Celebrating Pride and Freedom

June Diversity Events

Celebrating Pride Month

During the month of June, we celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community and the continued fight for equality in the United States and the world. We recognize June as Pride Month to commemorate one of the most pivotal events in the US LGBTQIA+ rights movement, the Stonewall Riots. On June 27, 1969, the New York City police raided an LGBTQIA+ bar in Greenwich Village called the Stonewall Inn, as almost every state in our country had laws that forbade LGBTQIA+ people from dancing, holding hands, or dressing in clothing of the “opposite gender” in public.

The patrons of the Stonewall Inn, frequented by the most marginalized within the local LGBTQIA+ community, fought back that night against the police, causing a riot that lasted five days in the form of protests in Greenwich Village. On June 28, 1970, the first-ever Pride Parade was held in NYC to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Today, Pride is celebrated in thousands of cities and towns worldwide by millions of people each year; however, June holds significance for the LGBTQIA+ community for a number of other reasons.

Five years ago, on June 12, 2016, a tragedy occurred at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando, FL. This act of violence was one of the deadliest mass shootings in the U.S. and the single-deadliest event against LGBTQIA+ people in our nation’s history. During the LGBTQIA+ club’s Latin-themed night, 49 people were murdered and an additional 58 people sustained injuries. The location of the Pulse Night Club is now a memorial maintained by the OnePulse Foundation, allowing hundreds of visitors to pay their respects each year.

June 26 marks the 6th year anniversary of the Supreme Court marriage equality decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. This 5-4 decision granted marriage equality throughout the United States, allowing LGBTQ+ couples in all 50 states access to full, equal marriage recognition and federal benefits under the law.

Though we celebrate the accomplishments and progress that has been made since that night at the Stonewall Inn, there is still much work to be done on our own campus, in our local community, throughout our country, and throughout the world. As we celebrate Pride, we are simultaneously battling a record year for anti-transgender bills in our state legislatures, with 82 such bills being introduced between Jan. 1 and March 15, 2021, throughout our country.

Please join us in celebrating the progress that has been made, help us to remember those whose lives have been cut short due to bigotry and hate, and learn how to be an active ally in our continuing fight for equality by getting involved with the multiple LGBTQIA+ programs and resources sponsored by:

Carolyn Taggart

Carolyn Taggart (she/they)
Coordinator for Sexual and Gender Diversity, BU’s LGBTQA Resource Center

Jessy Defenderfer

Jessy Defenderfer, Ph.D.
Chair, Commission for Gender and Sexuality; Assistant Professor of Political Science

Juneteenth Events

Saturday, June 19

Juneteenth commemorates the day two and a half years after Emancipation went into effect when news of the end of the Civil War and the end of chattel slavery finally reached Galveston, TX, in summer 1865. It's intended to be a day of joy, celebration, and a recommitment to the values of freedom and building a good community for all.

On Friday, June 18, just one day before Juneteenth, our United Way along with the Coalition for Social Equity and The Berwick Theater and Center for Community Arts will host a FREE screening of Hidden Figures along with trivia. More details cmcuw.org/hiddenfigures

This year the Lycoming Tri-County NAACP is partnering with regional organization to celebrate Juneteenth in Williamsport at Brandon Park from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The CommUnity Zone in Lewisburg and Williamsport community organizations like Transitional Living Centers, Inc., YWCA, and the James V. Brown Library will contribute to the event. The event will feature food, music, dance, the spoken word, and much more.


Pride Events

SpeakOut Celebrates PRIDE!
SpeakOut Celebrates PRIDE!
SpeakOut Celebrates PRIDE!

Bloomsburg University LGBTQIA+ Community and Resources

The LGBTQA Resource Center

Student organization:

Faculty and staff organization:

Resources for scholarship opportunities:

Resources to learn more about Pride, Stonewall, and Pulse:

Local and virtual Pride events:

For additional assistance with any needs please contact Jessy Defenderfer, chair of the Gender and Sexuality Commission, jdefende@bloomu.edu; Carolyn Taggart, coordinator for Sexual and Gender Diversity, ctaggart@bloomu.edu; or the LGBTQA Resource Center, LGBTQA@bloomu.edu.