BBQs, Queer Campouts and Drag Races: OSU Pride Week 2013

Pride Week is returning to Corvallis, flying rainbow flags higher than ever. The local LGBTQ community—headed by Oregon State’s Rainbow Continuum—invites all OSU students and members of the Corvallis community to join them for the events they have lined up for this year’s celebration of diversity and acceptance.

The week gets going with an opening BBQ on Monday, May 6 at 11 a.m. in the MU Quad. With plans to feed 800 people—for free—this has the makings of one of the largest Pride events in Corvallis history. That same night, keynote speaker iO Tillet Wright is coming to OSU’s Milam Auditorium at 8 p.m. to speak about LGBTQ identities and her experiences as a queer artist. Wright is an actor/writer/activist whose photography project Self Evident Truths focuses on Americans who identify as anything other than 100 percent straight.

All week long there will be events around campus, with workshops titled: Deconstructing Gender; Queer, Undocumented, and Unafraid; Make Your Own Sex Toys; and Crossroads Within: Performances at the Intersections of Identity.

On Thursday, May 9 at 10 p.m. everyone gets a chance to show off their jammies with a Queer Campout in the Quad. Bring your tents, games, and snacks for a big sleepover in the middle of campus.

What could bring the week to a more fabulous close than a drag show? Perhaps the chance to win free tickets to that drag show by competing in a “drag race.” Tickets for the drag show on Friday, May 10 during the evening in the MU Ballroom will be awarded to the top finishers in a race around an obstacle course in the MU Quad. Competitors will run the race while trying to get into drag!

The race takes place at noon; doors open for the Drag Show at 7 p.m. A full schedule of events for Pride Week can be found online at http://groups.oregonstate.edu/rcosu/.

by Jesse Tomaino

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