University of Iowa Pride releases statement regarding the cancelation of June Pride activities due to COVID-19 and the recent protests over police brutality and oppression
University of Iowa – We cannot, in good conscience, celebrate Pride Month without acknowledgement of the continuing oppression that Black, Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) face in our nation. While we celebrate Pride, we hold space for grieving the current state of our nation, specifically centering the impact of racism and the oppression that our BIPOC siblings endure every day.
Due to COVID-19, our UI Pride celebratory plans have been changed. We are thankful each year to join in Iowa City Pride’s downtown celebrations and will certainly miss the opportunity to do so in 2020. We are, however, prepared to celebrate Pride and engage our community in virtual spaces.
Each Monday in June, we will be rolling out content and engagement opportunities on our website (https://diversity.uiowa.edu/ui-pride), all of which fall under the theme of Pride at Home. “It is our hope that folx will find ways to show their support and Pride in the LGBTQIA community, and that they embrace the activities in a meaningful and educational way”, says Katie McCullough (she/her), UI Pride Co-Chair. The content will be centered on activities, crafts, and educational materials for people to enjoy on the web or download and print at home. These activities are designed for any age and ability to explore their creativity, express their pride, and learn about the history of LGBTQIA movements. Additionally, to bolster our sense of community, we encourage folx to post photos of their activities on social media using the hashtag #UIowaPride. Emma Welch (she/her), UI Pride Co-Chair, explains, “In times of isolation, fear, and unknown, our goal is to present opportunities for unity, expression, and healing.”