Candlelight Vigil

Pride Month is a DoD recognized special observance and is observed annually during the month of June.  In keeping with this year's theme "Leadership," the 2015 Pride Month Committee is pleased to announce the following upcoming events:


There will be a Leadership Q & A Panel on Tuesday, 16 June from 1130-1230 in the Community Center Chapel Fellowship Room.  The USAFA community will explore some of society's beliefs about different sexual identities and learn new information about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.


Please RSVP at the following link:

POC's: MSgt Christy Stephens & C2C Calvin Llarena


On Tuesday, 23 June from 1400-1530 SafeZone Training will be held at the Community Center Base Theater.  UCCS Instructor, Ms. Vanessa Delgado will be onsite to educate attendees about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.  She will advise on what is an "ally" and explore terminology, the coming out process, gender identity, and how to be a supportive ally.  The program creates a visible safe community on USAFA through the display of SafeZone stickers which can be earned by participating.  The training is open to all USAFA members and is approximately 2 hours long.  The target audience is AOCs, AMTs, Supervisors, Commanders, Coaches and First Sergeants.


Please RSVP at the following link: POC's: A1C Cassidy Hazelett & MSgt Debra Sheppard


On Tuesday, 30 June starting at 1930 under the Harmon Hall Overhang there will be a Candle Lighting Celebration.  This is an opportunity to bring the academy together and show support for the LGBT community.  Candles will be lit inside various colored cups representing the rainbow, an international symbol of the LGBT movement. Ribbons will also be handed out to all attendees.


Please RSVP at the following link:

POC's: SSgt Stephanie Brushwood & SSgt Gratian Fredericks


Pride Month dates back to the 1950's and 1960's when organizations such as Daughters of Bilitis and Mattachine Society held "annual reminders," protesting the fact that LGBT people did not have basic civil rights.  LGBT Pride marches were organized on a larger scale after June 28, 1969, when a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar located in New York City, caused a series of riots and protests.  On the year anniversary of the Stonewall riots, Christopher Street Liberation Day was celebrated and included the first Gay Pride march in the United States.  In 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama declared June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. Although several countries observe LGBT month in June, the international LGBT community holds many gay pride celebrations all over the world and throughout the year.