UMass hosts Pride Day when Liberty football visits

AMHERST, Mass. — The University of Massachusetts plans to host Pride Day the same day the Minutemen host Evangelical College Liberty in a football game.

The school did “special announcement” A 37-second video posted on Twitter Sunday featured a uniformed gamer standing in a rainbow-lit room associated with techno music and the LGBTQ community. It ends with getting 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, Virginia, that places restrictions on the behavior of its students, including monitoring behavior in male and female-only residence halls. .

These include sanctions for tobacco, alcohol and drug use, dress code violations and non-compliance with entertainment guidelines and the Sexuality and Relationship 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 about 130,000, the vast majority of whom are online.

The UMass game isn’t the first time the Flames’ track and field team has arrived elsewhere to find its host celebrating diversity. They played field hockey at Northwestern on Sept. 9, and the Wildcats had set that day as their pride game.