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Celebrating GAyPRIL With More Than Two Dozen Events

In celebration of gAyPRIL, Cal State San Marcos’ Pride Center is partnering with campus organizations to present an exciting lineup of events. 

Everyone is invited to participate in the following events:


Poster Making

April 2, 8-11 a.m., Pride Center

Visit the Pride Center to make posters for the Pride Walk at noon.


HIV/HEP C testing 

April 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Forum Plaza

The Vista Community Clinic testing van will be in Forum Plaza offering free HIV/HEP C testing and health education.


Pride Walk/Flag Raising

April 2, 11:30 a.m., Forum Plaza/Chavez Circle

Students, staff, faculty and administrators will gather in front of the USU and walk the campus to show support for CSUSM's LGBTQiA+ community members.


An Evening With George M. Johnson,  Author of “All Boys Aren't Blue”

April 3, 6 p.m., USU Ballroom

Johnson’s memoir has achieved massive success. A New York Times bestseller, it also was the American Library Association’s third-most-challenged book of 2021. Johnson will speak about the importance of sharing diverse voices and listening to others. He will be signing books afterward. The event will be preceded by a meet-and-greet with Johnson from 3-4:30 in the Pride Center. 


Make Your Own Pronoun Pins

April 4, 11 a.m., Pride Center

Visit the Pride Center to create your own pronoun pin.


Uniedo Cultura y Eduacion

April 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Forum Plaza/USU Arcade

Come celebrate Latinidad, an evening of Latinx culture and education. There will be a keynote speaker, and Latinx resources and departments on campus will be showcased.


Queer Scrapbooking

April 8, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Pride Center

Join the Pride Center for a chill DIY session of scrapbooking, using queer magazines and fun crafting tools to make collages.


History of Drag and Ballroom

April 8, noon-1 p.m., Pride Center

Delve into the rich culture of the New York ballroom scene, highlighting the contributions of the Black queer community in creating many of the foundations of modern queer culture.


Black Pride

April 10, 11 a.m.-noon, Pride Center

In highlighting the Black queer experience, discussion will focus on key Black figures in the queer liberation movement and center the experience of Black queer students at CSUSM.


Queer POC Karaoke

April 10, 5-7 p.m., Pride Center

Sing your hearts out for Queer POC music artists after listening to an important presentation highlighting queer artists who have changed the music world.


Rainbow Ripples (Tie-Dye Event)

April 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Pride Center

Join the Pride Center in creating your own gAyPRIL tie-dye item. T-shirts will be provided, or bring your own item.


KPOP Dance Party

April 11, 6-8 p.m., Pride Center

Learn some choreography and play random dance party while acknowledging queer icons in the KPOP industry. 


LGBTQ+ in Latin America

April 16, noon-1 p.m., Latinx Center

In collaboration with the Latinx Center, the Pride Center invites you to learn about the history of queer representation in Latin America, noting the importance of pronouns and major events through an intersectional lens.


Toy Talk

April 16, 6:30-8 p.m., Pride Center

An inclusive evening with sex therapist/educator Sandra focusing on gender, sexuality and relationship diversity.


Long Live Queen

April 17, 10 a.m.-noon, Pride Center

Explore the history of the band Queen and the impact that Freddie Mercury had on the queer community. The event also will touch on the band's new front man, Adam Lambert, and how he is continuing the legacy.


LGBTea With the Director

April 17, noon-1 p.m., Pride Center

Come learn about the director of the Pride Center as they “spill the tea." They will be answering questions about their experiences and what they have learned throughout their life.


Cookies and Queers

April 18, noon-1 p.m., Pride Center

The Pride Faculty Staff Association will sponsor a cookies-and-milk mixer, giving students the opportunity to meet their members.


Steers & Queers

April 18, 6-8 p.m., USU 

An educational event hosted by the Pride Center about LGBT rodeo, the queer community involved in rodeo and queer western culture. Students will be taught and get to practice western dancing. Food will be served.


Sexual Health Presentation

April 22, noon-1 p.m., Pride Center

Vista Community Clinic will provide a workshop on sexual health for the LGBTQiA+ community.


Rainbow Recognition

April 22, 5:30 p.m., USU Ballroom

The Pride Center will host its annual celebration for LGBTQIA+ students who are graduating in 2024. Students earn a rainbow cord and/or stole and are celebrated for their accomplishments at CSUSM.


Slam Poetry Event

April 23, noon, Pride Center

Participants have the opportunity to express their unique experiences and perspectives through poetry. A nationally recognized slam poetry performer, Espi (he/she/they) will take part in the event.


Inclusive Language

April 23, 2-3 p.m.

An event that is geared toward promoting a more inclusive environment around campus.


‘Drag Race’ Viewing Party

April 24, 10 a.m.-noon, Pride Center

Join the Pride Center for a viewing party of the “RuPaul's Drag Race” season 16 finale.


Found Family Feud: Queer Edition

April 24, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Pride Center

Team up with friends and compete against others in this queer edition of “Family Feud.”


Vibrant Voices

April 25, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Pride Center

Join the Pride Center to paint a bench that will be donated to campus.


EMS Pride Day

April 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., USU Ballroom, Pride Center

A day for LGBTQiA+ students to visit campus and make their decision to attend in fall 2024.


HIV/HEP C Testing

April 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Forum Plaza

The Vista Community Clinic testing van will be in Forum Plaza offering free HIV/HEP C testing and health education.


SLC Banquet

April 30, 5-7 p.m., McMahan House

The students of the Student Life Centers for Identity, Inclusion and Empowerment come together to celebrate the 2023-24 school year.

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