The number of identity combinations that currently, or could ever, exist is boundless and lends complexity to an individual’s beauty. However, Pride Week at the U 2021 also brought attention to how each unique configuration can bring equally unparalleled challenges and experiences, particularly when an individual owns multiple marginalized identities. It’s impossible to fully understand the lives of individuals within the LGBTQIA+ community without also acknowledging the intricacies that race, gender, sexuality, ethnicities, class, religion, and other identities bring to a single person’s story. The opportunities and events offered during Pride Week created spaces that welcomed the rarity of each story; for it’s within these varied journeys that paths find their way to each other and create opportunities for a collective power that will prove to be unmatched by any singular force.
Explore the strength you possess by reflecting on these Pride Week 2021 highlights and remember there is a growing number of resources on campus that offer support for each and every beautiful part of your whole self.