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Pride Month

KU Medical Center annually commemorates Pride Month through event and resource offerings. Join us as we celebrate LGBTQIA+ faculty, staff, students and alumni and learn more about how to become involved.

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Events and Programs

Spotlights: KU Medical Center Community Member Biographies 

Learn about the background and careers of several LGBTQIA+ faculty, staff, students and alumni, as well as their journey to KU Medical Center. Community members’ stories are available online throughout the month. Spotlights will also be shared via social media and the diversity intranet site.


Jayhawk Coffee Break

June 2

A special Jayhawk Coffee Break to connect with LGBTQIA+ colleagues and community allies at the medical center. This coffee break highlights the faculty, staff and learners featured on the Pride Month biographical posters. View recording on YouTube

KU School of Social Welfare's 9th Annual LGBTQ Research Symposium

Looking Back, Moving Forward: Queerness, Accessibility & Intersectionality

June 3-4

This online symposium will include research presentations, discussions about challenges and opportunities and networking among others conducting LGBTQ+ research across disciplines. Our theme recognizes and honors the historical contributions to LGBTQ+ research while identifying innovative and creative ways to move this research forward. Visit the online symposium

Parent and Youth Panel

June 9, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

This event will feature families sharing their personal experiences with having children who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as a conversation about community resources to support LGBTQIA+ children, youth and young adults. View recording on YouTube

Healing Event

June 15, Noon - 1 p.m.

This virtual space is designed for the KU Medical Center LGBTQIA+ community to come together in solidarity and support to discuss, process and begin the healing process from discrimination members may have faced. Drs. Amanda Lappin and Larry Long will guide this discussion, reflection, and healing. We ask that this event be reserved for those identifying as members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Faculty, Staff and Learners Panel: Sharing Our Stories

June 16, 4 - 5:30 p.m.

A diverse panel of KU Medical Center faculty, staff and learners will share their personal and professional journeys as members of the LGBTQIA+ community and participants will engage in a meaningful discussion on supporting and uplifting LGBTQIA+ colleagues. View recording on YouTube

KU Medical Center Brown Bag Drag

June 18, Noon - 1 p.m.
HEB Courtyard, space is limited.

Celebrate Pride Month with this in-person event hosted by Kansas City's Daisy Bücket, featuring local drag performers.

Pride Night at the "K"

June 18, Gate A opens at 5:30 p.m. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

Show your true colors at Kauffman Stadium's Pride Night! Purchase a Theme Ticket package to receive a limited edition rainbow Royals pocket tank top.

Research Day

June 23, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
2021 Pride Month Research Day Book

Research day presentations will highlight research focused on the LGBTQIA+ community or research done by community members who identify as LGBTQIA+. A keynote address delivered by Dr. Katie Batza, Associate Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas, will follow digital presentations.

FX Pride Documentary Discussion

June 24, 4 - 5 p.m.

PRIDE is a six-part documentary series chronicling the struggle for LGBTQ+ civil rights in America from the 1950s through the 2000s. "Seven renowned LGBTQ+ directors explore heroic and heartbreaking stories that define us as a nation. The limited series spans the FBI surveillance of homosexuals during the 1950s Lavender Scare to the "Culture Wars" of the 1990s and beyond, exploring the queer legacy of the Civil Rights movement and the battle over marriage equality." This series is being shown on FX and steaming on FX Online and Hulu. We encourage all to watch the series and join us for a group discussion on our LGBTQIA+ history. View recording on YouTube

A Community Conversation with Chloe Davis, Author of The Queen's English, The LGBTQIA+ Dictionary of Lingo, and Colloquial Phrases

June 28, 4 - 5 p.m.

Chloe Davis, the author of The Queens' English, The LGBTQIA+ Dictionary of Lingo and Colloquial Phrases, has created a resource that celebrates the etymological diversity of over eight hundred terms used to describe the collective gay and queer experience. Join this final event of Pride Month as we discuss the words used to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community. View recording on YouTube

Additional Resources

Shop or dine at an LGBTQIA+ business or restaurant

Kansas City LGBTQIA+ Owned Businesses & Nonprofits (PDF)

Past Event Information

June 16: Jayhawk Coffee Break

Members of the Pride Month Committee, an extension of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Cabinet Programming Committee, will be available to share information about their current activities and events. 

June 18: Queering the Air: A Community Conversation On The Term 'Queer'

Join us for a community conversation that delves into the meaning of the term "queer." Our discussion will explore the term's evolution and diverse connotations, including its historical inception and modern role in social justice. We invite you to hear the perspectives of LGBYQIA+ persons with "queer" identities. as well as dialogue in a safe place that promotes learning and understanding. 

June 24: Keynote Speaker and Panel Discussion: Dominique Jackson

Model, actress, author, advocate, and activities Dominique Jackson is best known for her leading role on the FX television series Pose and the Starz television series American Gods. In 2014, Jackson released her autobiographical memoir, The Transsexual from Tobago (Revised). Later that year, she starred in Carla Pridgen's Incongruence produced by Ivy Theatre. In 2016, she starred in Oxygen Network's GLAAD Award-winning reality docu-series Strut, executive produced by Whoopi Goldberg and Tom Leonardis, and the short film T Times by Gabriel Torres. Jackson has served on the Community Health Program Board at the Montefiore South Bronz Healthcare Clinic for the last two years. 

June 30: Student Diversity Council Ideal Conversation

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

University of Kansas Medical Center
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Mailstop 2015
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-3319
Fax: 913-588-1412