"Don't hide your pride"
We want to show members of the LGBTQ+ community that they do not have to hide at our university. Through events, workshops, and other activities during Pride Month, we hope to create safe spaces for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies where they can come together and feel accepted and supported.
While Pride Month is often viewed as a colorful celebration of love, acceptance, and diversity, we see it as our duty to raise awareness of key issues that the queer community and other marginalized groups still face today.
Fostering Inclusion and Allyship
"Pride is for everyone"
The very nature of Pride Month is inclusive, queer-feminist, and non-discriminatory. Therefore, we want to convey that everyone is welcome, regardless of gender, race, sexuality, background, religion, or disability.
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 St.Gallen 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.
Can I also join if I'm not a student at HSG?
Of course, you are more that welcome to join. Pride month is for everybody no matter your age, background, or sexual orientation. Let's celebrate together!
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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