LGBTQ+ Pride Month, celebrated in June, commemorates the 1969 Stonewall uprising in New York City. This event, led by activists like Marsha P. Johnson, marked a turning point in the fight for LGBTQ+ civil rights.
Pride month serves as a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community's power and beauty, while also addressing ongoing challenges such as educational restrictions and systemic barriers. Despite these disparities, the Pride flag serves as a symbol of resilience and the pursuit of equality.
The Pride flag represents the core values of Life, Healing, Sunlight, Nature, Peace, and Spirit. Originally consisting of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet, the flag has expanded to include more colors, symbolizing the diverse experiences of LGBTQ+ communities.
The Cal Poly Pride Crosswalk (as seen above) exists to provide students, faculty, staff, visitors and supporters a sense of place and community when they enter campus. It demonstrates the ability to engage and honor a marginalized community through the creative use of pre-existing university infrastructure.
The Office of University Diversity & Inclusion is a proud sponsor of Central Coast Pride and invites you to participate in the series of events happening throughout San Luis Obispo on June 2-4.