Rachel Laughlin
Associate Arts & Culture Editor

Pridefest is a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community at Millersville and the local area. It is usually a colorful, exciting, and positive experience overall. This year’s celebration, held on October 10, was no exception.
While the event was an overall positive experience for participants, it did start on a sour note. Outside the Student Memorial Center (SMC), where students had gathered to prepare for the event, protesters gathered against the LGBTQ+ community. Their presence was not welcome, but they left before 5pm and the event carried on.

Once officially started, the event was filled with color and activity. Students from across the sexuality spectrum came to celebrate and encourage each other. Many dressed up in costume or pride-themed wear. Some costumes included a unicorn, a rainbow tutu princess, and a human representation of the bisexual flag, which won the Pridefest costume contest.

Pridefest hosted tables of supportive clubs and other campus-related organizations including: the Rita Smith Wade-El Intercultural Center, Title IX, ASL, the Contra-Trebles (a diverse choral group), and the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (CSIL). Participants who visited five tables were given a free Pridefest tee-shirt.

Other activities included face painting, a make-your-own cupcake station, a photobooth, and a unicorn bounce house. Students and participants were also able to gather free candies, pins, pride flags, and condoms.

Finally, Pridefest closed with the main event: The drag show. Featuring Nina West, Peppermint, Hexxa, Kahmor Vixxen, and Nevaeha Le’Vixxen. Not only did the queens dance and sing for students for tips, but students received opportunities to strut and dance as well. Full of color and positivity, the night was spent celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and National Coming Out Week.