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LGBTQIA+ History Month
Celebrated annually during October, LGBTQIA+ History Month highlights the historical and contemporary accomplishments of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual individuals.
LGBTQIA+ History Month features a variety of information and programs that differ each year. Many events focus on issues and obstacles specific to LGBTQIA+ people. Past years’ events have included:
- guest speakers,
- workshops, and
- events such as Keweenaw Pride’s celebration of National Coming Out Day, where the campus community is invited to announce their orientation or to “come out” as a LGBTQIA+-community ally.
Held each year, Pride Week celebrates the identity and culture of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA+) community.
Planned and hosted by the Keweenaw Pride student organization, this week-long series of events features a variety of programs that vary by year. Past events have included:
- film screenings,
- a Guess the Straight Person event, where LGBTQIA+ stereotypes are explored and debunked,
- guest speakers and lecturers, and
- Q&A sessions about “taboo” topics ranging from LGBTQIA+ sex to the gender-transition process.
Pride Week always culminates in the annual Drag Show, which draws over 1,000 people to campus and is regularly the year’s highest-attended student-run event.
Percy Julian Graduation Reception
Percy Julian Graduation Reception, held annually in April, honors the outstanding Hispanic, African-American, Native-American, and LGBTQIA+ graduates of Michigan Tech.
In addition to honoring our diverse graduates, the recipient of the Percy Julian Award is also announced during the Percy Julian Graduation Reception. This award recognizes an undergraduate student who has demonstrated leadership in the advancement of social equality on Michigan Tech’s campus, and racial, ethnic, and cultural understanding.
National Coming Out Day
The first National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay rights was October 11, 1987. October 11 has become more than an anniversary celebration. It's National Coming Out Day. We promote a safe world for LGBTQ+ individuals, we honor those able to openly live their truth, and we offer support and hope to people who are not able to come out.
Transgender Day of Remembrance
On or around November 20 every year Keweenaw Pride hosts a vigil in respectful memory of those who lost their lives in acts of violence or suicide.
World AIDS Day
HIV stigma is wrong. The AIDS pandemic continues. On December 1 Keweenaw Pride joins people around the globe to raise awareness.