UNF's #1 Student-Run News Source

UNF Spinnaker

UNF's #1 Student-Run News Source

UNF Spinnaker

UNF's #1 Student-Run News Source

UNF Spinnaker

LGBT Resource Center celebrates Pride Month amid COVID

Kaitlyn Bowers, Video Director

June is known around the US for two things: the beginning of summer and Pride Month. Usually, this combination leads to large gatherings to honor the Stonewall riots of 1969 and celebrate what it means to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community. But what do you do when there’s a pandemic spreading through the country?

The timing of the pandemic offered a unique challenge to the resource center: the director, Manuel Velasquez, had joined the center’s team only 2 months before school went off campus. 

Despite this hurdle, UNF’s LGBT Resource Center is determined to still be accessible to students during Pride Month and beyond.

“The biggest issue to keep in mind is that for many of our LGBTQ+ students, UNF provides them with the opportunity to be their true selves. Many may not even be out to their parents, relatives and/or friends,” said Velasquez. “Some of our students may be facing homophobia/transphobia from their family back home, so we had to come up with a clear plan to assist them virtually and to give them a virtual space to feel a sense of belonging.”

This plan has included virtual office hours, opportunities to make appointments with the center’s staff, and virtual chat rooms for LGBTQ+ students. The center also holds a support group every Monday at 3 p.m. in conjunction with the Counseling Center for LGBTQ+ students.

In terms of Pride Month, the center has several Zoom meetings planned to commemorate the month. Each Wednesday at 2 pm, there will be a virtual discussion called Loud Lounge that discusses various topics such as microaggressions in the black and brown LGBTQ+ communities and domestic violence. 

The center will also continue holding a “Flex Fest” weekly, which is a virtual party that consists of chatting with fellow students while watching movies on Netflix. However, during the month of June, LGBTQ+ documentaries will be the focus. Here is a list of the dates and films:

  • June 5: The Death & Life of Marsha P Johnson
  • June 12: We will go dark to commemorate Pulse
  • June 19: All In My Family
  • June 26: A Secret Love

On behalf of the LGBT Resource Center, Manuel Velasquez has also been invited to make presentations for several different Pride events. Velasquez will give a presentation on the importance of pronouns and another on how to have a more inclusive workplace. Similar presentations will be given to SEGrocers. A special presentation will also be given to Prospanica (The National Society of Hispanic MBAs) on “Preserving Your LGBTQ Identity in a Pandemic.

For a full list of the LGBT Resource Center’s events, click here. 


For more information or news tips, or if you see an error in this story or have any compliments or concerns, contact [email protected].

About the Writer
Navigate Left
  • Pentatonix performed for a packed Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022.


    Through the eyes of a photographer: December and January

  • Small purple flowers at the base of the statue


    New additions to campus botanical gardens look to connect UNF Students with nature

  • Student union banner


    It’s homecoming week at UNF. Here’s what you need to know

  • Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) speaks with Jacksonville Jaguars Head Coach Doug Pederson during the second half of an NFL divisional round playoff football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


    Will recent Jags’ success affect UNF student ticket deals?

  • Campi. Graphic by Spinnaker.


    Campi: A new app creating opportunities at UNF developed by student

  • Graphic depicting a helping hand being offered to someone with a bad case of the January Blues.


    Why is January called the most depressing month of the year?

  • Kanopy logo


    UNF’s secret free streaming service: Kanopy

  • (Hitesh Choudhary/Unsplash)


    ChatGPT: Why the trending AI tool has captured attention and controversy

  • The Tabacinic Campus for Jewish Life at UNF is located a short mile drive from the core UNF campus.


    Fighting hate and antisemitsm, Holocaust museum travels to UNF next week

  • A screenshot of the opening page to the 2022-2025 faculty contract between the faculty union and the University of North Florida Board of Trustees. Copy of the contract courtesy of UFF-UNF.


    3 things to know about the new UNF faculty contract

Navigate Right

Comments (0)

Spinnaker intends for this area to be used to foster healthy, thought-provoking discussion. Comments are expected to adhere to our standards and to be respectful and constructive. As such, we do not permit the use of profanity, foul language, personal attacks, slurs, defamation, or the use of language that might be interpreted as libelous. Comments are reviewed and will be removed if they do not adhere to these standards. Spinnaker does not allow anonymous comments, and Spinnaker requires a valid email address. The email address will not be displayed but will be used to confirm your comments.
All UNF Spinnaker Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest