Cal State Bakersfield hosts Pride Week

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Monday kicked off Pride Week at Cal State Bakersfield.

Every day the school is providing different events to support each other and that it’s a safe place in a supportive community, no matter your race, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.

Events at the campus continue through Oct. 12

There are numerous events on CSUB’s campus during the week for Pride Week.

Below are events at the campus:

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The festivities will continue on Wednesday, Oct. 10, with the 10th Annual Ally Rally from 6-8 p.m. Participants will meet at the CSUB flagpoles at 5:30 p.m. for a Rally walk to the event. The rally was organized in 2009 by Dr. Anne Duran in the Psychology Department after receiving an anonymous note on her door eliciting hate toward the LGBTQ community. It motivated Duran to continue to open a dialogue about LGBTQ issues and what it means to be an ally for the community.

“This is an opportunity for all individuals to participate in an open dialogue regardless of their individual position on LGBTQ issues,” Dr. Duran said. “This event is a safe space, and all are welcome to attend. It is important for events like this to show students, faculty and staff and community that CSUB is a welcoming environment.”

Expression Night will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Stockdale Room to celebrate National Coming Out Day. This will give students a chance to share their story and express themselves through art, spoken word, dance or any other artistic talent you’d like. If interested, please sign up at the Campus Programming Office or email campusprog@csub.edu.

Movie Night will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, in Alumni Park.  Participants should bring blankets and chairs for a showing of “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

The week will conclude with the Pride Volleyball game against Cal Baptist at 1 p.m. in Icardo Center on Saturday, Oct. 13. Coach Giovanna Melo started this event to create an awareness of LGBTQ issues in athletics and to emphasize that all are welcome at their games.

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