The Bridge holds Pride Week 2015

Students on Mayflower Hill will gather together to celebrate Pride Week from April 20 to 25. The weeklong event, hosted by the Bridge, occurs all around the world and aims to promote a community that is inclusive toward any and all sexualities.

According to its website, the Bridge is an on campus “all-inclusive queer and ally student-run club” that operates within the Pugh Center. Pride Week provides a major manifestation each year of the club’s hope to “encourage [its] members to help plan events…Member involvement directly translates into exciting and unique events on campus.”

Sonja Hagemeier ’15, a senior member of the Bridge’s steering committee, articulated in an email correspondence that “the goals for the week are to foster a positive community around queer life and sexual positivity. Pride Week is a time [when] it’s great for everyone on campus to come together.”

While many people on campus may harbor the misconception that Pride Week is only important to a small group of students, Hagemeier emphasized that everyone can, and should, participate. “We hope that many students will come out and participate! We do a lot of programming geared towards the campus as a whole so that people come to events, regardless of their sexuality,” she said. “More people [equal] more support [for the cause].”

Hudson Taylor, former college athlete and founder of Athlete Ally, delivered the keynote address on Wednesday night. According to its website, Athlete Ally is a nonprofit organization “that provides public awareness campaigns, educational programming and tools and resources to foster inclusive sports communities.” Taylor will likely present constructive thoughts for not only non-athletes, but also the large population of athletes on Mayflower Hill.

Other notable events for the week include: “Queer Brunch,” “Sex Pub,” a film screening of Paris is Burning (co-hosted by the Pugh Community Board), a coming out meeting and queer Shabbat. The festivities will culminate on Saturday night with the traditional Drag Ball party in Page Commons.

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