Annual Events: Throughout the academic year, the LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ Center Operating Board.
LGBT (Let’s Get Brunch Together) on the Lawn: A weekly gathering at 14 East Lawn (just down from the Rotunda) from 11:00am-1:00 p.m. every Monday hosted by Abe Wapner, Queer Student Union’s Co-VP. Come join us for free coffee, tea, pastries, and sweets from a local bakery.
Lavender Graduation: The Lavender Graduation ceremony is to honor graduating undergraduate and graduate students who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Ally in the university community. This annual event is a celebration that recognizes LGBTQA students of all races, ethnicities, classes, abilities, 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.
Proud to Be Out Week (PTBOW): Held in both the Fall and Spring, PTBOW is a celebration of the UVA 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 LGBTQ Center, Queer Student Union, and Sigma Omicron Rho.
LGBTQA Reception: Held each Fall, this annual reception seeks to honor allies in the UVA community for their support, dedication, and commitment to furthering the rights of LGBTQ individuals as a part of Proud to Be Out Week.
Coming Out Stories in the Chapel: 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,” “Land of OZ,” and “Under the Sea.”
Garden Party: Held each Spring in the Pavilion gardens, the LGBTQ Center Garden Party celebrates the year’s achievements in the LGBTQA community, recognizing student leaders, volunteers, and graduating students.