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Fall Pride Week: Sun Devils proud to be who they are

October 11, 2018

LGBTQ+ Fall Pride Week at ASU launched this week with student-led celebrations and gatherings focusing on everything from fitness to politics to family relationships.

The festivities started with a tie-dye party at ASU’s West campus and will conclude with the Rainbows Festival on the Downtown Phoenix campus Oct. 20–21. In between, Rainbow Coalition groups will celebrate National Coming Out Day, Latino pride and more.

Students celebrate LGBT Pride at an ASU event

David Callahan, a senior psychology major and programming facilitator with the Rainbow Coalition, said he is looking forward to highlighting LGBTQ+ positivity through a project across all four ASU campuses in which gender-affirming messages will appear on bathroom mirrors.

"Pride is important to celebrate so that everyone in the LGBTQIA+ community can have a chance to show how proud they are to be who they are. It also gives those who don't have that voice a chance to speak up," said Callahan.

Check out a selection of fall Pride Week events below as well as the full events calendar. And make sure to show your pride this fall, Sun Devils!

Come Out for ASU! BBQ and Drag Show

Oct. 11, 3–7 p.m.

Mark National Coming Out Day with food, fun and entertainment at the Civic Space Park on the Downtown Phoenix campus.

LGBTQ+ Voices: Coming-out Stories

Oct. 11, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day. Join student, faculty and staff panelists at Memorial Union 246 in Tempe as they discuss their individual journeys toward disclosure, their experiences and processes in coming out and how these experiences have shaped their lives.


Oct. 12, 5 p.m.

Work out with pride: Visit the Sun Devil Fitness Complex Gold Gym in Tempe for a hot workout with the best hip-hop and popular music!

Out in Politics

Oct. 16, 7 p.m.

This mixer and forum will feature former Tempe Mayor Neil Giuliano and other guest speakers to discuss identifying with the LGBTQIA+ community while being out in politics. The cost is free, and dinner will be served; the event is at the Memorial Union in Tempe in room 246.

Pride Pool Party

Oct. 19, 2–5 p.m.

Come relax by the Sun Devil Fitness Complex pool in Tempe. Look forward to rainbow food, drinks and fun poolside activities.

Rainbows Festival

Oct. 20–21, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Join a free celebration of the diversity of the LGBTQ community at Heritage Square in Phoenix. Each year, Rainbows Festival draws a crowd of more than 25,000 friends, families and allies.