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Alliance organizes LGBT+ events promoting acceptance during Pride Week


Alliance organizes LGBT+ events promoting acceptance during Pride Week

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Students at Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, recognized Pride Week from April 18-21 with several LGBT+ focused events promoting acceptance and tolerance on campus.

Members of Thiel College’s Alliance—a student organization that consists of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, as well as supporters of these students and the issues they face—organized the activities. The Alliance is recognized through the Student Government Association and provides many programs on campus to educate the community about LGBTQ issues.

The Alliance began the week Tuesday with a “Chalk the Walk” party where students wrote messages of support and acceptance on the sidewalk with chalk. On Wednesday, the LGBT+ community held a forum that was led by a student-faculty panel to discuss issues that face the community.

A drag show featuring Pittsburgh performer Bambi Deerest and other local and regional performers is Thursday evening, too.

And Friday night, students will watch this year’s Academy Award winner for Best Picture “Moonlight,” which looks at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him.

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