Annual Events: Throughout the academic year, the LGBT Resource Center hosts a series of events addressing numerous topics that face the LGBTQ community. Past events have included films, nationally-recognized speakers, social events, art exhibits, and discussion groups. Programs and events are selected each year by The LGBT Resource Center Operating Board.
Coffee Hour: A weekly gathering in the Resource Center from noon to 2:00 p.m. every Monday. Come join us for free coffee, snacks, and conversation.
Lavender Graduation:The Lavender Graduation ceremony is to honor graduating undergraduate and graduate students who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, or a proactive Ally in the university community. This annual event is a celebration that recognizes LGBTQI and proactive Ally students of all races, ethnicities, class, ability, and religions to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the university community. Lavender Graduation is typically held the Friday of commencement weekend each spring. To participate please contact Scott Rheinheimer.
Pride Fest: Held in both the fall and spring, Pride Fest is a celebration of the U.Va. LGBTQ community. It features speakers, performers, social events, films, discussions, and is started off with the Queer Student Union’s Drag Bingo. Sponsored by The LGBT Resource Center, Queer Student Union, and Queer and Allied Activism.
LGBTQA Community Luncheon: Held each fall, this annual luncheon seeks to honor allies in the U.Va. community for their support, dedication, and commitment to furthering the rights of LGBTQ individuals.
Coming Out Stories in the Rotunda: Held in Rotunda’s iconic Dome Room, this annual Speakers Bureau event features a panel of Fourth Year students sharing their experiences being “out” in Mr. Jefferson’s Academical Village.
Love is Love: T-Shirt Campaign started in 2009 as a celebration of love that is meant to create greater social awareness at the University of Virginia and beyond. The power of its message is found in its simplicity. It is a message that can span all communities. Regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and religion, all relationships are equal. All love is equal. Love is Love. It’s not about what it looks like; it’s about how it feels. The red t-shirts are distributed and worn on Valentine’s Day, a holiday that celebrates love—but sometimes people in LGBTQ relationships can feel left out. Greeting cards for their partners are hard to come by, or florists don’t understand why a man would send another man roses. This is our way of reminding people that love comes in many different forms and is experienced differently by everybody. Regardless of your race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or religion, love is the same. All love is equal. Love is Love.
Queer Prom: Held each spring at the end of Pride Fest, the Queer Prom is meant to raise awareness around homophobia in high schools and the victimization of LGBTQ youth. For many, prom night is not/was not all that it could be. Many don’t feel comfortable expressing themselves, taking the date they want, and enjoying the evening out and proud, without fear of abuse or ridicule. We’re taking back Prom Night and creating a Safe Space that welcomes all members of the LGBTQ community and our friends, supporters, and allies. We’ve created a Prom Court that is neither defined by nor bound by gender identity or sexual orientation. The 2 students receiving the most votes in each court are named Prom Royalty. Proceeds from this annual fundraiser got to benefit a charitable organization in the Charlottesville community. Past themes have included “Cirque” and “Land of OZ.”
Garden Party: Held each spring in the Pavilion gardens, the LGBT Resource Center Garden Party celebrates the year’s achievements in the LGBTQ community, recognizing student leaders, volunteers, and graduating students.