The University of Lousiville’s PRIDE Week and more!

September 23, 2009 by

I definitely take the blame for not blogging about this earlier, but the University of Louisville’s Pride Week is this week, with LOTS of great events.

It’s not too late to get involved. A complete schedule is listed, but the keynote event will be an address by transgenders activist Calpernia Adams and Andrea James on Thursday, 7-9 PM in the Humanities building, room 100, with an after party immediately following at Starbase Q.

Check out the Facebook events and the full schedule below!

Monday, September 21
11:30 AM-2 PM
Pride Kickoff Cookout with music, LGBT vendors, free Pride shirts, and more!
West Lawn, Red Barn

Tuesday, September 22
12 PM
Brown Bag Lunch: Why Gender Neutral Restrooms Matter
Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice
Ekstrom Library

7-9 PM
Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales
Starring E. Patrick Johnson
Strickler 101

Wednesday, September 23
11:30 AM
International Tea/Lunch
LGBT Issues Abroad
Cultural Center

3 PM
Women’s and Gender Studies Fall Lecture Series
Dr. Yaba A. Blay
“Rude gon Batty: The Paradox in Dancehall Masculinity”
Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library

7-9 PM
CommonGround Parents Night with PFLAG
Cultural Center, Multipurpose Room

Thursday, September 24
5-7 PM
LGBT Alumni Reception
University Club
Hosted by Kentucky Fairness Alliance and Mark England

7 -9 PM
Pride Keynote Address by Calpernia Addams and Andrea James
Humanities 100

9 PM
After Party for Calpernia and Andrea
Hosted by Sienna
Starbase Q (21 and over)

Friday, September 25
12-1 PM
Pride Interfaith Service
Interfaith Center

2 PM
Women’s and Gender Studies Maddox Prize Lecture
“Contemplatively (Re)Visioning the Transsexual Self: Gender as Transformative Exercise in Calpernia Addams”
Brice Nordquist
Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library

9-11:30 PM
Pride Wrap Up Dance Party
Red Barn

Sunday, September 27
11 PM
Pride Service
Community Empowerment Center
1036 Euclid Avenue

Tuesday, September 29
12 PM
Keys to the Door: ENDA, Transgender Identity, and Community
Room 275, Brandeis School of Law
Hosted by the Law School Diversity Committee and the Lambda Law Caucus


TONIGHT: Concert for Fairness at the Metropolitan Community Church

September 19, 2009 by

If you’ve got no plans tonight, the Metropolitan Community Church is throwing a concert. In celebration of the Fairness Ordinance’s 10th anniversary, MCC is hosting an awesome night of music for the Fairness Campaign.

Whether you’re into contemporary to smooth jazz, the concert will be a lot of fun and is open to all. The event is free, so come out for a night of celebration and show support for our faith-based allies!

Tonight, 8-11 PM

Metropolitan Community Church
1432 Highland Ave

GOING OUT: Tonight – A Walk to Remember at HOTEL

September 10, 2009 by

HOTEL Nightclub will be hosting a special Hard Candy event tonight for the Louisville AIDS Walk, which takes place on Sunday. While the events are normally free, all attendees are expected to donate a minimum of $5, to help benefit the AIDS Walk. If you have been reading the blog, the Walk has suffered from a huge drop in sponsorships, so they need all the help they can get.

AIDS Walk representatives will be there if you want to sign up (it’s not too late  to donate or register either, please visit the Web site to do so). DJ Syimone will also be spinning and $4 Absolut Vodka specials are on the cocktail list, so come on out and support a good cause!

Tonight, September 10
11 PM – 4 AM

HOTEL Nightclub
410 South 4th St

$5 (suggested donation)

UPCOMING: Fairness Campaign endorses National Equality March, October 10-11, 2009

September 9, 2009 by

Fairness Campaign has endorsed the National Equality March, set to take place on October 11th, 2009 in Washington, D.C. The march, sparked by the long-time activist and Harvey Milk confidant Cleve Jones, is set to be one of the biggest events this year targeting gay and lesbian rights.

The march will be one of a kind, with various groups and progressive organizations from legislative districts around the country joining together to demand equal protection in every area of civil law. The event will deal with a wide range of issues, from the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, adoption rights, Hate Crimes legislation and more. The march is being put together by Equality Across America, a new community organizing group focused on GLBTQ rights. The goal: declaring equal rights for all.

You can be a part of this once in a lifetime event! Fairness is offering travel and hotel packages, all aimed at making it affordable for you to go. Details are listed below. Folks of all ages and all backgrounds are will be there, as the event will truly be a monumental and inspiring one.

Bus + Four People per Room = $121
Bus + Three People per Room = $128
Bus + Two People per Room = $140
Bus + One Person per Room = $225
Bus Fare ONLY (NO hotel accommodations) = $75

Washington Plaza Hotel
Ten Thomas Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20005

*Bus reservations established upon receipt of $75 by check, cash or credit card. Hotel fees and charges paid upon checkout at hotel. Charges can be split among attendees.

The deadline to reserve your seat is September 18 at 5 PM. Please email Kyle Riggs or call (502) 893-0788.

Also, if you do need help paying for the trip, Fairness is offering grants up to $50 to help you out. But you better hurry, grants are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Supporters can also donate $150, $250 and $500 to become official sponsors of the event.

For more info, please visit Fairness’s Facebook event or the Equality Across America Web site.

GOING OUT: Tonight – Mokha Madness at Starbase Q

September 3, 2009 by

Get your weekend off to a head start and head downtown! The mesmerizing  Mokha Montrese, one of Louisville’s dazzling drag performers, is putting on a show tonight at Starbase Q, along with a line up of performers from around the area. All proceeds go to benefit Ms. Mokha in the upcoming Miss Continental 2010, a regional contest for the state’s best drag stars.

Don’t know what to expect? Check this diva out!

Tonight, 11:30 PM – 4 AM

Starbase Q
921 W Main St (Free parking on Main and 10th St)

$3 (21+ only)

COMING UP: Be Creative. Be Safe. Postcards – An event for World AIDS Day

August 24, 2009 by

In celebration of World AIDS Day, STARViN-ARTiST Gallery is doing something really special, if not remarkable.

The gallery, which recently moved to the heart of the Original Highlands on Baxter Avenue, will be having an HIV/AIDS fundraiser called, “Be Creative. Be Safe. Postcards,” a series in which artists will be selling original pieces, all to benefit clients who provide services for those living with HIV/AIDS.

Here’s the fun part. The series will feature all kinds of artists, from those entering their very first show to icons within the local art scene. All works will be sold for $35, but you won’t find out who did the piece until after you purchase it.

The event is actually in two parts. First comes the preview show, on November 27; a sneak peak of the works, which is open to the public. The benefit sale takes place the following Tuesday on December 1. All pieces are first-come, first-serve and you can also enter a raffle to win an original work! Even if you don’t buy anything, you are encouraged to attend. Admission to the preview show is $35, but the benefit sale will only set you back $5. And all of this is meant to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, so why not get involved in helping stop this epidemic?

ARTISTS: If you want to be a part of the series and contribute a piece, please contact the studio at the address below to obtain a submission form or send an email:

Be Creative. Be Safe. Postcards
c/o Starvin-Artist Gallery
608 Baxter Avenue
Louisville, Kentucky 40204

Deadline for submissions is November 1. Also, if you submit a piece, you get in free!

Preview Show
Friday, November 27
8-10 PM

Benefit Sale
Tuesday, December 1
6-10 PM

608 Baxter Avenue

Preview Show: $35
Benefit Sale: $5

GOING OUT – SATURDAY: Fleur de Lez’s Sweet Heat Party

August 21, 2009 by

Sweet heat! It’s a party!

The ladies of Fleur de Lez are throwing a ball and you’re invited! If you’re into dancing, spoken word poetry and just having a good time in general, the Sweet Heat party (what an awesome name) should be on your to-do list this weekend. It’s free, but there is a cash bar for cocktails, with all proceeds going to Fairness Campaign and Fleur de Lez. Stop on by!

Speaking of Fairness, it’s not too late to volunteer for the KY State Fair. They’re still looking for people to fill in some shifts — plus you get in free! Call (502) 893-0788 or email to sign up.

Tomorrow, August 22
9 PM-1 AM

Fierce Fitness Studio
1806 Frankfort Ave (next to Sweet Surrender)


The Louisville AIDS Walk NEEDS your help! Sign up and donate today!

August 20, 2009 by

In less than a month, the Louisville AIDS Walk will celebrate its 17th year — will you be part of it?

Since 1993, the Walk has united Louisvillians of all backgrounds to join against the struggle of AIDS, stand with those living with HIV and remember loved ones who have passed on. The event, which is the largest fundraiser in the state for this issue, helps clients who provide services and treatment for those living with HIV or AIDS.

Unfortunately, times have been tough for everyone, including the AIDS Walk. Due to the recession many sponsors have had to withdraw their contributions or give less. Just as worse, participation has dropped significantly. Last year, 130 AIDS Walk teams took part and $41,000 was raised through online donations. As of right now, there are only 58 teams and only $4,900 has been raised, which is just over 1/10 of last year’s amount.

But it’s not too late to get involved! Louisville AIDS Walk has traditionally seen a huge rise in donations and signups the month before the event. Even though the dip in activity is steep, a lot can be done within 24 days.

How do you get involved? It’s easy. Sign up as an individual or as part of a team. Just go to the Web site ( and create your own profile. Once this is set up, visitors can sponsor you or your team through donations (which are tax deductible). You can also download a pledge form and collect donations in person. If you want to take it to the next level, you can also become a sponsor of the event at various levels.

And just as important, PASS THIS ON. There are thousands of people who live with HIV or AIDS around the state who depend on treatment and services the AIDS Walk help funds. Despite the advances in medicine, AIDS cases continue to increase and the rates of HIV infections have grown in Kentucky, as funding for care has dropped. Your donations and commitment to the cause will not only help those in need, but stop the spread of this epidemic and the devastation it brings to them and their families’ lives.

For more information, please contact Brad Hampton at (502) 574-5947 or by email or visit the Web site.

Saturday, September 13
1 PM: Opening Ceremonies
2 PM: 5k Run
3 – 5 PM: Walk/Pet Walk

The Belvedere
500 W. Main Street

BREAKING: Woody’s owner to apologize for racist, sexist remarks

August 14, 2009 by

David Norton, the owner of Woody’s Bar in Louisville who was accused of making homophobic and racist epithets against a college professor and students last year, has agreed to a public apology. Fairness Campaign, who sent out a press release this morning, will be present and will also make a statement, along with Dr. Kaila Story and others involved in the incident.

6:30 PM

Woody’s Bar
208 E. Burnett

GOING OUT x 2: Fleur de Lez Happy Hour / The Jarics at HOTEL’s Hard Candy

August 13, 2009 by

Two awesome things are going on tonight … think you can handle it?

First, our blogging sisters Fluer de Lez, a site for queer women in Louisville, is hosting their first ever Happy Hour at Zanzabar, the site of last week’s G3 Illustrated soiree. Zanzabar was known as the happening spot in the past decade and after recent renovations and a successful opening, they may take back that title. There will be drink specials tonight (of course), but you’ll also get a chance to meet some fellow members in your community!

After that, you can head on downtown to Hotel‘s Hard Candy, a monthly night of GLBTQ entertainment, and meet The Jarics! Aden and Jordan Jaric, two of Falcon Studio‘s hottest stars, will be the honorary hosts, giving away prizes and mingling with the crowd. Hotel is also making this summer steamier with $4 Absolut cocktails the entire night! And it’s FREE!

Fleur de Lez Happy Hour

6:30 – 9 PM

2100 S Preston Street

Free, drink specials all night

The Jarics at Hotel’s Hard Candy

10 PM – 4 AM

410 S. Fourth Street