UMass will hold Pride Day when Liberty football visits

AMHERST, Massachusetts (AP) – The University of Massachusetts is planning to hold a Pride Day on the same day the Minutemen host evangelical Liberty at a football game.

The school did the “special announcement” Sunday on Twitter in a 37-second video with techno music and a uniformed gamer in a room lit by rainbow colors associated with the LGBTQ community. It ends by showing you how to get tickets for the October 8 game.

Liberty, which began as a Baptist college under founder Jerry Falwell in 1971, has evolved into a conservative evangelical university in Lynchburg, Va., that imposes restrictions on the behavior of its students, including monitoring behavior in its male and female residences. .

They include sanctions for tobacco, alcohol and drug use, dress code violations, and failure to comply with your Entertainment Guidelines and Sexuality and Relationships Declaration. The latter prohibits, among other things, romantic displays of affection with a member of the same sex, such as holding hands, kissing and dating.

The school has around 130,000, the vast majority of whom are online.

The UMass game won’t be the first time a Flames athletic team has arrived elsewhere to find their host celebrating diversity. They played Northwestern in field hockey on September 9, and the Wildcats defined that day as their pride game.

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