“We Are Rising and Getting Stronger” Theme for 2019 Virginia Tech Pride Week


This year, the theme for Virginia Tech’s Pride Week 2019 that takes place from April 1-8 is “We Are Rising and Getting Stronger” that honors the legacy of Sylvia Rivera and other trans women of color who were part of the Stonewall Uprising such as Marsha P. Johnson and Miss Major Griffin-Gracy.

In 2001, months before her death, Rivera told an audience that, “Times are changing. Our armies are rising and we are getting stronger.” In 2019, VT Pride Week will remind LGBTQ+ communities at Virginia Tech that we are strong, we are visible, and our history here at Virginia Tech and beyond can be a source of inspiration, strength, and resilience.

VT Pride Week is a weeklong series of programs and events featuring a keynote address by Lea DeLaria of “Orange is the New Black”, 40th anniversary commemoration of the first “VT Denim Day” and other community-building events, educational events, films, and entertainment. The current schedule of events is listed below.

Visit ccc.vt.edu/prideweek for the most up-to-date calendar and event information. Follow LGBTQ+ at Virginia Tech on Facebook and Instagram!

Virginia Tech Pride Week Schedule of Events

Monday 4/1/19

Pride Week Keynote: Orange is the New Black’s Lea DeLaria

  • Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
  • Location: Colonial Hall, Squires Student Center

Tuesday 4/2/19

Denim Day 40th Commemoration: Stacks on Stacks with Anthony Hernandez

  • Time: 3:30 – 5 p.m.
  • Location: WUVT

14th Annual Queer in Appalachia presents Mamone of @QueerAppalachia

  • Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Location: Colonial Hall, Squires Student Center
  • Reception to follow in LGBTQ+ Resource Center (Squires 227) from 8 – 9 p.m.
  • RSVP for this event.
  • For those who are interested, an Open Recovery Meeting will be held from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. in Squires 342. This space will be a processing space for attendees who might have questions based on the topics covered or want to talk about identity and recovery.

Wednesday 4/3/19

2nd Annual #LGBTQHokies Visibility Day

  • Time: All Day
  • Location: Virginia Tech
  • T-shirt pick-up April 1 – 2 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Squires 227 (LGBTQ+ Resource Center)

Film: Growing Up Trans

  • Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Graduate Life Center, Multipurpose Room

Thursday 4/4/19

Denim Day 40th Commemoration: Ex Lapide Welcome Reception

  • Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Location: Holtzman Alumni Center, Grand Hall and Museum

Friday 4/5/19

Virginia Tech Denim Day 40th Anniversary Commemoration: #VTDenimDayDoOver

  • Time: 12:05 p.m.
  • Location: Drillfield

Denim Day 40th Anniversary Commemoration: Jeans Noticeably Absent: The Story of Denim Day 1979

  • Time: 7:30 – 9 p.m.
  • Location: Graduate Life Center

Denim Day 40th Anniversary Commemoration: Reception

  • Time: 9 p.m.
  • Location: GLC Multipurpose Room

Saturday 4/6/19

Denim Day 40th Anniversary Commemoration: NRV Sorta Formal

Sunday 4/7/19

World Premiere of “The Unlikely Story of the Lesbians of First Friday