The Pride Center and Eagle Pride proudly present EWU’s 8th Annual Pride Week, a celebration of queer and transgender communities. Our events this year speak to often-overlooked or unspoken LGBTQ+ experiences, from surviving gay conversion therapy to navigating intersectional intersex experiences. We will also showcase and highlight the breadth and depth of talent on EWU’s campus through the Eagle Pride Talent Show as well as our 3rd Annual Student Drag Show.
This year’s theme, “The Gay Agenda,” is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the notion that being LGBTQ+ is associated with a political agenda. We chose this theme to help reframe LGBTQ+ experiences as inherently part of — and valuable to — the fabric of our local and national communities.
Take a look at our calendar of events below, and we hope to see many of you out and about!
MONDAY, APRIL 10
Welcoming Project Ally Training
The Welcoming Project is an informative, interactive, fun, and brave space for participants to become a certified ally to EWU’s LGBTQ+ population. This training is open to students, faculty, and staff, and light refreshments will be provided. For more information or to register, visit the Welcoming Project’s web page.
LGBTQ+ Allies Social Gathering
Calling all LGBTQ+ allies! The Pride Center is hosting an event for us to connect with one another. Whether you’ve just completed training or you’re a veteran ally, we’d love to show our appreciation with some refreshments and, more importantly, some good company! Opening remarks will be made by Dr. Nick Franco.
TUESDAY, APRIL 11
Sam Brinton – Conversion Therapy Survivor
“Nuclear Engineer By Day, LGBT Activist By Night”: 2-3pm, Showalter 109
“You Can’t Change What We Never Chose: Surviving Conversion Therapy”: 4- 5:30pm, Showalter 109
Sam Brinton will be on campus to provide an educational session from 2-3pm, and a keynote address from 4-5:30pm. Sam is a survivor of conversion therapy and an outspoken activist against this harmful practice. You can read more about Sam by clicking here and here.
Dinner with the Inland Northwest Bears
El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant (Cheney)
The Inland Northwest Bears is a social group centered around but not exclusive to the “bear” community. Come share a bite with them and get to know more about what it means for gay men to identify as bears! Meals will be subsidized for all EWU LGBTQ+ and ally students, courtesy of Eagle Pride.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12
Intersexions: The Life of a Black Queer Intersex Person
1-2:30pm, Patterson 126 (Cheney)
4-5pm, SAC 341 (EWU Spokane)
Jonathan Leggette, an intersex advocate with InterAct Youth, will engage attendees in a workshop that includes a reading of spoken word pieces, an informational video, and a Q&A session.
Eagle Pride Talent Show: In a Rainbow Galaxy Far, Far Away…
6-8pm, Showalter Auditorium
The Eagle Pride Talent Show makes its glorious return to EWU’s campus! This year’s theme is “In a Rainbow Galaxy Far, Far Away…” All EWU students, faculty, and staff are welcome to sign up to show off their voices, dance moves, spoken word pieces, or any other forms of talent that displays what the theme means for them: gays in space, “gayliens,” Star Wars, the cosmos, whatever! Sign up to perform on EagleSync: https://orgsync.com/114735/forms/252338
THURSDAY, APRIL 12
3rd Annual Student Drag Show feat. Vida Amoré Divas Show
The Pride Center proudly presents our 3rd Annual Student Drag Show! Come cheer on your fellow Eagles as they explore gender through drag performance. You won’t want to miss this signature event. To participate, contact the Pride Center or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.