Staff at UNC’s LGBTQ Center have been preparing for this year’s Pride Week with an important new milestone in mind: its 20th anniversary.
This week, the center will be celebrating the 2023 Pride Week at Carolina. The University celebrates Pride Week in April because students are not on campus during national Pride Month in June.
This year’s celebration, which includes a week full of events celebrating the LGBTQ+ community at the University, will also incorporate a celebration of the center itself and its history, said Jamillae Stockett, assistant director at the LGBTQ Center.
“I honestly think that the history of the center is composed of a lot of different things," she said. "It's the people, it's the history, it's the University, it's the community, it's the students. And the reason why we pull these particular events together for Pride Week is we wanted for all of those components to be highlighted.”
On Monday, Pride Week will begin with the opening of the 20th Anniversary Gallery in the Student Union.
The interactive, immersive exhibit will allow visitors to view items from the center’s archives and will also celebrate the center's history.
“With the 20th anniversary gallery exhibition, specifically, I think it would be amazing for folks to see the impact that the center has had over the years and the storied history that has kind of led us to where we are today. But also set the tone for where we can go from here,” Bryanna Coulter, the LGBTQ Center’s administrative support specialist, said.
The remainder of the week will feature a variety of events for the campus community to participate in.
On Tuesday, the center plans to hold Pride in the Pit: a student focused celebration with games, giveaways, and opportunities to learn more about the LGBTQ Center.