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April 1, 2024

Pride Month events at Michigan State University

This story will be updated throughout the month.

Pride Month is dedicated to celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and/or queer, intersex, asexual and two-spirit, or LGBTQIA2S+, communities and histories. It is celebrated each year in June, a time when most Spartans have returned home for the summer. Michigan State University celebrates Pride Month in April, allowing Spartans to connect and celebrate pride with one another while they are still on campus.

Two centerpiece events for MSU’s Pride Month were made possible thanks to the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center, or GSCC. The Pride Prom, brought to us by GSCC and the Alliance of Queer and Ally Students, allows Spartans to comfortably attend a formal dance with whomever they’d like, wearing whatever makes them feel their best. In addition, GSCC’s annual Lavender Reception gives graduating Spartans at all levels of education an opportunity to be honored and congratulated for their hard work.

Make sure you do not miss this year’s Pride Showcase, brought to MSU by Arc, University Activities Board, MSU Libraries, Spartan Pride Alliance and the MSU Broad Art Museum. This showcase features special collections from MSU Libraries and gives Spartans an opportunity to share their talents with the community. Check out the work of your fellow Spartans’ art, poetry, performance, fashion, research and more while enjoying refreshments.

The student organization Arc played a key role in organizing MSU’s Pride Month this year. Arc began in 2018 and works to connect LGBTQIA2S+ students across campus to create meaningful friendships and connections in the community. The organization’s passionate work has reorganized and revived the annual MSU tradition of Pride Week.

Pride Month events 

All events are listed in Eastern Time.

Monday, April 1

7 p.m. — Game Night

Hosted by MSU Spectrum, Game Night presents a fun evening of games in Holmes Hall, Room C-103. There will be drinks, food and games for you and your friends. If you don’t have friends who can attend, come make some new ones.

Tuesday, April 2

6 p.m. — Community Dinner

Join the Alliance of Queer and Ally Students and Women*s Council in the Student Services Building, Room 6, for a dinner of community building, a chance to get to know our organizations and meet other students celebrating Pride on campus. Food and entry are free.

Wednesday, April 3

6 p.m. — Pride Showcase 

Come check out your fellow Spartans’ work and special collections from MSU Libraries at the MSU Union’s second floor Ballroom while enjoying delicious light refreshments. You also can stop by MSU Broad Art Museum’s zine-making table to create your own masterpiece at the showcase.

Thursday, April 4

7 p.m. — Karaoke Night

Come join PRISM in Case Hall’s third floor Club Spartan for a fun night filled with karaoke. Whether singing or listening, this is a great way to take a break from school and gear up for the upcoming Pride Prom.

Friday, April 5

7 p.m. — Pride Prom

Presented by the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center and Alliance of Queer and Ally Students, this year’s Pride Prom theme is “Written in the Stars.” Dance the night away and enjoy food and fun with other celestial beings at the Marriot Hotel’s University Ballroom. Play some games, win a prize and have fun exploring astrology.

Saturday, April 6

7 p.m. — Movie Night

Come join the Residence Halls Association and Campus Center Cinemas to celebrate Pride on the first floor B-wing of Wells Hall. The film “Bottoms and Mean Girls” will be airing with refreshments provided by Constellation Cat Cafe and baked goods from Strange Matter, along with LGBTQIA2S+ trivia, karaoke, prizes, a journal decorating station and more.

8:30 p.m. — Movie Night

Join the Alliance of Queer and Ally Students and oSTEM, or Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, as they extend the Pride celebrations with a second movie screening, featuring “The Mitchells vs. the Machines,” outside. Grab your coziest blankets and your favorite snacks and get ready for a night filled with cinema under the stars.

Sunday, April 7

1 p.m. — Lavender Reception

The GSCC Lavender Reception in Erickson Hall Room 103 celebrates the academic achievements of all LGBTQIA2S+ Spartans graduating in 2024. All degree levels will be celebrated, whether they graduate this spring, summer or fall. 

Sunday, April 28

1 p.m. — Final Dinner

Hosted by the GSCC in Erickson Hall Room 103, the final dinner celebrates the academic achievements of all LGBTQIA2S+ Spartans graduating in 2024. All degree levels will be celebrated, whether they graduate this spring, summer or fall.

MSU is committed to uplifting and supporting our LGBTQIA2S+ Spartans. Our community is coming together to support the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center’s Unconditional Love Fund, which provides flexible assistance to students during times of need.

By: Emilio Silerio-Gonzalez and Grace Wojcik

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