Pride Week is a diversity event hosted by Central Michigan University that celebrates the LGBTQ community. Sponsored by the Office of LGBTQ Services, it occurs the second week of April and all events are open to anyone, and are free.
Monday, April 8
Speaker Charlene Strong, 7 p.m., Bovee UC: 221 Rotunda
Strong, the subject of the documentary For My Wife…, will be speaking at CMU about her role as a national advocate for civil rights for the LGBTQ community.
Tuesday, April 9
What’s With All the Glitter? 4 p.m., UC Gold Room
A discussion led by the Office of LGBTQ Services on the impact of events such as Pride Parades on the LGBTQ community and whether they have a positive or negative impact.
Poetry at Kaya Coffee House, 7 p.m.
Kaya will be hosting an evening of poetry, open to anyone who wishes to perform or simply come to listen.
Wednesday, April 10
Drag Show, 7 p.m., Finch Fieldhouse
Undoubtedly the most popular event of Pride Week, the Drag Show is hosted by Sabin and features several other performers. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. As the drag show usually draws more than 1,000 students, arriving earlier is better.
Thursday, April 11
How Good is Your Gaydar? 8 p.m., UC Auditorium
Spectrum, CMU’s gay-straight alliance, will be hosting a presentation challenging stereotypes in the LGBTQ community. Students will be able to test their “gaydar” by asking questions and trying to figure out the presenters’ sexual orientations.
Friday, April 12
Day of Silence Photo Shoot, 1-5 p.m., UC Center for Diversity and Inclusion
Local photography Matthew Pruitt will be taking photographs for his annual Day of Silence photo shoot. All students, staff, and faculty are welcome. Participants must be wearing a black t-shirt and jeans to be included.
–Submitted by Sophia Bauer, Staff Writer