LGBTQ Pride Week flyer
LGBTQ Pride Week flyer

LGBTQ Services will celebrate its 1st Annual LGBTQ Pride Week October 8-11. LGBTQ Services will be celebrating “National Coming Out Day” on Tuesday, October 11, with a grand opening reception followed by the speaker and panel discussion event “Don’t Say Gay in Class” featuring Karen Graves, who has published a book on the Johns Committee. Light refreshments will be provided at the opening reception.

Public school teachers and students will be sitting on a speakers’ panel to address current issues: LGBTQ and Ally that faculty and students face across the county and here at UCF. Some things have not changed since the Johns Committee, there is still a stigma and fear attached to being out in school whether you are a teacher or a student. How can we address issues such as bullying and youth homelessness when school teachers are afraid to be out or to even advise a gay student organization?

The week’s schedule of events are as follows:

  • 10/8: 12-9 p.m., Lake Eola – Coming Out with Pride (City Wide Event): LGBTQ Services had a booth
  • 10/11:  11 a.m.-2 p.m., Student Union Patio – National Coming Out Day Celebration
  • 10/11:  6-7 p.m., SU Room 304 – LGBTQ Services Grand Opening
  • 10/11:  7:30-9 p.m., SU Pegasus Ballroom – “Don’t Say Gay in Class” Speaker and Panel Discussion-Guest Speaker: Karen Graves who has published a book on the Johns Committee (Sponsored by LGBTQ Services, History Department, Film Department, Honors College, GLBT History Museum of Central Florida, and PFLAG – Orlando)
  • 10/12: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., SU Room 223 – Alphabet Soup
  • 10/13: 1-3 p.m.,  SU Room 223- LGBTQ and Ally Student Leadership Roundtable
  • For more information, visit the LGBTQ  Services’ [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning/Queer and Ally]  website at: