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Upcoming Events

We add new events and programs all the time! Check back frequently for updates and additional information.

The Pride Center strives to make all of our events as accessible as possible for our entire campus community. If you require accommodations to attend one of our events, have a suggestion on how to make our programming even more accessible, or have concerns about an event, please feel free to email Bonnie Johnson (she/her/hers), Pride Center Coordinator, at bonnie@utk.edu with your feedback.


Summer 2019

The Pride Center is proud to partner with Knox Pride for a Pulse Remembrance Vigil on June 12 at 8pm at the UT Gardens. We will have a short program and candlelit vigil in honor of the 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, FL on June 12, 2016. Check out the Facebook event here.

We will be marching in the Knox Pridefest parade and tabling at Pridefest! Interested in marching with us? Check back soon for our march sign up sheet!

Check out the Safe Zone website for summer session and registration information!


Fall 2019

Are you:

  • a new student, faculty, or staff member at UTK?
  • a returning student, faculty, or staff member but unfamiliar with the Pride Center?
  • always saying that you keep meaning to stop by the Center but never do?

If any of these (or more!) describe you, join us at our fall open house at the Pride Center from 4pm-6pm and check out our community space, resources, and meet our staff!

Every year the Pride Center hosts an ice cream social in honor of National Coming Out Day, celebrated annually on October 11. While being “out” is definitely a privilege and we encourage folks to make their own decisions about coming out, we still celebrate the power and importance of visibility in shifting attitudes and norms around gender and sexuality.

The entire campus community is invited to celebrate and show their support for the LGBTQ+ community. We hope to see you there!

While more details will be released soon, save the date!

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Our fall 2019 discussion group offerings and schedules will be posted in early fall 2019. Check back then!

Check out the Safe Zone website for fall session and registration information!


Spring 2020

Are you:

  • a new student, faculty, or staff member at UTK?
  • a returning student, faculty, or staff member but unfamiliar with the Pride Center?
  • always saying that you keep meaning to stop by the Center but never do?

If any of these (or more!) describe you, join us at our spring open house at the Pride Center on DATE TBD from 4-6pm and check out our community space, resources, and meet our staff!

Join us at the Pride Center for our annual Palentine’s Party! We will have snacks, card creating/decorating, and more to celebrate our sweeties and friends!

The date for the Ninth Annual Lavender Graduation will be announced in early January 2020! Stay tuned.

Lavender Graduation is an affinity graduation ceremony for LGBTQ+ students and their allies celebrating LGBTQ+ resiliency and perseverance! We will have a reception with food followed by the ceremony.

Check back in spring 2020 for more info!

Check back in spring for dates and times for the spring 2020 discussion groups.

Click here for more information on our discussion groups.

Check out the Safe Zone website for spring session and registration information!