On Wednesday, Oct. 20, the Pride Center held Pins and Pride as part of their ongoing OUTober event. OUTober is a month–long event created to celebrate those who are a part of the LGBTQ+ and are out. Pride Month, which is typically held in June, happens outside of the school year. OUTober gives students a chance to celebrate on campus.
“OUTober was an idea that I came up with back in August to promote LGBTQ+ awareness and kindness on campus,” Abbey Sura, a master’s of social work grad student said. “We’re not in regular session during June when Pride Month usually happens. I wanted to put on OUTober to give students the opportunity to celebrate pride on campus.”
Sura organized and came up with the event
“‘Pins and Pride’ is part of the Pride Centers series of OUTober events to promote LGBTQ+ awareness,” Sura said. “We wanted to provide a fun opportunity for students to craft and get to know one another. [And] to have a relaxing night celebrating the LGBTQ+ community.”
A variety of options were provided to students to create the different pins and flags.
“We had seed bead pride flags as well as perler beads to make pride flag keychains,” Sura said. “We also had shirts for students to color.”
The different beads were set up at differ- ent tables around the rotunda.
Safety pins and beads were used to make the pins while perler beads were used to make the keychains.
Irons were provided in the back to fuse the perler beads together.
“Ask me about my pronoun” pins were also at each table, and students were en- couraged to take one. Gift bags were hand- ed out on the way out.
The Pride Center has one more event for OUTober planned.
“Our next, and last, event is Guess Who with FEMME,” she said. “That will be on Zoom next week on Thursday, Oct. 28.”