October is “Ally Month,” and the Pride Alliance is hosting a number of events that help show support for the LGBT community at HWS, address what it means to be an ally and why allies are important to the LGBT community. The first event takes place on Thursday, Oct. 11, “Coming Out Day.” Members of Pride Alliance have placed a rainbow arch on the steps of the Scandling Campus Center. Walking through the archway is symbolic of LGBT identified people who have struggled with coming out, or who are still struggling in the closet.
“Coming Out Day is not just for LGBT identified folks, it is also for allies to walk through as well. Many people do not realize this, but sometimes allies have to ‘come out’ as allies. Part of being an ally is being vocal and not afraid to speak out for LGBT friends,” says President of Pride Alliance Julia Leavitt ’13.
Additionally, Pride Alliance is working to raise money for the first non-profit summer camp for transgender and gender variant youth, called Camp Aran’Utiq. The director and founder of the camp Nick Teich, LCSW, will come to HWS on Thursday, Oct. 18, to lead a workshop, called Transgender 101. The event for allies of the transgender community will take place at 7 p.m. in Demarest 14.
The final event planned for Ally Month will be Count Dracula’s Ball, a Halloween themed drag show featuring four professional drag kings and two professional drag queens. To help show support and raise money for Camp Aran‘Utiq, Pride Alliance encourages every person to contribute a $1 donation. Count Dracula’s Ball will take place on Friday, Oct. 26, from 7 – 9 p.m. in the ballroom at 380 South Main St.
Transportation will be provided from the Medbery parking lot. Pride encourages everyone to come in costume and to indulge in free hors d’oeuvres.
Pride Alliance holds a meeting once a week at 9 p.m. in the Office of Intercultural Affairs. The group is currently in the process of organizing World AIDS Day and other events to be held later in the semester.