Shippensburg University hosted a 24-hour Pride All Night event this weekend to create awareness and celebrate the LGBT community.
The event began at 2 p.m. on Saturday and continued until 2 p.m. on Sunday. Throughout the 24 hours, there were games, crafts, food, karaoke, trivia and speeches by students and staff members.
Students were able to stop by ShipRec at any time during the 24 hours to participate in activities.
The event was sponsored by the Social Equity and Human Understanding Grant Committee, the Ship Says No More campaign, Act V, Multicultural Student Affairs and the Residence Hall Association.
Jeremiah Steigleman, a resident assistant in Seavers Hall, said it was a great way to spread awareness about the LGBT community on SU’s campus. He believes it is a way to start a conversation about not only supporting the community, but celebrating those that are in the community.
“As a member of the LGBT community on Shippensburg’s campus, programs like this empower and create a feeling of inclusiveness throughout the university,” Steigleman said.
SU junior Moriah Hathaway said the event was a way to show that SU cares about the LGBT community.
It was an opportunity to give people a chance to speak out about their experiences, and it also raised money for two philanthropies — The Trevor Project and the True Colors Foundation, according to Hathaway.
“I was given the opportunity to use my voice and advocate for my community, and I don’t know where else I could get a platform to do that,” Hathaway said. “All of the speakers were truly amazing and they all had an impact on me.”