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The Lookout | February 28, 2021

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LCC holds Pride Month events in June

LCC holds Pride Month events in June
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By Maddy Warren
Editor In Chief

Pride Month is celebrated annually across the country during June to recognize the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community, and to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan.

This year, LCC is honoring Pride Month online, due to the ongoing pandemic.

Members of the LCC Prism Alliance committee and a few students used Netflix Party to have a viewing party of the first episode of season two of the TV show “Pose.” The event was held Thursday, June 12.

Netflix Party is a Google Chrome extension that allows multiple users to watch the same Netflix show or movie simultaneously. The chat feature allows viewers to communicate while watching.

“Pose” is set in the 1980s and ‘90s in New York City and explores the LGBTQ+ culture of that time period.

“Since the show takes place in the 1980s, it shows some of the progress that has been made for the LGBTQIA+ community,” Prism Alliance Committee member Sarah Garcia-Linz said. “But also, sadly, that some things have not changed in regards to violence and oppression.

“I really appreciate that the show focuses on trans women of color and has many actors who are trans, which does not always happen in popular culture.”

Garcia-Linz said it was fun watching virtually with other LCC community members.

“It was nice chatting with other folks about the emotional parts of the show as well as the fun parts,” she said. “I look forward to watching more ‘Pose.’”

The second Pride event is scheduled for Wednesday, June 17. Layne Ingram, LCC special projects coordinator and women’s basketball coach, will host a WebEx discussion from 2 to 3 p.m.

Discussion participants will hear personal stories from LGBTQ+ community members.

“I am trans myself, so I had the opportunity to come out while I was working here at LCC, so people know that side of the story,” Ingram said. “But there are some things that happened before that I would like to share.”

Ingram said there is a special need for these discussions right now across the nation.

“With what’s going on in the country, it’s important that we talk about all of the battles that we’ve had to face over the course of our history,” Ingram said.

“There’s a strong tie between the race relations that we’re facing and the same kind of discrimination that the LGBTQ community has faced in history,” Ingram said.

He said he credits LCC for continually recognizing Pride Month.

“LCC has always been great about … valuing diversity inclusion, so it’s just another way for us to get together for an hour to talk about some things, answer some questions, talk to people about being an ally and what it’s like walking through life being out,” Ingram said.

Ingram said he looks forward to the event and hopes people will log on and join the conversation.

“Anytime that we can use a space to talk about stuff like this is going to be good,” he said.

Students and faculty can RSVP for this event at www.lcc.edu/diversity/pride/index.html.