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Sarah Perry C’23

I went to my first formal Pride celebration was when I was 16 at the Portland Pride Parade in Oregon, where I grew up. My friends and I, many of who were just beginning to discover, explore, and understand their queer identities, had a fantastic time looking at all of the floats, wandering around the […]


Nate Roark C’23, T’26

Pride has become both a symbol of hope and a target of harm. Pride Month is important to me because it is a month where allies and community members rally around their queer loved ones and affirm all persons to express themselves in ways that many are not privileged to. Pride is a celebration and […]


Gladson Jathanna, Assistant Professor of the History of Christianities

As a student of history, I draw inspiration from the tenets of the early Pride Month initiatives rooted in the historical Stonewall Uprising, which proposed a commemorative month to “recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.” And engaging with the histories of Christian communities […]


Pauline Nijander T’25

Pride Month, to me, signifies a time to celebrate the diversity of humankind. In particular, the diversity of a segment of the population that has historically been maligned, misunderstood, closeted, and cast out just for being different from what society and religion has expected of them. It is a time to celebrate how far we […]


Steph Mazzarella C’02, Associate Dean of Student Services

Every year the month of June brings the celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride. Pride today is about celebration and community, but it’s vital that we remember that indeed the first Pride was a riot, an act of resistance in the face of overwhelming violence and oppression. For me, Pride is about gratitude and reverence for our […]


Kirsten E. M. Trambley T’20,’21, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions

I am very proud of my time at Drew first as a student and now as a staff member, yet I think there are always ways in which we can collectively make the Drew community more accessible toward celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community. As a queer person, I have been glad to see the increase of […]


Drew Voices: Pride Month

A compilation of reflections from Drew students, alums, faculty, staff