Pride Month

04.10. - 27.10.


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An independent initiative supported by

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  • Allyship Workshop
    Di., 26. Okt.
    58-424 (HSG)
    26. Okt., 16:30
    58-424 (HSG), Tellstrasse 2, 9000 St. Gallen, Schweiz
    Together with the CCDI-HSG we created a workshop that aims to teach you how to support your LGBTQ+ peers, friends and family. We will explain, what it means to be an Ally, teach you non-violent forms of communication and show you how to make a difference with even the smallest gestures.
  • Pride Month Afterparty
    Mi., 27. Okt.
    27. Okt., 20:00
    Grabenhalle, Unterer Graben 17, 9000 St. Gallen, Schweiz
    Let's end this year's Pride Month @HSG with a party and celebrate our achievements. There will be bar service but you can also bring your own drinks!

About Pride

The LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer and more) Pride as it is celebrated today has its roots in the Stonewall movement of 1969. The Stonewall Inn is a still existing gay bar in Christopher Street in New York City. On June 27th 1969, the New York police raided the Stonewall Inn at midnight which led to street fights between bar guests and the police and evolved to massive revolts for another two nights. This riot is historically considered as the first gay resistance against police repression in the western hemisphere. Since then, the 27th of June is known as the Christopher Street Day and is celebrated all over the world and June is the official international Pride Month. In the 1970s, the Pride Movement spread all around the US and Europe with regular marches and protests. The HIV pandemic in the 1980s led to another wave of awareness and mobilized a lot of straight allies to join the movement. During this time, the community started to include bisexuals and transgenders to the movement. Interestingly, Switzerland was one of the first countries where same sex activities were decriminalized during the Napolean era in 1798. During the Nazi regime, Switzerland and especially Zurich became one of the very few safe havens for LGBTQ+ people in continental Europe. Nonetheless, the political environment was still very hostile and police repression was also common in Switzerland.


Can I attend a Pride Month Event even though I’m straight?

Of course – you are more than welcome! The events aim to give you an opportunity to learn more about a topic that’s unfortunately often considered taboo. Support your peers, show that you care and you’re already on your way to becoming an ally for the queer community.


Isn’t Pride Month usually in June?

Yes but since June marks the exam phase at HSG and we just welcomed over 2000 new students in September, we are hosting Pride Month @HSG in October so we can reach as many of you as possible.


Why is there no month for straight people?

Because straight people are not a minority and are generally not discriminated against based on who they love. The Pride Movement is rooted in centuries of injustice, discrimination and suffering. But Pride is not about blame – we should celebrate our differences and treat each other like human beings.


Get Connected

Are you a student or doing a PhD? Are you considering yourself as LGBTQ+? Would you like to benefit from the expertise of an extensive network of LGBTQ+-professionals? Then the Get Connected Mentoring Programme might just be what you are looking for! After you sign up for the mentoring programme, we will put you in touch with one of our mentors. The topics of the mentoring are entirely up to you and your mentor, be it personal development, career advice, your professional or personal coming out, or anything else you might like to be mentored on. If you are interested, sign up on or get in touch with us through

Of course, we would also like to invite you to our next Get Connected event, which will be taking place on November 26, 2021, in Zürich. The night consists of two parts: First, recent topics, experiences and developments will be presented and discussed during a panel discussion. The networking takes place during the more festive part of the night. Participating at the Get Connected Event does not require to be a member of the mentoring programme. We welcome everyone who is interested and are also pleased to extend our warm welcome to your friends and partners.


Get involved! If you would like to organize Pride Month 2022 and help make our University and City a more accepting place, feel free to contact us.

We appreciate your feedback, questions and suggestions. Reach out to us!




We thank the University of St.Gallen and the Canton of St.Gallen for their support and for making this project possible.

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Special Thanks

Aidshilfe St.Gallen · CCDI-HSG · HSG AV-Services · HSG Library Team · OST Fachhochschule St.Gallen · theSTAGE · Stadtpolizei · Stadt St.Gallen · Unisport · Unigay