OU-Tulsa Marches with LGBTQ+ Community in Tulsa Pride Parade
As a vibrant part of northeastern Oklahoma, OU-Tulsa demonstrated community spirit and celebrated inclusion by participating in the Tulsa Pride Parade on June 26. The OU-Tulsa float depicted Catoosa’s famous Blue Whale – a waterfront structure and one of the most recognizable attractions on old Route 66 – decorated to coincide with this year’s parade theme, Pride on the Mother Road.
“OU-Tulsa is an actively contributing member of this city, and as such, participation in the Tulsa Pride Parade is an important way to show support for the LGBTQ+ community,” said OU-Tulsa President John H. Schumann. “Our diversity, equity and inclusion emphasis is a consistent theme throughout our community engagement all year long, but Pride Month is an opportunity to focus on the LGBTQ+ community and their needs.”
While the parade was the culmination of a month of recognition for and support of the LGBTQ+ community in Tulsa, the efforts for inclusion and equity for all do not stop there.
“The month of June is a time to honor and celebrate the strides and history of the LGBTQ+ community,” said Dr. Jasmine Willis-Wallace, director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for OU-Tulsa. “It is important to recognize the steps we all need to take to continue to educate ourselves and advocate for this group of individuals.”
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By Bonnie Rucker
Article Published: Wednesday, June 30, 2021