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Pride Week brings community together

Pride Week events bring students, community together for common cause

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 | lhancock@eou.edu

May 21, 2013

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LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – The Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at EOU is gearing up for its annual Pride Week celebration Tuesday, May 28 through Saturday, June 1.

Guest speaker Erin Davies of the documentary “Fagbug” will set the tone for the week with a presentation at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Huber Auditorium in Badgley Hall, Room 102. EOU students, faculty, staff and area schools attend for free. General admission is $3.

On Wednesday at 5 p.m., a Charity Undie Run takes off from the campus quad. Participants arrive dressed in clothing to be donated to a homeless shelter in Portland serving LGBTQ youth. When the clothes come off, the run begins on the EOU track. Spectators are welcome, but participation is limited to EOU students and employees only. There is no charge.

Thursday at 4:30 p.m., the GSA invites everyone to a poster-making session in preparation for the Love Equality and Pride March set for Saturday. Meet in Badgley Hall, Room 144 and bring materials to make your own poster, or help others with theirs.

Later Thursday evening, a free showing of the movie “Bully” begins at 6 in Zabel Hall, Room 101. A discussion will follow.

Saturday at 9 a.m. the Love Equality and Pride March begins at the EOU quad and proceeds down 4th Street to Max Square, turning down Adams Ave. to Depot Street before heading to Washington Ave., then 6th Street and back to campus.

The march is open to all supporters of love, equality or LGBT individuals either marching with the GSA or as their own unit or group.

Activities conclude with a “Walk in Wonderland” themed GSA Prom at 8 p.m. Saturday in Ackerman Hall, Room 210. This Alice in Wonderland-inspired formal dance is free and open to all EOU students and their dates. Attendees must be 18 years old.

“I am looking forward to not only the fun events of Pride Week, but the educational ones as well, such as showing the film ‘Bully,’” said Jasmine Dixon, EOU freshman and GSA promotions manager. “I hope we have a great turnout of diverse people coming together for the same cause, including GSA and community members.”

For more information e-mail gsa@eou.edu.