Carolina will celebrate Pride Week beginning April 10. This year’s celebration will center around the theme of “For connection. For Community. For Change.” in honor of the LGBTQ Center’s 20th anniversary.
Pride Week at Carolina is a partnership between the LGBTQ Center, student organizations, University departments and community organizations to host events that highlight the history, inclusion, intersectionality, expression and advocacy within LGBTIQA+ communities.
“We’re excited to see our anniversary celebration and see folks interact and engage with the history of the center before we move forward into the future,” said Jamillae Stockett, the assistant director of the UNC LGBTQ Center. “I hope that when we look back at this moment, we will see this journey, the time, effort and thought that we put into the center grow from seeds we’re planting now, ready for harvest at the next anniversary.”
This year’s events include:
- An opening reception for the LGBTQ Center’s 20th Anniversary Gallery in the Carolina Student Union Art Gallery on April 10 at 6:30 p.m. The exhibit, which will be open for viewing throughout the week, explores two decades of education, community, support and advocacy.
- A Pride in the Pit celebration on April 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. With food, games and giveaways, the event is an opportunity for community members to meet LGBTQ Center staff to learn about resources for the Carolina LGBTQIA+ community and how all Tar Heels can get involved.
- A Rainbow Walk through the North Carolina Botanical Garden on April 13 at 4 p.m. to help community members connect with each other and nature.
- A musical performance by singer, composer, educator, filmmaker and activist Taína Asili on April 14 at 7 p.m. at Gerrard Hall.
- The premiere of the Process Series’ “The Story of Us” on April 15 and 16. The performance, featuring a 19-member company, will bring to life the oral histories of LGBTQ alumni through the years. “The Story of Us” is a partnership between Carolina Pride Alumni, the Southern Oral History Program, Wilson Library and the College of Arts and Sciences’ communications department.