Saturday, July 13, 2024

LSUS Celebrates Pride Month with Community Dinner and Games

by BIZ Magazine

Shreveport, LA — Louisiana State University Shreveport (LSUS) is wrapping up LGBTQ Pride Month with a special dinner and game night this Saturday, June 29th, in the University Center Ballroom. The event, held from 6 to 9 p.m., is free and open to members of the LSUS and Shreveport-Bossier community, as well as allies.

The fourth annual Pride celebration promises an evening of interactive activities, including Fast Friends (a speed dating-inspired event aimed at making new friendships), card games, trivia, and panels discussing LGBTQ issues. Attendees will also enjoy a Monjunis dinner.

“We aim to promote awareness and understanding among all members of our student body and connect them with the broader community,” said Dr. Kenna Franklin, assistant provost for diversity, inclusion, and community engagement at LSUS. “Identifying and overcoming barriers to success for all students is our priority. We strive to create a sense of belonging for everyone on our campus.”

The event is a collaborative effort between the Office for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement and the LSUS student group Queer Alliance. This marks the first Pride celebration for the newly rebranded Queer Alliance, which was previously known as the Gay-Straight Alliance.

“We encourage allies and other community members to join us in meeting our students and having fun while building a supportive community,” said Dr. Laura Meiki, faculty advisor for the Queer Alliance.

Local LGBTQ organizations such as The Philadelphia Center and ShrevePride will be in attendance, contributing to the inclusive atmosphere. Decorations from the earlier Q-Prom event will be repurposed for the celebration, adding a festive touch.

In addition to local organizations, several LSUS groups will have informational tables at the event, including the library, the English Club, and Red River Radio.

While the event is free, registration is encouraged. Those interested can email the Queer Alliance at [email protected] for registration information.

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