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UHS celebrates Pride Month

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University Health Services honors Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Month along with the many contributions and achievements of the LGBTQ+ community at UW–Madison. Pride Month is celebrated in June each year to commemorate the Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan on June 28, 1969. The Stonewall Uprising was a riot led by queer and trans people of color against police harassment and is viewed as a catalyst for the Gay Rights Movement in the United States.

We recognize that those in the LGBTQ+ community continue to be impacted by oppression, prejudice, and inequitable systems of power and privilege. We know that LGBTQ+ people of color disproportionately bear the brunt of violence and oppression. We stand in solidarity with our LGBTQ+ students and colleagues and, in particular, our LGBTQ+ students and colleagues of color. As a healthcare organization, we are committed to supporting LGBTQ+ students through a variety of services, including our LGBTQ+ and Transgender & Gender-Nonconforming (TGNC) Support & Empowerment groups, our outreach at the Red Gym, our work to match students with in community providers, and our other campus-based programming.

This year, we also recognize that Pride Month falls during a time of activism, solidarity, and community action in defense of Black lives. We honor the work of Black leaders in the past, present, and future of the LGBTQ+ movement and we want to unequivocally state our support for the continued struggle for justice, safety, and liberation.

We encourage all students to engage in events and resources that honor Pride Month and LGBTQ+ members of the UW–Madison community.