Internship Reflective from 2023 Stanford Pride Fellows
The Stanford Pride Fellowship (administered through the Haas Center for Public Service) strives to promote activism within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) communities. Each year, we identify a handful of students to fund who are affecting positive change in the LGBTQ+ advocacy space.
Our 2023 Stanford Pride Fellows, Adelaide Barrett (she/her) ’25 and Zoey Hu (she/her) ’24 worked with The Outwords Archive in Los Angeles this summer to capture, preserve, and share the first-hand experiences of LGBTQ+ elders who attended major events in queer history.
They will present their fellowship experience on Saturday, January 27th, 2024 from 1-2 pm PST. This event is open to students, staff, and alumni!
We will also have a representative from the Haas Center to discuss the application process for interested students and ways for alumni to support the Stanford Pride Fellowship.
Join us to learn about the work done by the 2023 Stanford Pride Fellows! This program is sponsored by Stanford Pride.
Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects Variety Show Extravaganza, Thursday, Jan. 18, 5pm PT
The Museum of Trans Hirstory and Art (MOTHA), the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, and Stanford Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies present an evening of performance, discussion, music, and readings to celebrate the release of the book Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects. Surveying over three centuries, the book brings together over 100 contributors to create a capacious selection of artworks, archival documents, publications, and artifacts about trans life. It is a continuation of MOTHA, a larger artistic project by artist Chris E. Vargas and a museum forever “under construction” that exists without a building or a board of directors but takes on selective functions of an institution.
All public programs produced by the Cantor Arts Center are always free! Space for this program is limited; advance registration is recommended. Those who have registered will have priority for seating.
Image courtesy of the Museum of Trans Hirstory & Art (MOTHA). Artwork by Edie Fake.
SLS LGBTQ+ Alumni Association Launch Event: Celebrating OutLaw Community Voices
Join us for the Stanford Law School LGBTQ+ Alumni Association (SLS LGBTQ+ AA) virtual launch event featuring a panel of SLS LGBTQ+ alums and current OutLaw student leadership, including the co-founder of what is now SLS Outlaw. Our speakers will share their experiences, perspectives, and reflections on the importance of the SLS LGBTQ+ and OutLaw community over the decades. We will also share the initial results of an extensive Oral History Project led by Jamie Henderson, JD ’83.
Virtual Program: Wed., January 17, 5:00–6:15 p.m. PST / 8:00–9:15 p.m. EST
In-Person Viewing and Mixer with OutLaw: Wed., January 17, 5:00–7:00 p.m. PST SLS Meeting Room/Classroom TBD (details will be shared prior to the event)
Stanford Pride is the LGBTQ+ alumni organization for Stanford University.
Stanford Pride aims to foster meaningful connections among Stanford LGBTQ+ alumni and our campus community of students, faculty, and staff. We create space for and listen to the diversity of voices among us to understand and amplify our shared priorities. Through social, advocacy, and educational events, we create a more inclusive, diverse, equitable, and exciting future for our community at Stanford and beyond.
The Stanford Pride Board of Directors carries out its mission each year by providing meaningful events and programming for its members across the world. We organize a range of activities to bring LGBTQ+ members of the Stanford community together in cities across the US and around the world. In addition to California, we are actively growing chapters in New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Seattle, Texas and beyond to bring meaningful local content and programming to our members.
The Board is a geographically dispersed organization with up to three in-person meetings during the academic year (May, October/Reunion Homecoming, and February) and monthly conference calls.
Interested students, staff, alum, faculty, and Stanford LGBTQ+ community members are encouraged to apply. We would especially like to hear from those who:
Have unique insights as members of communities including but not limited to: women, trans and nonbinary, first generation/low-income (FLI), disabled and neurodivergent, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color, and current students.
Have experience working with Stanford staff, faculty, and students.
Are well-connected to local LGBTQ+ communities, including those at Stanford.
Demonstrate leadership potential.
Will represent Stanford Pride in their community.
Have experience with coordinating and facilitating corporate sponsorships.
Applications are due November 10, 2023 @ 11:59 PT.
Phone interviews with a current Board Member will occur in mid-to-late November.
Finalists will be invited to a zoom meeting with the executive committee as a final confirmation of interest and fit.
Final notifications will take place by the middle of December.
The winter meeting to start the new board year will be held February 17, 2024, 9 am – 12pm PT. We expect and encourage new board members to attend.
Board Members hold their position for a one-year term. In this time, they will support the Mission and goals of Pride by:
Attending events and actively engaging constituency
Serving on at least one board committee
Attending scheduled monthly board calls and committee-specific calls scheduled as necessary
Attending at least two of three annual in-person board meetings/retreats. Attendance at the February 2024 meeting is expected for new board members. Please note that in-person meetings were held virtually during the pandemic and we will continue to have a virtual option going forward.
Each year, Stanford Pride honors members of the Stanford community for their contributions to the LGBTQ+ community. We recognized three outstanding recipients for the Stanford Pride Award of Merit. Read about our 2023 Awardees below. Award recipients will be recognized at the Stanford Pride Reunion Gala!
2023 TRAILBLAZER AWARD
Jason Collins (he/him) ’01
Jason Collins (he/him) is a retired American professional basketball player of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Collins attended Stanford University, where he was an All-American in the 2000-2001 season. He was also named to the All Pac-10 First Team and awarded the NABC Pete Newell “Big Man of the Year” Award. He finished his college career ranked first in Stanford history for field goal percentage and third in blocked shots. Upon graduating with a B.A. from Stanford, Collins was selected in the first round of the 2001 NBA Draft with the 18th overall pick. Now a 13-year veteran, Collins has played center for six teams including New Jersey, Memphis, Minnesota, Atlanta, Boston, Washington and, most recently, the Brooklyn Nets (formerly the New Jersey Nets). In his 13 years in the league, Collins’ teams earned 10 trips to the playoffs including 2 NBA Finals appearances.
After the 2012-13 NBA season concluded, Collins publicly came out as gay in a cover story for Sports Illustrated, becoming the first male active player in any of the four major American professional sports to announce that he is gay. President Obama expressed his gratitude to Collins for his courageous announcement and said he “couldn’t be prouder” of Collins, recognizing this as a point of progress for the LGBT community, and one more step in America’s goal to treat everyone fairly and with respect. Collins has traveled the country with the mission of empowering people to live their lives as their true selves, and has become an active member of numerous charities, foundations and organizations. In 2013, GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, honored Collins with the Courage Award at the GLSEN Respect Awards. In 2014, Logo TV honored Collins with its inaugural Trailblazer Award. Also in 2014, the Matthew Shepard Foundation honored Collins with its Making a Difference Award at its annual Honors Gala.
In April 2014, Collins was featured on the cover of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.” In January of 2015, the National Civil Rights Museum honored Collins with a Sports Legacy Award.From 2014 to 2017 Collins served on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, which works to motivate Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle via physical activity and nutrition. Since retiring from playing, Collins has become a NBA Cares Ambassador — spreading goodwill on behalf of the NBA with its players, community, and corporate partners. Collins received an honorary doctorate from Middlebury College in 2022. Collins resides in both Los Angeles, California and Austin, Texas.
2023 STANFORD PRIDE AWARD OF MERIT
Lily Zheng (they/them) ’17, MA ’17
Lily Zheng (they/them) is a no-nonsense Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategist, consultant, speaker and author who helps organizations and leaders achieve the DEI outcomes they aspire to. A dedicated practitioner and advocate named a Forbes D&I Trailblazer, 2021 DEI Influencer, and LinkedIn Top Voice on Racial Equity, Lily has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, and NPR. Their bestselling books, DEI Deconstructed and Reconstructing DEI, describe cutting-edge, accountable, and effective practices that can enable any leader to create the diverse, equitable, and inclusive organizations we all deserve.
2023 STANFORD PRIDE AWARD OF MERIT
Jay-Marie Hill (they/all/Holy) ’10
A sought after musician, educator and “creative mind asking the questions that will shape the future of culture,” Jay-Marie (they/all/Holy) is a Bay Area born, St. Louis, MO based Black & Boricua artist committed to Black Transcendence, at once a movement and their organization which seeks to expand trans-affirming policies and embodied possibility for all through Black Trans perspectives on body, mind, & spirit. From biking, to music, to advocacy, they leave a long trail of projects reclaiming the power of spirit and community.
Jay-Marie’s work and breath is grounded in their passion for witnessing, learning from, and developing others into loving warriors who take on the healing and transforming of their communities and our world. Ultimately, they are most committed to the intersections of possibility, revolutionary music and queer political work as they relate to shaping what freedom looks like for the next generation.
To experience the sonic, Black Transcendent lineage, Jay-Marie is Holy’s music is available for purchase on bandcamp and otherwise accessible on all digital music platforms.
Congratulations to the Stanford Pride Award of Merit 2023 Recipients:
Jay-Marie Hill (they/them/Holy) ’10
Lily Zheng (they/them) ’17, MA ’17
We will also be honoring our 2023 Trailblazer Award honoree:
Jason Collins (he/him) ’01
Save the date and celebrate with us on Saturday, October 21!
$10 student and scholarship tickets will continue to be available for current Stanford students (undergrad and grad) as well as anyone who requests assistance in covering the cost of the ticket. Event volunteers get in for free!
We are seeking event sponsors Event sponsorships are available starting at $50, to help us cover the cost of the event. We will be recognizing our event sponsors at the gala and on our website. We count on event sponsors every year to help us pay for the venue and catering. Please consider making a contribution to Stanford Pride.
The Cemetery Boys is written by a queer, trans, Latinx writer originally from the Bay Area.
When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.
Save the date for our annual Reunion Homecoming reception on campus on Saturday, October 21, 2023. Reunion Homecoming is Stanford Pride’s time each year to recognize our honorees who have made outstanding contributions to our community. In preparation for this celebration, we need YOUR help to nominate one or more honorees to be recognized in 2023. You can submit your nomination using the following link.
Criteria: Nominees must have an affiliation with the Stanford LGBTQ+ community (students, alumni, staff, etc.). Nominations should include information about how the nominee has contributed to the LGBTQ+ community at large.
Nominations are due by Tuesday, August 15, 2023. If you’d like to submit multiple nominees, please fill out the form once per nomination.Thank you, and we hope to see you at Stanford Reunion!
Stanford Pride has made the decision to deactivate our Twitter account as of June 26, 2023.
Since Elon Musk took over ownership of Twitter last year, it has become an increasingly unsafe space for LGBTQ+ and BIPOC people. Anti-trans and anti-LGBTQ tweets have skyrocketed, particularly after Twitter announced that it was removing its longstanding policy to protect transgender people from targeted misgendering and deadnaming.
Twitter’s direction does not align with Stanford Pride’s values. Stanford Pride’s Board of Directors voted to deactivate our Twitter account and we are reviewing our other social media channels to determine if similar action is needed on those platforms.