June is Pride Month nationally (although it’s celebrated at Mizzou in April so students are able to take part in festivities!) To recognize Pride Month, we share a few campus and local resources, training opportunities and events for those who identify as part of this community and/or for becoming an LGBTQ+ ally:
- Request a Safe Space Training for yourself, your office and/or your organization via the University of Missouri LGBTQ Resource Center. Safe Space is Mizzou’s training program designed to educate our campus communities on LGBTQ identities and culture through a variety of different learning modalities. Please note that training requests are currently on pause but will begin being accepted again next semester.
- The Mizzou LGBTQ Resource Center shares a guide on Gender Pronouns, including understanding their importance and how to be an ally in their usage.
- The Mizzou Libraries provides a list of LGBTQ Reading Recommendations, including those for coming out, family and friends, and dealing with discrimination. The LGBTQ Resource Center also has a library of books, magazines and educational DVDs for check-out or reading/viewing. Learn more by contacting the center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Learn more about and consider joining a campus organization whose purpose relates to the mission of the LGBTQ Resource Center. See their list online and read more about the organizations in a story from Student Affairs.
- Subscribe to Mizzou’s LGBTQ newsletter for announcements and upcoming events.
- Organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign, and Youth Engaged 4 Change have resources and suggestions online for learning to be an ally.
Show Your Support
- The 2023 Mid-Missouri Pridefest will be held Sept. 23-24 at Rose Music Hall and is free and open to the public. Events include vendors, performances and a parade. Learn more at their website.
- All Mizzou community members are invited to be part of the Pride Photo each fall, as part of Coming Out Week activities (typically held mid-October). Keep an eye on the LGBTQ Resource Center website for more information.
- Participate in Pride Month events on campus in April each year and Transgender Empowerment and Awareness Week activities in November. Follow the LGBTQ Resource Center on the web or on Twitter.
In June we celebrate Juneteenth, commemorating the end to slavery in the United States. The name of the holiday references the date, combining “June” and “Nineteenth.” Mizzou will observe Juneteenth this year on Monday, June 19. In recognition of the upcoming celebration, we share a few resources for learning more about Juneteenth, as well as ways to recognize the day.
- Learn more about Juneteenth online, including Juneteenth.com, the History Channel, New York Times and the Smithsonian.
- Juneteenth.com suggests a number of ways to celebrate, including ideas for the workplace, the community and in the home.
Show Your Support
- Juneteenth events in Columbia include:
- Juneteenth Parade and Celebration. Begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 17, along Broadway in downtown Columbia. Hosted by CoMo Juneteenth committee.
- 3rd Annual Juneteenth Celebration (ticket required). In collaboration with CoMo Juneteenth, sponsored by Missouri Symphony, Sunday, June 18, 3-5 p.m. Featuring the inaugural Celebration Community Choir directed by chorusmaster Will Lyons, this dynamic program will include a diverse range of orchestral and choral selections, culminating in a joyful celebration in thanksgiving and praise.
- Family Fun Fests: Juneteenth Jamboree. Learn more about this important holiday through music, dance, arts and other activities. Held at Cosmo Park from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21; organized by Columbia Parks and Recreation.
- Volunteer to help at Columbia’s Juneteenth Celebration or register a group or organization to participate in the parade.
- Follow CoMo Juneteenth on Facebook, and join the planning committees for local events.