By Steve Willich, Director, LGBTQ Student Resource Center
June 28, 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which is widely credited as the start of the modern gay rights movement in the United States. From Wikipedia:
The Stonewall riots (also referred to as the Stonewall uprising or the Stonewall rebellion) were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBT) community against a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. They are widely considered to constitute the most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States.
To commemorate this important anniversary, the LGBTQ Student Resource Center would like to bring members of the Auraria campus together to build community and celebrate the progress that has been made.
On June 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., we will be hosting a barbecue in the Tivoli Quad. In addition to food, we will have lawn games, music, and a few speakers. Please RSVP via this Eventbrite link so that we know how much food to order: www.eventbrite.com/e/stonewall-50-year-anniversary-barbecue-tickets-62664980644
We will also have an art station available. One of the projects that will be available for folks is to decorate a “brick”, representing the bricks that were thrown by the patrons in the riots. Our plan is to use these “bricks” in our Center to build a “wall” of support and allyship for the LGBTQ community on campus.
Additionally, we are using this event to kick off a Tri-Institutional LGBTQ Faculty & Staff Social Group, to help build community for these groups.
We hope to see many of you there!