Activist for trans women to deliver Pride Week keynote
Writer and social justice activist Janet Mock will be at the University of Louisville Oct. 3 as the keynote speaker for Pride Week 2013.
Mock came to national prominence in 2011 with a groundbreaking profile about her teenage transition as a trans woman in “Marie Claire” magazine. Her talk will be at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Swain Student Activities Center, Belknap Campus. Admission is free and open to the public.
To help raise awareness of the struggles and realities of trans women, Mock founded the social media project #GirlsLikeUs, writes a blog and speaks to groups across the country. Atria/Simon & Schuster is publishing her memoir, “Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More,” in 2014.
"Pride Week is an important time to celebrate the contributions of LGBT people, and we have a lot to feel proud of this year. Our five-star rating from Campus Pride means we are one of the most welcoming, inclusive universities in the country for LGBT students, and we are definitely celebrating that big accomplishment," said Brian Buford, director of the LGBT Center.
Pride Week starts Sept. 30. Other events include a cook out and vendor fair on Belknap Campus and at the Health Sciences Center, a discussion of the criminalization of HIV status, a library exhibit honoring Bayard Rustin and a dance.