Celebrating PRIDE

June 15th, 2018- Seattle University 2 seniors celebrate with family and friends during the Lavender Graduation.

2018 Lavender Graduation Sylvia Rivera Award recipient. The Sylvia Rivera Award for Queer Activism recognizes a graduating undergraduate student who positively and consistently impacts the LGBTQIA+ community.  This student serves as a role model and inspires others to action, promotes a safe environment, and educates the Seattle University community on important LGBTQIA+ related issues. Photo was taken by Matt Lipsen.

Pride Month Events

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Pride Month Origins

As documented by the Library of Congress:

In 1998, President Clinton issued Executive Order 13087 (PDF) expanding equal opportunity employment in the Federal government by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. On June 11, 1999, President Clinton issued Proclamation No. 7203 (PDF) for Gay and Lesbian Pride Month:

Thirty years ago this month, at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, a courageous group of citizens resisted harassment and mistreatment, setting in motion a chain of events that would become known as the Stonewall Uprising and the birth of the modern gay and lesbian civil rights movement. Gays and lesbians, their families and friends, celebrate the anniversary of Stonewall every June in America as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month.

On June 1, 2009, President Obama issued Proclamation No. 8387 (PDF) for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. In this proclamation, the President pointed to the contributions made by LGBTQ Americans both in promoting equal rights to all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and in broader initiatives such as the response to the global HIV pandemic. The President ended the proclamation by calling upon the people of the United States to "turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists. Read More

Sleeve cover of Normal Life by Dean Spade



 Cover of Building a Bridge by James Martin, SJ


A group of faculty and students gathered in the library

LGBTQ+ Inclusion Task Force

Co-Led by Dr. Alvin Sturdivant, Vice Provost for Student Development and Natasha Martin, JD, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and created in accordance with the Spring 2018 letter from President Sundborg. The group is comprised of faculty, staff, and students working towards a more inclusive Seattle University campus. Meetings are held monthly, minutes will be available soon.


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