Sophomore Kaiden Sinclair said the GLC has led him to people that have been supportive and allowed him to be himself. 

“I don’t have an accepting family and I want a place to express who I am and be proud of it, so here is the chance,” Sinclair said. 

Elon University’s Gender and LGBTQIA Center held a Fall Pride event this Friday, Oct. 22 at the Phi Beta Kappa Commons from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event had games, tie-dye, GLC information and a safe environment to meet new people. 

Sophomore Kara McKinley went to the event to meet more people in the LGBTQIA+ community and participate in the activities. 

“It’s very lowkey, very casual, just a lot of mingling and talking while doing activities,” McKinley said. “I do plan on making my tie-dye to be the bisexual flag because I’m bi.”

McKinley said she believes events like Fall Pride create a great opportunity to meet people in the LGBTQIA+ community while doing fun activities. 

“I think it’s just because there are so few other opportunities to meet other LGBTQIA+ students,” McKinley said. “And knowing that all of us here are accepting of each other is really nice and relaxing.”

Sinclair has met some of his closest friends at GLC events and has felt nothing but welcomed and understood. 

“We unfortunately don’t always have that chance,” Sinclair said. “We don’t always know walking into any situation that we are going to be safe or accepted and this is somewhere where we can connect with people who experience similar struggles and understand more deeply than other people can fully understand.”

Sophomore Julian St. John encourages students to attend GLC events like Fall Pride because it is a good way to meet people in the LGBTQIA+ community. 

“We met at one, it’s just a great place to meet friends that get you in a way that other people won’t,” St. John said. “If you’re allies or a part of the LGBTQ community definitely [come], especially if you’re having trouble finding friends on campus.”