LGBT History Month 2020
Below is a message sent to the campus community on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 marking LGBT History Month.
Dear Campus Community,
October is national LGBT History Month, an opportunity for us all to reflect on the progress made in securing the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and two-spirit (LGBTQIA-TS) people. More than just reflecting on progress, LGBT History Month offers a time to celebrate the many individuals who have advanced the cause of equality, to acknowledge their activism and achievements nationwide, as well as here on the Cal Poly campus.
LGBT History Month is a time for all Mustangs to learn more about the history of queer activism on our campus and beyond, and to dedicate ourselves to creating a more just and inclusive campus community. Although Cal Poly has made progress in creating a more welcoming and equitable university for LGBTQIA-TS students, faculty, and staff over the years, we know there is still much more to do. As a community, we must continue to work to ensure everyone, regardless of their sexual or gender identity or expression, feels welcome and that they belong.
I encourage everyone to learn more about the history of LGBTQIA-TS activism at Cal Poly by visiting the Pride Center’s “Queerstory” webpage. Read and learn about LGBTQ+ terminology, why pronouns matter, and how to use more inclusive language. Be sure to visit the Pride Center website to learn more about LGBT History Month, and check out their calendar and Instagram to stay up to date on events and other ways to get involved.
Dr. Denise Isom
Interim Vice President
Office of University Diversity and Inclusion