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Denim Day 40th Anniversary Commemoration

Hokies at the university's LGBTQ Cultural Center

April 2-7
Blacksburg, Virginia

Forty years ago, during the week of Jan. 15-19, the Virginia Tech Gay Student Alliance held the first Gay Awareness Week, a multi-event effort to promote awareness of gay and lesbian people throughout campus. The high point was Denim Day, which called on all students, faculty, and staff to show their support of gay rights by wearing denim on that day.  

Join fellow alumni and students during Pride Week as we commemorate our history, celebrate our progress, and plan what’s next. 

Denim Day Partners

This commemoration is a partnership between: Virginia Tech Alumni Relations, the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, the Ex Lapide Alumni Society, HokiePride, the LGBTQ+ Resource Center, Special Collections, the Department of History, the Division of Advancement, Student Affairs, the School of Performing Arts, the Town of Blacksburg, and the University Libraries.