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Harvard Expands University-Sponsored Programming for Pride Month

Harvard Expands University-Sponsored Programming for Pride Month

“programming included Harvard’s first-ever University-wide Lavender Graduation”

This is being driven largely by students. Expect it to be even bigger next year.

The Harvard Crimson reports:

Harvard Affiliates Celebrate University’s Expanded Pride Programming, Thanks To Student Advocacy

Harvard significantly expanded its University-sponsored programming in honor of Pride Month this year, drawing praise from BGLTQ affiliates who said they hope the momentum of expansion continues into future years.

The programming included Harvard’s first-ever University-wide Lavender Graduation, the establishment of the Evelyn Hammonds Award for Exceptional Service to BGLTQ+ Inclusion, the illumination of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’s Lehman Hall in rainbow colors, and the first-ever Harvard social media post celebrating Pride on the University’s official Instagram account.

Members of [email protected], the affinity group for BGLTQ graduate students, initiated the formation of a Pride task force in January, reaching out to fellow students and administrators to begin brainstorming ways the University could honor BGLTQ affiliates during Pride.

James G. Evans, the vice president for advocacy at [email protected] and a Ph.D. student in History, said he and other students collaborated with administrators to make two of the institutional milestones happen: the first University-wide Lavender Graduation and the first Harvard social media post commemorating Pride month.

“We wanted this year to be the first time that the University officially recognized both Pride and a University-wide Lavender Graduation,” Evans said. “And so what we decided was best was to roll those two things together.”


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The Friendly Grizzly | June 21, 2021 at 12:18 pm

How many homosexuals taking real majors – that is, are at university to learn something – are even remotely interested in this nonsense?

Are the readers of this article falling into the trap of assuming that one group can appropriate “pride month?” When some nameless sole shifted from “gay pride day” to Pride Month, the tie to homosexuality was dropped. I would hope that every Harvard student would take time durng the month to be proud of their university and of Harvard’s founding principles. Harvard should establish programming throughout Pride Month to express gratitude to the many donors who sacrificed to make it one of the best universities in the world. How about establishing an Award for best school spirit?

    henrybowman in reply to lawgrad. | June 22, 2021 at 1:01 pm


    When some nameless sole shifted from “gay pride day” to Pride Month, the tie to homosexuality was dropped.

    (Energetically searching drawers for my ‘It’s OK to be white” banner so I can be welcome to participate enthusiastically in all the festivities before Pride Month is over…)

The Friendly Grizzly | June 22, 2021 at 6:24 pm

Pride month. Something to do with Lions?

What a bunch of homophobic bullshit.