On Tuesday, a rainbow balloon arch and pride flags stood proudly in the Pit.
Staff at the LGBTQ Center and student volunteers set up “Pride in the Pit” as part of a series of events for UNC's Pride Week. The week is a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community at UNC and is celebrated in tandem with the 20-year anniversary of the Center’s opening.
J Stockett, the assistant director of the LGBTQ Center, said the goal of Tuesday’s event was to celebrate with students in one of the most central parts of campus.
“Visibility matters, so we want to make sure we’re here and we’re seen,” she said.
The celebration included LGBTQ+-themed trivia, button-making, free food, games and resource handouts.
First-year Hrishika Roychoudhury helped run a trivia game for visitors to test their knowledge about LGBTQ+ topics ranging from identifying different community pride flags to answering questions about pop culture.
Roychoudhury decided to volunteer at the event to meet new friends within the LGBTQ+ community while promoting awareness of queer topics.
“It’s just a fun way to engage people with the community and teach them more about things that have happened within the community,” she said.
Junior Jimmy Lynch and graduate student Drew Aldridge helped with the event as members of Athlete Ally, an emerging club that aims to provide support and resources for LGBTQ+ and allied athletes at UNC. Aldridge said that, as an ally, she decided to help at the event because she believes it is important to show up for people and causes you care about.