The College of Arts and Sciences, along with other units across our campus, acknowledges LGBTQIA+ Pride Month. Throughout the month of June, Pride festivals and national celebratory gatherings are happening across the nation, honoring LGBTQIA+ culture and inclusion.
Pride Month is celebrated nationally in the United States in June and traces back to the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan–when queer and trans communities collectively rebelled against police brutality and unremitting harassment and violence. This uprising became a tipping point changed LGBTQIA+ activism and the Gay Rights Liberation Movement in the United States. The first Pride March was held in New York City in 1970 on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.
The College of Arts and Sciences is the proud home of one of the first Women’s Studies departments in the country which has since expanded to include a world class program in Sexuality studies. . This program builds upon the long history of Queer Studies at UB. The first Queer Studies course on our campus was taught in 1971, a mere two years after the Stonewall Uprising.
Today, work in the Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to theorizing gender inequality and sexual difference, exploring the origins of concepts of gender and how they have transformed. Faculty in GGSS are known for their research on intersectional identities, production of feminist and queer theory and queer theories of art. Their work critically examines the roots and implications of what is considered "normal," and how these understandings link to larger political and public issues within the social, legal, economic and cultural spheres.
While June is nationally recognized as Pride Month, we are cognizant that most students are not on campus in June. This page will feature community-based events and resources and we will celebrate with a more robust calendar of student-centered programming for Campus Pride Month in April 2022. In the meantime, this page will also promote university events that highlight the importance of equality, inclusion and justice for LGBTQIA+ peoples and communities year-round.
The Sexuality Studies minor in the Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies investigates sexuality as a complex historical and cultural formation, which is central to human social organization. Sexuality Studies pushes beyond a binary understanding of sex and gender, while interrogating the development and maintenance of norms. Class in sexuality studies explore the ways in which sexuality is lived in continually shifting relations to race, religion, class, nation, ability, and gender. Investigating how sexualities are shaped by human cultures from multiple theoretical perspectives and how sexuality is a vital component of how people live within social contexts is central to this minor. Central questions that are explored include: What is meant by the concepts of “sex,” “gender,” and “sexual desire” and how have these concepts changed across time and place? What is the relationship among sex, gender, and sexual desire in different contexts? And how have those categories been created, contested and deployed?
These services and programming foster a stronger campus environment that is safe for all people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning intersex, allied, asexual, pansexual, and gender non-conforming students and allies. Some programs include Transgender Day of Remembrance, Coming Out Day, Transgender Day of Visibility and Pride Month.
UB Office for Inclusive Excellence
LGBTQ+ resources page contains information on student groups, academic and additional UB resources and community resources.
For a listing of events for the month, visit the UB Office of Inclusive Excellence's website.