Union Pride hosted a trivia game night in the Sorum House lounge in honor of Tuesday, October 11, or “Coming Out Day.”
Before the event began, students filled their plates at the complimentary ice cream sundae bar, complete with various fflavors of ice cream and sundae toppings. Cupcakes and beverages were also provided for attendees.
Union Pride acting co-president and treasurer Jason Turner ’18 sat with a marker board to keep score, while acting co-president Kathyrn Evans ’17 led the activity.
Trivia questions were intended to both educate and reaffirm pre-existing knowledge of participants. The question categories were queer history, queer pop culture, queer identities, queer celebrities and queer animals. The finale was a bonus round to see who could name the countries that have legalized same-sex marriage.
The purpose of the trivia night, Turner explains, was to have fun while educating the campus community about queer identities and queer history: “Activities like these help engage the campus community, get them more active, and increase their knowledge of the queer community. One of the biggest issues I’ve seen on this campus is apathy towards such things, so holding events like these help fix it!”
When asked to comment on Coming Out Day, Turner replied, “It’s a wonderful day where people can celebrate their identities and come out, should they want. But coming out doesn’t stop there. You have to keep coming out to everyone you meet…. Coming out is a continuous thing, not something you do just once.”
Union Pride’s next event will be a three hour ally training program. The event is intended to educate people on how to be the best possible ally to the LGBTQIA+ community.
All who participated in the trivia event left having thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Kaitlynn Blow ’20, summarized the night as “a pretty gay time.”