Black Lives focus of Pride Month events

    UofL Pride Month
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    Throughout the month of October, UofL’s LGBT Center will host a number of virtual events to celebrate Pride Month. This year’s keynote discussions will focus on Black Lives.

    “UofL’s Pride Month comes at an historic moment for our community and nation following the murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. As UofL strives to become a premier anti-racist institution, it is critical we connect students, faculty, staff and community members to these current events by inviting them to explore themes of racial justice and liberation through a Black, LGBTQ+ lens,” said Lisa Gunterman, director, LGBT Center, UofL Belknap Campus.

    ‘The Fight for Black Lives,’ a virtual panel discussion amplifying local LGBTQ+ leaders in the movement for Black Lives, is presented by the LGBT Center and Student Activities Board (SAB). The event will take place on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m., and will feature Phelix Crittenden, Hannah Drake, Keturah Herron and Talesha Wilson. #TeamStrangeFruit, Dr. Kaila Story and Jaison Gardner will moderate. Anyone interested can register for the event online.

    A second Pride keynote, ‘Black Trans Lives Matter,’ is presented by the LGBT Center and Engage, Lead, Serve, Board (ELSB) and is set for Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. The virtual session will address the need for changes in health care delivery to provide better services for Black Trans Lives.

    “The goal of the discussion is to move toward health equity in the face of staggering violence and health disparities because of systemic racism and transphobia,” Gunterman said.

    Registration and information about the event can be found on the LGBT Center website.

    Julie Heflin
    Julie oversees digital content for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She began her UofL career on the Health Sciences Center campus in 2007. Prior to this, Julie was a journalist with WFPL (Louisville Public Media), and occasionally filed reports for National Public Radio.