Performer "Regina Nox" onstage at 2017 PINK. The 2018 event is March 30 at Play Dance Bar. Photo by Griffin Meadors.

When “Sirius Black,” the stage name for one of the student co-directors of this year’s PINK, hits the stage, it’ll be a bit like coming home. It’s his third consecutive year participating in the annual student-produced drag show. He said the event showcases the strong support UofL shows for diversity and inclusion.

“I like PINK because it’s a free and welcoming environment, you can get on stage and people will clap and cheer you on,” Black said. “It’s a healthy, queer home away from home.”

PINK, now in its 21st year, kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, March 30 at Play Dance Bar in Butchertown. It’s the first time the show has taken place off-campus, as the usual venue, the Student Activities Center is under renovation.

“They are incredible community partners,” Lisa Gunterman, director of the LGBT Center, said about Play. “They are supportive of our students and are donating all proceeds from the cover charge and table and booth sales to UofL’s LGBT Center.”

PINK is the longest-running, student-organized fundraiser at UofL. The event provides an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and the broader community to celebrate the rich culture and diversity of UofL’s LGBTQ community.

Tickets are $5 for any students with ID and $10 for general admission. Reservations for booths and tables can be made online. Attendees are also encouraged to bring cash to tip performers. Proceeds benefit students served by the LGBT Center.

The show will be preceded by a pre-PINK cocktail reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m., also at Play Dance Bar. There will also be an official PINK after party from 9:30-11:00 p.m. at Lola at Butchertown Grocery, which will feature signature cocktails, food, and door prizes.

More information about PINK is available online.

Bria Staten-Favors
Bria Staten-Favors is the Graduate Assistant in the University of Louisville’s Office of Communications and Marketing. After completing her bachelor of science in Communication, she decided to pursue her master’s degree at UofL as well. She also works in the Partnership Division at the Louisville Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and is an avid Cards fan.