Lucas Monroe was looking to participate in a pride rally last month, but when he didn’t find any local marches to celebrate the LGBT community, he decided to take things into his own hands.
Monroe, a sophomore at State College Area High School, used social media to spread the word about the rally he helped organize on Friday afternoon at the Allen Street gates.
In just two days he was able to attract classmates to join.
We don’t have one in State College, so I wanted to do my part and just wanted to give back and let the community know it’s OK to be who they are
Lucas Monroe, State High sophomore
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“We don’t have one in State College, so I wanted to do my part and just wanted to give back and let the community know it’s OK to be who they are,” he said.
For the most part, Monroe said the rally got a positive response, but for the naysayers, he said the biggest thing is to ignore them.
“I try not to pay attention, but it’s not their life, it’s not their choice, so let people be,” he said.
June is recognized by the LGBT community as Pride Month, and has also been federally recognized in the past.
Penn State organization held a Pride Week in March
In March, the Penn State LGBTA Student Resource Center held Pride Week from March 19-25 with activities on the Old Main lawn and at the HUB-Robeson Center, and a march route through campus.
During Friday’s rally, the students dressed in bright colors and held signs.
One, made by State High sophomore Micah Jones, said, “Love has no labels.”
“I think I just want people to know they’re not alone,” she said.