Students pose with actor, activist, and creator Eugene Lee Yang at NYC Pride
On Sunday, June 25, the New York City Pride Parade took place on the streets of Manhattan, celebrating sexuality and advocating for social and political change. Among the hundreds of thousands of attendees were 32 Hamilton students on a trip organized by the Days-Massolo Center (DMC) and Gender and Sexuality Union, whose planning and funding made this opportunity possible for the second year in a row. 

Carlo Benavides ’23, summer fellow at the DMC, reflected on the success of the weekend’s trip, saying, “I heard everyone enjoyed themselves and had plenty of excitement in the city.” Benavides was in charge of the DMC’s Pride Month Committee and coordinates the organization’s summer programming on campus. 

The Days-Massolo Center (DMC) hosts Pride in the Park events throughout June.
The Days-Massolo Center (DMC) hosts Pride in the Park events throughout June. Photo: Zack Stanek

During June, for example, the committee sponsored weekly Pride in the Park events. At these gatherings, staff and students enjoyed music, games, and local food in the DMC house or outside on its lawn. “The Pride in the Park luncheon series started last summer,” Benavides said. “We wanted to have an event where the campus community could come together over delicious food and celebrate Pride Month.”

These regular get-togethers have been the DMC’s “most attended summer event consistently,” he added. “It’s amazing to see so many people enjoy the DMC, especially over the summer.” 

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In addition to the weekly Pride in the Park gatherings, the Pride Month Committee also organized events such as Pride Game Night held earlier in June. Continuing to put together activities during the summer has allowed the DMC to grow and maintain the supportive community it fosters throughout the academic year. June festivities will conclude with a Last Night of Pride celebration on June 30 in the Events Barn.

Although Benavides headed the Pride Month Committee this summer, he made clear that nothing was a solo effort. “This year we were blessed with an amazing committee of students who have been invaluable in this month’s programming,” he said. They include Leslie De La Rosa ’25, Kat Leon ’25, Diego E. Inzunza ’25, Dani Bernstein ’24, Melissa (Aurelie) Kaleka ’24, Diane Ntaganda ’26, and Uriah Adeniran ’26.

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