By Jaycie Doerr, NEWS3 Reporter
MACOMB, Illinois (NEWS3) — April is Pride Month for Western Illinois University. At first, this seems strange because June is when Pride is celebrated internationally. Most students are not on campus for June though, and the LGBTQIA Resource Center wanted to give everyone on campus the change to celebrate.
Sarah Daniels, a graduate student at the LGBTQIA Resource Center, explained that not every student can celebrate Pride in June. So hosting events in April is the university’s way of supporting those students.
“It’s important to continue learning about Queer people, the things that they need, and to be open to not necessarily understanding something at first, but knowing that you don’t need to understand it to be supporting, kind and caring,” Daniels said.
This Friday is Drag Bingo in the Union Ballroom and later this month is Lavender Graduation. This event is to congratulate LGBT students who are graduating from WIU this spring.