Events & Programs

The Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity offers programming throughout the year that center our commitment to education, support, advocacy, community building, and community celebrations. Check this page often for updates about all of our programs and events.

April (GAYpril) 2021

April 1, 2021: GAYpril Kick-Off: 11am - 1pm

The Center is proud to welcome everyone to GAYpril 2021 with our big kickoff event out on the Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center patio from 11-1! Come out and see some of your favorite QTs as we celebrate the beginning of our Spring 2021 pride celebration with free shirts and registration for all of our great events. Anyone who’s anyone this year is wearing our new Inclusive Jayhawk shirt, and maybe you missed your chance in October and have been feeling left out-- never fear, we’ve brought them back! While you’re with us, take a selfie for this year’s Be You @ KU photo and don’t forget to wear your new shirt to all of our great events as we celebrate all month long. Shirts are free for all KU students-- don’t forget your student ID!

April 6, 2021: Queer Coffee Hour: 11am - 12pm

Come to The Center, grab a steaming cup of joe, and spill the tea--actually, please don’t spill any liquids. We’ll provide the coffee and tea, you provide the community at our Queer Coffee Hour which is a great chance to come make some community in these physically distant times. The Center only has so much room so make sure to come early to get your seat, but if we’re full, don’t worry because we have plenty of snacks for everyone and you can take it to go! Queer Coffee Hour events take place in The Center (Kansas Union 435) from 11-12.

April 10, 2021: Paris is Burning: 8:30pm

The library is open! If you’re a fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race or Pose, you’re probably already familiar with the library, reading, voguing, drag houses, the ball scene, and serving face, face, face and here’s your chance to see this cultural powerhouse of a film that captures where this moment began. Paris is Burning focuses on the New York ball scene and the queer and trans* people who created it, live it, and whose very existence carved out the spaces that QT folks enjoy today. Take an evening off to come see these legendary queens WORK on the big screen! This film will be shown in the Lied Center parking lot, movie starts at 8:30 PM. Register for tickets here.

April 14, 2021: The Big Gay Brunch: 10am - 1pm

You know what we can always use more of (especially in the middle of a global pandemic)? Brunch. What makes brunch better? Relaxing with friends and doing something to take your mind off your worries. To do just that, we’re bringing paint and canvases so you can help us fill The Center with your artistic creations, you just have to bring the creativity. The Center invites you to come and enjoy brunch with us on Jayhawk Walk-- we’ll bring plenty of food and mocktails to share, including gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan offerings so come hungry! Then, come see The Center as your art comes to life on the walls, filling our new space with color and excitement. This event goes from 10-1 on Jayhawk Walk, on the 4th floor of the Kansas Union.

April 20, 2021: Queer Coffee Hour: 11am - 12pm

Come to The Center, grab a steaming cup of joe, and spill the tea--actually, please don’t spill any liquids. We’ll provide the coffee and tea, you provide the community at our Queer Coffee Hour which is a great chance to come make some community in these physically distant times. The Center only has so much room so make sure to come early to get your seat, but if we’re full, don’t worry because we have plenty of snacks for everyone and you can take it to go! Queer Coffee Hour events take place in The Center (Kansas Union 435) from 11-12.

April 22, 2021: Lavender Graduation: 5:00pm

What would The Center be without the phenomenal work of queer and trans* students throughout their time at KU? Come celebrate the success of our undergraduate and graduate students this year before they graduate from KU at our 12th annual Lavender Graduation. While we celebrate the success of the 2021 graduating class, we also get to toast the ongoing leadership, scholarship, and bravery of our Jayhawks through our scholarships and awards. Graduating this year and want to be recognized? Know someone deserving of recognition for their service, work, and overall brilliance? There’s still time! Registration closes on April 7 to be honored at this event as either a graduate or as a nominee for our awards.Click here to register to be recognized or click here to nominate a fellow Jayhawk for an award. Our celebration begins at 5 PM via Zoom (follow this link to register to attend).

April 24, 2021: Brown Bag Drive-in Drag: 8:00pm

Leave the brown bag at home! This year, Brown Bag Drag is back bigger and better than ever before (and with a brand-new name) as we celebrate the queer art of drag with an evening of entertainment at the must-attend event of the semester. We’re proud to host queens, kings, and everyone in between from across Kansas as they wiggle, lip sync, and death drop their way into your hearts, there may even be some familiar faces up on stage! Drive on in, park the car, and support QT artists under the stars. Will there be a wig reveal? I certainly hope so! Curious to see who’ll be there? Our drag royalty is a little shy, but swing by The Center and maybe you’ll get some tea as to who’ll be gracing our stage this year! Tickets are free for students, $10/car general admission. Tips for performers will all be handled digitally so bring your phones so you can tip our great performers. This event will take place in the Lied Center parking lot. Doors open at 8, show begins at 8:30. Event space is limited--reserve your tickets here before we run out!

May 2021

May 4, 2021: Queer Coffee Hour: 11am - 12pm

Come to The Center, grab a steaming cup of joe, and spill the tea--actually, please don’t spill any liquids. We’ll provide the coffee and tea, you provide the community at our Queer Coffee Hour which is a great chance to come make some community in these physically distant times. The Center only has so much room so make sure to come early to get your seat, but if we’re full, don’t worry because we have plenty of snacks for everyone and you can take it to go! Queer Coffee Hour events take place in The Center (Kansas Union 435) from 11-12.