UCCS Faces of Pride 2022

Earlier this month, the Multicultural Office for Student Access, Inclusiveness, and Community (​MOSAIC) and the LGBTQ+ Resource Center launched “UCCS Faces of Pride,” an initiative that began last summer to highlight the diversity and intersectionality of the LGBTQ+ community at UCCS. As part of the initiative, participants are asked to explain their meaning of Pride. Below are responses from students, staff and faculty who recently participated.

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Bri (she/they)

“Pride means to not only honor and remember the ones that walked the path we walk now, but to also pave a better path to allow future generations easy access to resources that were fought for. Being a member of the LGBTQ+ community means nothing if I don’t ensure that the people in that community have the support, love, and resources they need to live a fulfilling life.”

Kelly (she/her)

“Pride means to love yourself wholeheartedly and have no fear in loving others, no matter who they are.”

Whitley Hadley (she/they)

“Pride to me means resistance and living freely, experiencing joy, nourishing community, compassionate discovery, and lifelong learning.”

Cortny Stark (she/her)

“The first pride was a riot. We stand on the shoulders of giants; of advocates who sacrificed so much so that my child can be her authentic self. Pride is honoring those incredible advocates – Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and others – and celebrating how far we’ve come, though there is so much work left to do.”

Noelle San Souci (she/they)

“Pride is a month that I feel encapsulates community. It is the freedom to show up as your authentic self, the ability to celebrate our collective history and victories, grieve our losses, and find time to reflect on how we continue to move forward as a community.”

Katie Girardeau (she/her)

“[Pride] means getting to be myself and love who I am.”

KD Blan (they/them)

“Pride means that I can be my authentic self and be proud of my identities.”

Lynn Vidler (they/them)

“To me, Pride simply means being able to be myself.”

Alexa Salstrand (she/her)

“Pride to me is accepting and loving myself and finding community.”

Augustine Stewart (he/him)

“Pride is the hope that one day, the state won’t push us towards death. Pride is active rebellion against a hetero-patriarchal society that would see us dead. Pride is terrorism against the gender binary, against the so-called ‘nuclear family’, against slavery, against fear.”

Irina Amouzou (they/them)

“Pride is fighting back, it’s anti-statist, it’s revolutionary. Pride is Black and Brown and loud and dirty. Pride is a riot.”

Anonymous (he/they)

“Pride to me means a world in which there is no “coming out”, where we all can be exactly who we are with no shame. The more of our stories we share about our identities, the further we get into breaking the mold and closer to that future.”

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Jacob Guilez (he/him)

“To me, pride means a commitment to live my life authentically, unabashedly and in embrace of the “differences” that make us all so special. Pride season serves as a reminder that the progress we enjoy today is the result of decades, or rather centuries even, of work and that much more remains to be done.”

Taylor Vallance (they/them)

“Pride, to me, is the one of the few times I feel seen. Even before coming out and understanding the history of pride it felt like the system was rebelling to support people like me. Pride was built by trans black sex workers and in that pride feels like a legacy… a promise to keep fighting for equity.”