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gAyPRIL Events Celebrate Pride

By Katie Chappell

Throughout the month of April, CSUSM will hold a series of events focused on educating and raising awareness of issues within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and allied (LGBTQA) community. Sponsored by Associated Students, Inc., in partnership with departments and organizations across the university, gAyPRIL events will include workshops, trainings, lectures and discussions. 

The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. The University celebrates pride and advocates for queer and allied communities with events that range from social, to supportive, to educational, beginning with the annual Pride Walk on Tuesday, April 3 at noon. This month also marks the 10th anniversary of the LGBTQA Pride Center at CSUSM which will be marked by a special celebration.

Schedule of Events

More information can be found at:

Posters for Pride
April 2, 2018 | 11:00am | USU 3100

Come by the Pride Center and make a poster that shows your pride. Don’t forget to show-off your poster at our gAyPRIL kick-off – Pride Walk the next day!

Pride Walk
April 3, 2018 | U-Hour | USU Arcade – around campus

Kick off Pride Month at CSUSM with a stroll around campus. Waive your flag and show your pride, or be an ally and show your love. Meet by the USU Arcade.

April 4, 2018 | 5:30pm | USU 3100

This highly interactive, variable, and hilarious workshop teaches its participants LGBTQ-related American Sign Language signs while fostering a group discussion about Deaf culture, intersectionality, accessibility and more.

Alcohol, Stress, and the LGBTQ Community
April 5, 2018 | U-Hour | USU 3100

Learn about the latest research on alcohol use among LGBTQ students and how stress may be an important factor. The Scripps Research Institute Alcohol Research Center will be presenting and sharing their research findings.

April 5, 2018 | 3:30pm | USU 3100

Safe and supportive discussion group for trans folks and allies.

Queer Women Brunch
April 6, 2018 | 10:00am | USU 3200

Join the GEC in celebrating queer women and femmes. Light brunch will be provided.

Mindfulness Monday
April 9, 2018 | 3:30pm | USU 3100

Take a moment for mindfulness with the Pride Center. We will have guided meditation, crystal bowl sound healing and more.

Yoga with Pride and the Latin@ Center
April 10 | U-Hour | USU 3100

The LGBTQA Pride Center and Latin@ Center would like to invite you to take a break. Come by for a U-Hour yoga break with a wonderful view.

Tunnels of Oppression
April 10 | 6:00pm | USU Ballroom

Tunnel of Oppression is a nationally recognized campus program that helps students become more conscious of their own fortunes and oppression

gAyPRIL Excursion: Love, Simon
April 11 | Edwards Cinema

Have you watched Love, Simon yet? Join our excursion to watch Love, Simon at the San Marcos Edwards Cinema. Limited tickets available, sign up at the Gender Equity Center front desk.

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes
April 12 | 11:00am | Forum Plaza

This interactive program will give participants a better understanding of some of the experiences of survivors of sexual assault and gendered violence.

Tye Dye Party
April 13 | 3:00 pm | USU 3100

Get ready for Pride Fest and Tye Dye with USU Live and the Pride Center! We will have canvass bags, but you are welcome to bring your shirts, socks, bandannas, or anything else you want to Tye Dye!

Viva Selena
April 16 | 7:00pm | USU Rooftop

Celebrate Selena’s birthday with a sing-a-long screening of her biopic, along with a game of Joteria, a bustier bejeweling station, and more!

Spill the LGBTea
April 17 | U-Hour | USU 3100

Come to the Pride Center for some Tea (with a capital “T”)! Enjoy some refreshments while spilling the truth in a safe and brave space.

Queerflix and Chill
April 18 | 6:00pm | USU 3100

It’s movie night at the GEC. Come watch a queer flick and chill with your Pride Center fam.

Beyond the Stereotype Panel
April 19 | 2:30pm | USU 3100

Behind the Stereotype Panel featuring some of the participants. In this event, panelists are going to talk about what does this campaign and behind the stereotype means to them.

Take Back the Night
April 19 | 6:00pm | Forum Plaza

Take Back the Night is a rally and march designed to bring awareness to ending violence against women. This event is a collaborative effort to support and uplift the voices of survivors.

LGBTQA Pride Center Diamond Celebration
April 20 | Ticketed Event

The LGBTQA Pride Center is celebrating 10 years of service at CSUSM. This is a ticketed event - all funds raised will benefit the LGBTQ+ Student Scholarship. For more information, e-mail:

Pride Fest Pre-Fest
April 23 | 3:00pm |USU 3100

Start the last week of gAyPRIL with a Pride-Fest Pre-Party at the Pride Center Speakeasy featuring a DJ and Mocktails.

Pride Fest
April 24 | U-Hour | Forum Plaza

Take part of CSUSM’s annual Pride Festival! Join us for food, music, and fun while celebrating and learning about the LGBTQA Community!

Safe Zone
April 25 | 11:00am | USU 3700

The SafeZone Community at California State University San Marcos creates a visible support network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and questioning individuals at the University and within North San Diego County. SafeZone’s educational opportunities are designed to value and reflect the diversity within LGBTQ communities, fostering an environment that is affirming, inclusive, and safe. By nurturing open communication and increasing awareness and knowledge, SafeZone empower community members to serve as allies, resources, and advocates for LGBTQ individuals.

Dining Out For Life
April 26 | Participating Restaurants

Grab your family and friends and make plans to dine out for breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, cocktails (and more!) on Thursday, April 26th, 2018 and 25-100% of sales will benefit HIV/AIDS services and prevention efforts at the San Diego LGBT Community Center. For a list of participating restaurants go to:

Rainbow Recognition Registration
May 7 | McMahan House

Participate in our annual recognition of LGBTQA graduates. Grads will receive a rainbow stole to show their pride at commencement. Register at:

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