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SUNY Pride Through the Years

SUNY Pride Through the Years

SUNY Pride history timeline 1920s-1950s.
SUNY Pride history timeline 1960s-1990s.
SUNY Pride history timeline 2000-2020s.


The Society for Human Rights is founded; it is the first documented gay rights organization.


Harvey Milk, gay rights activist and commissioner of the original Pride rainbow flag, graduates from UAlbany.


The first known lesbian rights organization in the United States forms in San Francisco, Daughters of Bilitis.


  • First LGBT Pamphlet for SUNY Changes is published.
  • Stonewall Riots take place in New York City, galvanizing the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement (Photographer, Davies, Diana, 1938).


Stony Brook University offers the first “human sexuality” course.


The first federal gay rights bill is introduced to address discrimination based on sexual orientation.


Inspired by Harvey Milk, Gilbert Baker designs and stiches together the first rainbow flag as a symbol for the LGBTQ+ community LGBTQ+ rights activist Harvey Milk is assassinated.


Vermont becomes the first state to legalize civil-unions between same-sex couples.


SUNY Oneonta Gender and Sexuality Resource Center is established.


The first legal same-sex marriage in the United States takes place in Massachusetts.


University at Albany Gender and Sexuality Resource Center is established.


New York State passes the Marriage Equality act, which was signed into law by Governor Cuomo.


Richard Socarides, is appointed to the SUNY Board of Trustees, as the first openly gay Trustee for SUNY.


U.S. Supreme Court rules that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples.


  • Binghamton University Q* Center is established.
  • SUNY marches in the NYC Pride march (and every year since).


  • Dr. Kristina Johnson is appointed as the first openly gay Chancellor of The State University of New York.
  • University Faculty Senate passes a resolution to create transgender health care education at SUNY campuses.


  • Buffalo State College LGBTQ+ Resource Center is established.
  • Stony Brook University LGBTQ* Center is established.
  • First annual SUNY SPECTRUM conference is held.
  • SUNY Global hosts the 1st annual Human Rights Conference in partnership with NYC Heritage Pride.


  • Upstate SUNY campuses march in Capital Pride in Albany, New York.
  • SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson marched with Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the opening of the World Pride parade in NYC.
  • (AUG) the Student Assembly passed Resolution 1920-37 LGBT+ Safe Haven, encouraging each SUNY campus to provide a safe haven/space for LGBTQIA+ students within the SUNY System, dedicated to providing resources and support.


U.S. Supreme Court rules that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ+ community from discrimination in the workplace.

History of SUNY Pride on campus


SUNY New Paltz
University at Albany
SUNY Oneonta