Nyle DiMarco
Nyle DiMarco

“Dancing with the Stars” winner Nyle DiMarco will deliver the keynote address for UofL’s Pride Week, which kicks off Monday. 

DiMarco is an LGBT and deaf community activist and winner of both “Dancing with the Stars” and “America’s Next Top Model.” In his keynote, DiMarco will share his firsthand experiences as a member of the LGBT and deaf communities.

The keynote is 7 p.m. Sept. 26, in the Swain Student Activities Center Ballroom. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by The LGBT Center, Student Activities Board and the Department of Classical and Modern Languages (American Sign Language Interpreting Studies Program). The presentation will also be the keynote for Deaf Awareness Week.

Attendees should register for a free ticket here. When registering, please indicate if you need an ASL interpreter.

The Belknap keynote is one of many events during Pride Week, Sept. 24-28, including:

  • Pride Week Kickoff and Resource Fair, noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 24, Red Barn and West Plaza. This event will include a DJ, dancing and a flag-raising ceremony.
  • Queer Writer’s Showcase Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m., Sept. 26, Speed Art Museum. This event will feature written works by students participating in the LGBTQ+ Writing Group.
  • Health Sciences Center Pride Week keynote featuring Karen Krigger, MD. noon, Sept. 27, Kornhauser Auditorium. Krigger is the director of Health Equity in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She will discuss the role of primary care and HIV prevention.
  • The 2015 documentary film, “Major!” will be shown in the Chao Auditorium, noon Sept. 28.
  • There will also be a series of films featured at the Floyd Theater, including “Tangerine” and “Love, Simon.”  

See the full list of Pride Week events here.

Caitlin Brooks
Caitlin Brooks is a communications and marketing coordinator in the Office of Communications and Marketing. Brooks joined OCM after earning her Bachelor of Science and Master of Art degrees in Communication from UofL. Brooks previously worked as a graduate assistant and public speaking instructor at UofL and is an avid Disney fan.