June is Pride Month, so we wanted to highlight some of the advocacy opportunities available to those in the LGBTQ+ community at TC. Students have many ways to get involved, from campus clubs to New York City organizations.
Queer TC is the LGBTQ+ student organization of Teachers College with the mission to create opportunities “to collaborate, communicate, and be visible.” They host events throughout the year, most notably Queer Week, held in the spring semester, where you can attend a TC-hosted brunch, Drag Bingo, trivia nights, and more. You can reach out to QueerTC by email at QueerTC@tc.columbia.edu, join their Facebook page and follow them on Instagram @queer_tc.
The larger campus of Columbia University also has several organizations and clubs for the community, including Columbia Queer Alliance, founded in 1967 and open to all students and affiliates. Please note that some clubs may be limited to undergraduates, so be sure to check their websites for more information.
New York City has numerous resources, including The Center, which offers advocacy, health and wellness programs, arts and cultural events, and family support services. NYC hosted the nation’s first Gay Pride March to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969—the watershed moment of the modern Gay Rights movement. NYC Pride hosts the march, which only grows bigger each year. TC and Columbia students will again be marching in the Pride Parade on Sunday, June 26, in New York City.