Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Pride Parade Sparks Media Support

Photo: The parade ending in front of Tiger Plaza where the participants posed for pictures and continued their MIZ chants. 

At this years LGBTQ Pride Parade, students, organizations and locals alike rallied together to march around the MU campus. Led by the MU LGBTQ Resource Center the parade held strong through a dreary afternoon and cold weather. 
About a few dozen people actually participated in the parade, but many others showed an outpour of support via social media. Everything from tweets to instagrams were used to capture the event. Hashtags such as #mizzoupride and #onemizzou could be seen across twitter feeds all afternoon. Social media was even used to direct paraders in chants, as well as tell them all the info leading up to the parade itself. 

Photo: Instagram post of the participants

Photo: Tweet from the MSA twitter account about the event

Photo: Tweet of a posed picture after the parade

Photo: Free shirts were provided before the parade

Photo: A tweet by the MU LGBTQ Resource Center telling participants which chants to say.  

MU Organizations Rally Together for LGBTQ Pride

The outpouring of support via social media was strong and constant throughout the 2014 MU Pride Parade this year. Although I had seen the Missourian use it often, I had never personally used Storify to capture an event. Since most of my reporting was via tweeting and monitoring tweets, I decided this was the best way to cover the story. There is little "new" news with an event like this. These parades happen everywhere. BUT there are always fresh faces and conversations going on, and social media is a perfect way to explore that.

MU Pride parade Storify round-up

Struby Struble Leads 2014 Gay Pride March

Setting up for the gay pride march on April 30, LGBTQ Resource Center Coordinator Struby Struble passed out numerous homemade banners in preparation for the second to last Gay Pride Month event.

Struble has been directing and coordinating events for the group for two and a half years. She has coordinated 36 events this month with the final one, Lavendar Graduation, taking place Wednesday May 14.

While organizing the troops, Struble appeared stressed but maintained her enthusiasm throughout the preparation for the march. She is excited about the success each event has produced this month, especially the Identity Lunches, which took place April 3.
The lunches were a new addition to the agenda this year and generated a huge turnout. At the lunches, attendees learned about specific identities and issues within the LGBTQ community.

Once every had a sign and some took their seats on the golf cart, the group began its march throughout campus while cheering “MIZ-ZOU,” among others.

Festive spirits warm the atmosphere at Pride Parade

Dozens of students braved chilly winds on Wednesday to march across the University of Missouri’s campus as part of an annual event supporting LGBTQ rights that witnessed parades across the world.

Shouting, “Two-four-six-eight, equality in very state,” the enthusiastic crowd began marching at MU’s Brady Fountain and proceeded on a winding path across the campus.

The crowd, estimated at around 50-60, was smaller than the 200-300 that Struby Struble, coordinator of MU’s LGBTQ Resource Center, had said she hoped for. The parade was staged during colder than usual temperatures.

MU Pride Parade

On April 30, Mizzou held it's 3rd Anual MU Pride Parade to celebrate the LGBTQ community on campus. L.C. Chandler talked to Ally Kyle Gillespie about why he supports the cause.

10 seconds, 3 stories

The University of Missouri held a LGBTQ Pride parade on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 in Columbia, Mo. Three students condensed their coming-out stories to around 10 seconds. Watch what Delan Ellington, Chris Gotchner and Brenna Catletstout had to say about their experiences.

Prideful Students Parade in Support of the LGBTQ Community

Students and faculty members came together at the student center on Wednesday April 30, 2014 for the annual Pride Parade to show their support for the LGBTQ community.

 Missouri Student Daniel Stribling poses with a friend at the parade. "I think it always shows support go out community, and the allies of our community," Stribling said.

Students decorated golf carts in prideful banners to show their LGBTQ support.

Students Wesley Fitzgabbons, Dakota Botts, Dalton Botts, and Kelly Murphy wait for the parade to begin.

Social Media Blows Up For Mizzou Pride

The 3rd annual Mizzou pride parade took over campus this afternoon. If you couldn't make it, don't worry because Mizzou's social media covered everything you might miss!

It's More Than Gay Pride...

Today the MU LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) Resource Center sponsored the annual Pride Parade. They invited people to meet at Circle Fountain outside the MU Student Center, and encouraged people to bring a poster, a message, a friend, or just yourself! 

The goal was to show pride and support of all Tigers by marching through campus.

Dakota Botts, Triangle Coalition, the main student LGBTQ group on campus, President,  said one of the main significant points of the parade is that everyone should be treated with equality. 

The video below highlights some of the pride preparation. Students were decorating "floats," raising flags, and showing their pride. 

For more information on LGBTQ at Mizzou, visit the LGBTQ Resource Center

Pride Parade Draws Proud Crowd

                         Students, faculty members and even past MU athletes joined together at Brady Fountain Wednesday April 30, 2014 to show pride and support the LGBTQ community in their annual Pride Parade.

Dakota Botts played his ukulele in the parade to show his support. 

Dakota was joined by his brother Dalton Botts at the parade.

Posters at the event showed support, and displayed some of the questions members of the LGBTQ community ask themselves daily. 

LGBTQ supporter Wesley Fitzgibbons waved a rainbow flag in the parade.

"I think it always shows the pretty good support of our community, and the allies in our community. It shows that Mizzou has a very good campus." - Daniel Stribling 

Gay Pride Parade Draws Big Crowd

Talk about how Michael Sam coming out helped more people be more comfortable about coming out.

Despite the less than ideal conditions, more than a thousand people showed up for the Pride Parade.

People gather around the starting spot for the Gay Pride Parade on April 30th, 2014.

There were many participants this year at the Gay Pride Parade.

People converse about 15 minutes prior to the start of the parade.

A nice custom is the assortment of colors that go along with the Pride Parade.

All Smiles and Love and Pride Parade

The support for The Mizzou Pride Parade was over whelming. People from all over town gathered near the Brady Fountain, despite the gloomy weather, to support equal opportunity. Armed with decorated golf carts, rainbow flags, and homemade signs the crowd moved forward together.
Chants rang out, people played instruments and pride radiated from every person there.
The smiles from the crowd were infectious. It was impossible not to feel so much joy for the couples who could show their love openly without judgement and to not feel so much pride to be a part of a campus that willingly accepts them just as they are.

"I'm not afraid to tell the world who I am. I am Michael Sam: I'm a college graduate. I'm African-America, and I'm gay." 
- Michael Sam, University of Missouri Defensive End

Prideful Parade Sweeps Through Mizzou's Campus

From noon to 3 p.m. earlier today, a variety of students braved the unseasonably cold weather for late April to show their advocacy for the Mizzou LGBTQ community. Starting at the Brady Fountain next to the Arts & Science building on campus, the paraders marched through campus, carrying various handmade signs. The route followed Ninth Street, sneaked around the columns and Francis Quadrangle and then ended on Rollins Street.

An onslaught of supporters participated in the 3rd annual Pride Parade, put on by the LGBTQ Resource Center. They marched with rainbow flags, balloons and ribbons, proudly displaying their support, either for themselves, for a friend or for a loved one. Marchers also were dressed to the T with buttons, colored socks – even a rainbow umbrella. As they crisscrossed around campus they shouted their beliefs in many different chants such as “whoever we may be, we want equality” and “hey hey, ho ho, homophobia’s got to go.” Many who couldn’t make it to the parade reached out to the event and its participants on Twitter, giving compassionate encouragements or wishes that they could have been there to march with them.

The Pride Parade is one of many events that have recently taken place on campus, and it wrapped up a Pride Month filled with films, presentations, monologues, panels, lectures and even drag shows.

Fore more about this year’s events or information regarding the Mizzou LGBTQ community in general, visit

How to Start a Bitchin' Pride Parade

The last day in April marks Mizzou's annual Pride Parade in celebration of Pride Month. It's only the third time that the campus's LGBTQ Resource Center has put on a parade, but they've already gotten great news coverage and formed a dedicated following. So how can YOUR campus kick off its own bitchin' pride parade?

First of all, you gotta dress the part--from head...

Struby Struble, Coordinator of the LGBTQ Resource Center, is one of the hippest cats around. Note the Mizzou Tigers hat with strategically placed MU rainbow pin. toe.

Did you guys, like, call each other the night before and decide to wear the same thing? Because that totally rocks.

Then, round up your posse.

Note the crazy-awesome balloon arch. You definitely want balloon arches in your posse.

Don't forget to pimp your ride.

Don't bother with your own crappy mascot. Just get a tiger to ride on the back of your wheels.

A pride parade is only as good as its flags.

Fly, my pretties!

Make sure your friends come to support you.

PFLAG, or Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, is a great bestie to have. 

Prepare your best chants and cheers.

2, 4, 6, 8! Equality in every state! Hey hey, ho ho! Homophobia's got to go! Hey hey, ho ho! Transphobia's got to go!

Most importantly, don't be afraid to be yourself.

Photo by Ed Yourdon
Go forth and change the world.