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Spartans Gather for 2018 NYC Pride Celebration

  • Author:

    Alex Gillespie

  • Published:

    July, 6, 2018

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LGBT Pride month is celebrated during the month of June in remembrance of the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.


Spartans Gather for
2018 NYC Pride Celebration
The Phluid Project 

On June 13, 2018, the Greater NYC Spartans Alumni Club and the MSU GLBTQ Alumni Association held their annual reception celebrating Spartan pride and LGBTQ identities at The Phluid Project. The Phluid Project is the brainchild of Rob Smith, a Broad College of Business graduate, and veteran of the fashion industry. 

The celebration marked the 5th annual gathering held in support of New York based LGBTQ Spartan alumni. Since its inception in 2013, the Spartan Pride Reception has grown to include current students and allies who reside in the New York area.

In 2019, WorldPride will take place in New York City, and both the Greater NY Spartans and
MSU GLBTQ Alumni Association are working to ensure that next year is their largest reception yet.

Contact either group to find out how you can get involved: 

Greater NY Spartans

MSU GLBTQ Alumni Association


Phluid Project Tote Bag

What is The Phluid Project

The Phluid Project is a lifestyle and clothing brand that purveys gender-neutral clothing and seeks to accept and celebrate all identities. They are the first gender-free clothing store in New York City.

The brand, founded in 2017, by MSU Broad College of Business graduate Rob Smith, officially opened its doors on March 1, 2018.

The storefront is used to host a diverse array of events and gatherings that seek to foster tolerance and open-mindedness. 

In a recent interview, Rob Smith shared the deeper meaning behind The Phluid Project's name and its overall mission. 


So in a way, I’m creating a space for young people to be their authentic selves and to be unashamed if they want to try on makeup, if they want to try on clothes. It’s a space you can try things on and not feel ashamed in any way.

Photo taken by: Lisa Parker

A glance at a few of
The Phluid Project's graphic t-shirt designs





A glance at some of The Phluid Project's t-shirt designsPhoto taken by: Lisa Parker



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