MC Pride

Welcome to MC Pride & Allies

Pride Flag

We are Montgomery College’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allies faculty and staff group, a college-recognized organization within MC’s Office of Equity and Diversity.  Our vision and goals are to:

  1. Defend LGBTQ people's civil/human rights, in the DC area and beyond, in wake of recent  administration attacks/tweets, 
  2. Defend the DACA dreamers (those LGBTQ and not), defend Muslims under attack and other at-risk groups, especially transgender women of color, in the military and not, who are disproportionately at risk for hate and discrimination,
  3. Affirm urgent need for defending/supporting LGBTQ people in our MC community, each campus,
  4. Affirm continuing need for teaching Safe Zone, Bystander and Consent training -- all the awareness and communication skills that make our campuses and communities more welcoming,
  5. Raise dialogues about and affirm the need for domestic partner benefits for employees and MC Pride College and Campus Coordinators.
MC Pride Events

PRIDE+ Club is a Rockville LGBTQ student club! 

The club meets every Friday at 1:00 pm, in the Science Center, Room 459. If you have questions, send an email.

You can also find additional information on PRIDE+ Club's Instagram and Twitter account ( @collegelgbtq ).

Safe Zone Training
Safe Zone Training

Gain new understanding of gender, gender identity, gender expression and the diverse range of sexual and affectional orientations. Acquire resources and referral information and practice communication skills for classroom or office discussions or unexpected disclosure. It's your choice about how visible and active to be as an ally after class.

Foster a welcoming academic environment for students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender--or questioning identity. LGBTQ students often feel unsafe at school, resulting in reduced attendance to avoid risk, bullying, or bias. Empower students to cope with ignorance or discrimination, build community among peers, and focus on their studies.

Upon completion of this class, you will be able to:

  • Describe the foundation and goals of a Safe Zone program
  • Increase your awareness, knowledge and skills in order to be an affective ally for LGBTQ students
  • Identify resources and referral options at MC and in the Mid-Atlantic LGBTQ community
  • Strengthen your network and community of allies across the College



What: We hope to create a welcoming, community-building space for dialogue about gender and sexuality in order to promote inclusivity and equity. Open to all students, faculty, and staff.

When: First Wednesday of every month, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Possible topics: LGBTQIA in pop culture, media, politics, military, etc; intersectional feminism; identity and labels; coming out; transitioning; mental health; available resources; etc.

Where: Rockville, Science Center (SC) 461

Please inform your students; flyer included below.

Contact: Professor Leah Sneider at 

What is LGBTQ?

LGBTQ represents a diverse range of gender expressions and sexual and affectional orientations.

Traditionally, this stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning. Identify labels vary considerably, with new identities such as pansexual, asexual, and androgynous emerging, even as some people reject the limitations of any such identity label.  

When we engage in LGBT advocacy, we not only speak for the civil rights of sexual minorities -- we also strike a blow for greater freedom for all people. We envision a world in which we can be as feminine and as masculine as we choose, a world in which we are free to engage in consensual, loving relationships, a world which embraces diverse family forms, and a world in which a well-informed, authentic sexuality is a basic human right.


Out in STEM DC is the professional chapter of the national nonprofit that seeks to nurture and connect LGBTQIA+ individuals working in the STEM field in the DMV region. We welcome a diverse crowd to our regular events (allies welcome) and strive to hold fun and meaningful events that help to grow our community and the lives of our members! We run a short bi-monthly newsletter that includes information about our upcoming events, features about our members and notable LGBTQIA+ STEM professionals, and plenty of nerdy jokes!

Signup to receive our newsletter and event alertsnew window!

Additional Information

We are just some of the students, faculty and staff at Montgomery College who identify as LGBTQ or as an ally. In honor of National Coming Out day, we show our support for our fellow MC friends and colleagues who have come out, who are struggling to come out, who have family members in the community, or who have lost someone because of their identity. We stand with you, and we support you.

* Names with an asterisk next to them are trained to provide a Safe Zone, which is an area free from bias and judgment, where anyone can find acceptance and inclusivity.

Maria Adams Davidson, Sharon Anthony, René Argueta Jr.*, Joanne Bagshaw*, Veronica Banh, Jamin Bartolomeo*, Karen Basuel, Paul Bayhurst, Jeana Beaulieu*, Eric Benjamin*, Sam Bergmann*, Mike Berman, Stephen Bess*, Andree Betancourt, Sharon Bland, Alice Boatman, Anne Briggs, Debra Bright*, Roberta Buckberg*, Chauncy Butcher, Stephen Cain*, Anjenee Cannon, Genevieve Carminati, Lea Cason, Lena Choundhary, Matt Colburn, Jona Colson, Lindsey Curley, Matthew Decker*, Christina Devlin, Collen Dolak, Terilee Edwards-Hewitt, Celia Evans, Rhiley Farenthold*, Sharon Fechter, Howard Feinstein, Sam Felix Aung, Sonja Fisher*, Carrie Fitzgerald, Robin Flanary*, Marcia Rose Fuoss, Rose Garvin Aquilino, Kimberly George, Chip Gladson*, Saul Goldberg*, Evelyn Gonzalzes, Claudia Greer, Lucinda Grinnell, Stacey Gustavson*, Katie Hagg, Sue Haddad, Jessica Hall, John Hamman, Linda Hankey*, Aggie Harrell*, Joan Hawkins, Erica Hepworth, Randy Hertzler, Joanna Howard*, Erin Hudgins*, Teri Hurst, Loraine Hutchins, Tendai Johnson, Shelley Jones*, Cassandra Jones, Aviv Kalai, Lori Kelman, Donna Kinerney, Elizabeth Kirby, Kelly Kleine*, Jill Kronstadt*, Gabriel Latham, Angie Lawyer, Guillermo Laya*, Victoria Lees, Betsy Leonard*, Alejandro Leopardi, Kevin Long*, Keke Lowe, Ja'Bette Lozupone, Erin Marcinek*, Whittney Matlock, DJ McCullough, Kim McGettigan*, Patricia McGlone, Maria Moreno*, Katie Mount*, Eurae Muhn, Eric Myren, Joan Naake, Zelalem Negash, Nghi Nguyen*, Kaylin Nguyen, Ben Nicholson, LaKisha Nickens Gaither*, Angela Nissing, Nancy Nuell, Molly Marie Nuzzo, Nancy Nyland*, Ellen Olmstead, Niyati Pandya*, Tyra Peanort*, Marcus Peanort*, Tammy Peery, Kopphorn Persse*, Deb Poese, Patricia Polimadei*, DeRionne Pollard*, Bentia Rashaw, Rodney Redmond, Beth Reilly*, Kristen Roe, Lynn Roessner-Ankney*, KenYatta Rogers, Emily Rosado, Stephanie Sabourin, Elena Saenz, Laurie Savona, Elizabeth Schlackman, Dean Schleicher, Esther Schwartz-McKinzie*, Margaret Shrager*, Karissa Silver*, Miriam Simon*, Jarvis Slacks*, Leah Sneider*, Abi Sogunro*, Anthony Solano*, Lauren Strawbridge, Samantha Veneruso, Nik Sushka*, Marianne Szlyk, Shamyla Tareen*, Stuart Tart, Deb Taylor*, Carolyn Terry, Dorothy Umans, Alexander Valencia-Reyes*, Jorinde van den Berg*, Usha Venkatesh, Greg Wahl, Thomas Warning*, Laura White*, Matt Wilson*, Carla Witcher*, Diane Woods, Tanner Wray, Jacqueline Zappala*

Pride flag

October is nationally recognized as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History Month. During October the history of gay rights and related civil rights movements are recognized and celebrated. The Rainbow Flag is one of the most widely recognized symbols of the LGBTQ movement. The message of the rainbow is hardly new.

Since ancient times, rainbows have been symbolic in many cultures, including Greek, African, Native American, and Celtic. Even Reverend Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition has used the rainbow as a freedom symbol. The Rainbow Flag as we know it today was developed by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978. At the time, there was a need for an LGBTQ symbol which could be used year after year for the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade.

Baker took inspiration from many sources, from the hippie movement to the black civil rights movement, and designed the Rainbow Flag. Baker explained that his colors each stood for a different aspect of gay and lesbian life.

  • Red for life
  • Orange for healing
  • Yellow for the sun
  • Green for nature
  • Blue for art
  • Violet for spirit

Baker himself and thirty other volunteers hand-stitched and hand-dyed Rainbow Flags in 1978. Later that year, when San Francisco’s first openly gay supervisor, Harvey Milk, was assassinated, the 1979 Pride Parade Committee found in Baker's flag the perfect symbol for the entire gay community to unite under in protest of this tragedy. The Rainbow Flag is officially recognized by the International Congress of Flag Makers.

The library has created a guide to research in gay and lesbian issuesnew window.

The second tab of the guidenew window is intended to answer the question: "What books do we have in the library on GLBT topics?new window" Click on a topic to do a search in the library catalog on that subject.

The third tabnew window answers the question: "What DVDs do we have in the library?new window"

Under other tabs you will find links to streaming video, journals and magazines on-line, and Web links.

To view the library guides in all Montgomery College course areas, go to Libguides homepagenew window.

The Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy (MICA) at University of Maryland has a list of LGBT events that is updated regularly. If you are interested in attending any of the events and activities, please see UMD full calendar of eventsnew window for more information.


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