Pride Week

The LGBT Center will host Pride Week 2018 September 24-28. The official calendar of events will be released in early fall. Please save the dates and join us for our signature events below:

Pride Week Kick-off Event - Belknap Campus 
Monday, September 24; 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Pride Week Kick-Off Event - HSC Campus
Tuesday, September 25; 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Pride Week Keynote - Belknap Campus
Thursday, September 27; 7:00PM

Check out the full schedule of events below from Pride Week 2017. Questions about this past years Pride Week? Please contact us as

Pride Week at U of L only happens once a year, but we offer a wide range of educational, social, and community building events for our students, faculty, and staff throughout the year. Check out our "Upcoming Events" tab on our main page to learn more about how YOU can get involved!



October 25,  Wednesday

In Living Colored
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Community Park, National Pan-Hellenic Council suite
Hosted by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. & SHADES
For updates join the event on Facebook! 

October 26, Thursday


Me, We, They, Us: LGBTQ Christians Making the Body Whole
Panel & Dialogue facilitated by Rev. Derek Terry
6:00 PM
Interfaith Center 
Free Food provided by Lutheran Episcopal Campus Ministry

October 30, Monday 

Pride Kickoff & Resource Fair Belknap
12:00 noon—2:00 PM
Red Barn, West Plaza
Free food, while supplies last!
Flag raising ceremony, led by the students of the Bayard Rustin LGBT and Social Justice themed housing community. 
Resource Fair
DJ & Dancing!
For updates join the event on Facebook!

Pride Week Library Display
Display will commemorate 10 years of the LGBT Center, which opened in 2007
Ekstrom, East Entrance, 1st floor
Monday, October 30 - Friday, November 3



Film Screening- Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America
(English language film)
Part of the 24th Reel Latin: Latin American Film Festival
Film screening includes panel discussion with community leaders and undocumented students
7:00 PM
Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library
For updates join the event on Facebook! 

Other showtimes include:
Friday, November 3, 11:00 a.m. 104W Ekstrom Library 

Film trailer and information:


October 31, Tuesday

Pride Keynote Address - Health Sciences Center
Meeting the Health Needs of LGBT Older Adults

Dr. Noell Rowan, Ph.D., LCSW, LCAS
12 noon -1:00 pm @ HSC
Kornhauser Auditorium (500 S. Preston St.)
FREE lunch with RSVP: 
Community welcome to attend!

 Presented by the Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging, this engaging session is designed for those in the mental health professions as well as primary care (medicine, nursing, dentistry).

Participants will gain: Knowledge of the unique challenges for aging LGBT people; Awareness of clinical and social needs of LGBT communities; and Strategies professionals can employ to improve health and support for LGBT people, particularly older adults in this population.

Presenter Bio: Dr. Noell Rowan is Professor and Associate Director, School of Social Work, University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is the former Director of the BSW Program, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville (2007-2013). She earned BSW and MSW degrees from University of Georgia and Ph.D. in social work from University of Louisville/University of Kentucky joint program. She has authored more than 20 publications in the research areas of gerontology, LGBT populations, alcohol and other drug addictions, and interprofessional education. She is the recipient of several research, and teaching awards with the most recent being the Mit Joyner BPD and Age-SW Gerontology Leadership Award in 2015/2016.

Additional Information:
This session is Grand Rounds for the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine and CME will be provided.
The Kent School of Social Work will provide Social Work CEU's.
This session is part of the LGBT Health Certificate Series.



Queering your Career: Career Exploration
and Preparation for 
LGBTQ+ Students

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
FREE LUNCH & Panel Discussion
Sponsored by UofL LGBT Alumni Council & UofL Career Development Center
SAC, 309K (next to PEACC)
For updates join the event on Facebook! 

The Consent Conversation
Facilitated Discussion and Activity
During this interactive workshop, we discuss the various aspects of consent, and practice skills involved in asking for and giving consent to a partner.
3:00-4:00 PM


November 1, Wednesday

HSC Pride Picnic & Resource Fair
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Health Sciences Center courtyard
Free food, while it lasts!
Resource Fair

Queer Writers Showcase
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Speed Art Museum
Students may complete this online form or contact Professor Laura Tetreault by October 23 to participate:
Please be mindful that this opportunity to perform is only open to students. Thank you. 

UofL Pride Week Film Screening featuring Team Strange Fruit: 
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
Directed by David France
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Kaila Story and Jaison Gardner
3:00 PM
Speed Cinema, Speed Museum
Admission: FREE!
For updates and more event information join the event on Facebook!

 “An urgent must-see.”—Brent McKnight, Seattle Times

When the beloved, self-described "street queen" of NY's Christopher Street was found floating in the Hudson River in 1992, the NYPD called Marsha P. Johnson’s death a suicide. Protests erupted but the police remained impassive and refused to investigate. Now, twenty-five years on, Oscar nominated director and journalist David France (How to Survive a Plague) examines Marsha’s death—and her extraordinary life—in his new film.

 Marsha arrived in the Village in the 1960s where she teamed up with Sylvia Rivera when both claimed their identities as “drag queens,” to use the vernacular of the times. Together, the radical duo fought arrests, condemned police brutality, organized street kids, battled the intolerant majority within the gay community, and helped spearhead the Stonewall Riots.

In 1970 they formed the world’s first trans-rights organization, STAR (Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries). Despite their many challenges over the years—bias, homelessness, and illness—Marsha and Sylvia ignited a powerful and lasting civil rights movement for gender nonconforming people. 2017, U.S., video, 105 minutes.



#TeamStrangeFruit Presents: House Ball Culture 101

Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM 

Join #teamstrangefruit as they explore the importance of Black house ball culture as a site of pleasure and resistance. Dr. Kaila Story and Jaison Gardner will discuss the history and contemporary manifestations of Black house ball culture and talk about the Black house ball scene in Louisville and beyond.

For updates and more event information join the event on Facebook

November 2, Thursday

HIV Testing
Free & Confidential
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Student Activities Center, Room W309

First-come, first-tested
Test is a finger prick 
Walk-ins welcome!
Sponsored by Health Promotion Wellbeing Central 
Offered every Thursday!



Pride Keynote Address, Belknap 
Dr. Jonathan P. Higgins 
Sponsored by University of Louisville Student Activities Board
7:00 PM
Strickler Hall, Middleton Auditorium
For updates join the event on Facebook! 
 Dr. Jonathan P. Higgins is a speaker, educator and thought leader.
With over ten years of experience in education, social justice and grassroots movements, Dr. Higgins is focused on public speaking and working with the media on issues centered on people of color, LGBTQ storytelling and marginalized communities. His work has been included on Blavity, The RootEfniks, Wear Your Voice and Talkspace. Dr. Higgins serves as Campus Pride’s Curriculum Educator, is a Lambda Literary writing fellow and a regular contributor to SOULE

Dr. Higgins is committed to using his voice to highlight and bring focus to the issues that affect both the Black and LGBTQ community. In September of 2016, Dr. Higgins launched a YouTube channel where he posts weekly videos about race and identity issues, and began sharing pieces of his a mini-documentary highlighting stories related to his life as a queer Black man growing up in the inner city of San Bernardino. This mini-documentary also covers his journey to receiving his doctoral degree. 

Dr. Higgins has spoken at universities including Kansas State, Colgate University, UCSD, and UCLA. He has consulted with Purdue University to restructure their Safe Zone program and has given several presentations within the California State University system about what can be done to better serve LGBTQ+ students. Dr. Higgins continues to lecture all over the country on topics related to intersectionality, race, gender and sexuality and has gained attention from websites including Attn: and Vox. In April of 2017, Dr. Higgins gave his first TEDx talk on how to unlearn fear and develop personal power, leading to an op-ed piece on

Dr. Higgins was born in Los Angeles, California and graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies and a minor in Women’s Studies. He also holds a Masters of Arts in Management from the University of Redlands, where he graduate top three in his class and was inducted into the Whitehead Leadership Society.

Dr. Higgins recently completed his Educational Doctorate of Leadership in Justice from the University of Redlands, where he wrote his dissertation on the first year experiences of queer men of color in higher education. You can connect with him on all social media by using the handle, @DoctorJonPaul


November 3, Friday

Film Screening- Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America
(English language film)
Part of the 24th Reel Latin: Latin American Film Festival
11:30 AM
Ekstrom Library, 104W

Film trailer and information:


November 7, Wednesday


Gen Silent Documentary Screening and Discussion
Sponsored by: HSC Office of Diversity and Inclusion
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Health Sciences Campus, HB215
Free Admission
RSVP (if requesting lunch):

 This documentary is about health disparities in the aging LGBT population and explores how many are feeling forced to go back into the closet as they age due to fear of how they will be perceived by different healthcare providers. This film will get students thinking about how they as a healthcare providers can be part of the solution to this problem. A short discussion will follow the film.

Film trailer and information:



LGBT Center - Belknap

Red Barn, Room 104

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky 40292

Phone:(502) 852-0696

Office Hours

M-F 9am-5pm



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LGBT Center - HSC

500 S. Preston St.

A Building, Room 209C/D

Louisville, Kentucky 40292

Phone:(502) 852-5861