Pride Month

Column 1

Column 2

U-M's Pride Month—held annually in April—is a time dedicated to celebrating and commemorating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, queer, asexual, intersex, and two-spirit people and communities at the University of Michigan.

LGBT Pride Month (itself held in June) began after the Stonewall riots, a series of liberatory protests in 1969. During this month, we honor the legacy of our queer and trans ancestors and celebrate LGBTQIA2S+ people within the University of Michigan and local community.

ⓘ Why is U-M's Pride Month in April instead of June? The U-M community celebrates the LGBTQ+ community during April to align with when most students are on campus.


Column 1

Events across campus

See linked event details for more information about each event, including any that may require registration. Questions about an event? Follow the same link for options to directly contact the sponsors.

Column 2
Column 1

Gender Affirming Clothing Closet

March 27-28, 2024  |  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (both days)
Michigan Union, Spectrum Center
Sponsored by Spectrum Center

Shop our free gender-affirming clothing closet! Join us in our office suite to check out a collection of clothing donated by the U-M community! (Want to donate? Drop off donations at the Spectrum Center weekdays from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. through March 11-26.)

Intersectional Identities: A Conversation & Reading with Hieu Minh Nguyen

March 28, 2024  |  6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Michigan Union, Pendleton Ballroom
Sponsored by MESA's Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month; Spectrum Center; Rackham Graduate School; Michigan Engineering's Office of Culture, Community and Equity

We welcome acclaimed poet Hieu Minh Nguyen, who will share share his unique perspective on navigating the intersections of queer and Vietnamese-American identities. This event dives into an enlightening and empowering exploration of identity, culture, and self-expression. [Registration required—see link]

Name Change Clinic

March 29, 2024  |  5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Ann Arbor District Library
Sponsored by Spectrum Center, OutLaws, Jim Toy Community Center, and AADL

Join us for a free clinic dedicated to addressing the challenges of name changes for transgender and gender nonconforming people. Information on name changes and legal document updates, plus legal volunteers on hand to answer questions, and fingerprinting available.

Professor Panel

April 2, 2024  |  5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM)

During this event, professors, graduate students, and postdocs who are members of the LGBTQ+ community will share their career and personal experiences, answering both prepared questions and questions from student attendees. There will also be a short networking period and attendees will receive a Sweetwaters Gift Card. [Registration required—see link]

Queering Attraction and Relationality: A Zine-Making Workshop

April 2, 2024  |  4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Michigan Union, Spectrum Center (3020)
Sponsored by Spectrum Center

Join us for a student-led zine-making workshop with Dr. Ela Przybylo focused on thinking about attraction and relationships through making. [Registration required—see link]

Queer Art Showcase: Pride Month Kickoff

April 2, 2024  |  6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Trotter Multicultural Center, Multipurpose Room
Sponsored by Spectrum Center's Programming Board; Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs; Rackham Graduate School; Michigan Engineering's Office of Culture, Community and Equity; Arts Initiative; and School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Join Spectrum Center as we kick off U-M Pride Month with a showcase of art from queer and trans U-M students and a keynote from Holly Hughes, the director of the U-M Stamps BFA in interarts performance. [Registration required—see link]

Pride Prom

April 5, 2024  |  8:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Palmer Commons
Sponsored by Spectrum Center's Programming Board

Pride Prom returns, "Written in the Stars." Programming Board invites you for an evening of dancing, swag, a photo booth, sounds by DJ Yoda, a special drag performance, and more! [Registration required—see link]

Bis, Boba, and Board Games

April 10, 2024  |  5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Michigan Union, Spectrum Center
Sponsored by Spectrum Center's Programming Board

Bis, Boba, and Board Games is a community building event for U-M students to connect with the bisexual community on campus through Boba refreshments and board games.

QTBIPOC Kickbacks

April 12, 2024  |  12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Michigan Union, Spectrum Center/MESA shared suite
Sponsored by Spectrum Center and MESA

Join our monthly gathering as we literally open up the wall between MESA and Spectrum Center for community and meals, centering students who are queer and trans Black, indigenous, and people of color. Drop in, grab food, and hang out!

Rainbow Roundup Ice Cream Social

April 13, 2024  |  1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Alumni Center
Sponsored by the LGBTQ Alumni Association

Network and meet other University of Michigan LGBTQIA2S+ students, staff, faculty, alumni, and allies; enjoy a Ben & Jerry's ice cream sundae; and take tours of Burton Memorial Tower and the Charles Baird Carillon, as well as the Alumni Center. Sponsor will open registration in mid-March. [Registration required—see link]

Lavender Graduation

April 16, 2024   5:00 - 7:15 p.m.
Michigan Union, Rogel Ballroom
Sponsored by Spectrum Center, Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs, Rackham Graduate School, and Michigan Engineering's Office of Culture, Community and Equity

Lavender Graduation—or LavGrad—celebrates and honors LGBTQ+ graduates and allies at the University of Michigan. [Registration required—see link]

Pronouns 101 workshop

April 17, 2024  |  5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
On campus (location provided to registrants)
Sponsored by Spectrum Center

Spectrum Center's Pronouns 101 workshop is for faculty, staff, and students across all of the University of Michigan campuses interested in creating a culture of LGBTQIA2S+ inclusivity in their personal and professional lives. During this 2-hour interactive workshop, participants will learn about pronouns, gender inclusive language, and the significance to queer and trans communities. [Registration required—see link]

Dragademia w/ Lola von Miramar & LaWhore Vagistan

April 18, 2024  |  6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
Sponsored by U-M Arts Initiative and U-M Library

Join Lola von Miramar, a Puerto Rican drag queen who loves cooking, and LaWhore Vagistan, everyone’s favorite South Asian drag aunty, as they discuss the radical and fascinating works of Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes and Kareem Khubchandani. The first 40 attendees to arrive will receive a complimentary copy of both books. Special performance, plus signing and meet-and-greet following the discussion. [Registration required—see link]

Pop-up Wellness Event

April 25, 2024  |  3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Michigan Union, Anderson Room
Sponsored by Spectrum Center

Nourish your body with a smoothie and some snacks. De-stress by doing arts and crafts, drinking a smoothie, and eating some snacks. Stop by to learn more about wellness and score giveaways including Spectrum Center tote bags and fidget toys. 

Column 2



Submit an event to the Pride Month calendar

Help us co-create this calendar to receive a commemorative U-M Pride Month badge you can add to your marketing materials.

Submit an event  




Featured news

Column 1
Column 2


Column 1

Download our marketing toolkit

Student organizations and schools, departments, and units can download and use our pre-designed U-M Pride Month marketing toolkit, which includes:

  • slides for your building's digital signage—horizontal and vertical orientations, 2k and 4k resolutions
  • social media graphics—square and vertical

Slides are also available in the U-M Digital Signage Community Content Feed.

Download materials

Column 2


Tag @UMSpectrumCtr in your social media posts. 


Column 1
Column 2

sponsor logos


Have any questions?

Contact us at [email protected].