USC and Pride club offers ice cream with a side of awareness
“Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start.” –Jason Collins, first openly gay athlete in US pro sports
On the afternoon of April 5, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) hosted Ice Cream and Crafts. The event, created by the University Student Center (USC) and USFSP’s Pride club, was intended as a way for students to have some fun and relieve stress before finals. Pride is a student-lead organization that aims to unite students and spread awareness of LGBTQ topics.
“We hosted this event because we wanted to be more diverse on campus. Pride club has a goal of encouraging the staff and students to learn about gender identity and sexual orientation,” said sophomore and Pride club president Francesca Alvarez.
Along with getting to enjoy some time relaxing while making pronoun or friendship bracelets, students viewed an LGBTQ artist showcase. Art prints, along with a slideshow featuring prominent LGBTQ musicians, were fixtures of the event.
For those who were a little less crafty, tubs of ice cream were set out next to various toppings so students could create their own ice cream sundaes. A sizable group of students showed up to the event to chat and mingle about their experiences.
“We’ve been planning this for about two months, since mid-January actually, and I’m really happy with the turnout that we had,” said sophomore Charlene Hall.
Representatives from community groups such as Outside the Binary, a group that discusses living in a binary-driven society, and the St. Pete TransPride March made appearances at the event to give quick speeches and gather volunteers for their respective causes.
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