At PRIDE Alliance, it is our mission to serve the LGBTQ community at Georgia College and the local community. PRIDE Alliance has three basic goals: to build community, educate our campus about LGBTQ life, and promote positive advocacy and activism. In order to do so, PRIDE offers a variety of services to our community:
- Our on-campus group holds weekly meetings every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. (location may vary, feel free to ask). These meeting are open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members who wish to attend. Meetings are composed of many different events, ranging anywhere from serious discussions, documentary viewings, and guest speakers, to movie nights, water balloon fights, and pizza parties.
- Topics discussed in PRIDE include, but are not limited to: homophobia and transphobia, bullying, protests, marriage equality, gender expression and identity, sexual health, queer people of color, art, history, HIV/AIDS, coming out, importance of community, self defense, and sexuality.
- PRIDE hosts larger events outside of the weekly meetings. In the past we have attended summits, marched at Atlanta PRIDE, run our annual charity drag show, sponsored guest speakers or entertainers, held social events off campus, and sponsored various activities around campus to promote our goals.
- The Open Closet is PRIDE Alliance's office and resource center on campus. The Open Closet contains hundreds of books, movies, and more ready to be checked out or used whenever you need them. The Open Closet is currently located in the Cultural Center in the Smith House (between Parkhurst and Wells).
PRIDE Alliance is a student-led organization that appreciates the voices of all of its members. Suggestions, comments, and questions are encouraged by its leaders. PRIDE is designed to bring students together for the greater good of the LGBTQ community, and it is a great way to make friends and create positive change in the world. With the support of our fellow organizations on campus devoted to social justice, we are constantly challenging our leaders to strive for equality and progress for all people in their actions, policies, and gestures.
That being said, PRIDE also puts heavy emphasis on respecting the privacy and boundaries of its members. Our group has a strict "no outing" policy which means that anything that is said or done during a meeting or an event stays in PRIDE unless it is specifically made clear that you are comfortable with sharing information.
We never ask your sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, or gender expression. This information is given voluntarily by members when they are comfortable with sharing it. We also respect the use of neutral pronouns such as "Xe/Sie/Ce/Ey/They" and recognize all identities as valid.