BU Pride Month 2021

THANK YOU to everyone who helped plan or participated in BU Pride 2021! Stay tuned for even more in 2022.

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For the month of June, the LGBTQIA+ Faculty and Staff Network and the Queer Activist Collective collaborated on a series of virtual events to celebrate our shared identities in the LGBTQIA+ community. We also amplified events on this page hosted elsewhere on campus in celebration of Pride.

We aimed to celebrate the diverse identities of the folks in our community by creating a mix of educational and social/entertaining programming, mostly catered towards (but not exclusively limited to) those who identify somewhere within the LGBTQIA+ community. We set out to create spaces open to faculty, staff, and students, with a mix of events for the entire BU community and events specific to faculty/staff or students only. We hoped to foster a joyous, communal atmosphere. We also focused on uplifting the voices and experiences of QTBIPOC and other groups that have historically been left out of Pride celebrations in favor of cis white folks.

 

Past BU Pride Events

Kickoff Social
Tuesday, June 1st, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Want to connect with fellow LGBTQ+ faculty, staff, or students at BU in a low-pressure social environment? Join us for this event kicking off BU Pride 2021! Spend some time getting to know your fellow BU community members and celebrating your shared identities within the LGBTQIA+ community. We will have icebreakers, games, and questions that will really get you thinking, and more than anything we will have pride!

Proud Families, Queer Parents^
Wednesday, June 2nd, 6:00 – 7:30 pm ET
Families have always been part of the queer community. Come hear the stories about how our families were created, build community, and connect with friends. We will have a few opening speakers, then break into smaller discussion groups.

Pride Film Series^
Thursday, June 3rd-Tuesday, June 29th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm ET (various dates)
Throughout June, all BU community members are invited to view a curated list of LGBTQ+ themed films representing the diversity of our communities. Each film can be viewed asynchronously through BU Library’s streaming platforms. On the designated screening date viewers can watch a brief introduction & welcome by a guest speaker from BU’s faculty and staff at 6:00 pm ET and participate in post-film debrief & discussion at 8:00 pm ET. The films include the following:

  • June 3: Moonlight (Directed by Barry Jenkins; 2016; 1 hour 51 minutes): Guest discussant: Ianna Hawkins Owen (Assistant Professor, Department of English and African American Studies)
  • June 8: Todo sobre mi madre (Directed by Pedro Almodovar; 1999; 1 hour 41 minutes): Guest discussant: Rosana Hernández (Doctoral Student, Department of Spanish) 
  • June 17: Una mujer fantástica (Directed by Sebastián Lelio; 2017; 1 hour 44 minutes): Guest discussant: Sarai Garcia Santos (Doctoral Student, Department of Spanish) 
  • June 22: Watermelon Woman (Directed by Cheryl Dunye; 1996): (1 hour 30 minutes) Guest discussant: Vincent L. Stephens (Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion, College of Arts & Sciences)
  • June 24: The Living End (Directed by Gregg Araki; 1992) (1 hour 24 minutes): Guest discussant: Anthony Petro (Associate Professor, Department of Religion and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies program)
  • June 29: The Way He Looks (Directed by Daniel Ribeiro; 2014): (1 hour 36 minutes) 

Pride Trivia Night*
Friday, June 4th, 7:00 – 8:00 pm ET
Local favorite Trivia Host Jonathan Brett will emcee his unique brand of creative & original fun with questions tailored to the Boston University LGBTQIA+ community. Join us for the chance to win gift cards for each member of the winning trivia team!

Trans Allyship Workshop with KyriQ*^
Wednesday, June 9th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm ET
Faculty and staff are invited to join us on June 9th, 6:00-8:00 pm ET for a trans allyship workshop led by Kimm Topping (they/them) & Minh Nguyen (she/they), two professional consultants from kyriQ who specialize in LGBTQ+ youth empowerment & education! This workshop will provide a brave space to learn how to better support trans & gender-nonconforming (TGNC) students and colleagues at BU, and concrete steps we can take to make BU a more gender-inclusive campus.
RSVP here

Pride Yoga with Liza*
Friday, June 11th, 5:30 – 6:30 pm ET
BU faculty and staff, are you interested in getting more in touch with your body and mind as a queer person, but feeling left out or intimidated by traditional yoga classes? Looking to wind down after a hard work week? This is the event for you! Liza Meyer (she/they) will share a beginner-friendly accessible yoga class with options to practice on the floor or sitting in a chair. Dress comfortably and have a beverage nearby. If using a chair, a stable/non-rolling one, preferably without arms, is recommended.
RSVP here

Jackbox Gaymes Tournament with Q
Friday, June 18th, 2:00 – 3:30 pm ET
Get ready gaymers! On Friday (6/18) at 2:00 pm ET, Q is hosting a Jackbox Gaymes Tournament featuring fan-favorite, Quiplash! Even better, we’ll be giving away prizes to the top competitors!
Open to BU students.
RSVP here and indicate if you’re interested in participating or watching!

Open Mic Night: Queer Stories, Queer Expression
Friday, June 18th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm ET
This is a space dedicated to all those in the BU queer community who share their queerness through the arts. Whether it be spoken word, dance, instrumental, or any other form of artistic expression, this program will allow anyone interested to share their work and their story as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. Comedic, dramatic, somewhere in between – all is welcome! Feel free to submit a pre-recorded performance, sign up to share live, or join as an audience member.
RSVP here and indicate if you’re interested in performing! 

LGBTQIA+ Intracommunity Relations: Past, Present, & Future^
Monday, June 21st, 5:00 – 6:30 pm ET
In this webinar led by Monae Roberts (they/she), we will identify & explore the challenges QTBIPOC face within the LGBTQIA+ community. A central focus of this session will be identifying barriers to building community, & incorporating transformative justice into intracommunity accountability.
Non-BIPOC LGBTQ+ folks are especially encouraged to attend.
RSVP here.

Drag Bingo with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence*
Friday, June 25th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm ET
Please join us on Friday evening, June 25 at 7:00 pm for virtual fun, fellowship, entertainment galore, and prizes! The Boston Chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will emcee a zoom night of drag bingo to include online bingo cards, 90 minutes of play, trademark tomfoolery & performances by your Sister Emcee Crew, and appearances by three local performers!
RSVP here.

Be Gaysian & Chill: A Hangout for BU’s LGBTQ+ Asian Community
Saturday, June 26th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm ET
Join Q along with the Asian Student Union (ASU) & South Asian Student Association (SASA) to celebrate, connect, & hang out among our intersectional community!
Open to BU students.
RSVP here.

 

Other Events in the BU/Boston Community

Trans Resistance March, Vigil and PrideFest
Saturday, June 12th, 11:00 am – 4:00pm ET
On June 12, 2021, Trans Resistance MA will hold their second annual March & Vigil for Black Trans Lives. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. They will meet at 10:30 am at 2400 Washington Ave in Boston (Nubian Square) and march from Nubian Square to Franklin Park Playstead. At Franklin Park, they will hold a vigil and pridefest, with events and offerings including: 

  • Tabling by LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC community organizations​
  • A community art installation in remembrance of transgender community leader Jahaira DeAlto
  • Performances by Candace Persuasian, DJ WhySham, Medino Green, Haus of Snap, Kweeng Doll, Golden, and more!
  • Food trucks and portable restrooms
  • Three accessibility areas: one close to the stage, one for quiet, and one sensory-friendly area
  • Onsite COVID-19 vaccinations

RSVP here; find more information on Trans Resistance MA here.

First-Gen and LGBTQIA+: Navigating College and Beyond
Tuesday, June 22nd, 12:00 – 1:00pm ET
In celebration of Pride Month, the Newbury Center and the LGBTQIA+ Faculty and Staff Network are co-sponsoring this event featuring a panel of BU students, staff, and faculty who identify within the LGBTQIA+ community and are/were first-generation college students.  They will share some of their own stories and offer encouragement and advice.
RSVP here.

 

Please contact the Queer Activist Collective at bostonuq@gmail.com or the LGBTQIA+ Faculty and Staff Network at LGBTQIA-FSN-BOARD@bu.edu if you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding BU Pride 2021 programming.

Boston University strives to be accessible, inclusive, and diverse in our facilities, programming, and academic offerings. Your experiences in these events are important to us. If you have a disability (including but not limited to learning or attention, mental health, concussion, vision, mobility, hearing, physical or other health related), require communication access services for the deaf or hard of hearing, or believe that you require a reasonable accommodation for another reason please contact the Office of Disability Access Services to discuss your needs at access@bu.edu.