PrideVMC announces Pride 2021 Event Calendar

dvm360 Staff

In celebration of Pride Month, the organization is hosting several social events and activities including Pride trivia, Pride Happy Hour, educational webinars, digital campaigns, and beyond.

The Pride Veterinary Medical Community (PrideVMC)—an organization dedicated to fostering a better world for the LGBTQ+ community within veterinary medicine—collaborated with its student-led Pride Student Veterinary Medical Community (PrideSVMC), to unveil the Pride 2021 Event Calendar, chock full of inclusive educational events and activities that everyone can enjoy.

“Pride month is an important way to remember and celebrate our chosen family, our queer ancestors, and our community roots. It is also a way for us to remember that Pride celebrations started as protests and as a way for us to stand up for our rights,” says Dane Whitaker, DVM, MPVM, PrideVMC board president, in an organizational release. “Here at PrideVMC, we have a lot of great events in honor and celebration of Pride Month, and we are excited to bring these events to you!”

To kick off Pride Month, PrideVMC is hosting several celebratory virtual events, networking opportunities, podcasts, educational webinars, digital campaigns, and creating a PrideVMC Facebook profile picture frame.

What’s more? The student team created pronoun stethoscope clips using 3D printers that are available for purchase. All profits from clip purchases go to PrideSVMC to support student-led initiatives.

“Pride Month is not only a time for celebration but for reflection; we must acknowledge that we are here today because of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) within our community championing for the ability to live as our authentic selves,” says Kate Alucard, MPH, PrideSVMC president, in the release.

“Specifically, for our transgender and gender-nonconforming siblings of color that have lost their lives, may we take time this month to celebrate their legacies. Our future can only be bright if we carry their memories with us. We hope that Pride 2021 will strengthen our community and bring forth a future inclusive of all gender, romantic, and sexual identities,” she adds.

All PrideVMC’s events are supported by Boehringer Ingelheim, Zoetis, Banfield Pet Hospital, Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, Covetrus, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Merck Animal Health, VCA, VEG, VNA, Relief Rover, and Nationwide Pet Insurance.

To learn more about PrideVMC's 2021 event calendar, go here.