Waubonsee celebrates LGBTQ+ History Month in October
Waubonsee Community College is hosting events celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month from Oct. 1-31.
This month-long celebration is open to students, faculty, staff, and members of the community, and aims to raise awareness of the history and civil rights movements related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. The programming is free and open to the public.
• Pride flag raising ceremony: Join them at the Dickson Center flagpole as they raise the Pride flag at noon Tuesday, Oct. 3 on the Sugar Grove campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive. The flag raising symbolizes the progress that has been made across the LGBTQ+ community. Light refreshments will follow.
• Pridepalooza: Waubonsee will host its biggest pride celebration ever! Join them in celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month and National Coming Out Day. This event will have free food, activities, resources, music, and giveaways. This event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the Student Center Café at the Sugar Grove campus.
• Pride Social Hour: Connect with Waubonsee LGBTQ+ community members and allies over food, crafts, and fun. Tie-dye your own Waubonsee special edition "Love is Love" pride shirt or socks, and enjoy trivia and music while getting to know others in your community at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in the Student Center at the Sugar Grove Campus. Waubonsee alumnus Britney Daniels, author of "Journal of a Black Queer Nurse," will engage with attendees and autograph complimentary copies of her book, while supplies last.
"LGBTQ+ history month is important to me because it celebrates the achievements of civil rights movements and the history of such an iconic group of individuals," said Genesis Flores, information desk specialist.
She added, "As someone who identifies in the LGBTQ+ community, I am thankful to all of those who came before me and fought to make changes in laws so that I can have the rights I have now."
Visit calendar.waubonsee.edu/LGBTQ for more information about these events.