UNC Asheville will present a series of discussions, documentaries and more in April as part of PRIDE Month 2016. PRIDE programming (Practice Respect, Inclusion, Diversity, Education) was initiated in 2012 with events to increase awareness and acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, and includes a variety of programming throughout the year.
PRIDE Month 2016 is co-sponsored by UNC Asheville’s Multicultural Student Programs and the student organizations Alliance, Black Student Union, Hyannis House and the Trans Student Union. The following PRIDE Month events are free and open to the public:
Monday, April 4: Film Screening: Paris is Burning – This documentary directed by Jennie Livingston chronicles the 1980s drag ball culture of New York City and the diverse communities involved in it. 7:30 p.m. in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith Union Grotto.
Tuesday, April 5: From the Margins to the Middle: Experiences of LGBTQ People of Color – This panel discussion will feature the perspectives of those who identify as both a person of color and as a member of the LGBTQ community. Moderated by Preston Keith, UNC Asheville assistant director of the Intercultural Center and Multicultural Student Programs. 6 p.m. in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith Union room 221.
Tuesday, April 19: Film Screening and Discussion: Pay It No Mind: The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson – this documentary focuses on a Marsha P. Johnson, a black trans activist who was an instigator of the Stonewall riot that helped spark the gay liberation movement. A discussion led by UNC Asheville staff and students will follow. 6 p.m. in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith Union room 222.
Friday, April 22: Trans Student Union Poetry Showcase – This event features poetry, music and art. 6-8 p.m. in UNC Asheville’s Hyannis House, 24 Hyannis Drive, Asheville.