Calendar of Events (find our calendar of events on UIS Connection.)

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

Find our complete calendar of events on UIS Connection.

The LGBTQIA+ support/discussion group, Fluidity, occurs throughout the year. Additionally, every Friday at 4pm, students gather in the lounge and via Zoom for an informal non-judgmental social called LGBTea. Due to COVID-19 precautions, current maximum capacity in the lounge is 7 people.

On campus and online on Zoom. Link:

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)