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As a physical symbol of UT’s commitment to diversity, Pride Center provides support, resources, and a community space for UT’s LGBTQIA and ally students, faculty, and staff, as well as anyone who seeks to learn about topics related to sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression. Pride Center achieves this by sponsoring programs and events that raise awareness, increase visibility, and provide education regarding LGBTQIA issues.

Spring 2018 Upcoming Programs

Trans Discussion Group

Mondays, 7:30-8:30pm at the Pride Center

A peer-facilitated discussion group for students who identify as transgender or non-binary or are questioning. If you are an ally to trans individuals, please watch for educational events to attend; this is a closed group.

QTPOC Discussion Group

Wednesdays 7-8pm in the Pride Center

A peer-facilitated discussion group for students who identify as queer, questioning, trans, and who are a person of color. If you are an ally to QTPOC individuals, please watch for educational events to attend; this is a closed group.

Celebrate Black History Month with Bessie

In honor of Black History Month, join us this Friday for a screening of Bessie, the HBO Film directed by Dee Rees (Pariah) and starring Queen Latifah and Mo’Nique. We will have free pizza along with a brief discussion after the screening at the Pride Center.

Queen Latifah stars in this biopic of pioneering singer Bessie Smith (a Chattanooga native), depicting her tempestuous relationships and incomparable artistry in the down-and-dirty world of Southern blues. The film refuses to shy away from her bisexuality and reminds us that black women created everything amazing in America.

See the trailer here:


Pride Center’s Eighth Birthday Party

February 22, 2018 from 5-7pm in the I House Great Room!

The Pride Center is celebrating its EIGHTH birthday this February, and it’s about to be a BLOW OUT! Join us on February 22 from 5pm – 7pm in the I-House Great Room as we celebrate eight years of community, advocacy, and education! All are welcome to attend–we’ll have cake, party games, and lots of fun! Don’t forget your VolCard to swipe in! It is not required but highly encouraged.

Want to give the Pride Center a birthday gift? Check out this link and choose the “Pride Center Fund”

Overcoming Homophobia in American Sports

March 5, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in Carousel Theatre 

Former NFL player Wade Davis will be speaking about homophobia in athletics. Davis is one of few openly gay former professional athletes, and an amazing speaker! Come out, and learn how we can create a better campus community both on and off the field!

LGBTQ Health Symposium: Call for Proposals!

April 6, 2018

Are you interested in/working with gender and sexuality-related health topics? Consider submitting to your work to the upcoming LGBTQ Health Equity in Appalachia research symposium! Proposal topics may include, but are not limited to areas of research as they intersect with LGBTQ health and health equity, such as public health, wellness, and healthcare; intersectionality theory, research, or practice; community organizing and activism; history, art, music, or literature; science and technology; performance, media, or popular culture; and others! Submit abstracts of 500 words or less to by the end of February, and save the date for the symposium on Friday, April 6!

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