Join us as we celebrate, empower, and support Emerson’s LGBTQIA+ Community this Pride. Throughout the month, the College is hosting a variety of virtual events, elevating the voices of LGBTQIA+ alumni, faculty, and staff. From panels and film screenings to Drag Bingo—there’s something for everyone!

You will find a list of all our events below, with links to register through Eventbrite. All events are free to attend, with the option to donate to the Pride Fund.

Queering Spiritualities with the Center for Spiritual Life

Wednesday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Join us for a meaningful and inspiring evening to meet some Emersonians whose journey has taken them to the intersection of spirituality, faith, and LGBTQIA+ identity. Emersonians of ALL identities are most welcome to attend, listen, and participate in this panel event moderated by Julie Avis Rogers, Director of Spiritual and Religious Life & Campus Chaplain.

Drag Bingo! with Lucille

Thursday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. ET

Come on down for bingo with a drag queen twist. Emerson alumna, Lucille, will host an evening of unforgettable fun—all you have to do is listen and have a good time in this game of chance. Who knows? Maybe you'll win big!

I'm Coming Out! Story Slam

Monday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Everyone has a unique story, and every LGBTQIA+ person has their own journey. Join us for an evening of storytelling that spotlights just a few of those journeys with LGBTQIA+ Emersonians, hosted by Olaiya Olayemi, MFA ‘16.

Cicada Screening and Q&A

Wednesday, June 9 to 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET

Cicada follows Ben, a young bisexual man, as he comes out to the world and develops an intense relationship with Sam, a man of color struggling with deep wounds of his own. As the summer progresses and their intimacy grows, Ben’s past crawls to the surface.

You can reserve your ticket through the ArtsEmerson Box Office. The film will be available for a 24 hour viewing period starting at 7:30 p.m. ET on June 9. Join us on June 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET for a talkback with Cicada star, Sheldon D. Brown ‘14 (Sam), and Director of Programming at Newfest, Nick McCarthy ‘08.

Together for Trans Rights: Day of Action

Friday, June 11

We cannot celebrate Pride without remembering the people that got us here today: Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Miss Major, and the countless other trans people, often trans women of color, who sacrificed their safety to stand up for what is right. In the United States today, there are over 100 bills across states that are anti-transgender, as 2021 shapes up to be a record year for anti-trans legislation. We are not safe as a community until all members of our community are safe. That is why we have partnered with the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition and the National Transgender Equality Center for our first annual Together for Trans Rights Day of Action. Join the Emerson Community in writing letters (or emails, tweets, Facebook posts, postcards) and making phone calls to the sponsors of these anti-transgender bills to help make a difference today. We are over 52,000 alumni strong - think of the impact that we can have if we come together.

Trans Resistance March & Vigil

Saturday, June 12 at 10:30 a.m. EST at Frugal Bookstore (57 Warren St., Roxbury, MA 02119)

As a part of the Emerson Pride Campaign, members of the Emerson College Faculty & Staff, in partnership with eQual, will be marching in the Trans Resistance March & Vigil. Boston-local alumni, current students, and friends are encouraged to join us. We will be providing some posters/poster-making supplies, but you are encouraged to bring your own.

Community Stories: A Trans, Non-Binary, and Gender-Expansive Seed Session and LGBTQ+ Org Meet-Up

Tuesday, June 15 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET

Join this space for trans, non-binary, and gender-expansive Emersonians to share their stories for other Emerson community members, followed by a social to cultivate community and connection. This event is hosted in collaboration with Orientation Core Staff, Student Transitions and Family Programs, and Intercultural Student Affairs.

Identity at Work

Wednesday, June 16 at 6:00 p.m. ET

Join us for a conversation about the intersection of the workplace and LGBTQIA+ identity. This event is hosted in collaboration with the Emerson Career Development Center.

Austin Happy Hour

Wednesday, June 16 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CDT

Join fellow Emersonians in celebrating Pride and all our alumni connections! Wear your favorite purple, Emerson, or rainbow attire and come find us under the Emerson banner. Looking forward to connecting, reconnecting, and celebrating after a long, Covid year

LGBTQIA+ Parent & Family Meet-Up

Monday, June 21 at 6:00 p.m. ET

Whether you're an LGBTQ+-identifying parent of a current student or a family member with an LGBTQ+ student at Emerson, join Maureen Hurley, Director of Student Transitions and Family Programs, for a candid conversation and social meet up. This event is hosted in collaboration with the Office of Student Transitions and Family Programs.

Emerson Through the Decades

Monday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Join Vice President and Dean of Campus Life, Jim Hoppe, for a roundtable discussion with LGBTQIA+ leaders of yesterday and today, as we take a journey through the decades of what it meant and means to be queer on campus, at Emerson, and in the world.

All We've Got Screening and Q&A

Wednesday, June 23 to 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET

All We’ve Got is an insightful personal exploration of LGBTQIA+ women’s communities, cultures, and social justice work through the lens of the spaces they create, from bars to bookstores to arts and political hubs. In All We’ve Got, filmmaker Alexis Clements travels the country to explore the factors driving the loss of these spaces, understand why some are able to endure, and to search for community among the ones that remain. The film is a celebration of the history and resilience of the LGBTQIA+ community and the inclusive spaces they make, as well as a call to action to continue building stronger futures for all communities.

Join us after the film for a talkback with All We’ve Got’s writer and director, Alexis Clements ‘02, and Creative Producer for MTP at Emerson, Karen McKeen.

Living in Our Truth: Being a BIPOC Queer Professional

Tuesday, June 29 at 8:00 p.m. EST

An intergenerational conversation amongst BIPOC LGBTQIA+ folks on what navigating the professional world while living openly in their queerness is like. From the struggles to the highlights, we will learn how varying queer identities have been pioneers, thought leaders, and paradigm shifters in their careers.
None of the panelists asked for a seat at the table—they took it.