Happy Pride Month! It's a time of celebration and there is much to celebrate!
Pride is celebrated in the month of June, marking the month when the Stonewall riots took place in 1969. The riots changed gay rights for a lot of people in the United States of America and around the world.
Pride is a celebration of people coming together to show how far LGBTQ+ rights have come, and remembering that there is work still to be done.
It also calls for people to remember how damaging homophobia and other prejudices the LGBTQ+ community faces was and still can be.
Most importantly, Pride is all about being proud of who you are no matter who you love.
The UCO has an active LGBTQ+ community group called, OUT@UCO. The group is working hard to promote and raise awareness of the issues that UCO LGBTQ+ students and staff face, and acknowledging the courage and strength that some of our members have shown!
OUT@UCO has been playing an active role across the university by
- Raising awareness and sharing stories.
- Discussing mental health and wellbeing, and inclusive language.
- Discussing research to develop insights from the lived experiences of the LGBTQ+ university community.
- Fostering social networking and a sense of community among our members.
All UCO staff and students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and wider non-heteronormative identities or an ally are all welcome to join Out@UCO.