Antioch University community members marched in the 2018 LA Pride Parade on June 10th to honor the evolution of the LGBT rights movement that started almost 50 years ago with the Stonewall Riots in New York City. It was not just a celebration of the gains that have been made, but also a time to make our voices heard for equal rights for all and the value of all members of the diverse LGBTQIA+ community.
“In support of the LGBTQ community and its rich diversity, the LGBT Specialization and AULA had a wonderful turnout marching in the LA Pride Parade,” said LGBT Specialization Interim Co-Director Thomas Mondragon. “We were joined by students from both the LA and Santa Barbara campuses, faculty, staff, friends, and family as well LA Provost Mark Hower, whose wonderful support this year made marching in the parade possible.”
The official theme of the event was #JustBe, a call for participants to each express what Pride means to them in their own authentic way. More than 35 volunteers from our AULA and AUSB campuses participated in the parade waving flags and wearing “Acceptance, No Exception” Antioch t-shirts.
Antioch’s participation in Pride was co-organized by Mondragon and LGBT Specialization Interim Co-Director Cadyn Cathers. The Parade took place on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.