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Winona State University will host the third annual “Pride Week” April 13-18.

Pride Week is a weeklong collection of events in which Full Spectrum will provide visibility and cultivate awareness about issues that face the LGBTQIA community.

Guest speaker Rocki Simoes will present at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in the New Center Conference Room. Simoes works for the Twin Cities homeless youth shelter Avenues and will talk about how the shelter helps homeless LGBTQIA youth.

Pride Week will also feature filmmaker Ray Rea at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in Harriet Johnson Auditorium, Somsen Hall. Rea will present on “LGBT Filmic Voice: An Orientation to the Outside,” followed by screenings of several of his short films.

On April 17, Full Spectrum will provide information on the Day of Silence, a student-led national event that brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools.

Pride Week will conclude with the Night of Noise Masquerade from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 18, at Bubs Brewing Company. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.

For a complete calendar of events, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1091524660873412/. Pride Week events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

For more information, email FullSpectrum@winona.edu or Leah Bentfield at LBentfield10@winona.edu.

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