Pride Month 2023


Show your Bowdoin Pride throughout the month of June by joining fellow Polar Bears at an upcoming parade, festival, or happy hour. Bowdoin Pride Month is proudly co-sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations, the Sexuality, Women, and Gender Center (SWAG), and Bowdoin's Queers & Allies (Q&A) Faculty/Staff group. 

Upcoming Events

Brunswick Pride Festival
Saturday, June 10th from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Brunswick is showing its colors at the second annual Pride Festival! Join LGBTIQA+ supporting organizations in the greater Brunswick area as well as across Maine on Saturday, June 10th, from 12-5pm. Visit the Bowdoin table on the town mall to pick up some swag, share some sunshine in a quick interactive activity, and say hello to students and staff. No registration required.

Portland Pride Parade
Saturday, June 17th at 1:00 p.m. ET
All members of the Bowdoin community and their guests are invited to walk behind Bowdoin's banner in the 2023 Portland Pride Parade! The parade steps off at 1:00pm, but please plan to lineup at Bowdoin's group staging location at Preble Street (the side that intersects Cumberland Avenue) by 12:15pm. The parade starts at Monument Square in Portland, ME and wraps up at the Pride Festival in Deering Oaks Park. Bowdoin Pride swag will be distributed at the parade lineup, including custom Bowdoin Pride tank tops. 

Out and Proudly NESCAC Happy Hour Series
Wednesday, June 28th from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. local time
Join  fellow NESCAC schools for a multi-city celebration in Boston, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco and Washington, DC. Celebrate LGBTIQA+ peers from across the NESCAC schools and meaningfully connect amongst this community.

10 Old Colony Avenue
South Boston, MA 02127
Chicago: Lark 
3441 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657
This event is 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
New York City: Rise Bar
859 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
San Francisco: Pilsner Inn
225 Church Street
San Francisco, CA  94114
Washington, DC: ChurchKey 
1337 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

Out and Proudly NESCAC events are open to LGBTIQA+ identifying Polar Bears; all members of Bowdoin community are welcome to participate in Portland Pride Parade and Brunswick Pride Festival. Thank you for understanding. 

Out and Proudly NESCAC Safe-Space Policy:
"We encourage you to come with the spirit of fun, and, equally important, we do ask that you respect the importance that this being a safe and inclusive space for all attending by following our safe-space policy. All partnering institutions have zero tolerance for violence, racism, transphobia, sexism or other discriminatory language or actions. This includes nonconsensual physical contact and/or sexual imagery, stalking, intimidation, unwanted photography, and verbal comments that promote social structures of domination (related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, age, or religion). The foundation of these spaces is the celebration of identity and a harassment-free event experience for everyone, so please be mindful. Anyone whose conduct violates these standards may be asked to leave the event and not allowed to participate in future ones. If anyone or anything makes you feel unsafe while you’re inside, please look for a NESCAC staff liaison who will assist you at any point."

LGBTIQA+ Celebrations at Reunion 2023
Thursday, June 1st—Sunday, June 4th
We look forward to welcoming 3s and 8s alumni back to Bowdoin for Reunion Weekend. There will be several opportunities to gather and celebrate LGBTIQA+ inclusion on campus, including a Friday evening campus-wide performance by Curbside Queens, Maine’s #1 traveling drag show. Pronoun pins will be available and mementos from the 2013 and 2018 Out Senior Dinner will be on display at this event. We’ve also added an inclusivity flag in the Reunion Welcome Center. Staff from the Office of Alumni Relations and Sexuality, Women, and Gender Center (SWAG) hope to see you there! 

Get Your Bowdoin Pride On!

Ring in Pride Month with Bowdoin–regardless of where or how you’ll be celebrating.

Pride Zoom Background

Zoom with Pride

View and download custom Bowdoin Pride-themed Zoom backgrounds.

Pride Hat

Check out the Bowdoin Store

Stock up Bowdoin Pride gear using a special PRIDE2023 discount, good for 20% off items in the Bowdoin Pride collection in the Bowdoin Store. Cannot be combined with other offers and sale runs May 10 - June 30, 2023.

Virtual Pride Showcase

Enjoy photos below from past Pride Month gatherings and share your photos by tagging Bowdon Alumni on Instagram or Facebook.