Resources and recommendations for celebrating Pride Month

June is Pride Month, and the Gender & LGBTQIA Center at Elon University offers some resources and guidance for how to celebrate.

Each year, June is recognized as Pride Month to honor the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a series of protests that followed a police raid on June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. The bar was a popular gathering place for members of the LGBTQIA community.

June was officially recognized by the U.S. government as Pride Month in 1999 when President Bill Clinton proclaimed June “Gay and Lesbian Pride Month.” The government has since expanded the recognition to be “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Month.” Learn more about the history here.

To help celebrate Pride Month, the Gender and LGBTQIA Center at Elon University offers the following resources and recommendations for learning more, advocating and participating.

Resources at Elon

  • Gender and LGBTQIA Center (GLC) in Moseley 209 provides support to LGBTQIA students, provides confidential support for survivors of gender-based violence, and presents on gender and LGBTQIA-related topics.
  • The Gender and Sexuality Living Learning Community is a residential community open to any student wishing to explore topics around gender and sexual orientation.
  • Spectrum is a queer-straight student alliance ensuring a safe space for all queer people, existing for over 20 years.
  • OutLaw is a social and educational organization that fosters a supportive and accepting environment for LGBT students, faculty, staff and professionals at Elon Law.
  • The Spirit and Pride Initiative is a grant-funded initiative supported by The Carpenter Foundation and in collaboration with the GLC and Truitt Center to support LGBTQIA students of faith.
  • RISE, a QTPOC student initiative, supports LGBTQIA students of color through affirmation, celebration, and elevation.
  • CLEAR (Coalition of Learning, Empowerment & Anti-violence Resources) is a student-directed initiative supervised by the GLC that coordinates events and presentations on gender-based violence awareness and prevention.

Community Resources

  • Alamance Pride is a nonprofit organization serving the LGBTQ communities of Alamance County by organizing an annual Pride festival.
  • PFLAG Alamance provides support for families and friends of LGBTQ people through educational materials and advocacy against harassment and bullying.
  • Transcend Alamance is a community-led initiative created to form opportunities that inspire a sense of belonging for LGBTQIA+ and gender expansive people of any age, rac and ability in Alamance County.
  • Guilford Green Foundation & LGBTQ Center (Greensboro) creates unity through programming and philanthropy that advances equality and inclusion for LGBTQ communities.

Allyship Tips from the GLC

  • Connect with any of the organizations at Elon or in the Alamance County community.
  • Give to the Gender and LGBTQIA Center to provide financial support for LGBTQIA students who are experiencing food insecurity, to have access to gender-affirming clothing and to make educational experiences financially accessible.
  • Learn the history of the LGBTQIA communities from The Society for Human Rights to the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot and to the Stonewall Riots and subsequent Pride Parades.

Reach out to the staff at the Gender and LGBTQIA Center about other ways to get involved or if you are interested in volunteering with the GLC.