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Pride Month

Re: Celebrating Pride Month

To: All campus

June 4, 2021


Dear Campus Community,

One year after the start of the Stonewall Uprising, on June 28, 1970, the first Pride parades and marches were organized. Pride Month now takes place annually in June as a month of remembrance and celebration, and to renew our conviction for a society with equal rights and opportunities for all citizens. In recent years, Pride Month has made an immense impact globally, where LGBTQ+ communities around the world get together to commemorate great moments in queer history and celebrate queer liberation. 

Earlier this week, the city of Merced recognized the start of Pride Month with the raising of the Progress Pride flag in Bob Hart Square on Main Street. The Progress Pride flag was introduced in 2018 to expand the efforts around inclusion. It includes as its base the rainbow flag, which has become widely recognized as the symbol of the LGBTQ+ community and adds a chevron along the side of black, brown, light blue, pink and white. The brown and black are to represent communities of color within the LGBTQ+ community and the light blue, pink and white are from the Transgender Pride Flag.

The Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Queer Issues (CACQI) shares a number of resources here for members of the UC Merced community to learn more about the Pride movement in the US.

This year, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, UC Merced will be celebrating Pride Month virtually. Social Justice Initiatives and Identity ProgramsLGBTQ+ Initiatives, and the CARE Office are providing virtual programming to remind us of our LGBTQ+ history, celebrating the lives and accomplishments of our LGBTQ+ colleagues.

On June 28, 1970, the first Pride Parade and marches were organized. In 2021, after more than 50 years of efforts that have helped galvanize momentum for progress and change, Pride Month reminds us of the movement and energizes us around continued action. We hope that you take time during this month to learn, celebrate and advocate.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Pride Month,


Juan Sánchez Muñoz, Ph.D.



Dania Matos, J.D.

Associate Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer

Pronouns: she/her/ella


Charles Nies, Ph.D.

Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs

Pronouns: he/him/his