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October | LGBTQ+ History Month

Not to be confused with LGBT Pride Month, which is celebrated in June, LGBTQ+ History Month originated in the United States as Lesbian and Gay History Month and was first celebrated in October 1994. It was founded by the first openly gay public high-school history teacher in Missouri, Rodney Wilson. Wilson chose October as the month of celebration because the first and second LGBT Marches on Washington were in October in 1979 and 1987. Many gay and lesbian organizations supported the concept early on. LGBTQ+ History Month encourages honesty and openness about being queer, transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming.

The PRIDE Center celebrated LGBTQ+ History Month through various events and activities, including PRIDE Week!

Tuesday, October 11 | National Coming Out Day

Time: 12 - 1:30 PM
Location: Multi-Cultural Center | Library Breezeway (next to Grumpy Mule)

National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is observed on the second Tuesday of October to support LGBTQ+ people in "Coming Out of the Closet.” First celebrated in the United States in 1988, the initial idea was that homophobia thrives in an atmosphere of silence and ignorance and that once people know that they have loved ones who are lesbian or gay, they are less likely to maintain homophobic views. This year, we invited students, staff, and faculty to join a special Queer Connect, a PRIDE Center collaboration with Student Health and Counseling Services, for an activity where campus community members “come out” to a supportive and affirming audience. Light refreshments were served, and allies were encouraged to attend and support. To participate in the coming out activity or to request an accommodation, including ASL interpreting and closed captioning, contact Tranh Pham by October 1, 2022. | Register for National Coming Out Day by October 7 at noon.

October 17 - 21|PRIDE Week

PRIDE Week celebrated the social and self-acceptance, achievements, legal rights, and history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, and queer (LGBTQ+) individuals. During PRIDE week, the PRIDE Center and collaborators engaged the campus community in various events and activities to provide education, support, and acceptance of LGBTQ+ people. We also highlighted PRIDE Center services and resources using social media campaigns and the special events in this program-packed week. PRIDE Week Fall 2022 was open to all members of the Hornet family who want to enrich their appreciation of diversity in the area of LGBTQ+ awareness.

A full schedule of PRIDE Week 2022 events:

Monday, October 17 | Safe Zone Training

Time: 9 AM - 12 PM
Location: Virtual

Attendees learned how to create and cultivate an inclusive campus climate that is open, safe, and supportive of student diversity in the areas of gender identity, sexual orientation, and gender expression. | Register for the Safe Zone Zoom Session (Registration Required)

Monday, October 17 | FREE HIV Test

Time: 10 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: The WELL

Monday, October 17 | FREE Monkey Pox Vaccinations

Time: 10 AM - 2 PM
Location: The WELL

Sacramento LGBT Community Center offered free MPX vaccine and HIV testing for Hornet students, faculty, or staff at Sac State. For more information, contact Aaron Armer or call (916) 442-0185.

Monday, October 17 | Social and Disability Justice

Time: 4 - 5 PM
Location: Riverview Hall Classroom (30 ppl max in person) or via the Social and Disability Justice Zoom

The Undergraduate Studies Office presented discussion about Haben Girma, a renowned author, and disability justice activist. This session connected Sac State’s Anti-Racism and Inclusivity Plan to Haben’s book and explored how social justice benefits all people. Email your RSVP to

Tuesday, October 18 | Paving The Way for Blood Donation Eligibility for Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM)

Time: 3 - 4 PM
Location: via the Paving The Way for Blood Donation Eligibility for Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM) Zoom

An info session and Q&A on FDA regulations on donating blood by Dr.Custer. Attendees learned more about blood eligibility before Sac State Blood Drive on October 25 - 26. Co-sponsored by Vitalant, PRIDE Center, and The University Union, in celebration of PRIDE Week. For more information, please visit the Union Traditions website or call (916) 278-6997.

Tuesday, October 18 | Queer Connect

Time: 12 - 1 PM
Location: PRIDE Center

Attendees joined our weekly support group for Sac State students who identify as LGBTQ+ or allies. Participants were invited to listen, share, and explore their experiences in the community.

Tuesday, October 18 | Peer Counseling with Emmaline

Time: 1:30 - 4:30 PM
Location: PRIDE Center

Students received one-on-one support from a peer counselor who offers a non-judgmental and confidential space to discuss any concerns. | Sign up for Peer Counseling with Emmaline (Appointments or drop-ins)

Tuesday, October 18 | Networking Mixer with Rainbow Chamber Commerce

Time: 6 - 7:30 PM
Location: Off-Campus - Scott's Seafood (Folsom, CA)

Attendees mixed with the Rainbow Chamber of Commerce in Folsom this month to network with LGBTQ+ businesses around Sacramento. | Register for the Networking Mixer with Rainbow Chamber Commerce (Registration Required)

Wednesday, October 19 | International Pronouns Day

Since 2018, we have celebrated International Pronouns Day every third Wednesday in October. International Pronouns Day seeks to make asking, sharing, and respecting personal pronouns commonplace. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is essential to human dignity. Marginalization and invisibility exist in the same terrible landscape as stigma and discrimination, and together they contribute to poor health outcomes that put people at risk. Participants checked out our social media for the Pronouns campaign, then joined us and Student Health & Counseling for Mingling Over Mocktails (MOM) and shared their pronouns on this particular night.

Wednesday, October 19 | Peer Counseling with Max

Time: 10AM - 1PM
Location: PRIDE Center

Students received one-on-one support from a peer counselor who offered a non-judgmental and confidential space to discuss any concerns. | Sign up for Peer Counseling with Max (Appointments or drop-ins)

Wednesday, October 19 | Queer Picnic with UNiQUE

Time: 12 - 1 PM
Location: Serna Plaza

Attendees made pronouns flair or brought their lunch and enjoyed the music of Sacramento-based multi-instrumentalist, engineer, producer, and songwriter Jayson Angove with the PRIDE Center and UNiQUE!

Wednesday, October 19 | Mingling Over Mocktails

Time: 6 - 8 PM
Location: University Union, Redwood Room

Attendees came to join Student Health & Counseling Services and the PRIDE Center for an extended, fun, in-person evening of mocktail demonstrations! Activities for this incredibly special event included sharing new or updated pronouns, singing karaoke, and more. | Register for Mingling Over Mocktails (Registration Recommended)

Thursday, October 20 | Spirit Day

Since October 20, 2010, this annual observance takes place on the 3rd Thursday in October. Canadian teenager, Brittany McMillan, wanted to create awareness for the rash and widely publicized bully-related suicides of gay teenagers. Supporters can show solidarity by wearing purple, changing their profile pictures, and extensively using the hashtags #SpiritDay and #ChooseKindness in their social media posts. For more information please visit our PRIDE Center Instagram account.

Thursday, October 20 | Pride Fair

Time: 11 AM - 2 PM
Location: Library Quad (Fountain Area)

Attendees met up for a sunny gathering, learned about our LGBTQ+ history and community, and connected with the students, student clubs and organizations, staff, faculty, and on-campus and off-campus partners. Attendees came out, celebrated, and made crafts that affirm gender diversity and sexual orientation, and our LGBTQ+ history. To request accommodation, including ASL, contact Tranh Pham by Oct 10. | Register for Pride Fair (Registration Recommended)

Friday, October 21 | Lavender Experience Seminar

Time: 12:30 - 3 PM
Location: PRIDE Center

Participants signed up and joined the inaugural LGBTQ+ tour of Sac State with PRIDE Center, while gaining tools for college success and appreciating LGBTQ+ experiences in academia with peers. | Register for the Lavender Experience Seminar (Registration Recommended)

Friday, October 21 | Delta Lambda Phi Movie

Time: 3 - 5 PM
Location: PRIDE Center

Attendees wrapped up PRIDE Week with the brothers of Delta Lambda Phi with some pizza and LGBTQ+ movie.

PRIDE Week was funded by ASI Grants, Office for Equal Opportunity, and University Enterprise, Inc. For more information about Pride Fair or to request accommodation, please call (916) 278-8720 or email by Friday, October 10, at 5 PM.

Campus Partners & Sponsors

Admissions & Outreach, ASI Aquatic Center, ASI Student Engagement Office, ASI Government, Peak Adventures, Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Center, Career Center, Confidential Campus Advocate, Design Studies, Division of Inclusive Excellence, Delta Lambda Phi, Dreamer Resource Center, Financial Wellness, Gender Health Center, HornetAttain!, Lavender Alumni Network, Lavender Library, Martin Luther King Jr. Center, Muganzo Entertainment, Multi-Cultural Center, Office for Equal Opportunity (Title IX), Office of the President, Peer & Academic Resource Center, PFLAG Sacramento, Pride Society at Sac State, Sacramento County, Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, Sac LGBT Community Center, Sac State School of Music, Sac State Theater & Dance Studies, Serna Center, Disability Access Center (DAC), SMUD, Strategic Student Support Programs, Student Health & Counseling Services, Student Organization & Leadership, UNiQUE Programs, University Library, WEAVE, The WELL, Women's & Gender Studies & LGBTQ Studies, Women's Resource Center.

PRIDE Week Zoom Background

We encourage you to use the PRIDE Week Zoom background to show solidarity and celebrate LGBTQ+ history at Sac State.

PRIDE Zoom Background