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Throughout the month of April, CSUSM will celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and ally (LGBTQA+) community through a series of events that will include lectures, discussions, art collaborations and a pride festival.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. At CSUSM we celebrate LGBTQA Pride Month in April to catch all the fun before the end of the semester.

gAyPRIL is a campus-wide celebration. Our partners include:

Board of Directors
Campus Activities Board
Campus Recreation
Cross Cultural Center
CSU Institute for Palliative Care
CSUSM School of Arts
Gender Equity Center
HOPE and Wellness Center
LGBTQA Faculty Staff Association
Office of Diversity, Educational Equity, and Inclusion
Student Health & Counseling Services

View our gAyPRIL calendar!


The Mystery of Love and Sex

April 3, 2017
Arts 101

Traversing years, shiftingrelationships and unexpectedoutcomes, this provocativeSouthern Gothic romanticcomedy peeks behind the curtainof sexuality and race to illuminatesecrets of the heart and the fabricof a family.

Pride Walk

April 4, 2017
12:00 - 12:50pm
Meet in University Plaza

Kick off GAYPRIL with tons of PRIDE! Meet us at University Plaza and walk around the campus to show your support!

ABC's of LGBTQ: Queer People of Color

April 5, 2017
12:00 - 1:00pm
LGBTQA Pride Center (USU 3100)

Celebrate the many diverse identities of the LGBTQA community by joining us for an open discussion. Meet other Queer People of Color and discuss the experience of being a person of color in the LGBTQA community.

Pridefully Political

April 6, 2017
1:00 - 2:00pm
LGBTQA Pride Center (USU 3100)

The fight for LGBTQ justice has been one filledwith struggle and victories.  Over the past decade we have seen progress on LGBTQ issues, but the fight is not over. Come and learn about anti-LGBTQ legislation and how to take action  in order to ensure continued progressfor queer rights. Learn effective strategies for political engagement, and how to create an impact advocating for social justice issues.

Yeah Maybe No

April 10, 2017
6:00 - 8:00pm
USU Ballroom

Yeah Maybe, No is a story that cuts through the anger and fear that surrounds sexual violence to let a survivor tell his story in his own words. Blake is a college student who is processing his past unhealthy relationship on a college campus facing controversy over how it handles sexual assault cases. Blake struggles with identifying his experience as a crime and looks to draw a line between rape and a "bad situation." Due to self-blame, that line shifts and blurs, which complicates getting support from loved ones. The people around him expect a crime drama, but that is far too black and white for Blake to relate to. Through compassion and empathy, we take an honest look at a deeply troubling problem.

What Gives Your Life Meaning? Dr. Brian De Vries

April 13, 2017
12:00 - 12:50pm
Academic 102

Dr. Brian de Vries is a Professor of Gerontology at San Francisco State University and a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. Dr. de Vries will join us in exploring palliative care by presenting a talk on his research into healthcare planning and end-of-life issues in the LGBTQ Community.  Join us for a mixer with Dr. Brian De Vries at the LGBTQA Pride Center (USU 3100) from 10:30-11:30am.

Color Out Hunger Run

April 15, 2017
9:30 am
Mangrum Track & Field

Join the ASI Community Centers as we race to "color out" hunger! Students can run, jog, or walk through various color stations while being bathed in an array of colored powders. Afterwards, students can enjoy even more fun at the Celebration Party, which features music, food, group photos, and a massive color throw! To participate, bring two cans of food or pay a small waiver fee. The first 100 people to sign up will receive a T-shirt!

Safe Zone Training

April 18, 2017
11:00am - 2:00pm 
USU 2310

By nurturing open communication and increasing awareness andknowledge, SafeZone empowercommunity members to serve asallies, resources, and advocates for LGBTQ individuals.

ABC's of the LGBTQ: Alphabet Soup

April 19, 2017
12:00 - 1:00pm 
LGBTQA Pride Center

Celebrate the many diverse identities of the LGBTQA community by joining us for an open discussion. Come and celebrate the vibrant and diverse LGBTQA community and learn more about the many identities represented in our community.

Queer Parenting

April 19, 2017
5:30 - 6:30pm 
USU 2310

There is more than one-way to start a family: sex, adoption, surrogacy, and insemination. We have invited queer community members to tell their stories about their journey in starting a family.  Come listen and learn.

Take Back the Night

April 20, 2017
6:00 - 9:00pm 
Forum Plaza

Join us as we take a stand against sexual violence with advocates, survivors, and allies. Hear first hand from brave survivors and learn about how you can help end the violence.

Furries Vs. Pet Play

April 25, 2017
12:00 - 12:50pm 
LGBTQA Pride Center

How much do you know about these two groups? Do you know that they are two different fish in a pond. Come find out why in this weekday discussion. 

CSUSM Pride Fest

April 27, 2017
12:00 - 12:50pm 
Forum Plaza

gAyPRIL wraps up with a festival of fun with games, free food, and beverages.  Come to the Pridefest to celebrate the LBTQA community and Rainbow Pride.

Raising Zoey

April 27, 2017
5:30 - 7:30pm 
Kellogg 1111

Affecting the lives of countless kids, teenagers and even adults, 13 year-old trans activist Zoey Luna wants nothing more than to simply go to school, learn, have fun with her friends in Downey, CA. Unfortunately, ignorance and intolerance have not always made this easy.  With the help of her mother Ofelia, her older sister Leticia and the ACLU, Zoey fought school officials for her right to self-identify in school.  Even in the face of bullying and endless teasing from both school officials and students, Zoey determinedly continues to live her life as she is and tells her story in the hopes of helping others persevere in living their authentic lives.