Celebrating Tiger Pride

Offering support and resources for LGBTQ students at Mizzou

From the desk of Bill Stackman, vice chancellor for student affairs.

Here at Mizzou April marks LGBTQ Pride month, an occasion that I love celebrating.

In my years of experience in higher education, I’ve learned how vitally important it is for students to feel free to be their complete, authentic selves.

Students participating in making crafts during the spring fling
The LGTBQ+ Resource Center recently hosted the Queer Spring Fling, where students were able to connect and make crafts. Sam O’Keefe/University of Missouri

At Mizzou, Pride month is full of community, education and fun. Our friends in the Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity have put together a full calendar of Pride events.

In addition to those events, you can also catch An Evening with Stephanie Beatriz on April 20 — a free event, including a Q&A – with an award-winning actress, producer, and outspoken LGBTQ activist, known most recently for her role voicing Mirabel Madrigal in “Encanto.”

The LGBTQ Resource Center, for example, works to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for Mizzou community members with a focus on queer and transgender students.

Mizzou is also home to many student organizations dedicated to LGBTQ identities and issues. Here are a few:

Aces & Aros seeks to create a brave, supportive and inspiring space for asexual and aromantic people. Aces & Aros is for those who feel an extra strain for being marginalized within the LGBTQ community.

Greek Allies works specifically within the fraternity and sorority community, focusing on the core values of each chapter and organization, especially on their commitment to brotherhood or sisterhood.

Mizzou Pride Healthcare Alliance focuses on educating and collaborating within the medical community to make sure that the health needs of LGBTQ individuals are taught in the School of Medicine.

Oasis aims to include all who identify outside of their gender assigned at birth, while uplifting the most marginalized in the community through the promotion of intersectionality in conversation.

OUTLaw (formerly Lambda Legal Society) focuses on supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and allied law students at MU by encouraging personal and academic development, among others.

Queer Media Association hosts speakers, professional development events and social activities for aspiring LGBTQ journalists and allies.

Queer Trans People of Color seeks to support individuals who find themselves at the intersection of identities and to educate on the struggles and experiences they encounter.