Pride

Dartmouth Pride is an annual celebration of the LGTBQIA+ community on campus that takes place during the spring quarter.

2022 Theme - Colors of Pride

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Nine differently colored circles converging behind the words The Colors of Pride 2022. The colors are taken from the inclusive Pride flag.

This theme represents the endless spectrum of gender and sexual identities along with the many other backgrounds that our community represents. Queer people exist in every demographic, so it is important to center the voices of ethnic, racial, religious, disabled, immigrant, and many more identities. The rainbow has served as an emblem for Queer rights, power, and pride since it was adopted in 1978. By focusing on the flag and the many symbolic colors, we are returning to the core ideas of PRIDE. The goal of PRIDE 2022 is to provide an inclusive space to express our freedom in identity and celebrate our unifying community.

What is Dartmouth Pride?

Dartmouth Pride is an annual celebration of the LGTBQIA+ community on campus that takes place during the spring quarter. Dartmouth Pride started off as a week-long celebration, but now ranges from one  to four weeks during the months of April and May.

We celebrate Dartmouth Pride to center the lived experiences and history of Dartmouth LGBTQIA+ students while educating our peers about issues surrounding LGBTQIA+ rights. Pride events vary every year based on the committee's decisions regarding programming. Past events have included awareness and fundraising campaigns, drag and fashion shows, game nights, socials, STI testing and education, academic discussions centering intersectional identities, voguing workshops, and many more!

Dartmouth Pride is also an opportunity to uplift and empower queer identities and recognize the inequalities within the LGBTQIA+ community itself. This year, the committee has sought to center the experiences and intersectional identities of Black, Brown, Trans, disabled, and international LGBTQIA+ folks through our programming. In this year's Pride, we position LGBTQIA+ justice as fundamentally connected to racial justice, class justice, criminal justice, and immigration justice, among many other struggles. Through Dartmouth Pride, the committee aims to raise awareness and understanding of these overlapping and interconnected identities.

In short, Dartmouth Pride's objectives are to: 

  1. Appreciate and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and history at Dartmouth and beyond
  2. Educate our peers about issues that are prevalent to the LGBTQ+ community
  3. Create safe spaces for members of the LGBTQIA+ community and opportunities for the intersectionality of identities.

Lavender Graduation

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Lavender Graduation 2022. Text with pink and purple flowers around the border.

Thursday, May 12th at 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Top of the HOP 

Lavender Graduation is one of the annual cornerstone events of Dartmouth Pride. It is a ceremony conducted nationwide on various campuses that celebrates and acknowledges the contributions of LGBTQIA+ seniors to the higher education institutions. The ceremony originated in 1995 when Dr. Ronni Sanlo, a Jewish lesbian, was denied the opportunity to attend the graduations of her biological children as a result of her sexual orientation. Encouraged by the Dean of Students and the University of Michigan, Dr. Sanlo designed the first Lavender Graduation to create space for LGBTQIA+ students and faculty.

At Dartmouth, we continue this tradition annually in an effort to honor this important LGBTQIA+ history and recognize the accomplishments of our LGBTQIA+ students and faculty. Awards and rainbow tassels will be distributed during the event. Light fare provided, all are welcome.

Pride 2022 Student Planning Committee

Committee Co-Chairs

  • Jaime Aranzabal '24
  • Rebecca Nicol '22, 
  • Jeremy Rodgriguez '22

Committee Members

  • Izzy Morales '25
  • Elena Luria '25
  • Evan McMahon '25
  • Haley Banta '25
  • Dominic Folkes '25
  • Rosario Rosales '25 
  • Olvin Abrego Ayala '25
  • Jessica Chiriboga '24
  • Kailah Hester '24
  • Mike Hanrahan '24
  • Ryan Rebne '24
  • Roman Olavarria '23
  • Margaret Kotz '22

More Information

Thank you to the following sponsors: Special Events and Programming Committee, the Division of Student Affairs, the President's Office, the Department of Geography, the Department of English, the Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the Native American Program, and South House.

Questions? Contact us at LGBTQIAplus.Student.Advising@dartmouth.edu.

Past Events

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Queer Prom flyer. Words on top of faded background of tall trees and pink flowers.

Queer Prom: Enchanted Forest
Saturday, April 23rd at 7:00 - 10:00 PM 
Alumni Hall (second floor of the HOP) 

Queer Prom first started in 2019 as a kick-off event and the committee hopes to make Queer Prom an annual tradition for Dartmouth Pride. This event seeks to give students the opportunity to relive their prom experiences outside the constraints of typical high school proms that tend to be charactertized by heteronormative traditions and expectations. For many LGBTQIA+ students, high school proms can be harmful and exclusive to their identities. Thus, Queer Prom aims to make a space for LGBTQIA+ students to celebrate their queer identities with music, dance, food, performance, and positivity.

This year's theme is Enchanted Forest, so come dressed in your most mythical and enchanting outfit! The event will be catered by the Hanover Inn and take place in Alumni Hall! 
 

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Blair Imani stands facing the camera with arms crossed. Imani is wearing a mustard yellow long-sleeved dress, yellow head scarf, and a light brown hat.

Keynote: Blair Imani
Monday, April 25th at 5:00 - 6:15 PM
Zoom event, ASL interpretation provided

Come join us for a keynote presentation by Blair Imani followed by a Q and A moderated by Rebecca Nicol '22! Blair is a critically acclaimed historian, author, educator, and influencer, and a Queer Black Muslim woman.

Her scholarship spans intersectionality, gender studies, race and racism, sociology, and United States history. She will be speaking with us about her life and work as they relate to dialogues of intersectionality and the politics of Pride. Imani graduated with a degree in history from Louisiana State University where, in 2014, she founded Equality for HER, a (now closed) non-profit organization that provided resources and a forum for women and nonbinary people to feel empowered. In 2016, Imani's dedication to community took her to the front lines of a Black Lives Matter protest and, following her arrest at the protests of Alton Sterling's murder in Baton Rouge, Blair began building a platform and social media presence to organize and create awareness about injustices in her communities.

As an influencer and historian, semi-retired organizer, and public speaker, Blair Imani is dedicated to making the world a better place and amplifying the voices and work of those fighting the good fight.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Geography and the Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

 

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Pride Collis Trivia

Pride x Collis Trivia
Thursday, April 28th at 9:00 PM
One Wheelock, Collis Center

Join us for a themed trivia night at Collis! Flex your knowledge and learn more about queer culture and history. Categories will include historical and modern queer icons, queer activism, and queer media. Compete in teams of up to 5 people!

 

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Lei Day

Lei Day
Sunday, May 1st at 2:00 PM
Russo Atrium, Hood Museum

Lei Day is recognized on the islands of Hawai'i as a celebration of culture and aloha spirit. Traditionally, people on each island create and wear distinct leis. At Dartmouth, students will gather in the Russo Atrium to hear from Elizabeth Coleman '21, who is beginning an interactive exhibition of yarn leis. Elizabeth will guide attendees in making their own orchid and/or yarn leis. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Elizabeth Coleman is a Native Hawaiian artist, sociologist, and lifelong learner. She grew up on the island of O'ahu in Hawai'i and recently graduated from Dartmouth College with the class of 2021. At Dartmouth, she majored in Studio Art and Sociology and minored in Native American Studies. Since graduating she works as a Studio Art Fellow in the Department of Studio Art and a Graduate Resident Fellow for the Office of Residential Life. Additionally, she is a co-Curatorial Fellow for the Class of 1960 Black Visual Arts Center Student Gallery. Within her artistic practice, she specializes in sculpture, digital media, and installations. Drawn to emotion and connection, her work yearns to interact evocatively with many diverse communities and explore her relationship with her culture, her womanhood and sexuality, the society we live in, and the land we inhabit. In July, she will begin a Masters of Science program in Multimedia, Photography, and Design at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications.

This event is a collaboration between Hokupa'a, the NAP, Pride, AAPIHM, and OPAL.

 

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voguing workshop

Vogue: Workshop with the House of Esperanza
Wednesday, May 4th at 8:30 PM
Collis 101

Voguing is a style of dance that originated in the 1980s out of the New York City ballroom dance scene. Vogue is strongly associated with the Black and Latinx LGBTQIA+ community because of its ties to ballroom culture. Historically, the ballroom community has served as a site of resistance and activism for LGBTQIA+ people, creating spaces where queer folks can exist outside the constraints of heteronormative expectations and culture. Ballroom houses are places where people can live, perform, learn, and congregate with other LGBTQIA+ people; they're especially important places for folks who have been displaced or kicked out of their community because of their identities.

For this workshop, please join us in welcoming the House of Esperanza, a Boston-based house, who will provide us with a short presentation of the history of vogue, a performance, and a workshop designed to teach students the basics of vogue. Folks from all different backgrounds are invited to learn and engage with ballroom culture while we enjoy mocktails.

 

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Adore Delano

Transform
Friday, May 6th at 8:00PM
Kemeny Courtyard

The show known as Transform is one of the traditional PRIDE celebration events. People from various communities on and off-campus come together for the gender-bending drag and fashion extravaganza. Transform actively disrupts the cultural gender policing, cissexism, and heterosexism on campus. Participants use their creativity to inspire others to break through boundaries.

This years' show will feature over a dozen drag artists and performances, including Drag Race alumni Adore Delano!

 

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Pride Movie Night with Collis After Dark
Saturday, May 7th, 10:00PM
Loew Auditorium

Looking for a chill night after Transform?

The Pride Committee and our friends at Collis After Dark are working together to host a movie screening of But I'm a Cheerleader.

 

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Inclusive Grammar

Inclusive Grammar and Romance Languages
Monday, May 9th at 4:00-5:30 PM
Faculty Lounge, Hopkins Center

Pronouns, feminitives, gender-neutral adjectives and nouns: How do languages with complex and binary gender systems respond to the need for inclusivity? What is the state of inclusive grammar and its related policies (if any) in Romance-language countries? What are we doing and what can we do to enrich our syllabi and support the reflection on inclusive grammar in the language class?

French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish are "sister languages" that share many grammar similarities but cope with inclusivity in different ways - not only from a linguistic point of view but also and particularly from a socio-cultural one.

Join us to learn more about the inclusive language strategies experimented with so far in the Romance-speaking world! The event will consist of interviews with students navigating Romance languages through the lens of non-binarism and gender inclusivity, followed by some reflections on the various teaching strategies faculty could engage with, apply in class, and re-negotiate. 

Although this roundtable will be specifically focusing on French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish, experiences and insights involving any language families will be welcome!
A small reception will be also offered at the end of the event.

Co-Sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Department of French and Italian, Office of Pluralism and Leadership, Dartmouth Outing Club, and La Casa.