The LGBTQ+ movement has made great strides in fighting for equality and acceptance, but misconceptions and injustices toward the community are still prevalent.
In light of LGBTQ+ Pride Month at MSU, the campus community will showcase LGBTQ+ pride.
“We want to elevate the words, identities, histories and importance of LGBTQ+ people and communities that are often forgotten and marginalized,” said Matthew Banks, coordinator of multicultural programs/LGBT student services at MSU.
Events are free and open to the public. Several highlights include:
LGBTQ+ Pride Month Kick-off, 5 p.m., Freudenberger House Courtyard
Enjoy food, games and tie-dying T-shirts.
LGBTQ+ Pride Month Keynote: Pidgeon Pagonis, 7 p.m., Plaster Student Union Theater
Pagonis, an American intersex activist, will share about understanding intersex identity and creating communities that are more inclusive.
Breaking Binaries: Transgender Identity and Faith, 7 p.m., Davis-Harrington Welcome Center
Austen Hartke, a transgender person of faith and creator of the YouTube series, “Transgender and Christian,” will explain parts of the Bible that relate to gender identity and the lives of transgender individuals.
Good Queen Fun, 6 p.m., Plaster Student Union Ballroom
This annual drag show features students and performers from around the Springfield area.
Mental Health in the LGBTQ+ Community, 5 p.m., Multicultural Resource Center
Get an intimate look at the mental health concerns of queer and trans people.
Cultural Corner: LGBTQ+ Pride Month, 4 p.m., Jim D. Morris Center
International peer leaders discuss global LGBTQ+ identity.
For a full schedule of events, visit this website.