Pride Alliance History

The Pride Alliance opened on October 11, 2013 on National Coming Out Day. The creation of the Pride Alliance was one of the final plumes in Dr. Gilda Garcia's cap, who served as Vice President for the Division of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access, before her departure in March 2013. The Pride Alliance was created to provide a campus office to specialize in resources on gender and sexuality and a safe space for historically excluded sexualities, gender identities, intersex, and questioning students. The Pride Alliance began as a branch of the Multicultural Center and worked to focus more closely on the topics of gender and sexuality, which were part of the Multicultural Center’s five areas of focus.

In June 2014, the Pride Alliance became an independent and fully staffed office that was located in Sage Hall 328, with a Student Services Coordinator, Administrative Coordinator, and a Student Assistant. The Pride Alliance gained a second Student Assistant in Spring 2015, and a third Student Assistant, specifically devoted to graphic design, in Summer 2015. As the Pride Alliance grew, the office needed more staff members to better serve the UNT community. In Fall 2015, a new Director position was created for the office and the Pride Alliance reached its current full staff of Director, Student Services Coordinator, Administrative Coordinator, and three student assistants. In August 2016, the Pride Alliance moved to its current location in Union 372. Soon after, the Pride Alliance was gifted a storage unit by the Multicultural Center, which serves as the current location of the OUTfits Clothing Closet.