JUNE: Celebrating Pride Month

Celebrating Pride Month and the Importance of LGBTQIA+ Rights

The Blum Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy is a proud ally of all LGBTQIA+ members within our UCSB campus community. Pride month is about celebrating the beautiful humanity of LGBTQIA+ culture and supporting LGTBQIA+ rights and political activism. Each color on the symbolic rainbow flag Gilbert Baker created in 1978 has been expanded on to represent a vibrant spectrum of affirmative and joyful values embodied by the LGBTQIA+ community and now includes Black Lives Matter and trans pride.

UCSB offers community, resources, and educational opportunities to support and visibly enhance the importance of LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, and staff on campus. A variety of student organizations emphasize the importance of LGBTQIA+ identity, addressing intersectionality experiences, and demonstrating the myriad of ways the LGBTQIA+ community meaningfully contributes to campus life. UCSB also provides programs and resources to educate and ensure professional and personal development surrounding topics of LGBTQIA+ identity, perspectives, and culture for students, faculty, and staff through its QTies Seminar programming.

Here are a list of additional useful campus resources addressing community, housing, mental health resources, and basic needs: