“We want Carondelet’s Pride celebration to be a welcoming and engaging event that both educates people to the LGBTQ+ community and allows them to have fun,” said Elise Coyle ’23. Below are some of the activities on-campus and the club’s intentions.
Flags on Display
Eight flags representing different LGBTQ+ communities were hung in the Inner Court. “We chose to display many different flags around the campus to highlight the diverse identities of people in the LGBTQ+ community,” said Elise. Rather than focus solely on the rainbow flag, although we did have plenty of those as well, we wanted to show that there are more gender expressions and identities than just the ones commonly brought up.”
During lunchtime celebrations—which included giving away Otter Pops in a rainbow of colors—the club played music from artists that are allies to or part of the LGBTQ+ community. Elise noted, “Hopefully people recognized some of the songs and not only be excited to listen, but also realize that those artists support LGBTQ+ people.”
One of the most visible displays was inside the Jean Hofmann Center for Innovation, on the Media Wall. “We created a slideshow with images and descriptions of different influential people in the LGBTQ+ community. We hope to celebrate the people that have paved the path for LGBTQ+ rights and representation,” Elise said.
Horizon will create a space where members can explore LGBT issues to raise awareness and raise capacity to model allyship in our community and beyond. Students will lead Day of Silence, National Coming Out Day and PRIDE Day on our campus. Horizon is a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ community and straight students to communicate in a safe space about social issues.
We acknowledge the fact that not all people are open-minded to these facts, even to this day, and provide comfort and support for anyone who may be going through difficult times due to being a part of our community. We strive to create a positive voice for members of the LGBTQIA+ umbrella, as well as creating a place of security for everyone.
The Sisters of St. Joseph are strong supporters and allies to the LGBTQIA+ Community. The Sisters state that they “stand in solidarity with and support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in our quest for inclusion and justice, knowing that Jesus welcomed everyone to the table respecting the dignity of every human person.”
If you are interested in learning more about the Sisters of St. Joseph’s support, you can read more.