SAN DIEGO -- San Diego State University (SDSU) will host its seventh annual Rainbow Flag Raising ceremony to kick off San Diego Pride week on Wednesday, July 10 at 11:30 am. This year, the rainbow flag will be raised on the school's main flag pole by two openly gay Eagle Scouts and a straight ally.
SDSU has hosted the event since 2007 to celebrate the diversity that exists on the large, urban, public university campus.
“The intent of this event is to bring people together and educate individuals about the value of difference,” said Aaron Bruce, SDSU’s chief diversity officer. "Diversity and inclusion are part of the core values of our university and this event supports the identities of our diverse students, faculty, staff, alumni and their families.”
In recent years, the school has made great strides to support the LGBT community. SDSU is home to an LGBT Studies program, a Safe Zone program, and space for an LGBT center has been set aside in the new Aztec Student Union, slated to open this fall.
The university will have a delegation in the San Diego LGBT Pride Parade on Saturday, July 13.
The Rainbow Flag Raising will take place on July 10 in front of Hepner Hall in the center of the campus. Once raised, the flag will remain on display for the remainder of the day. The event is free and open to the public.