As a way to celebrate over 50 years of LGBT organizations on campus and the Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities’ (SJE) 30th anniversary, Rutgers University-New Brunswick is wrapping a campus bus with a colorful Pride wrap. The design is inspired by the 2017 Philly Pride flag, which includes black and brown stripes to be inclusive of all communities. The slogan “Rutgers Rides with Pride” and the SJE website will be on the bus, too.

“It’s important to note that the Philly Pride flag on the bus includes a black and brown stripe,” said Lindsay Jeffers, SJE’s assistant director of programming. “First of all, this acknowledges the contributions of communities of color to the queer and trans community and, second, it speaks to the ongoing struggle for racial justice within the queer and trans community.”

The purpose of the Pride bus wrap is to elevate the presence of SJE, show the value of queer and trans identities, and attract potential students to Rutgers, said SJE Director Keywuan Caulk. “I hope that our queer and trans community will feel seen and celebrated,” he said. “This act of visibility shares Rutgers' commitment to queer and trans inclusion. There is a lot of great equity work done behind the scenes in policy advocacy, programming and community building. It’s time to share that in more high impact and public ways.”

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