Happy Pride Week!

It hasn't happened since 2016 but once again this year, the U of M will illuminate Main Hall in rainbow colors, this time in honor of Big Sky Pride Week. The campus last illuminated Main Hall in 2016 to honor victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida.

It's really beautiful to see and makes for great photo ops. Check it out tonight (6/19), tomorrow and Friday from 9 to 11 p.m. The public is most certainly welcome, Main Hall is the clock building at the Oval.

“The lighting signifies UM’s support for our LGBTQIA+ community and more broadly signals our commitment to equality for all,” said UM President Seth Bodnar. He went on to say that Big Sky Pride Week provides an opportunity for UM to affirm its commitment to:

Respecting the dignity and ensuring the safety of all.

Celebrating civil rights progress.

Removing the still profound headwinds in our fight for equality for all.

Affirming the valuable existence of our LGBTQIA+ colleagues, friends and peers.

“I am very proud of the advocates and allies who advance our mission to provide access to a quality education and who recognize the potential for all to positively impact society,” Bodnar said. “The more inclusive we are, the more we all benefit.”

Monte, UM students and employees also will represent UM at the Big Sky Pride Parade set for Saturday, June 22, in Helena.