This past Saturday, Sept. 7, Indiana State held PRIDE meets Terradise in the Student Union, inspiring an inclusive atmosphere across the campus and condemning violence against members of the LGBTQ community.
There were carnival games, a face painter, drag shows and prizes to be won. The goal was to promote rights, increase visibility as a group, build community and to celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance.
People who attended went to have fun, including Nora Blythe, a student at ISU. According to her, there were a lot of things to do. She said, “First, I played some games with some new people I met there. Most of the time was spent watching the drag performances. I went because I wanted to meet other LGBTQ people in the community and have a good time with them.”
Grayson Purtlebaugh, another ISU student, said, “It’s definitely cool to have some sort of representation, especially on campus, and it’s also really nice to have an LGBT+ community to kind of meet up on campus.”
Also in attendance was Mayor Duke Bennett, who was thankful to be part of the event, saying, “First of all, I appreciated it that they asked me to come do this, and I just try to make sure I participate in anything I can to reach out to places that I don’t normally get to, so thank you to ISU for having an event like this, and then for letting me be a part of it.”
The event was put on by the LGBTQ Resource Center through Multicultural Services and Programs. There were people from Multicultural Services and Programs working the event, including Aryn Suiter. She would like students to know that “We hold events all around campus, like Pride, for example, and we’re really just an inclusive community and we have resources for everyone on the seventh floor of the HMSU.”