Spelman and Morehouse Kick off their annual pride week

Historically Black colleges Spelman and Morehouse College hosted their fifth annual ever pride week in Atlanta Georgia. The event was started in 2009 as a response to Morehouse's new Appropiate Attire Policy which stated that men at Morehouse could not where heels, carry purses or sag their pants. The two schools have combined efforts to ensure that LGBT students are fully included, respected and engaged on campus.

The keynote address was given by Kim Katrin Crosby of Toronto, the co-founder of The People Project, a movement of queer and trans folks of color and our allies. She has also been recognized as one of Go Magazine’s ’100 Women We Love’ in 2012 and in 2013 she was honored as one of the Game Changers for The Insight Project. “Our goals for the celebratory week this year are quite intentional and bold, but simple: to celebrate the fearless, creative, and resilient spirits of LGBTQ folks of color; to promote community and alliance building amongst our student body; and to celebrate, affirm, and take pride in our identities—culturally, spiritually, and holistically,” the SpelHouse Pride Committee states.

The weeks events were met with some religious based bigotry but that didn't stop the celebratory spirit and inspiration of the weeks events. 

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