UE Pride: The Celebration of the LGBTQ+ Community

By: Hannah Addison

On the University of Evansville campus, pride is something that is appreciated and embraced every day. However, LGBTQ+ pride took the spotlight during the week of October 16th – 22nd. Throughout the week, many activities were held to celebrate and gather as a community. The week’s celebrations were concluded with a pride parade and drag show, right here, in the center of campus!

            On Saturday, October 22nd, students, faculty, and families gathered on East Terrance Lawn for an exciting 4-hour event that began with a parade around campus. Attendants were welcome to bring the unique flags that represented their sexual orientations. These flags, waved with confidence, brought beautiful colors to the UE campus, and smiles to the faces of those in attendance.

            These feelings of joy, acceptance, and love, thrived throughout the remainder of the event, and they grew even stronger when the drag show began. Drag Queens from all around the Evansville area were invited to the university to perform for the Saturday crowd. The Queens competed against each other, and the audience made their votes through a classic penny war. The proceeds of the competition were donated to the charity of the winning Queens choice! Not only did this Saturday invite the community to gather and celebrate love and expression, but it also provided a philanthropic opportunity which will benefit others in our community. While “Pride Week” may be over, UE pride will never cease to

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