Pride Month

UB student Pride parade.

It is time for a big celebration! The Office of Inclusion honors in June, Pride Month at the Jacobs School. Let's elevate the voices of our LGBTQ+ Community today and forever!

During Pride Month, we parade, we celebrate, we learn. We recognize the history and impact of our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community. Together, we shape our vision of the world as we build it. Activism, Culture, Tolerance. That is Pride. 

Students Event - A Panel Discussion: Thriving for Excellence in LGBTQ+ Health

Polity, SNMA, LMSA, OUTpatient, Graduate Students and the Office of Inclusion invite you to join us for a much needed discussion about LGBTQ+ healthcare, transgender health, needs, experiences, and the importance of pronouns in the LGBTQ+ community.

Don't miss the opportunity to ask questions, share experiences and talk about LGBTQ+ hopes and challenges!


The discussion panel will be led by:

Scott Darling, MD - Family Medicine Physician at UBMD Family Medicine; Sports Medicine Physician at Invision Health.

Graduated from the University at Buffalo and has held many positions as head team physician, lecturer and professor.  He is and active member of the LGBTQ+ community, Faculty Advisor for ‘Outpatient’ – Medical student LGBTQ+ organization, and part of the Bias Advisory Team at the Jacobs School.

Matthew Crehan Higgins - Associate Vice President, Specialty Care – Evergreen Health

He Oversees the development, coordination, and implementation of specialty care programs including HIV Prevention, Treatment, and Adherence; Hepatitis C; Transgender Health, Disease Intervention; and Field Education. Former Senior Director at Pride Center of WNY.

Aanya Wood - Linkage Specialist also at Evergreen Health

Aanya is Front-line medical case management in Primary & Specialty Care clinic for all 700 transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) patients of Evergreen Health. Conducts outreach and education for members of the community on HIV transmission and prevention and harm reduction.  

Dan Robertson - Student Group Guest to provide empirical experience in LGBTQ+ Health

62 years old patient. His medical history issues has involved cancer, heart problems, HIV.  He is the community outreach advocate for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and he has worked with Roswell Park as a patient, volunteer, and fundraiser.


DATE: Wednesday June 30th, 2021

TIME: 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Zoom Link (Free and Open to everyone)

Meeting ID: 956 6847 4458   -  Passcode: 565638

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Why Pride? Why June?

Pride is “the consciousness of one’s own dignity” and “a product of praise, independent self-reflection, and a fulfilled feeling of belonging.”

We celebrate Pride during the month of June to honor the Gay Liberation Movement.

On June 28, 1969, police raided the popular Stonewall Inn gay bar in the West Village in New York City. Although raids often took place, that night the patrons fought back and began the six-day Stonewall Riots led by Marsha P. Johnson. The clamor was simple: the LGBTQ+ community demanded to have places (like the Stonewall Inn) where people can express their sexual orientation without fear.

Meaning of the Rainbow Flag

Pride Flag in the wind.

In 1978, gay politician Harvey Milk commissioned Gilbert Baker to design a symbol that represented Pride to take on the San Francisco Pride March. Originally, the traditional colors of the rainbow were each illustrated in the flag with a powerful significance that embraces the meaning of Pride:



  • Red is Life
  • Orange is Healing
  • Yellow is Sunshine
  • Green is Nature
  • Blue is Harmony
  • Purple is Spirit

In time, the flag has embraced some modifications, drawing attention to the needs of the community:

  • The arrow shaped within the flag is to honor the advancement of the LGBTQ+ Community 
  • Black and Brown was added to bring awareness about people of color within the LGBTQ+ community
  • Light Pink and Light Blue is in honor the transgender community.
  • White symbolizes the individuals that are transitioning.

Highlighting Extraordinary Scientists

We invite you to meet this group of young scientists who are making a difference and belong to and/or support the LGBTQ community!

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Cell Biology, Emory University

Dr. Singleton investigates mitochondria integrity and localization in Menkes Disease.

Senior Lecturer, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Sheffield; Cellular Cardiology Group, University of Leeds, UK.

Dr. Jayasinghe is the lead investigator of a super-resolution microscopy research group developing, refining, and applying new microscopy tools to optically resolve the building-blocks of life: single proteins. 

Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California - Berkeley.

Dr. Whiteman uses interdisciplinary approaches to study the role that species interactions play in driving the evolution of new adaptations and new species.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, New York University

Dr. Osmundson’s research uses a wide variety of tools, from structural biology to bioinformatics, to understand a cell’s essential molecular machines.

Honoring Pride at UB

We encourage you to find a way to honor Pride Month and to find a way to learn more or spread the word!

Education Resources

Additional UB Resources

LGBTQ Community in Buffalo, NY

In Western New York, there are a tremendous amount of LGBTQ+ friendly organizations. Below is a list of institutions that are working tirelessly to make us stronger. We encourage you to get involved!

Additional Resources

If you or someone you know want to talk to someone...

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Special Acknowledgement

June Pride web page was built in colaboration with Polity, SNMA, LMSA, OUTPatient, Graduate Students and University Advancement Alumni Association. Special thanks to all the individuals that contribute with ideas, information and links!