Pride-Week-2024

Pride Week Celebration Planned at El Camino College for May 20-24

May 7, 2024 Torrance, CA

El Camino College has a variety of events planned for Pride Week, scheduled for May 20-24. This festive week full of lively games and activities celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community at El Camino, while embracing and supporting their journey toward equality and acceptance.

New this year, Pride Week will include a “Walk in My Shoes” installation, comprised of shoes that symbolize the women, transwomen, nonbinary, and girls who have died because of femicide.  

A collaboration between ECC student and curator Dulce Stein, students in faculty member Lawrence Ramirez’s museum studies class, and the LGBTQIA+ Pride Center, the “Walk in My Shoes” installation will accept donations of new or gently shoes from the college and community through May 21 in the Social Justice Center. While viewing the display, visitors who need a pair of shoes are invited to take them. Leftover shoes will be donated to El Camino’s Warrior Closet in the hopes that these items left behind can serve someone else, ensuring the lives that were lost too soon can continue walking on. The project is designed to honor the lives lost to LGBTQIA+ hate crimes, while giving back to the community. ​

Donations to El Camino’s Queer is Love Scholarship will also be accepted during Pride Week. This scholarship was established to help advance the educational goals and dreams of El Camino’s LGBTQIA+ students. Many queer, transgender, and nonbinary students are often in great need of financial support and have access to limited opportunities. Learn more online: www.elcamino.edu/support/resources/lgbtqia-resources/events/ecc-pride-week.aspx

Events for El Camino College Pride Week 2024

May 20
Drag Bingo Hosted by the Bearded Martha Stewart
5-7 p.m., COM 204 (Social Justice Center)
Spend an evening with “The Bearded Martha Stewart,” drag performer, emcee, show host, live singer, wedding officiant, wig stylist, cosmetologist, stage manager, South Bay resident, and human rights advocate, who was recently featured on the CNN original series, “The Many Lives of Martha Stewart.”

May 21
GSA Movie Screening: “Joe Bell”
1:15-2:45 p.m., COM 204 (Social Justice Center)
“Joe Bell” is based on the true story of a man who embarks on a walk across the U.S. to crusade against bullying after his son is tormented in high school for being gay. Popcorn provided!

Karaoke/Gayme Night
5-7 p.m., COM 204 (Social Justice Center)
All are invited to sing along in this fun competition.

May 22
Walk in my Shoes Installation
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Library Lawn
This “Walk in My Shoes” installation is comprised of shoes that symbolize the women, transwomen, nonbinary, and girls who have died because of femicide. ​Each pair of shoes displayed represents one of these lost lives, and the hope is that these shoes can find a new home, whether it is visitors who need shoes or know someone in need. Leftover shoes will be donated to El Camino’s Warrior Closet.

Lavender Graduation
6-8 p.m., Marsee South Patio
Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted on numerous campuses to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, nonbinary, intersex, queer, asexual/aromantic, and ally students to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the college they attend. Each student will receive an LGBTQIA+ sash and rainbow tassel to be worn at the main graduation ceremony.

May 23 
ECC Celebration of Pride Festival
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Student Services Plaza
All are invited to a fun-filled day of food, music, and entertainment presented by the Gender Sexuality & Alliance (GSA) Club.

Pajama-Themed Movie Night
5-7 p.m., COM 204 (Social Justice Center)
Popcorn will be provided at this fun movie night event; all are invited to wear their favorite pajamas.

May 24
LGBTQIA+ Pride Prom
7-11 p.m., COM 204 (Social Justice Center)
Pride week wraps up with El Camino’s second annual Pride Prom. Attendees are asked to dress to impress and be ready to celebrate their pride!

The El Camino Community College District encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact srcinfo@elcamino.edu as soon as possible, but no later than seven days prior to the event. 

El Camino College’s Pride Week is presented by LGBTQIA+ Pride Center and the Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Club. El Camino College is proud to support a welcoming and inclusive campus community that reflects the diversity of the South Bay and promotes equitable outcomes for all. For more information about the college’s LGBTQIA+ resources, view www.elcamino.edu/support/resources/lgbtqia-resources/.

For more information about El Camino College Pride Week, view www.elcamino.edu/support/resources/lgbtqia-resources/events/ecc-pride-week.aspx.