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Ice cream social at Franklin today kicks off Pride Month at UCOP


Pride Month kicks off at UCOP with an ice cream social today, Tuesday, June 3, with more activities to come throughout June.

Enjoy ice cream treats and celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. today in the Franklin rooftop garden. UC President Janet Napolitano will be attending and making remarks.

The festivities continue throughout the month, so mark your calendars for these events:

  • Tuesday, June 17, 12 to 1:30 p.m. in 5320 Franklin: The American Red Cross will speak on opening up blood donation eligibility to men with same-sex partners.
  • Friday, June 27: Ride the ferry into San Francisco on the eve of this year’s San Francisco Pride Celebration June 28-29. UCOP staff will meet at Jack London Square at 5:30 p.m. to board the 5:50 p.m. ferry for happy hour drinks and mingling. You can purchase either a one-way or round-trip ticket on the ferry or use your Clipper card.
  • June 9-27: Keep an eye out for the “Faces of Pride” photo exhibit, featuring photos of UCOP staffers along with their stories of pride and community. The exhibit will be in the Franklin lobby.

Celebrated each June, LGBTQ Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall Riots, which started at New York City’s Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969. The riots followed a police raid, a common occurrence for gay-patronized establishments at the time. The violent protest that night sparked several days of battles with police that ignited the modern struggle for LGBTQ rights worldwide.

UCOP Pride is dedicated to providing advocacy, education and community building for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex community within UCOP and beyond. To find out more about the group or join their listserv, contact Karin Rice at


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