Events and Activities

Fall 2020 with SGD

While the Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity is physically closed, the SGD staff is still here for you and planning exciting programs.

In response to ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, please join us in the virtual Center to catch up, find support, and meet new folks on campus. Continue to check this page for updates on programming and events related to queer and trans life at KU.

You can also check us out on our socials: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

October 1 – 31, 2020: Virtual Celebration of History Month

Beginning on October 1, 2020 follow the Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see our list of QT(BIPOC) individuals and groups - ancestors and contemporaries - who have helped shape Queer and Trans history globally, domestically, and right here at KU.

 

October 1, 2020: QTs on the Patio

The SGD Center will kick off LGBTQ History Month with a grab-and-go coffee and pre-packaged snacks on the SMRC patio. We will also be handing out a limited supply of our refreshed QT Jayhawks tee-shirt on a first-come-first-serve basis. Stop by, meet the team, grabs some snacks, and BE YOU!    Location: SMRC Front Patio   Time: 11am – 1pm  COVID ContingencyFor those students (faculty or staff) who are away from campus, or cannot be physically present for this event, but would still like to get a tee-shirt, our team has created a registration link that will be live from 11:00am - 1:00pm where they can register for a shirt and indicate when they might be able to pick up their shirt (between now and Spring 2021). We will monitor the link in real time so that everyone has a chance to get a tee-shirt!

October 8, 2020: KU Coming Out Day
In celebration of National Coming Out Day, and in partnership with SUA and the theatre department, SGD is excited to host our inaugural KU Coming Out Day. KU Coming Out Day centers the idea that coming out is a lifelong process and stands as a visible representation and celebration of the coming out process, as well as a reminder that not everyone is able to come out as their full and authentic self. Stop by the Union Jayhawk Walk, grab some snacks, take a photo with our Pride Closet, check out information about getting involved with QT life as a student, faculty, or staff member, and BE YOU! Students are encouraged to wear something that shows their pride.   Location: Union Jayhawk Walk   Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm
October 10, 2020: A Night OUT at the Movies
LGBTQ History Month continues with ‘A Night Out at the Movies,’ co-sponsored by SUA. Join us in the Lied Center parking lot for a drive-in style movie where we will feature a QT-themed movie. Students can follow SUA on social media to vote for the movie that we will show. Snacks will be provided. Registration for this event will be available on the SGD and SUA websites in a few weeks.   Location: Lied Center Parking Lot   Time: TBD
October 21, 2020: International Pronouns Day
October 21st is International Pronouns Day. SGD is partnering with the Sexual Assault Prevent and Education Center to unroll a social media campaign to teach the KU community how to incorporate pronouns into their Zoom accounts. Follow SGD and SAPEC on social media to be a part of this campaign.
October 29, 2020: QT History Kahoot
The Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity will close out our month-long celebration of LGBTQ History Month by hosting a digital Kahoot. Come test your knowledge about QT history hosted by SGD GA, Zach Parker, and featured guests. The winner will take home our highly coveted SGD Pride Pack valued at more than $125. Do you know your QT History? Follow SGD all month to get some hints to the questions that will be asked at our QT History Kahoot!   Location: Zoom (registration will begin on October 1)   Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

 

November 16 – 20, 2020: Trans Liberation Week (National “Trans Awareness Week”)

The SGD Center is PROUD to kick-off Trans Liberation Week by hosting a week-long virtual art show featuring the work of local artist and SGD Graduate Assistant, Tezbah Smiley. Participants will be able to view her latest work in a virtual gallery setting, and engage with the stories and traditions that inspired these projects. Her virtual art show will be available throughout the week, and participants can access the full art show on the SGD website, as well as our Instagram and Facebook accounts. 

November 16-20: Trans Liberation Week Virtual Art Show - Introducing the Work of Tezbah Smiley
The SGD Center is PROUD to kick-off Trans Liberation Week by hosting a week-long virtual art show featuring the work of local artist and SGD Graduate Assistant, Tezbah Smiley. Participants will be able to view her latest work in a virtual gallery setting, and engage with the stories and traditions that inspired these projects. Her virtual art show will be available throughout the week, and participants can access the full art show on the SGD website, as well as our Instagram and Facebook accounts.
November 17: Two-Spirits Documentary and Panel
Trans Liberation Week continues with a virtual showing of the documentary: Two Spirits: Sexuality, Gender, and the Murder of Fred Martinez. “Fred Martinez was nádleehí, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. He was one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at 16. Two Spirits explores the life and death of this boy who was also a girl, and the essentially spiritual nature of gender.” A panel style presentation will follow the film, featuring Cathy Renna (Fred’s mother) and Dr. Wesley Thomas (Navajo Senior Fellow at IU-Bloomington).
November 20: Trans Day of Remembrance
SGD will observe the National TDOR by hosting a socially distanced candlelight vigil on the patio of the SMRC, that will also be livestreamed on our Instagram account. Transphobic discrimination, violence, and murder – precipitated by cissexism and cisnormativity – is overwhelmingly directed at trans women of color, especially Black trans women. With this in mind, we will remember the lives lost and celebrate the legacies that are left behind.   Location: SMRC Patio & SGD’s Instagram Live   Time: 8:00pm – 8:30pm

 

SGD Peer Groups

 

Queer Students of Color
The purpose of this group is to provide a space for QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color) students to build community and find kinship and support. In response to ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Center has moved QSOC to Microsoft Teams. Please use this link to request access to this space. QSOC will be meeting every Tuesday at 6pm. Contact sgd@ku.edu for more information.
Queer and Trans Support Group
Queer & Trans Peer Support Group is a weekly discussion and peer space for lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, gender non-conforming, and nonbinary students. This group combines both Lavender Union and TRANSlations into a single digital discussion space. Fall 2020 schedule: This group will meet every Thursday from 4-5 PM (meetings this semester will take place digitally). The first meeting will take place on Thursday September 17. For more information and invites to meetings, contact The Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity at sgd@ku.edu or Zach Parker at zparker@ku.edu.
QT Grad Coalition
QT Grad Coalition is a bi-weekly peer group and social space for queer and trans graduate students across the university. It provides a social space for graduate students from all levels and departments to meet, get to know each other, and provide a social web across campus. Fall 2020: This group will meet digitally this semester on alternating Fridays from 2-3:30 PM. The first meeting of the semester will be on Friday, September 18. For more information or to receive invitations, please email sgd@ku.edu or Zach Parker at zparker@ku.edu.