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Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC)

Oakland Center, Room 47
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-4336

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours "by appointment only": 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC)

Oakland Center, Room 47
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-4336

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours "by appointment only": 5 - 6:30 p.m.

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Pride Month

Be empowered. Celebrate our diverse community at OU through progressive events and boundary-pushing opportunities.

OU Pride Month is a university-wide collaboration, presenting opportunities to learn from and about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning and asexual (LGBTQIA) community.

In the U.S., Pride Month is traditionally celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall uprising in Manhattan, a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement. Today, Pride Month events attract millions of participants worldwide. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that LGBTQIA individuals have had on history on local, national, and international levels.

2020 Events
Pride Book of the Month
Divinely Queer written by Jennifer Miracle-Best. Books are available for purchase at or
Pride Month Syllabus
The syllabus is available upon request. Contact or call the GSC at (248) 370-4336.
LGBTQIA Books for Children and Young Adults
March 9 – April 9
Pawley Hall, Room 350
Hosted by: Educational Resources Lab

The Educational Resources Lab (ERL) presents a large display of books, featuring LGBTQIA characters, history and issues, available for check-out to anyone with an OU Grizz ID.
Pride Month 2020 Opening Ceremony featuring the Inaugural Tim Larrabee Memorial Lecture
Monday, March 9, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Oakland Center, Founders Ballroom C
Hosted by: Gender and Sexuality Center

Join us as we kick-off Pride Month 2020 with speaker Cleve Jones, Author, AIDS and LGBT Rights Activist. A civil rights icon and hero of the struggle for gay, lesbian and transgender rights, Cleve Jones has been a driving force behind the most important gains made by the LGBTQ community over the past four decades. From his early days in the gay liberation movement with Harvey Milk to co-founding the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, founding the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and fighting for marriage equality; Jones has made history as part of one of the most inspiring human rights movements of all time. He was portrayed in the Oscar-winning film Milk (for which he served as a historical consultant) by Emile Hirsch, prominently featured in the film And the Band Played On and in the critically acclaimed miniseries When We Rise, which was inspired by his memoir of the same title. Now speaking out for all who struggle for equality and fair treatment, Jones brings powerful perspective and storytelling talent to timely discussions of diversity, intersectionality and civil and human rights.
Timothy G. Larrabee, an Oakland University Associate Professor of Teacher Development and Educational Studies for more than a decade, was a passionate teacher, researcher, and advocate for the LGBTQIA community on and off campus. Dr. Larrabee founded the the SOGI Initiative, which aimed to create a safe, welcoming supportive and inclusive campus climate for all students, staff, faculty and administrators regardless of sex, gender identity or sexual orientation, as well as to advocate for the larger LGBTQIA community.
The Importance of Health for the LGBTQIA+ Community
Tuesday, March 10, 7 p.m.
Oakland Center, Lake Superior Room
Hosted by: Oakland University Student Congress (OUSC)

This event is meant to have an open and honest discussion about the mental and sexual health of those in the LGBTQIA+. This panel/round table discussion will feature experts in the mental and physical questions of LGBTQIA+ individuals. Here you will be able to ask them questions that previously you may not have been able to.
Q&Gay with RLA (Trivia Night)
Wednesday, March 11, 7 p.m.
Vandenberg Hall, Glass Rooms
Hosted by: Residence Life Association

Join RLA for a fun night of bingo and other trivia games regarding terminology, resources, and the culture of the LGBTQIA+ community! We'll have prizes for game winners and giveaways for all in attendance. There will also be snacks, so join us for a game night celebrating Pride!
Desserts and Discussions with Professor Sanders
Tuesday, March 17, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Dodge Hall, Room 203
Hosted by: Sociology Club

During this event Professor Sanders will be leading a discussion about Queer Social Theory and the ways in which it effects college students.
Creating Inclusive Spaces for Transgender Students at OU
Wednesday, March 18, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Oakland Center, Gold Room C
Hosted by: LGBTQIA ERG and the AP Assembly Professional Development Committee

For faculty and staff: come hear about OU transgender student experiences and learn about how to create more inclusive spaces for transgender students in the classroom, through one on one interactions, and through programming.
Pride Glow Party
Friday, March 20, 6 - 10 p.m.
Oakland Center, Banquet Room B
Hosted by: Student Program Board (SPB)

Music, dancing, food, glow sticks, and of course, UV body paint! Come party with SPB as we celebrate Pride in the brightest way possible.
36th Annual Women and Gender Studies Film Festival
Saturday, March 21, Noon - 3 p.m.
Human Health Building, Room 1050
Hosted by: Women and Gender Studies

The 36th Annual Women and Gender Studies Film Festival presents KIKI (2016), a look inside the world of new generation of LGBTQ youth-of-color who practice the performance-based art form of Ballroom. KIKI follows seven characters from the Kiki community over the course of four years, using their preparations and spectacular performances at events known as Kiki balls as a framing device while delving into their battles with homelessness, illness and prejudice as well as their gains towards political influence and the conquering of affirming gender-expressions. Joining us for a screening and post-film discussion. The event is free and open to the public and free food will be provided.
Pride Prom
Saturday, March 21, 6 - 10 p.m.
Oakland Center, Banquet Room B
Hosted by: Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)

Join the Gay-Straight Alliance for Pride Prom! This event is positioned to be a fun and meaningful event for all, whether one wants to relive the prom experience or just join in on the fun.
Jeopardy! PRIDE Edition
Tuesday, March 24, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
North Foundation Hall, Room 103 (Admissions Welcome Center)
Hosted by: Undergraduate Admissions

This event will encompass the history of the LGBTQIA+ community in a JEOPARDY! like style.
Lesser Known Gender Identities Panel
Friday, March 27, Noon - 1:30 p.m.
O'Dowd Hall, Room 203
Hosted by: American Medical Student Association

Individuals of lesser known gender and sexual identities will share their unique stories about their experience in the LGBTQ+ community. They will answers questions, dispel myths, discuss their coming out experiences, and give insight into what their lives are like in the community today. This event will be formatted as a Q&A panel.
Pride Month Book Club Discussion
Monday, March 30, noon - 1 p.m.
Oakland Center, Room 128-129
Hosted by: Center for Multicultural Initiatives (CMI)

Join us as we discuss the book Divinely Queer written by Jennifer Miracle-Best! Books are available for purchase at or
Desserts and Discussions with Professor Reger
Tuesday, March 31, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Dodge Hall, Room 203
Hosted by: Sociology Club

Singing to Utopia: Lesbianism, Feminism and Music.
Hot Tea with a Hot Topic: Black while LGBT+
Wednesday, April 1, 5 p.m.
Oakland Center, Lake Michigan Room
Hosted by: Association of Black Students

A discussion on being LGBT in the black community, light refreshments will be provided
17th Annual Drag Show
Thursday, April 2, 7 - 11 p.m.
Oakland Center, Founders Ballroom
Hosted by: Gay-Straight Allicance (GSA)

The 17th Annual Drag Show is a major aspect of Pride Month. The drag show is the Gay-Straight Alliance’s largest event, with hundreds of spectators each year. This drag show will consist of both professional and student-auditioned performers.
Screening & Discussion of the Documentary: "We Exist: Beyond the Binary"
Tuesday, April 7, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
O'Dowd Hall, Room 203
Hosted by: OUWB Medical Library; OUWB Diversity & Inclusion; OUWB Queers & Allies Student Interest Group

We Exist: Beyond the Binary, released in 2018, is one of the first films to showcase the growing community of non-binary individuals and shares their stories of navigating a world structured around the gender construct of male/female. Join us for a screening of the 55-minute film followed by a discussion. Sponsored by the OUWB Medical Library, OUWB Diversity and Inclusion, and the OUWB Queers & Allies Student Organization.
8th Annual Lavender Graduation Celebration & Award Ceremony
Thursday, April 9, 6 - 9 p.m.
Oakland Center, Banquet Room A
Hosted by: The Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC)

Join us for our 8th Annual Lavender Graduation Celebration and Award Ceremony that serves to congratulate and celebrate the achievements of Oakland University's LGBTQIA and ally graduates of all levels. All are welcome to attend, light snacks and refreshments will be provided. If you are graduating in April 2020 or December 2020 apply to be a part of our ceremony. You must be signed into your Oakland email to access the form.
2020 Committee
  • Amy Joa, Orientation and New Student Programs
  • Amy Ring Cebelak, University Housing
  • Aujenee Hirsch, Student Program Board
  • Caryn Reed-Hendon, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
  • Daryl Blackburn, Office for Student Involvement 
  • Denise Thompkins-Jones, Center for Multicultural Initiatives
  • Eli Lafond, Gay-Straight Alliance
  • Grace Kummerfeld, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
  • Grace Wojcik, Gender and Sexuality Center
  • Jessica Quandt, Gender and Sexuality Center
  • Kai Medcoff, Gay-Straight Alliance
  • Kelli Dowd, School of Health Sciences
  • Lacey Story, Women and Gender Studies
  • Laurel Schaaf, Corporate and Foundation Relations
  • P.J. Roberts, Oakland University Student Congress
  • Sarah Bodnar, Annual Giving
  • Susan Dirkse, University Housing
  • VaNessa Thompson, Center for Multicultural Initiatives
2020 Sponsors
  • Gender and Sexuality Center
  • Division of Student Affairs and Diversity, Pride Month Sponsor
  • Oakland University Alumni Association, Scholarship Sponsor 
  • Oakland University Credit Union, Lavender Graduation Celebration & Awards Sponsor 
  • OU Libraries 
  • Quicken Loans, Vision Sponsor 
  • School of Business Administration
  • School of Nursing