Sacramento State’s PRIDE Week, which gets underway Thursday, April 6, with a spoken-word performance by Jade Phoenix Martinez, celebrates and supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning, and queer members of the Hornet Family.
Also on the calendar is a bring-your-own-makeup demonstration, a poetry slam, two documentaries directed by Sac State alumni, and the second annual Asian and Pacific Islander Queer Homecoming Conference.
“Pride celebrations began as a way to commemorate and celebrate the various ways that LGBTQ communities resist oppressive forces, policies, and practices by society and institutions – and they continue to serve that critical purpose,” says Chris Kent, the PRIDE Center’s program coordinator.
PRIDE Week events are free and open to all. Here’s the lineup:
UNIQUE Presents “Spoken Word with Jade Phoenix” – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6; University Union Ballroom. A performance by Jade Phoenix Martinez, who identifies as “a queer, trans femme, woman of color, first-generation Filipinx-American, parent, Los Angeles-based performance poet, and activist/educator.” Co-sponsored by the University Union and the PRIDE Center.
Second annual APIQ Homecoming Conference – All day Saturday, April 8; University Union. The focus is on centralizing the Asian and Pacific-Islander Queer (APIQ) experience. Sponsored by PRIDE Center.
“Q/T Chat: Rediscovering PRIDE” – 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, April 10; University Union, PRIDE Center. A conversation about decentering homonormativity and homonationalism at pride celebrations. Sponsored by the PRIDE Center.
PRIDE Fair and Picnic – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 11; Library Quad. Sac State and off-campus departments and organizations join forces to show their support for the LGBTQ community. Sponsored by the PRIDE Center, the Women’s Resource Center, and Student Health and Counseling Services.
Makeup Demonstration Workshop – 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 12; University Union, Orchard Suite. Bring your own cosmetics and brushes. Instructors and mirrors will be supplied. Sponsored by the PRIDE Center and the Women’s Resource Center.
PRIDE Talk – 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 12; PRIDE Center. A discussion about what “pride” means to each of us. Sponsored by Student Health and Counseling Services.
Poetry Slam – 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 12; Solano Hall 2004. Socially aware spoken-word poetry. Sponsored by Queer Union.
“Where’s My Orgasm?” – 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 13; University Union, Orchard Suite. A discussion led by Professor Patty Woodward of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science. Sponsored by the PRIDE Center.
“Q/T Chat: Polyamory” – 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 13; PRIDE Center. A discussion about poly relationships, comparison, and jealousy. Sponsored by the PRIDE Center.
They/Them (2016) and Mi Familia 2: Class Order Family Tribe (2016) – 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 14; University Union, Forest Suite. The two documentaries focus on queer and transgender narratives, and were directed by Sacramento State alumni Vanessa Walker and Rob Fatal. A discussion will follow both screenings. Sponsored by the PRIDE Center. – Dixie Reid