BU Queer Activist Collective Celebrates Pride at Home | BU today
June is Pride Month, and for LGBTQ + youth, it’s the time of year to express themselves. The previous years, BU queer activist collective gathered to parade in the Boston City Pride parade, but this year the events were reported in an understandable way.
The Queer Activist Collective remains committed to marking the month, and its leaders have organized programs that they hope will support members of the LGBTQ + community, even as the pandemic forces people to stay indoors.
“The purpose of Pride at Home is to let LGBTQ + students at Boston University know that wherever they are right now they are not alone and that there are other queer students here to support them, ”says Christa Nuzzo (CAS’22), vice-president of the Queer Activist Collective – or Q, as the members call it. “Their identities are valid and should be celebrated, even though they are currently in an environment that does not validate.”
Nuzzo has worked 8-10 hours a day since the end of the semester, reaching out to guest speakers, working out the logistics and communicating with other Q members to make Pride at Home as successful as possible. The result? A month with 17 events, culminating with the Pride Talent Showcase on Tuesday, June 30. Q will take submissions for the showcase until June 23 –students can submit their work here.
Other events to look for:
- Create “pride looks” with queer artists on Make-up on Mondays
- Saturdays standing, with queer comedians
- History of the Pride March: A Mini Lesson with History Not Erased, tonight, June 12
- A sexual education and relationship health workshop on Wednesday, June 17
- The Belonging Cafe, where Katy collins, The Director of Outreach and Student Engagement at the Dean’s Office, will host a discussion and networking session for the queer student community at BU, where they can share their concerns and have meaningful conversations on Friday. June 26.
Pride at Home event co-coordinator Kris – who requested that only her first name be used – spent long days with Nuzzo planning the month. One of the goals of Home Pride is to give queer students a safe way to celebrate pride in environments that may not accept their identities. Kris says that in the past, she felt more aware of her identity at home than at school, and luckily, Pride at Home has turned into a family bonding experience.
“I recently came to see my family and finally got to tell them all about the work I did with Q,” Kris says. “They all attended our pride launch event, Makeup Monday, and they really enjoyed it. Even my dad, a straight cisgender man with no interest in makeup, said he loved the event and was proud of me. It was really wonderful to have them there to support me.
Kris and Nuzzo recognize that not all members of the collective will have the same welcome from family members. Group leaders say they have focused on safety when setting up these events so that students do not have to participate fully if they find themselves in an unwanted environment. For example, they can watch the video stream with sound and use the chat feature instead of speaking out loud, if they don’t want anyone to hear it.
“For many, college is a time when LGBTQ + students can express themselves more freely than they could before, meet people who can share their experiences and find a supportive community,” says Nuzzo. “When these students return to their hometowns, they don’t always have the same freedom.”
Personal care and the sharing of supportive resources are integral to the Pride at Home mission. Q board member Christian Paredes (CAS’22) said he was looking forward to focusing on these aspects after COVID-19 disrupted the semester.
“I don’t know a single person who isn’t struggling in some way during this difficult time,” says Nuzzo. “I wanted to organize these events to empower and uplift the LGBTQ + community.”
The Queer Activist Collective is holding events throughout June to celebrate Pride Month. Find a list of events and where to register on the Q Facebook page.
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