OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) – A march was held at UW Oshkosh in celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community Tuesday.
According to the college’s website, the march was the perfect time to show you are an ally to identities in the community that might not be your own and thank those who are already an ally.
“If queer history has taught us anything, it is that true liberation starts with advocating for our most vulnerable,” said Zayn Croft, the Event Coordinator.
Moreover, the school website states the event also celebrates everyone who is “queerly diverse” and those dedicated to making the world safer and more accepting of sexuality and gender diversity.
“It’s the thirteenth annual march that we’ve held here at UWO, the purpose is both to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community and also look at what does it mean to ally with this community,” said Liz Cannon, Director of LGBT Resource Center at UWO.
Andrew Leavitt also said, “This evening is what UWO strives to be about – inclusivity, oneness, love, support for one another.”
“It feels hopeful there have always been people supporting us, doing this work. This is another period in history where we have to educate about the complexity of who we are as human beings,” added Cannon.
Organizers tell Local 5 the event started at Reeve Union with a rally at 5 p.m. and the march beginning at 6:45 p.m.
“Allies, let today be a reminder to continue to advocate for LGBT folks,” explained Croft. “You can be powerful friends, voices for us in many spaces. If you talk the talk, then walk the walk.”