To our community,
We cannot, in good conscience, celebrate Pride Month without acknowledgement of the continuing oppression that Black, Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) continue to face in our nation. We would not have a Pride Month without the Gay Liberation Movement. The Gay Liberation Movement was ignited by the Stonewall Riots. The Stonewall Riots would not have taken place had it not been for the Trans Women of Color who confronted police brutality and the systemic oppression of their identities. We recognize that this fight is not over.
As communities across the country unite and push back against oppression, we exist in solidarity with their message: Black Lives Matter. During the month of Pride, we as a community will “recommit to healing ourselves and each other, and to co-creating alongside comrades, allies, and family a culture where each person feels seen, heard, and supported” (Black Lives Matter Movement, https://blacklivesmatter.com/what-we-believe/).
Committed to change,
UI Pride Committee
UI PRIDE 2020 is not cancelled!
We've moved it online! Please check out our page below for ways you can celebrate with us and the community!
Welcome - Why We're Doing This
Welcome to the website celebrating our LGBTQIA Pride at the University of Iowa! As we write this in the spring of 2020, the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic is sweeping through the U.S. and much of the world, causing the University of Iowa to move entirely online in order to protect our students, staff, faculty, and community members. UI Pride was no exception to this, and we have decided to move our Pride celebration into the virtual realm through this webpage.
In addition, Iowa City Pride made the difficult decision to cancel the Pride Festival this year, but continues to engage people virtually. For more information on how the city of Iowa City is celebrating Pride month, please go here.
Below, you will find new content added to our site each Monday in June 2020. Each new set of content will provide fun and safe ways to celebrate, honor, and share your #UIowaPride at home, while practicing social distancing. Each week, we will add new activities surrounding a theme for the week, with activities and challenges for you do do and share with your social networks using #UIowaPride.
Thank you to everyone for engaging in the virtual celebration with us! We are looking forward to seeing your pictures and posts on social media and beyond! As Iowa City Pride puts it: "Our Pride we will maintain!"
The UI Pride Committee
Pride at Home kit
We're bringing Pride to you with our Pride at Home kits! Below, you will find a number of fun printables and activities you can do at home! You can share your work with us on Facebook and Instagram by using the hashtag #UIowaPride. We hope that you do!
Week 1 (June 1-7, 2020)
Challenge Week 1: Decorate your door or windows!!
Use our above activities or anything you'd like to decorate your door or windows for Pride month! Make sure to post pictures on social media using #UIowaPride!