Disclaimer: We are not professionals so do not take all this as 100% truth. Especially when it comes to matters of coming out or anything else that may have emotional, psychological, or physical complications.
What is the purpose of P.R.I.D.E.?
P.R.I.D.E. stands for People Respecting Individual Diversity and Equality. It is an LGBTQ+ student organization in USF that aims to promote education and advocacy.
What other LGBTQ+ organizations are there on campus?
What organizations in the Tampa Bay area are LGBTQ+ friendly?
- Equality Florida
- GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network – trans inclusive)
- PFLAG (Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays – trans inclusive)
What are fun LGBTq+ friendly places to hang out at?
Who can join P.R.I.D.E.?
Anyone, no matter who you are, what year you are, what you look like or who you are attracted to.
Should I prepare before I join P.R.I.D.E.?
It is not mandatory, by any means, but you are welcome to participate in one of the Safe Zone Ally training sessions. You need nothing to join us besides an open mind.
What can I expect when I join P.R.I.D.E.?
You can expect to feel very welcome into a supportive environment. You can expect to learn about the LGBTQ+ community and to have fun. Chances are, you will walk out of P.R.I.D.E. with at least a few new friends and like you've found a safe and loving place where you can be yourself.
What should I not expect in P.R.I.D.E.?
P.R.I.D.E. is not a dating service, nor is it where you will be told how sex works (there is a magical land called “the internet” where you will find better answers to those problems). That being said, P.R.I.D.E. meetings may be where you learn about the dynamics of romantic relationships between LGBTQ+ individuals and the differences that may come from drifting away from heteronormativity. P.R.I.D.E. events may also be where you get free condoms and hear sex-related jokes. It’s not taboo, it’s just not our main focus.
What are P.R.I.D.E. meetings usually like?
P.R.I.D.E. meetings usually consist of a learning experience where games, roleplaying and other activities are used to make the process more fun. Topics that have been discussed in P.R.I.D.E. meetings in the past include: coming out, asexuality, polyamory, allies, and gender fluidity, for example. After the meeting is over, there are after-social events planned where we go out for tea, or pizza, or just hang out and chat.
What can I do if I can’t attend the Thursday night meetings?
You can always come to our after Socials if you are available after 9pm. You could come to the P.R.I.D.E. table during Bull Market (Wednesdays from 8am to 2pm outside MSC), participate in P.R.I.D.E. events that work with your schedule or go to the new small group sessions that will be lead by each officer which will be held during different days of certain weeks.
What kind of events is P.R.I.D.E. in charge of?
P.R.I.D.E. has organized proms, symbolic marriages, drag shows and Halloween parties, attended pride parades and participated at events like Relay 4 Life.
Who can I go to if I need help...
- Finding a unisex bathroom?
- Doing homework?
- Finding a job?
- Dealing with stress caused by school work?
- With relationship troubles?
- Coming out?
- Dealing with unsupportive roommates, classmates, etc.
- Battling anxiety, depression or another mental illness?
What should I do if I have an issue with someone in P.R.I.D.E.?
Contact the Vice President of Internal Affairs, Bailey. Their contact information is on the officer page.
How can I get involved in the planning for P.R.I.D.E. events?
Announcements are often made during Thursday night meetings, but keep your eyes peeled for announcements in the Facebook page. Officers in charge of events may ask for help.
Can I, as a general Body member, attend an e-board meeting?
You are more than welcome to attend an e-board meeting. They are usually held during the Fall and Spring semesters on Sundays at 11am in MSC 3701 which is on the third floor of the Marshall Student Center.
Can I volunteer to be in charge of a meeting/event/panel?
Though officers may ask for help and they might share responsibilities with you, bear in mind that even though you are “in charge” an officer may need to supervise you and know what you are planning beforehand and the officer is still above you.
Can i make suggestions, if so how?
Yes. All suggestions can be made anonymously here. You can submit suggestions down below: