In celebration of WorldPride events in New York City, Hobart and William Smith hosted alums and friends for a LGBTQ+ reception. The event was held on Saturday, June 29 at Fumo Upper West Side, New York, N.Y.
Held since 2000, WorldPride is a global event that promotes LGBTQ+ affirmation and acceptance through parades, festivals, and cultural and educational activities. This year marks the first time it has taken place in the United States. It is being held in conjunction with events marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which began the LGBTQ+ rights movement.
“This is such an opportune moment for HWS to participate in WorldPride,” says Joshua Leach ’01, a volunteer regional programming coordinator for the Colleges’ Tri-State Regional Network. “It’s just great to be a part of this celebration and bring HWS spirit and energy to the space.”
Leach coordinated the event with Associate Director of Student Activities Chad Freeman. The two met this spring during the first HWS Lavender Graduation Ceremony for LGBTQ+ students and discussed their shared interest in a New York City event for WorldPride.
“From my experience on campus, and what I saw at the Lavender graduation ceremony, I know that spirit of camaraderie, allyship and friendship is very much a part of the campus identity,” says Leach. “It’s good to transfer that to other places where we have events for alums.”
Freeman notes that there is an HWS connection to WorldPride. “The marshals for the Pride march are the cast members of FX series Pose, created and executive produced by Brad Falchuk ’93, L.H.D.’14,” he says. “It’s fabulous that we have an HWS connection, and any opportunity for us to celebrate and affirm Pride and the work we do here at the Colleges is exciting.”