FEAST ON EQUALITY BRINGS COMMUNITY TOGETHER FOR LGBT STUDENTS

The second annual Feast on Equality raised a record $104,000 for U of L’s LGBT Center and brought nearly 500 community supporters together November 22 at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage.

The event was launched by founder Tommy Arnold and a dedicated committee of community members, whose goal is to raise funds for the programs, education, support and other services provided by the LGBT Center each day to university students.  Last year’s event helped the Center train student leaders, hire additional staff to support students in crisis, and provide scholarship support for students who studied LGBT life in Greece.

University President Jim Ramsey was honored with the first-ever LGBT Leadership Award for his dedication to creating a welcoming campus for LGBT students.  During his tenure as president, Ramsey extended benefits to the partners of LGBT employees, opened and staffed the LGBT Center, added “gender identity” to the university’s nondiscrimination policy, and spoke out about Chic-Fil-A’s support of homophobic organizations.  Arnold and Provost Shirley Willihnganz presented the award during the program.

Guest included Louisville Mayor Greg Fisher, who welcomed guests and expressed his commitment to LGBT citizens.  Emcees Brian Goode and Dawn Gee shared their pride in the university’s accomplishments and introduced a video featuring students who shared their stories of coming out and discovering the LGBT Center.

For more on Feast on Equality, visit here.

Student video here.

To make a donation to the LGBT Center, go here.