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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!

October 16 - 20|PRIDE Week

PRIDE Week celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, and queer (LGBTQ+) individuals. During PRIDE week, the PRIDE Center and collaborators engage the campus community through various events and activities to provide education, support, and ways to connect with the community. We also highlight PRIDE Center services and resources using social media campaigns and the special events in this program-packed week. PRIDE Week 2023 is 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 2023 events:

Monday, October 16 | Black Joy x Queer Joy

Time: 10 – 11AM
Location: MLK Center

Join the MLK Center and PRIDE Center for some spooky activities

Monday, October 16 | Queeraoke Night

Time: 4 - 6PM
Location: Multi-cultural Center

Come join us for free drinks and pizza while singing your heart out!

Tuesday, October 17 | Pride Fair

Time: 12 – 2PM
Location: Library Quad

Meet up for a sunny gathering, learn about our LGBTQ+ history and community, and connect with the students, on-campus and off-campus partners

Wednesday, October 18 | Queer Healthy Relationships

Time: 12 – 2PM
Location: PRIDE Center

Learn how to maintain healthy relationships between partners, friends, or family members! Topics include characteristics of healthy relationships, communication skills, and tips for ending unsafe relationships.

Thursday, October 19 | Queer Connect: Book Swap

Time: 12 – 1PM
Location: PRIDE Center

Attendees joined our group discussion for Sac State students who identify as LGBTQ+ or allies. Participants were invited to listen, share, and explore their experiences in the community. Also bring your favorite book to trade your reads for a “new to you” story.

Thursday, October 19 | Speed Friending

Time: 2 – 4PM
Location: Multi-cultural Center

Thursday, October 19 | Drag Show with UNiQUE

Time: Starts at 7:30PM
Location: University Ballroom

Get ready to slay the show with Kornbread Jeté and Jasmine Kennedie from Rupaul’s Drag Race season 14!

Parking Information

FREE on the top floor of Parking Structure III. Please view driving to campus and campus map for directions. A printable campus map is also available.

Friday, October 20 | QT Picnic & Crafts

Time: 12 – 1:30PM
Location: Riverfront Lawn

Friday, October 20 | Film-screening & Friends

Time: Starts at 2:15PM
Location: PRIDE Center

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.