LGBTQ+ Students of Lamar University host Paint Your Pride

LGBTQ+ Students of Lamar University hosted Paint Your Pride from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 as a fun way to decorate poster boards and to show pride.

Everyone was invited to join in the fun, according to organization president and sophomore psychology major Ma’kenzi Knoch.

“Events like this allow us to have fun and destress while also expressing our pride in a creative way,” Knoch said.

LGBTQ+ Students of Lamar University hosts several events throughout the year, including Coming Out Day and a clothes drive, to name a few. Most events are held in April, when the campus celebrates Pride Month.

The mission of the organization, she said, is to provide Lamar University students a place to feel at home.

“I would describe the mission as giving LGBTQ+ students and allies a place to belong and be themselves,” Knoch said. “Anyone who spreads love and acceptance (can join), whether they are part of the community or just an ally.”

The best way to join, she added, is to come to an event and ask around to be added to the GroupMe or Discord to stay updated on meetings and events or just to make new friends.

“Having open representation like this allows for students who don’t feel so welcome to find a safe space where they do,” she said.

For more information about LGBTQ+ Students of Lamar University, visit the LU Hub page.