Pride Week 2019 to include Denim Day 40th Anniversary Commemoration

From: Student Affairs

Virginia Tech’s Denim Day 40th Anniversary Commemoration will take place April 2-7 with a variety of events and activities. Forty years ago, during the week of January 15-19, the Virginia Tech Gay Student Alliance held the first Gay Awareness Week, a multi-event effort to promote awareness of gay and lesbian people throughout campus. The high point was Denim Day, which called on all students, faculty, and staff to show their support of gay rights by wearing denim on that day.

On Friday, April 5, students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to wear Hokie colors and denim to show their support and allyship while also participating in a drone photo on the Drillfield. Interested participants should gather in the center of the Drillfield at 12:05 p.m. for a 12:15 p.m. photograph.

This commemoration is a partnership between: Virginia Tech Alumni Relations, the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, the Ex Lapide Alumni Society, HokiePride, the LGBTQ+ Resource Center, Special Collections, the Department of History, Advancement, Student Affairs, the School of Performing Arts, the Town of Blacksburg, and the University Libraries.

The Denim Day 40th Anniversary Commemoration events are part of  this year's Virginia Tech 2019 Pride Week, which will take place from April 1-8. Pride Week 2019 honors the legacy of Sylvia Rivera and other trans women of color who were part of the Stonewall Uprising. In her talk, Rivera told her audience, “Times are changing. Our armies are rising and we are getting stronger.” Our 2019 theme will remind LGBTQ+ communities at Virginia Tech that we are strong, we are visible, and our history here at Virginia Tech and beyond can be a source of inspiration, strength, and resilience.

A full schedule of Virginia Tech 2019 Pride Week events is available online.