Students gathered Wednesday in front of Old Main at noon for a “Pride Rally” which celebrated the LGBTQ community as well as introduced Lea DeLaria, a comedian, jazz musician, and actress best known as “Big Boo” on the Emmy Award Winning show, Orange in the New Black, who would be speaking later that night.
The event began promptly at noon and the people in the crowd had the opportunity to come up and speak on their struggles, triumphs, and encouragement to the LGBTQ community.
Many students spoke on their coming out stories and how Penn State’s LGBTQA Student Resource Center has been helpful for them, along with warm words to students currently “inside the closest”.
We spoke to Sunny Singh (sophomore, Health Policy and Administration) on what the pride rally meant to him. “It means everything to me because it represents a celebration of who we are as human beings.”
For Singh, events like this mean a lot to students that are struggling with their identity and sexuality. “It means the world to them because they’re looking for a means of representing themselves and in any moment where you feel like you cannot express yourself, you need a community who is willing to uplift you and support you. This is a community that we can rely on.”
After students had the chance to come up and say a few words, Allison Subasic, director of the Penn State LGBTQA Student Resource Center, introduced Lea DeLaria to the audience.
DeLaria encourage the crowd saying that “coming out isn’t a one time thing……come out as the best version of you.”
“We refuse to be invisible. There is nothing fucking wrong with being queer”.