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“Fear, Freedom: Dark Past, Brighter Future” a conversation with Richard Sachs, CC’49 on March 4th

February 28, 2014

Richard Sachs, Columbia College ’49, will read from his memoir of a closeted life in a tumultuous world of the 1940s and the decades following. He will read about his sheltered, panicky life during the Great Depression; how as a child and an adult, always anxious and terrified of discovery, he personalized the world tragedies of violence, war and poverty; his years of clandestine, lonely, anonymous sex; the fictitious safety of marriage, children and a family business; and finally, slowly emerging from the closet at 58, he will read about his second, happy marriage to the man he loves. Richard will be interviewed by prominent author-journalist Eric Marcus. Dean Jeffrey Peck of the CUNY Weissman School of Arts and Sciences will moderate the Q&A program.

Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Time: 6 to 8 pm (reception with light refreshments to follow)
Location: The Engelman Recital Hall, 55 Lexington Ave, New York, NY. (Please use the entrance on E. 25th St. between Lexington & 3rd Aves.)
RSVP: Please email

Admission: Suggested Donation of $25( All donations to Columbia Pride go directly toward the costs of our programming.)
Richard Sachs

A graduate of Columbia College Class of 1949, Richard Sachs is deeply engaged in the life of New York City and State through his commitments in education, community and business. From 1956 until 2004, Richard held various roles at the New School, including Trustee (and Life Trustee). For over 30 years, Richard taught courses on social change, participatory democracy, politics, and community involvement. In 1964, he was appointed chair of the NY State Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights which published landmark reports on discrimination in the NY building trades, hospitals, and public education. He has been a member of many civic, political, educational, civil rights, and business organizations, including Manhattan Community Board Five and the Boards of Brooklyn Museum, New York Urban League, and Americans for Democratic Action. He is currently the President & CEO of Richard Sachs Interiors, Inc., and Business Community Relations, a community relations, public policy and external affairs advisory and consulting firm. He has served as the president of the Eleanor Roosevelt Society of the National Workrights Institute, an organization dedicated to bringing human rights to the American workplace. In additional to his memoir, Richard will complete a book on the lives of 20th-century civil libertarians.

Eric Marcus

Eric Marcus is the author of several books, including the award-winning Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian& Gay Equal Rights; Why Suicide?; and Is It A Choice? He is also co-author of Breaking the Surface, the #1 New York Times best-selling autobiography of Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis. He is currently working with professional soccer player Robbie Rogers on his autobiography,Coming Out to Play, which will be published by Penguin Books in November 2014. In addition, Eric has written articles and columns for the NY Times, NY Daily News, NY Post, Newsweek, and the NJ Star-Ledger. Eric is a former associate producer for both “Good Morning America” and CBS Morning News. He is a graduate of Vassar College and earned his master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


June 26, 2013
Pride March

Columbia Pride @ 2012 NYC Pride March


Join Columbia Pride (the official organization for Columbia University LGBTQ alumni) — including current LGBTQ and Allied students and alumni from all years — as we show our pride in the 2013 New York Pride March! As home to the first LGBTQ student group in the world, Columbia has always played a large role in LGBTQ affairs in the City.

The March is this Sunday, June 30th. We must be at our staging location on E 38th St. between Madison and Park Avenues by 12:30 pm. We will be preceded by Sanctuaries for Families’ LGBT Initiative and followed by LGBTQI Students in Science and Medicine. The March ends at Christopher and Greenwich St.

Please bring comfortable shoes, refreshments, sunglasses and sunscreen, and a photo ID.

After the march, join Columbia Pride at XES Lounge (157 W 24th St, between 6th & 7th Ave).

RSVP, while not required, would be much appreciated. Please sign up either here or on our Facebook page.

If you have any questions, please contact During the day of, please contact our VP of Outreach, Barry Weinberg at (317) 697-5431.

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Columbia Pride @ 2009 NYC Pride March

Membership Survey: 2013

March 27, 2013

Columbia alumni, please give us your feedback and help us make Columbia Pride even better. Take a moment to complete our survey:

Columbia Pride @ Rubin Museum’s K2 Lounge: Raffle Prizes & Drink Specials, April 26, 2013

March 27, 2013

Join Columbia alumni on Friday, April 26, 2013, at the Rubin Museum of Art’s K2 Lounge for food, drinks, and viewings of their current exhibit, Modernist Art from India.  Happy hour will be from 6:00pm-7:00pm (two for one drinks!) with cocktails and a DJ spinning global sounds to follow.

WHATColumbia Pride Alumni Connect
WHERE: Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street between 6th and 7th Aves.
WHEN: Friday, April 26, 2013; 6-9:30 pm (drink specials until 7 pm)

About the DJ: $mall ¢hange (aka James Dier) is a musical addict who’s been collecting and DJ-ing for over 15 years. He has played in every conceivable downtown venue you can think of such as APT, Nublu, Hiro, Supreme Trading, Cielo, and Pianos.

About the Exhibit: Radical Terrain is the final exhibition of a three-part series Modernist Art from India, that examines art from post-independence India. Radical Terrain highlights the diverse explorations of landscape in Indian art after independence, showing how landscape was a means for artists to come to terms with the vastness of India as a new nation. Also featured will be new work by international contemporary artists currently working in landscape, to be introduced during the exhibition.


Winter Happy Hour @ XES on February 6, 2013

January 26, 2013

Add some warmth to your winter with the company of fellow Columbians… a cocktail or two. We hope to see you there!

WHAT: Columbia Pride Happy Hour
WHERE: XES Lounge, 157 West 24th St
WHEN: 6-9:30 pm (drink specials until 7 pm)

Columbia Pride Hosting Intercollegiate Happy Hour in London

October 26, 2012

Please join Columbia Pride and LGBT alumni of the Ivy League, Stanford, Oxford, Cambridge, and other universities for cocktails and conversations. Happy hour drink specials all night. Partners, friends & colleagues welcomed.

November 13, 2012
6-8 pm
Loft Bar (upstairs at The Yard)
57 Rupert Street
London, W1D 7PL
(Picadilly Circus or Leicester Square tube stops)
RSVP: (requested, but not required)

Come home for drinks! Come to our table, too!

October 12, 2012

And cheer on our Columbia Lions as they once again take on the Dartmouth Big Green!

Homecoming 2012 Mixer
Hosted by Columbia Pride & DGALA

Join us for happy hour the night before Columbia’s homecoming game against Dartmouth!

WHEN: Friday, October 19, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Boxers Sports Bar, 37 West 20th St., NY, NY
RSVP: (Requested but not required)

And be sure to stop by our table in the Big Tent at Baker Field and say hi on Homecoming day, Saturday, October 20!

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