Pride 2021

Pride is the celebration of LGBTQIA+ identities at Dartmouth, commemorating the history and culture of queer people.

Join us for Transform!



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Saturday, May 8 • 7:00 to 8:00 PM EDT
Live debut: Collis Patio 
Rain/Weather location: Collis Commonground 
In-person registration: (seating is limited)
Live Stream Link:

Would you like to perform at TRANSform? click here to register!

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 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 include both an in-person and virtual experience for the Dartmouth community and audience. Stay tuned for more information (list of performers, theme, host, etc.) as the date gets closer. 

Full Calendar of Events


Calendar for Pride 2021

Pop-Up Pride 
April 24 from 3-6PM
Kick off Pride 2021 with a batch of delicious cupcakes, a photo booth, and a signed Pride flag in front of Collis!

Queer Professionals Panel
April 27 from 7-8PM
Join us for a Q&A panel with five queer professionals in a variety of different industries discussing their careers and identities!

Pride Movie Night
April 30 from 8-10PM 
Come to the Shabazz Lawn Tent and watch two LGBTQIA+-themed movies: Love, Simon and Rafiki!

Big Freedia Keynote
May 6 from 8-9PM
Join us for a student-curated virtual conversation with rapper Big Freedia, followed by a virtual meet & greet from 9-9:30!

May 8 from 7-8PM
Come join us in person or virtually for a gender-liberating, norm-smashing bonanza!

Lavender Graduation
Date & Time TBA
A celebration of our incredible LGBTQIA+ graduates! More information coming soon.

Full event details can be found below.

Pop-Up Pride


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Saturday, April 24 • 3:00 to 6:00 PM EDT
Collis Patio

Kickoff PRIDE 2021 with a batch of delicious cupcakes from local bakery and sweets shop My Brigadeiro, a photo booth, and a signed PRIDE flag in front of Collis! 

Pride rep to contact: Jaime Aranzabal '24

Queer Professionals Panel


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Tuesday, April 27 • 7:00 to 8:00 PM EDT

Join us in a Q&A panel with five queer professionals in a variety of different industries, from academia to technology, about their careers and their identities. Speakers will include:

  • Sabyne Pierre (they/them) is a spoken word artist and activist working at GirlGov in Pittsburgh. GirlGov is the Women and Girl's Foundation's civic engagement and advocacy training program for high school-aged girls and femmes interested in turning their passions into real, systemic change.
  • Sháńdíín Brown (she/her) '20 is a citizen of the Navajo Nation, and a graduate of Dartmouth College, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts majoring in Anthropology as well as Native American Studies and minoring in Environmental Studies. She is currently located in Santa Fe, NM and works full-time at the School for Advanced Research Indian Arts Research Center as an Anne Ray Intern. She also works part-time at the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum of Contemporary Native American Art as a curatorial assistant and at the Barnes Foundation as a Native American Art consultant. She is also a jewelry maker and runs the Instagram page, TB Designs.
  • Jiachen Jang (they/them) is a Program Manager at Microsoft in the Developer Division, making coding tools like VS Code. Outside of work, they write, do some pottery, and conduct research in tech ethics with a professor at the University of Washington. At Dartmouth, they mentored as part of the First Generation Low Income (FGLI) community, TA-ed a bunch of intro CS classes, and was Women in CS president.
  • Makisa Bronson (she/her) I am a consultant and financial analyst building at the intersection of business, financial strategy, and social impact. Presently, I work at Deloitte, where I advise public sector clients on strategies for generating both positive social and financial value. Outside of work, I also support fiscal growth at the Meemz Art Initiative—a Mukalla-based startup building up Yemen's creative economy. While at Dartmouth, I studied Middle Eastern Studies and Economics and co-founded the Social Impact Nonprofit Consulting (SINC) club.
  • Prof. William Cheng (he/him) is Chair of the Music Department at Dartmouth. His books include Sound Play: Video Games and the Musical Imagination, Just Vibrations: The Purpose of Sounding Good, Loving Music Till It Hurts, and the coedited volume Queering the Field: Sounding Out Ethnomusicology. In 2020, he received Dartmouth's Jerome Goldstein Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Pride Movie Night


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Friday, April 30 • 8:00 to 10:00 PM EDT
Shabazz Tent, 32 N Main Street

Pride 2021 is excited to screen two LGBTQ-themed movies, Love, Simon (2018) and Rafiki (2018). Both films have been lauded for their realistic depictions of queer love; Love, Simon even features Dartmouth's own Clark Moore '13!

This in-person event will be capped at an attendance of 25 students. Sign-in at the tent; pre-registration not required.

Talk Back with Big Freedia


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Presented in collaboration with Hop@Home 

Thursday, May 6 • 8:00 to 9:00 PM EDT (with post-show meet and greet 9-9:30 EDT)
Register for the event:
Register for the student meet-and-greet: 
In-person streaming location: Collis Common Ground

Closed captioning/live transcription will be available and this event will be recorded. Recordings will be publicly available for one week once captioning is finalized.

Join students from the Pride committee to present a conversation with New Orleans-based hip-hop artist and worldwide bounce music ambassador Big Freedia. Freedia will discuss her presence in the New Orleans bounce scene, her many collaborations across genre, and her queer identity. This event will be facilitated by social justice educator Cody Charles (they/them).  

This conversation with Big Freedia will be hosted on the Hop's YouTube channel, and is open to Dartmouth students, employees and alumni and Hop Members.

Dartmouth students:  Attend a watch party — stop by Collis Common Ground on May 6 at 8 pm ET. See the Big Freedia conversation on YouTube with your friends! Note that capacity is limited to 25 students.

Following the conversation will be a 30-minute virtual meet-and-greet for Dartmouth students (with space for 20 Dartmouth student virtual attendees). This year's pride theme is "Queerly Beloved"  to emphasize the beauty found in the many different sections of the LGBTQIA+ community. The PRIDE committee wants all Dartmouth students to feel at home, no matter their identity. 

About Big Freedia:

Known as the Queen of Bounce music, Big Freedia is New Orleans-based hip-hop artist and worldwide ambassador of bounce music. After a series of cult hit singles during the mid 2000's, she was tapped for a reality show, ​Big Freedia Bounces Back​ on Fuse TV. The docuseries followed the life of a choirboy turned bounce rapper and remains the highest rated original series on the network. It was only a matter of time until Big Freedia caught the attention of iconic artists including Beyoncé and Drake. She was featured on both Beyoncé's Grammy-winning single, "Formation" and Drake's "Nice For What."

Big Freedia released the critically acclaimed album, '3rd Ward Bounce' (which featured Lizzo among others) on Asylum Records in 2018. In the summer of 2019, the Queen of Bounce debuted her limited run ice cream flavor 'Big Freedia's Bouncin' Beignets' with the ice cream giant Ben & Jerry's. She graced the cover of ​Billboard Magazine​, and was invited by​ Vogue Magazine​ to be the official host of the Iive Instagram stream for the Met Gala.

In October 2019, Big Freedia and multi-platinum pop artist Kesha released their new pop single "Raising Hell." The song remains on the pop radio charts and the two performed the hit song on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! Big Freedia's latest single "Louder" from her forthcoming project dropped in November. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, ​Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva!​ on Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster.


Image of Cody Charles. They are wearing a red flannel shirt and are sticking their tongue out to someone off-camera.

About Cody Charles:

Cody Charles (he/they) is an engaging and passionate social justice educator and writer who believes in having the critical and often difficult conversations in regards to leadership and social change. Cody believes that engaging the process of leadership cannot exist without being rooted in an understanding of power and privilege. In addition to serving as Associate Director in a University Office of Multicultural Affairs, Cody is the author of a variety of articles around identity and pop culture - A Pride Story: Choosing To Live My Black Fat Queer Life, 10 Common Things Well-Intentioned Allies Do That Are Actually Counterproductive, A Letter to Black Greeks Who Happen to be Black and Queer, Higher Ed Hates Me, Student Affairs is a Sham, College Advice for Students of Marginalized Identities, 6 Scenes from 'Moonlight' That I Still Dream About, Black Joy, We Deserve It, and What Growing Up Black And Poor Taught Me About Resiliency. 

Join them for more conversation on Twitter/Instagram (@_codykeith_) and Facebook (Follow Cody Charles). Please visit their blog, Reclaiming Anger, to learn more about them.

This Year's Theme

Pride at Dartmouth seeks 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. 

Queer and Trans justice is fundamentally connected to racial justice, class justice, criminal justice, immigration justice and many other social issues. It is through PRIDE events that we aim to raise awareness and understanding of these overlapping and interconnected issues.


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This year's theme is queerly beloved, to emphasize the beauty found in the many different sections of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Pride 2021 Student Planning Committee

Committee Co-Chairs: Jaime Aranzabal and Mark Tao

  • Marketing & Outreach Subcommittee: Kaj Johnson, Sarah Lou, Chara Lyons, Katie Casson
  • Pride-Pop Up Subcommittee: Jeremy Alkire
  • Queer Professionals Panel Subcommittee: Jake Hanssen, Manny Rodríguez, Hubert Galán-Vargas, Kai Frey
  • Pride Movie Night Subcommittee: 
  • Transform Subcommittee: Bernardo Burnes, Chloe Cordasco, Chloe Fugle, Sarah Lou, Nicolás Macri
  • Lavender Ceremony Subcommittee: Kaj Johnson, Theresa Hernandez & Sebastian Munoz-Medina