Celebrate Pride Month

Gonzaga’s LGBTQ+ community and allies join the Spokane Pride Parade on June 10
Gonzaga’s LGBTQ+ community and allies join the Spokane Pride Parade on June 10

June 06, 2023
Gonzaga University News Service
Pride Month is traditionally celebrated in June each year in observation of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, a tipping point in the national conversation around LGBTQ+ activism and the Gay Rights Liberation Movement in the United States. In the month of June, we recognize the achievements of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning community in the pursuit of equality, inclusion and justice for LGBTQ+ Americans.

Gonzaga University, the first Jesuit institution of higher education with a dedicated resource center for LGBTQ+ students, is proud to support its LGBTQ+ community, striving to be a safe and welcoming environment for all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions by engaging in education, advocacy, outreach and programming. We invite you to celebrate Pride Month!

Events, Organizations and Resources


Diversity, Inclusion, Community and Equity (DICE)

LBGTQ+ Resource Center, Hemmingson Center

LBGTQ+ Rights Clinic, Gozaga Law School

Foley Library Pride collection



Outreach, a website created by Fr. James Martin, S.J., highlights Catholic organizations, communities and people doing the work of connecting Catholic social teaching and LGBTQ+ equity and affirmation. Martin is the author of “Jesuit Guide to Everything” and “Building a Bridge,” editor of "America" magazine, has presided at Lavender Mass virtually for Gonzaga University and been a Commencement speaker here. Here is a list of welcoming parishes, schools, communities, and people compiled by Outreach, and you can nominate a parish, school, community or individual for inclusion on the list.  

The Tyler Clementi Foundation has an anti-bullying statement that bishops, Catholic religious orders, schools and organizations have signed, including the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. It speaks to the dignity of LGBTQ+ people and their right to be free from bullying. Tyler Clementi’s mother has spoken at Gonzaga at a collaborative event between the Office of Health Promotion and Lincoln LGBTQ+ Resource Center. If you are a Catholic order, organization or school and would like to add your support, email Jane@TylerClementi.org.



Spectrum Center Spokane

Odyssey Youth Movement

Inland Northwest Business Alliance

Parents, Families, and Friends of LGBTQ+ Spokane (PFLAG)

Spokane Pride



Can Catholics celebrate Pride Month? Yes, and here’s why by Fr. James Martin, S.J.

What is Pride Month and the History of Pride

The History of Pride from the Library of Congress 

A Guide to Gender Identity Terms from NPR



Wednesday, June 7

Prepping for Pride with Spectrum Center, 4 p.m., The Hive

Friday, June 9

Spokane Falls Two-Spirit Powwow, 1 p.m., Lilac Bowl in Riverfront Park, free

Friday, June 9

Pouring With Pride Party, 6-10 p.m., Davenport Grand Terrace Bar, $15, 21+

Friday, June 9

Spokane AIDS Network Dance Party, 9 p.m., nYne Bar & Bistro

Saturday, June 10

March with GU at the Spokane Pride Parade and Rainbow Festival, noon, downtown Spokane

Saturday, June 10

Create your best PRIDE-inspired tank top at CDA4Pride 2023: Tie-Dye Party, 9 a.m. to noon, Human Rights Education Institute (HREI), Coeur d’Alene, $18

Saturday, June 10

Smithsonian Time Capsule: Beyond Stonewall screenings, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, free

Tuesday, June 13

North Idaho Pride Alliance for a PRIDE Pizza Party at MOD Pizza, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Coeur d’Alene. NIPA will receive 20% of the proceeds.

Wednesday, June 14

CDA4PRIDE: Inclusive Healthcare, sponsored by Kootenai Clinic Family Medicine Residency, 6-8 p.m.. Human Rights Education Institute (HREI), Coeur d’Alene. Informational session with healthcare practitioners and the LGBTQ+ community. Registration required.

Saturday, June 17

44th Gay Spokane Pageant, 5 p.m., nYne Bar & Bistro

Saturday, June 24

Pride in Perry, noon, Perry District

Thursday, June 29

CDA4PRIDE: Pride on the Runway, Coeur d’Alene, 21+