Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs
Happy LGBTQ Pride Month!
June is recognized as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer, or LGBTQ, Pride Month. It is a celebration of all sexualities and gender identities.
This month marks the significance of the Stonewall Riots in New York City on June 28, 1969. The event was a benchmark of awareness for the LGBTQ community and led to a surge of advocacy and progress over the decades. This advocacy and progress come from the struggles and the protests led by Black/Latino/Hispanic transgender and gender nonbinary revolutionaries who demanded progress for all of the LGBTQ community.
LGBTQ Pride Month represents and celebrates the lives, stories and experiences of queer people around the globe who have achieved so much in the face of adversity. The LGBTQ community has faced decades of homophobia and transphobia but has shown resilience in the face of the AIDS epidemic, discrimination laws, legislation targeting sex and gender identity and much more. In June we celebrate the perseverance of those who history has erased, those who have led our communities to speak up and out, and those in the future who can live more openly and authentically.
Make space this month to learn the history of the LGBTQ community. Educate yourself on authentic allyship and give your time/money/labor to support the community and those most in need. Be an outspoken and visible ally. Remember that many are not able to be visible and affirming of their identities and your support as an ally can provide hope and courage. Honor those who came before us and those who are just starting to navigate their journey of self-discovery. June is a celebration of queer perseverance, love, defiance, history, struggle, achievement, and so much more. Celebrate LGBTQ Pride throughout the year, not only in June.
Please watch the LGBT Resource Center website and the center's social media accounts for upcoming Safe Zone events recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month and for community events.
Solidarity Statement and Support
Diversity & Multicultural Student Affairs (DMSA) and the Division of Student Life at Kansas State University wish to express our compassion for and solidarity with the Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American (APIDA) community in the face of anti-Asian attacks and violence occurring nationally, and most recently in Atlanta, GA.
Since the start of the pandemic, we have witnessed escalating xenophobic and anti-Asian violence and harassment that has greatly impacted the mental health and well-being, and feelings of safety and security, of our APIDA communities.
We must stand together to firmly denounce all forms of racist attacks and rhetoric, including these specific and targeted assaults on the APIDA community.
DMSA is committed to continuing to support and connect with APIDA students and student organizations in our fight against anti-Asian racism.
You may report hate incidents toward the APIDA community at Stop AAPI Hate/.
Resources for Students
We encourage students to reach out to Counseling Services if they are feeling unsafe and need support.
1105 Sunset Ave, Rm 101
DMSA team members are always available for support or consultation.
Request a meeting
224 Anderson Hall
M-F: 8AM-Noon / 1-5PM
Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs is so proud of the graduating class of 2020! This is a great achievement and huge milestone, and we wish to share our continued congratulations with you all! Congratulations and go Cats!