Posts Tagged ‘Events’

The University of Lousiville’s PRIDE Week and more!

September 23, 2009

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


10 awesome reasons for why you should go to the KY Social Forum!

July 28, 2009

By now you’ve probably heard about the Kentucky Social Forum going down this weekend. But are you wondering why you should go? Well, here are ten great reasons:

1. Anyone who calls themselves an activist will be there. This is the first time the Bluegrass has ever had a social forum of this magnitude, modeling after the successful national social forum from last year. All kinds of people fighting for human rights and social justice will be attending, from retired union workers to high school and college students. If you’ve got cred or want to get some, you’ve got to be there!

2. GLBTQ workshops and more. There are TONS of workshops, ranging from economic and environmental issues to racism, sexism and others -isms, political engagement and of course, ones relating to heterosexism, homophobia and queer rights. If you’re like me, you may be equally excited about the other workshops, as it’s a great chance to learn about what your allies are fighting for.

3. Networking. You may not get a chance to hobknob with so many professionals, activists, lobbyists and general cool folk until the next social forum, so bring your business card (or just your energy), and make yourself or your issue known! Come out and speak out!

4. Events, events, events!
Let’s see: concerts, poetry slams, arts and crafts seminars galore, film fest, interfaith services. All FREE and open to those who register!

5. Berea, Berea. KYSF is taking place on the beautiful Berea College campus, situated in the namesake town known for its artsy scene and progressive, yet laid-back personality. If you’re traveling some ways away, another treat is the scenic route to this quirky little town.

6. It’s cheap. And now the numbers. Only $15-$50 to register, all on a sliding scale to fit your budget! And housing? Berea College is offering rooms for only $15 a night (please click here to download the housing registration form). If you can’t afford this, there are still scholarships available, but you need to apply for them NOW.  Click here to download the scholarship application, fill it out and send it to

7. It’s on a weekend.
Seriously, what else are you doing Saturday morning? This is one of the biggest events of the year and it’s going to be BIG, so unless your best friend is getting married, you’ll need to come up with a better excuse if you decide to be a no-show.

8. You can win $100.
What? Well, if you’re following the Kentucky Social Forum on Twitter, then you’d know that they’re giving away a prize for the person who comes up with the most creative Tweet about KYSF. (And yes, even if you don’t win you should still go!)

9. Call to action. The national social forum is taking place next year, so it’s important to show all the other states what’s happening in Kentucky! All of the workshops are aimed to rev up your activist juices and highlight issues around the Commonwealth, helping to create a progressive coalition. If we work together to solve our own issues, it will certainly build momentum for nationwide issues, including gay, bisexual, lesbian and trans ones.

10. It’s for everyone. Anyone can attend. Carpools are also available if you don’t have a ride. If you’re a parent or guardian, there will be daycare services available, so bring your kids!

As I mentioned before, REGISTRATION IS HAPPENING NOW, and if you need housing, APPLICATIONS and  SCHOLARSHIPS ARE STILL AVAILABLE for housing. But you need to apply RIGHT NOW, time is running out! And if you’ve already registered and paid, you can also help out KYSF even more by making a donation — any amount is awesome!

I forgot the most important reason for why you should go — it’s going to be FUN! If you’re even thinking about going, please find out more from their Web site or email them. A new Kentucky is on her way, are you ready?

July 31-August 2

Berea College
Berea, KY

From Louisville:
Take I-64 E toward Lexington. Merge onto I-75 S toward Richmond/Knoxville. Take Exit 77 toward Berea and then make a left onto Walnut Meadow Pike. Continue until you reach Estill St/US-25. Make a right and follow until you reach Chestnut St.

From Cincinnati/Northern KY:
Take I-71 S toward Cincinnati. Merge onto I-75 S toward Lexington. Take Exit 77 toward Berea and then make a left onto Walnut Meadow Pike. Continue until you reach Estill St/US-25. Make a right and follow until you reach Chestnut St on the left.

Fees ($15-$50) vary depending on registration. Please visit the Web site for more details.

PRIDE 2009: Your complete round-up of this weekend’s events

June 17, 2009

Hi everyone! Unfortunately I will be out of town for this year’s Kentuckiana Pride Festival, so I’ve compiled a roundup of this year’s major events. Please note that you can visit the KPF’s Web site for more details. Happy pride month!


Friends of Pride Reception
When: 8 PM
Where: Belvedere (Between 4th and 6th St)
Why you should go: Come celebrate pride low-key style on Louisville’s beautiful Waterfront Park Plaza.


Kentuckiana Pride Festival Parade
When: 8 PM-10 PM
Where: Beginning at Tryangles (209 S Preston St); ending at the Belvedere
Why you should go: This parade will be like no other, as it celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and Fairness Campaign‘s 10th birthday!


Kentuckiana Pride Festival
When: All-day
Where: Belvedere
How much: $5
Why you should go: This is one of the BIGGEST events for GLBTQ people in the Louisville area. Need I say more?

Fairness Over Pride Party
When: 8 PM-12 AM
Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel
320 West Jefferson St
How much: $20 (all proceeds benefit the Fairness Campaign)
Why you should go: Let’s see … h’ordeuvres, cocktails and who’s who of Louisville, all in the iconic Hyatt hotel spiral? Not a bad deal.