Blue Jeans Day

In the 1980s and early 1990s, as part of Gay Awareness Week on campus, the Carolina Gay and Lesbian Association announced "Blue Jeans Day." On that day all gay and lesbian students and their allies were encouraged to wear jeans. In response, according to a 1983 Daily Tar Heel editorial, large numbers of straight students consciously wore khakis or corduroys on that day. The event was an attempt to encourage all students to consider how simple daily choices could subject them to discrimination and stereotyping.