While LGBT History Month is in October and LGBT Pride Month is celebrated in June, the University of Georgia LGBT Resource Center is bringing GAYpril during the month of April to UGA students and the Athens area. We compiled a list of seven events from the LGBT Resource Center to celebrate GAYpril.
Friday, April 12
Safe Space (Open Enrollment)
UGA’s Safe Space program uses its allotted time of three and a half hours to train UGA students, faculty and staff about topics like gender and sexual identity, homophobia and heterosexism, as well as how to be an ally for the LGBTQ community in Athens and beyond.
Andrea Carson Coley Lecture in LGBT Studies
The Institute for Women’s Studies will host this lecture by Genny Beemyn, the director of the Stonewall Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Beemyn, who has a doctorate in African-American Studies and master’s degrees in African-American Studies, American Studies and Higher Education Administration, is an expert on the experiences of the transgender community, specifically transgender students. The talk is entitled, “The Experiences of Trans Students Today: What We Know and Do Not Know (But Should).”
Saturday, April 13
Battle for the Bathroom
The LGBT Resource Center and UGA URGE, a campus organization that “promotes reproductive and gender equity via sex positivity, policy engagement, direct action, education and empowerment,” will co-host this event. Battle for the Bathroom is a scavenger hunt type of event to raise awareness about the struggles trans and nonbinary people and those with disabilities regularly face when searching for restrooms on campus with proper accommodations, according to Jessica Douglas, an ambassador for the LGBT Resource Center.
Tuesday, April 16
This discussion is for women and “those who identify with womanhood and femininity,” and will host a talk about what being a woman today means, from gendered expectations to “relationship drama.”
Wednesday, April 24
Cold Brew with 1000 Faces Coffee
1000 Faces Coffee, a sustainable and Athens-based coffee roaster, will teach attendees about making cold brew, just in time for finals season.
Saturday, April 27
This annual celebration will recognize the achievements of UGA LGBTQ students and both graduating students and alumni can participate, receiving a lavender diploma and stole. There will be two speakers, a student speaker and a keynote speaker, both of whom will deliver an address to the attendees.
Tuesday, April 30
End of the Year Cookout
Lambda Alliance and PRISM, a “dialogue group for students who identify as LGBT people of color,” will host this end-of-the-year feast, complete with free food.