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.
Fall 2017 Upcoming Programs
Meet Your Senator Week: Meet and Greet at the Pride Center
November 1, 2PM-4PM at the Pride Center
The Pride Center and SGA are holding a meet and greet for senators and their constituents on Wednesday, November 1. Drop in and share your thoughts on how your SGA senators can represent you and the LGBTQIA+ community on UTK’s campus. We’ll have cookies!
Inaugural LGBTQA+ Alumni Council Scholarship Award Reception
November 3, 4:30PM at the Pride Center
Join the Pride Center and the LGBTQA+ Alumni Council on Friday, November 3 as we honor the very first recipient of our LGBTQA+ Alumni Council Scholarship, Eva Herinková. This is the first LGBTQ+ scholarship ever given at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The executive council members will be presenting an award and saying a few short words before we all indulge in cake!
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson: Documentary Screening
November 11, 2PM-5PM, in the Lindsey Young Auditorium in Hodges Library (first floor)
In partnership with the Trans Empowerment Project of Knoxville and the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, the Pride Center is hosting a screening of the new documentary The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson. This documentary uses never-before-seen footage and rediscovered interviews in a search for the truth behind the mysterious 1992 death of black transgender activist and Stonewall veteran Marsha P. Johnson. We recognize there has been some recent discussion of the origins of the film, and the possibility that this work was taken from a film produced by Reina Gossett. David France, the director of The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, has responded to this situation here http://bit.ly/2gvJBT7. While we will be showing this film to shine a light on the tragic loss of a pioneer within the trans community, we do recognize that David France, as a white cisgender man, had the luxury of privilege while accessing resources making this film. However, David was also a friend of Marsha’s, and her story has been close to his heart for decades. Regardless, the empowerment of the trans community is our utmost goal. We want to use this opportunity to promote Reina and the hard work she pours into the trans community with little to no financial assistance. While this screening is completely free and no donation is required for entry, if you would like to make a cash donation at the door, all money collected will be sent directly to Reina.
Unseen: Intersecting Faith and Sexuality in the Bible Belt
November 14, 6:30PM-8:30PM, at UPerk UTK (1831 Melrose Ave)
Join us for an evening with author Meredith Jade as she discuss her book “Unseen; Intersecting Faith and Sexuality in the Bible”. Parking is available on the front lawn of UKirk/UPerk. This event is co-hosted by UKirk, the Pride Center, the Wesley Foundation, and Tyson House.
Friendsgiving Potluck Dinner
November 16, 5PM-7PM, Mary Greer Room of Hodges Library (second floor)
Join us on Thursday, November 16, from 5-7pm in the Mary Greer Room in Hodges for our annual FriendsGiving potluck dinner! Over Thanksgiving break, some students may be returning to home environments where they cannot be “out” or safely express their most authentic selves. For many, the Pride Center is like a second home, and the friends they make here are a part of their chosen families. FriendsGiving allows students across campus to come together in gratitude as a chosen family that celebrates authenticity and bravery in our community and each other! The Pride Center will be covering the main course, but we encourage our students to bring some sort of side or dessert to the potluck, no matter how small!
World AIDS Day – Free HIV Testing
December 1, 10AM-2PM, Mary Greer Room of Hodges Library (second floor)
We will be co-sponsoring free HIV testing on World AIDS Day. More information to come.