Pride on the Umich diag | #students | #parents

The Queer Advocacy Coalition, a student organization at the University of Michigan that partners with other LGBTQIA+ groups for advocacy and educational opportunities, hosted a Pride and Sexual Health and Wellness event Saturday on the Diag. Due to thunderstorms in June, the event was rescheduled to July. 

Along with celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community, tables of multiple organizations presented information on sexual health education and resources. Organizations represented included the Spectrum Center, Queer Advocacy Coalition, Office of Institutional Equity, UNIFIED HIV Health and Beyond, Planned Parenthood, Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health (MOASH), SAGE Metro Detroit and Hayner Recall Campaign. 

The event also included performances by LGBTQIA+ artists such as 26-year-old anarchist musician Premium Rat, songwriter Marguerite Alexis Ferrera and University of Michigan alum Reena Peng. Other performances included poetry by queer artist Patrick Mullen-Coyoy along with local drag performers Zooey Gaychanel — who is the founder of Heads Over Heels Drag & Variety Shows — and improvisational drag artist Elle. 

Amy Belfer, co-president of the Queer Advocacy Coalition, discussed how celebrating Pride was a form of resilience. 

“We’re here and we’re queer,” Belfer said. “Just to really celebrate the LGBTQIA+ communities, be proud and have a presence in the community…especially in the wake of all the anti-LGBT crime legislation in many states (is) basically saying that we’re not going to step down. We’re going to keep fighting, and we’re going to keep celebrating who we are.” 

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