If you haven’t been by the IU GLBT Student Support Services (GLBTSSS) office lately, you’re missing a local pride parade — in miniature.
IU Grad Student Jenni French constructed the Lego Pride Parade, and contacted GLBTSSS Office Coordinator Doug Bauder to see if they might like to display the creation. The answer, of course, was yes.
French made the display with her girlfriend, Monica Ham, in three stages. The first was the mass production of the numerous rainbow accessories, such as the pylons, which are somewhat reminiscent of the rainbow pillars lining North Halsted in Chicago. Next came the floats, and finally the people.
“I took apart all the people I already owned and separated them into piles of parts,” French says. “Then we were able to create, say, a softball-playing lipstick-wearing person if we needed one.”
The parade, replete with floats and marchers, even features little signs. One offers a “Str8 Apology” to those hurt by the church. Another advertises for local gay bar and drag venue Uncle Elizabeth‘s.
French promises that there will be more Lego LGBT Pride events throughout the year, possibly including a set of closets for National Coming Out Day (October 11).
Stop by the GLBTSSS any time this month to see the Lego Pride Parade, and check back for further displays of tiny, interlocking pieces of LGBT Pride!