June Public Events Celebrate Pride Month at UW | New

June 1, 2022

Free public events are scheduled every Friday in June to celebrate Pride Month at the University of Wyoming.

UW’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, 7220 Entertainment, United Multicultural Council, and the Innovation Wyrkshop, along with the nonprofit Laramie PrideFest, host “Pride-Yays” events for campus and Laramie communities .

Along with weekly Pride Month events, the exterior lights of the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center will be illuminated each Friday with progressive LGBTQIAP2S+ colors or trans flag colors. Additionally, UW Institutional Marketing created UW Pride emblems and logos using the progressive Pride colors and flags.

Tyler Wolfgang, gender and sexuality program adviser for the UW Office of Multicultural Affairs, says Pride logos are available for use by the UW community. To receive one of the many Pride Month logos, email the UW Office of Multicultural Affairs at [email protected]

For more community Pride Month activities, follow Laramie PrideFest on Facebook or Instagram @laramiepridefest, or visit the website at www.laramiepridefest.com/. It’s the fifth anniversary of Laramie PrideFest.

Here is the full list of Pride-Yays events each Friday on the UW campus:

— June 3: “Pride Crafts at the Innovation Wyrkshop Makerspace” in rooms 122 and 127 of the UW Engineering Education and Research Building (EERB), located at 1114 E. Bradley St. Free parking is available one block away at north of the EERB, and free parking is available after 5:00 p.m. outside the property. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and attendees can attend throughout the day, with sessions starting every hour.

Participants will use 3D printers and laser cutters in the makerspace to create individual LGBTQIAP2S+ crafts, such as button making, jewelry stamping, wood engraving, 3D printing painting, engraving laser, nail and string art, coasters, logos and flags. Snacks will be provided.

— June 10: Pride Movie in the Park, West Fraternity Mall, across from 15th Street. “Love Simon,” rated PG-13, will screen at 8 p.m. The film stars Nick Robinson, with Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner playing his parents.

Progressive and trans pride flags will be distributed free of charge, and attendees are asked to bring snacks and personal blankets to sit on the lawn.

— June 17: “Matthew Shepard Candlelight Vigil”, Simpson Plaza, located at the west entrance of the Wyoming Union, 7-8 p.m. Attendees will join Laramie PrideFest to remember members of the LGBTQIAP2S+ community who have lost life because of violence.

Free supplies will be provided, beginning at 5 p.m., for attendees to make ribbons/armbands in honor of Shepard, a gay UW student who was murdered in 1998. Candles will be handed out at the vigil and, after the event, which will feature speeches, attendees will walk through Prexy’s Pasture to the Matthew Shepard Memorial Bench outside the UW College of Arts and Sciences building. A minute of silence will be observed, and participants will be asked to put down their candles after the short program.

Post-reflections will be held at the UW Rainbow Resource Center, located in Wyoming Union Room 106, or St. Matthew’s Cathedral, located at 104 S. Fourth St., at 8 p.m.

— June 24: “Queer and Ally Training”, UW Rainbow Resource Center from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is relaunching its safe zones program on campus with Queer and Ally Training. The training covers three parts: Queer 101, Gender-Affirming Practices, and Rurality/Queer Community History at UW. The soft launch of the new training will also allow participants to provide feedback and suggestions on what to do next.

The session is open to 30 participants and a free lunch will be offered. To register, email Wolfgang at [email protected]

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