In observance of national LGBTQ+ History Month, the office of multicultural programs at Missouri State University will present a host of events to share about the successes and struggles of the LGBTQ+ community.
“We want to celebrate the student identities who are within the community, to educate and provide awareness,” said Yvania Garcia-Pusateri, executive director of multicultural programs at Missouri State. “This month is also connected to our pillars of public affairs. When we’re talking about cultural competence, we’re not only talking about certain things like race but also the binaries of what makes identity.”
The LGBTQ+ History Month on campus begins with the Bears Building Bridges Pride March at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 6. It will start in the Multicultural Resource Center Annex, continue around campus and end in the Plaster Student Union food court area, where the official kick-off for the month will take place from 5-8 p.m. The event will feature food, music and performances.
Other events on the schedule include:
Oct. 10, 20 and 25
Safe Zone trainings, led by Aryne Say, a student worker in the office of multicultural programs, will be held from 3-5 p.m. in Plaster Student Union room 314 A/B on Oct. 10 and 20, and in room 312 A/B on Oct. 25. Participants will learn about topics such as creating safe spaces, supporting people who come out and becoming a responsible ally.
The Lunch and Learn Workshop Series titled “The Importance of Pronouns” will take place from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Multicultural Resource Center Annex. It will be facilitated by several members of the LGBTQ+ History Month planning committee.
In collaboration with Missouri State Student Activities Council, a film titled “Bridegroom” will be shown at 9 p.m. in Plaster Student Union Theater. It tells the story of the relationship between two young gay men, Shane Bitney Crone and Thomas Bridegroom, and the challenges Crone faced after Bridegroom died in an accident. After the screening, viewers will get to engage in a dialogue with Crone himself.
The MO State Drag Race from 7-9 p.m. in Plaster Student Union Ballroom will feature live performances by students and other activities that will enable people to experience the drag subculture of the LGBTQ+ community. Those who are interested in participating can contact Say.
A marathon screening of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” will take place from noon-8 p.m. in the Multicultural Resource Center Annex.
To wrap up LGBTQ+ History Month, the community is invited to join in the Staff and Faculty Student Mixer from 3-5 p.m. at the Freudenberger House Courtyard. Rain location will be the Multicultural Resource Center Annex.
All events are free and open to the public.
“This is a nationwide LGBTQ+ History Month so we want to celebrate with everyone who wants to join us,” said Say.