Numerous events occur throughout the year that create awareness, provide education, and social opportunities.

Find all our events on UIS Connection.

Some of these events include:

Coming out support/discussion groups, such as Shades and Fluidity, occur throughout the year. Additionally, every Thursday from 4-6PM, students gather in the lounge for an informal non-judgmental social called LGBTea.

List of Educational Speakers and Entertainers 2010-2018: Topics and Identities

Gender & Sexuality Student Services

The office has featured a diverse array of viewpoints while also providing role models representing various genders and sexual orientations. More than half of our presenters have been people of color and women.


  • Faisal Alam: “Hidden Voices The Lives of LGBT Muslims” (Muslim Gay Male)
  • Dave Kube, “Visually Queer: Representational Traces of a Queer Artist
  • Kit Yan: Poet. (Asian-American, Transgender)


  • Jimmy Creech: “Adam’s Gift: A Memoir of a Pastor’s Calling to Defy the Church’s Persecution of Lesbians and Gays.
  • Film Showing “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin” Rustin was the architect of the 1963 March on Washington and a Black Gay man. Facilitated by Dr. Angela Winand and Dr. Michael Murphy.
  • Marga Gomez (Comedian), Break The Silence (Latina Lesbian)


  • Kate Bornstein, Gender Outlaw, Lesbian trans woman.
  • Mandy Carter, Evening of Dialogue: Black/Queer Equality (African-American Lesbian)
  • Summer Osborne: Singer Musicion (Lesbian)
  • David Oscar Harvey (filmmaker): “Red, Red, Red” screening and discussion, (Gay Male)
  • Greg Walloch (gay male comedian on disability and sexuality)
  • Artist Julio Salgado (Latinx undocumented gay male) Skype Discussion


  • Hudson Taylor: Athlete Ally (gay male)
  • Jeff Sheng: Fearless Project (Asian gay male)
  • Summer Osborne (Singer, lesbian)
  • Kiyimba: Unitarian Universalist Minister from Kampala, Uganda. Activist for LGBT equality (African Man)
  • Artist Julio Salgado Break The Silence (Latinx undocumented gay male)


  • Yoruba Richen, Director of The New Black, (African-American Lesbian)
  • Dorothy Allison: Stars Symposium, Author, (Lesbian)
  • Sean Fader: “Sup?” artist exhibition. (Gay Man)
  • LYRIC (Let Your Rhymes Inspire Creativity) – Black/Latinx youth from Chicago of various sexualities/genders.


  • Laci Green, Best Sex Ever, (Pansexual Woman)
  • Eduardo C. Corral, Poet, (Latinx Man)
  • LYRIC (Let Your Rhymes Inspire Creativity) – Black/Latinx youth from Chicago of various sexualities/genders.


  • The Legacy Wall: LGBT History Exhibit, Presentation by Victor Salvo (Gay Man), feat. Panel including Dr. Holly Kent and Dr. Jason Pierceson
  • Robyn Ochs: Break The Silence – Beyond Binaries, (Bisexual Woman)


  • Dese’Rae L. Stage – Suicide Awareness Artist (Lesbian)
  • Laila Ireland: Trans in the Military (Trans Asian Woman)
  • Jennicet Gutierrez: Break The Silence Undocumented/Trans (Latinx Trans Woman)
  • Micah Bazant: Trans Life Liberation Art Series (Trans, Nonbinary, Jewish/timtum)


  • Pidgeon Pagonis (Activist/Filmaker) – Intersex: Stories Not Surgeries (Intersex)

Calendar of Events