BU Pride Month 2022

Thank you to everyone who attended BU Pride Month 2022!

Check out the events celebrated throughout June 2022 below.

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Pride Month 2022 was a collaboration of the LGBTQIA+ Faculty & Staff  Community Network, the LGBTQIA+ Center for Faculty & Staff, and the Queer Activist Collective.  This June, we aimed to celebrate the diverse range of identities within our BU LGBTQIA+ community through a series of virtual and in-person events. mostly catered towards (but not exclusively limited to) those who identify somewhere within the LGBTQIA+ community. We hoped to focus 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. We also amplified events and projects on this page hosted elsewhere on campus and in the Boston community in celebration of Pride.
Ongoing BU Initiatives

Self-Guided D&I Learning Toolkit on Gender & Sexuality
Understand Gender and Sexuality topics and learn how to advance conversations around gender equity and how to support the LGBTQIA+ community. This toolkit was curated in partnership with BU Diversity & Inclusion and the BU LGBTQIA+ Center for Faculty and Staff. In response to recent anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation and rhetoric, the toolkit has also been updated to include resources curated by BU Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program (WGS) and LGBTQIA+ students, including the Queer Activist Collective. Learn at your own pace by exploring readings, videos, podcasts, poems and more!
Discover the toolkit here

Gender-Affirming Product Program
This program, developed by the Queer Activist Collective, provides direct gender-affirming support to TGNCI/non-cis BU students by providing them with a free gender-affirming product of their choice. This program has been created & led entirely by TGNCI/non-cis BU students.
Learn more about the program


Past BU Pride Events

Come pick up BU Pride stickers and bandanas at the LGBTQIA+ Center for Faculty & Staff!
The swag is sponsored by the FSCN and is available for pickup through June 30th at The Center. We are open from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday, and are located at 808 Commonwealth Ave., Suite 255 on the second floor. More information on locating the Center can be found here.

Pride Month Soiree for BU Faculty & Staff
Monday, June 6th, 5:00 – 7:00pm
GSU Terrace Lounge Patio (775 Commonwealth Ave)
Kick off Pride Month with the LGBTQIA+ Center for Faculty & Staff and LGBTQIA+ FSCN! We will have hors d’oeuvres, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as music and a prideful ambiance to celebrate the month in style.

Meeting the Health Needs of LGBTQ+ Patients: A Bi+ Perspective*
Wednesday, June 8th, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Keefer Auditorium (75 East Newton St, Room 111)
Focused on upcoming and growing providers, this educational and engaging program is open to all in the Boston University community. Please join us and welcome Robyn Ochs, educator, speaker, and award winning activist, as we discuss Meeting the Needs of LQBTQIA+ Patients: A Bi+ Perspective. Light non-alcoholic refreshments will be served ahead of the lecture. Sponsored by the BU Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine Rainbow Alliance and Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Justice. 

LGBTQIA+ Speed Networking Online: Pride Edition
Friday, June 10th, 2:00 – 3:00pm
Celebrate Pride month and connect with BU alumni and friends who identify as LGBTQIA+ for this one-hour long digital speed-networking event via Zoom.
Over the course of one hour, guests will have three opportunities to network in small groups via breakout rooms. During each breakout session, participants will move square by square around the breakout room sharing three bits of information each: their name, what they studied at BU, and what they currently do -or- who they are hoping to connect with. Once everyone has been introduced, the remaining time will be used for conversation before reshuffling the groups for the next  breakout round. After the event, a (optional) directory of participants will be shared with attendees to further facilitate connections with guests you may not have had the opportunity to meet. Sponsored by the BU Alumni Association. 

Beyond Small Talk: Pride Social
Monday, June 13th, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Trident Booksellers & Café (338 Newbury St)
Want to connect with fellow LGBTQ+ faculty, staff, or students at BU in a low-pressure social environment that skips “how’s the weather” in favor of deeper connection? Join us for this event in celebration of BU Pride 2022! 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. Drink tickets and appetizers will be provided.

2022 BU Pride Film Festival: Queer Desire in the 1990s and Early Aughts*
All screenings begin at 6pm; end times will vary
Please join us for the 2nd annual BU Pride Film Festival! This in-person festival focuses on three acclaimed independent films depicting multiple facets of queer being and desire. Each screening will include a brief welcome & introduction, and an invitation for audience members to participate in a post-film conversation. There will also be free refreshments for everyone to enjoy at each screening!

  • June 14th, CAS Room 235: Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • June 20th, CILSE Colloquium Room: Chasing Amy
  • June 27th, CILSE Colloquium Room: Go Fish

Trans and Nonbinary Experiences in Higher Education: Exploring Heart-Centered Practice Through Storytelling*
Wednesday, June 15th, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Join two powerhouse higher education colleagues—Dr. Van Bailey (they/he) & Jesse Beal (they/them)—in an engaging dialogue with each other. They will discuss their work in building and supporting LGBTQIA+ campus communities, working in identity-based spaces while holding the same identities they serve, origin stories, sustaining themselves, and their collective experiences working in higher education. The last half hour, we will open it up for the audience to ask questions of the presenters too. Through Dr. Van Bailey and Jesse Beal’s storytelling and discussion with each other, those in attendance will learn how to create more equitable and navigable spaces for trans and nonbinary staff, faculty, and students at BU. Sponsored by the LGBTQIA+ Center for Faculty & Staff.

Asexual and Aromantic Allyship in Queer Communities*
Tuesday, June 21st, 12:00 – 1:30pm
Join New England Aces for an interactive workshop discussing the oft-forgotten A in the LGBTQIA+ acronym! Learn about asexual and aromantic experiences and how other queer folx can become more inclusive of these experiences in our work and celebrations. This event is open to all members of the BU community.

Queering Race & Identity at BU – Part 2*
Wednesday, June 22nd, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Back by demand, we are having a part two of our previous community discussion about the kind of community we want to build at BU, what it means for the LGBTQIA+ Center to center race and antiracism in the work of the Center, as well as how we show up and the role our identities play. Through a model of talking and healing circles, Dr. Jen Self and James Layman will lead us in a second two-hour interactive discussion about the type of LGBTQIA+ campus community we want to build at BU. BU faculty and staff who didn’t participate previously are invited to join us for part two. Sponsored by the LGBTQIA+ Center for Faculty & Staff. 

Pride BBQ*
Friday, June 24th, 3:00 – 6:00pm
The LGBTQIA+ Center for Faculty and Staff, Diversity & Inclusion, and DOS are partnering to host the Pride BBQ this Friday. Everyone is welcome –faculty, staff and students – to join us for some food, music, and camaraderie on the BU Beach to celebrate Pride month!|

Forever Young: 2022 Pride Prom
Thursday, June 30th, 6:30 – 9:00pm
Estragon Tapas Bar (700 Harrison Ave)
Come live your prom dreams with the inaugural 2022 Pride Prom! Still have your prom garb? Need an excuse to wear that fire outfit and be seen? We want to see you! Open to Boston University faculty and staff, the Pride Prom will be a relaxed atmosphere with food, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and music as we close out Pride Month 2022.




Please contact the Queer Activist Collective at queer@bu.edu, the LGBTQIA+ Center for Faculty & Staff at lgbtqia@bu.edu, or the LGBTQIA+ Faculty & Staff Community Network at LGBTQIA-FSN-BOARD@bu.edu if you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding BU Pride 2022 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.