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Reflections on Pride

Fletcher voices pay tribute to diverse experiences and express hope for the future

This Pride Month, we find ourselves cautiously optimistic. As COVID-19's grip on America loosens, Biden's executive order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation reaches a nation in the middle of a cultural and ideological divide. The diverse tapestry of Pride gatherings that have encouraged the global LGBTQIA+ community to take to the streets in protest, in support, and to insist upon visibility and equal rights for over 50 years have been made virtual again, but event organizers are now thinking critically about the fall and the following summer.

Tufts University continues to crest the top 5 on Campus Pride's list of Best LGBTQIA+ friendly universities. Here at The Fletcher School, we celebrate clearly and unequivocally all who identify with and support the Pride community.

This month, as a community, we will elevate the voices of our alumni, faculty, staff, and students. You will hear about queer theory, policy, politics, love, and humanity. As a school of international affairs, we will feature their stories and their research as they position their identities and expertise in international policymaking that make the community safer and the world more sustainable. What they will all have in common is the global community for which Fletcher is so well-known.

The Fletcher School is an intellectual institution: always thinking, learning, and striving for intellectual curiosity and open dialogue. Like Lego's first gender neutral playset, "Everyone is Awesome," we invite you this month, and this year, to think, learn, and remain intellectually curious with us. Continue to know the world, and shape the future.