Registered Student Organization for LGBT Students of Color

Dedicated to empowering LGBT students of color, Shades includes both support for those who want to connect with helpful others, and public advocacy for out members who want to work on all forms of racism and homophobia on campus.

When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere," he was explaining the way different expressions of prejudice tend to intersect. Students who live at the intersection of race and sexuality often find themselves battling more than one "ism" and the struggle can be difficult, to say the least.

We are a group that recognizes and supports diversity and intersectionality, especially those of gender, sexuality, and race. We welcome all students of color who identify as LGBT and their allies to join our group.

Meetings are a mix of informal gatherings and (for those who choose to participate) larger campus events that bring attention to the experience of LGBT people of color.

Connect with Shades!


Facebook: @shadeslouisville

Instagram: @shades_uofl


LGBT Center - Belknap

Cultural & Equity Center

120 E. Brandeis Ave.

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky 40292

Phone:(502) 852-0696

Office Hours

Diversity & Equity Centers on Belknap Campus are open 
M-Th 10am-3pm

Belknap and HSC LGBT Center staff available virtually 
M-F 9am-5pm

Social Media

LGBT Center - HSC

500 S. Preston St.

A Building, Room 209C/D

Louisville, Kentucky 40292

Phone:(502) 852-5861