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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Oct. 13, 2015

Northwest celebrating LGBT pride and history throughout October

Northwest Missouri State University is commemorating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride and History Month with three weeks of activities and presentations.

“These events provide an opportunity for our campus and community to celebrate the lives of LGBT people and to help us learn and grow toward creating more inclusive spaces in our society,” Steve Bryant, the director of Northwest’s Office of Multicultural Student Success, said.

In 1994, a coalition of education-based organizations in the United States designated October as LGBT History Month. It is celebrated with annual month-long observances of LGBT history along with history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.

LGBT Pride Month is celebrated nationally each June to recognize the impact lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally and internationally. Cities across the nation celebrate with pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts. Events also include memorials for individuals who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS.

A complete listing of the events at Northwest appear below.

For more information, contact Northwest’s Office of Multicultural Student Success at mss@nwmissouri.edu or 660.562.1367.

 

Monday, Oct. 12

Matthew Shepard Vigil (8 to 9 p.m., Memorial Bell Tower)

A candlelight vigil will honor the life and legacy of Matthew Shepard. This event is sponsored by Common Ground.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 13 - Oct. 15

Supporting Hands (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, J.W. Jones Student Union, information tables)

Show your support of the LGBT+ Community by donating monetary funds to support both national LGBT+ initiatives/philanthropies and Common Ground local programming. This event is sponsored by Common Ground.

 

Monday, Oct. 19

Safe Zone Training (2 to 5 p.m., J.W. Jones Student Union Boardroom)

Safe Zone Training, conducted by the Office of Multicultural Student Success, is a program geared to helping participants do self-work to aid in creating more supporting and accepting environments on campus and for the LBGT+ community.

 

Monday, Oct. 26

Just Keep Swimming (10 a.m. to 1 p.m., J.W. Jones Student Union information table)

Student leader Deven Stepney is leading “Owning Your Story” events starting with today’s focus on suicide awareness and suicide prevention. Participants will write encouraging words and have conversations around suicide prevention and awareness.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 27

Self Defense, Bystander Intervention, Gender Equity (7 to 8 p.m., Martindale Hall gymnasium)

Student leader Deven Stepney is leading “Owning Your Story” events continuing with today’s focus on self-defense, bystander intervention, and gender equity. University Police and the Title IX Office are presenting.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 28

LGBT+ Discussion/Information (10 a.m. to 1 p.m., J.W. Jones Student Union information table)

Student leader Deven Stepney is leading “Owning Your Story” events continuing with today’s focus on information, resources, and statistics regarding the LGBT+ community. Coffee and donuts will be provided as participants engage in dialogue and receive information.

Standing in My Truth, Deven Stepney Keynote Presentation (8 to 9 p.m., The Station center room)

Student leader Deven Stepney is leading “Owning Your Story” with a keynote presentation. Stepney will discuss his own personal challenges and how he has worked to stand in his truth and own his story.

 

Thursday, Oct. 29

Pride March (6 to 7:30 p.m., Memorial Bell Tower)

Common Ground presents a Pride March where participants are encouraged to bring signs and wear clothing that shows their pride for the LGBT+ community. The march will end at the College Park Pavilion where hot dogs and chips will be served by the Office of Multicultural Student Success.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468