Twenty years ago, in 1999, President Bill Clinton declared the first “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month.” June was chosen to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred that month in 1969 and paved the way for the gay liberation movement.

Throughout the month, major cities across the United States host a series of events that include concerts, parades, and picnics that allow the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA) community to come together to celebrate the progress made in the last few decades.

Supporting our LGBTQIA community

BC Pride is an initiative created by the office of Student Achievement Initiatives and Student Services to provide support to Broward College’s LGBTQIA community by creating and fostering a culture of inclusion through education, explains Andrew Dutka, committee chair of BC Pride.

BC Pride event“Through this initiative we seek to provide a safe space for all our students, especially those in the LGBTQIA community, by raising awareness on the issues that affect them,” says Dutka. “By actively participating in events that embrace diversity, the College continues to show how much we care about providing a space that is inclusive and free of judgement.”

Under this initiative, students can join the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) chapter of their campus. GSA’s primary mission is to raise awareness of LGBTQIA issues through volunteerism and collaboration at community events throughout the year.

Represent Broward College at Pride Events

This month, BC Pride is representing Broward College at some of South Florida’s significant Pride events, and they are encouraging students, faculty, and staff to join them. On Saturday, June 15, BC Pride will participate in the 2019 Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade. On Saturday, June 22, the College will have a booth at the Museum of Discovery and Science Pride Day event. Broward College South Campus’ Student Life will host a Film Documentary Viewing and Panel Discussion on June 27, 10 a.m.

Broward College is proud to offer a safe environment, free of discrimination to all students, faculty and staff. Be a part of the BC Pride community.