by Shaina Blakesley
Every Central Connecticut Blue Devil knows the chant “C C S UUUU.” That elongated and dramatically emphasized “u” means more than just university; it also represents you, the CCSU students.
Being on this campus allows students to further their education, while promoting inclusivity and diversity.
“All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential,” politician and LGBTQ activist Harvey Milk said.
On campus, the CCSU Pride Club is an open space for students, despite sexual orientation or identity, to feel welcomed and accepted for who they are.
Current Pride President Victoria Messinger transferred to Central three years ago and the first club she joined was Pride.
“Pride is a safe space where you can be yourself and not get judged,” Messinger said.
The goal of Pride is to “support LGBT students on campus and provides educational and awareness programs for the entire campus community,” according to The Link.
When she became president, Messinger’s goal for this organization was to “double the amount of members from when [she] started.” When she joined Pride there were roughly four members and now there are at least 50 members, according to The Link.
On top of expanding this organization, Messinger wanted to promote that Pride is “a safe and fun environment for everyone.”
Pride puts on a variety of events, such as Ally Week, Coming Out Day, Transgender Day of Remembrance, True Colors, Day of Silence and, their biggest event, the Drag Ball.
“[Drag Ball] started years ago and happens every semester and my favorite part is seeing everyone so happy and full of positive energy in one room,” Messinger said. “Drag Ball means to my organization that it’s a safe space where you can dance and sing to every song and not care what people think.”
This semester’s Drag Ball is right around the corner, April 5. On Thursday, Drag Ball will be held in Alumni Hall from 9 p.m. to midnight. The theme this semester if Flower Power. There will be professional drag queens, along with several amateur performers. All the money given to the performers will be given to charity.
Pride’s next event is Day of Silence on April 25 in Semesters in Devil’s Den from 5 to 8 p.m. Students can talk to members of the LGBTQ community and unearth why they are silent on this particular day.
The club is open to all individuals, not only those who identify as LGBTQ. Their meetings are every Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the Sprague-Carlton Room in the Student Center.