students, staff, and faculty. While we are supporting our communities remotely, we are still planning to honor our graduating undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and those who make a difference in our community. If you are graduating, sign-up for Lavender Recognition, and if you want to nominate someone for an annual LGBTQ+ Award, nominate them here.
  • Graduate Care Packages: Pick up in Center — Monday, April 26 — CSGD in LL011 HUB — Graduate students can pick up a small care package to help them get through finals week. 
  • Punch with Pride — Wednesday, April 28 @ 3:30 p.m. — In-person — Students can sign up for an inclusive kickboxing class through campus recreation. Register through the Campus Recreation website.
  • LGBTQ+ History Webinar — Wednesday, April 28 @ 5 p.m. — Zoom — Students can learn more about LGBTQ+ history through an enthusiastic presentation from the center. The webinar link is 917 3774 0318.

A complete list of Pride events at all Penn State campuses can be found here.

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