UTD Celebrates LGBTQ+ History Month Through Rainbow Story Time

UTD Galerstein Gender Center/Photo Courtesy of UTD
UTD Galerstein Gender Center/Photo Courtesy of UTD

By Allana J. Barefield
Staff Writer

The University of Texas at Dallas’s Galerstein Gender Center is celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month by reading. 

Every Friday during the month of October, the Center will be hosting Rainbow Story Time with readings that consist of a member from the center reading a LGBTQ-inclusive children’s book. The goal is to show how important inclusivity and visibility are when it comes to the LGBTQ+ community. 

Matt Winser-Johns, assistant director of LGBTQ+ programs at UTD, said he is excited about the reading program to celebrate one another and acknowledge how much more work needs to be done. 

“LGBTQ+ History Month serves as a beautiful reminder of why visibility is so important and crucial to our survival,” Winser-Johns said. “It’s so imperative for the younger generations to see themselves represented in our world, no matter how they identify.”

Winster-Johns says identifying as LGBTQ+ in Texas can be difficult, but by having support with the reading program can make a difference. 

“We need allies and support, and honoring LGBTQ+ History Month, in whichever way you can, means the absolute world to us.” 

Supporters will be able to catch the reading virtually on UTD’s Gender Center social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.