On Friday, October 14th, Millersville University will host its third annual Pride Fest. This is a day where the LGBTQIAP community can come together to celebrate the strides the world has taken in recognition and rights for this community.
With the increase in acceptance and recognition of the LGBTQ+ community, this year is expected to have a large, successful turn out.
Monica Rush, president of Allies, definitely feels that this year will be by far the best year to date. “This year’s committee has been working on Pride Fest since last spring, and it has been very important to us to continue the tradition,” Monica commented.
“We want to solidify it as a tradition for Millersville, and as such we think it deserves our utmost attention. It has been a labor of love, and with such a great committee this year Pride Fest will really be bigger and better than anything we’ve seen before.”
The committee, to help build up to Pride Fest, will be hosting events on Wednesday and Thursday during the evening next week. During all three days at lunch, the committee will be hosting a table with a banner for people to add their handprint to a memorial regarding the Orlando shooting.
On Wednesday night, there will be an open mic night for members of the Millersville Community to speak or recite poetry regarding Pride Fest. Thursday, in the SMC Atrium, there will be a showing of a movie (movie title TBA) to further build towards the big event on Friday.
On Friday, from 5 to 9 pm, Pride Fest will be hosted in the SMC Multipurpose Room. This event will feature a DJ, food and drinks, vendors and information tables, free HIV testing, and a variety of live performances. The live performances include Shawan and the Wonton, Liz Fulmer, David and David, and a drag show. When asked what this event means to her, Monica stated that, “The music and dancing and fun allow us to come together, to mourn the losses the LGBTQIAP community has suffered over the last year, and to let go, so we can celebrate the beautiful diversity of our community.”
Pride Fest has always been a multi-faceted event; it is a cathartic exercise, as well as an act of protest. Our continued and unashamed pride in our existence makes a statement that LGBTQ+ people will not go away and will not be silenced.”
Friday, October 14th, all are welcome from both the university and the general community to come together to honor the hardships the LGBTQ+ community has faced, yet celebrate the strides and progress the world has taken to become more accepting and equal.
Come have fun, show your pride and support, and continue to embody one of the wonderful traditions Millersville University offers.