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Pride Month

KU Medical Center commemorates Pride Month each year with a variety of events and opportunities for faculty, staff and students to gather and get involved.

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Jayhawk Coffee Break

June 3 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Murphy Lobby

As we kick off Pride Month, join us during a special Jayhawk Coffee Break for the opportunity to visit with members of the University of Kansas Medical Center community. Coffee, tea and cinnamon rolls will be served. Register online.

Pride Month Flag Display

June 1-30 | HEB Bridge

Pride month flags represent intersectional groups of the LGBTQIA+ community. For examples and the history of the flags, visit the Human Rights Campaign website.

KC Pride Alliance Parade

June 8 | 11 a.m.

Health system and KU Medical Center employees, family, friends and allies are invited to join in the PrideFest Parade. Parade participants are encouraged to purchase a “Caring for Everyone” t-shirt to wear in the parade although it is not required. Shipping can take up to three weeks, so order early to allow enough time for delivery.

Heaing Event

June 17 | Noon-1 p.m. | Hybrid: Spencer Center and Zoom

This event 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. Dr. Candice Moran (they/them) will guide this discussion, reflection and healing. We ask that this event be reserved for those identifying as members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Register online

Keynote Speaker: Math in Drag

June 25 | Noon-1:30 p.m. | Zoom

Kyne Santos, a TikTok creator who has gone viral for her videos that make math fun and accessible, will talk about her journey through the glamorous world of math and her experiences as a queer person forging a path in STEM. Open to employees and learners at KU and KU Medical Center. Register online

Pride Month Celebration

June 27 | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Beller Conference Center

Come celebrate Pride Month with our annual event featuring stylized local performers at noon. Take some time before and after to visit with local LGBTQIA+ community resources and organizations. Open to employees and learners at KU and KU Medical Center. Register online

Past Event Information

Events and Activities

Biographical Spotlights

June 1 – June 30

Read brief biographical spotlights about several LGBTQIA+ learners, faculty and staff to learn about community members’ backgrounds, careers and their journey to KU Medical Center. View the spotlights online or follow KU Medical Center Diversity, Equity and Inclusion on social media (@kumcdei) for stories and photos all month long.

Jayhawk Coffee Break

June 5, noon-1 p.m. | Virtual 

Visit with members of the University of Kansas Medical Center community as they share their personal first-generation stories and reflections on diversity, equity and inclusion, including Dr. Candice Moran (they/them), a health services psychologist with Counseling and Educational Support Services. To join us, register online now.

KC Pride Alliance Parade

June 10 | 10:30 a.m.

The University of Kansas Health System and KU Medical Center community members and their families are invited to join us as we walk together in the 2023 Kansas City Pride Parade and Festival. Participants will carry health system banners and hand out treats. Members of our parade group are encouraged to wear a “Caring for Everyone” t-shirt. Purchase your shirt online now — proceeds benefit the Healthcare Equality Workgroup and the Gender Affirming Night at the JayDoc Clinic. Parade participants must be signed up to receive day-of details: register online now.

Healing Event

June 13 | Noon - 1 p.m. | Virtual

Designed for the KU Medical Center LGBTQIA+ community to come together in solidarity and support, this event will offer attendees the opportunity to discuss, process and begin the healing process from discrimination they may have faced. Dr. Candice Moran will guide this discussion, reflection and healing. We ask that this event be reserved for those identifying as members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Register online now.

Pride Month Celebration

June 23 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Come celebrate Pride Month with this in-person event featuring local performers at noon. New this year will be the opportunity to visit with local LGBTQIA+ community resources and organizations! Register online now.

Community Conversation: Knowing Your Rights

June 28 | Noon - 1 p.m. | Virtual

Join us for a community conversation and presentation with Brook Nasseri, J.D., MSW, staff attorney at KU School of Law Medical-Legal Partnership at KU Medical Center. During this conversation, we will learn about current legislation and opportunities for advocacy to support LGBTQIA+ rights. Register online now.

Events and Activities

Biographical Spotlights

June 1 – June 30

Read brief biographical spotlights about several LGBTQIA+ learners, faculty and staff to learn about community members’ backgrounds, careers and their journey to KU Medical Center. View the spotlights online or follow KU Medical Center Diversity, Equity and Inclusion on social media (@kumcdei) for stories and photos all month long.

Jayhawk Coffee Break

June 1, 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Join us during a special Jayhawk Coffee Break for the opportunity to connect with your LGBTQIA+ colleagues and community allies. This coffee break will highlight the faculty, staff and learners featured in Pride Month biographical spotlights. 

Healing Event

June 9, noon to 1 p.m.

This virtual space is designed for members of the LGBTQIA+ community to come together in solidarity and support. Dr. Larry Long will guide this space in discussion, reflection and healing. We ask that this space be reserved for those who identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

KC Pride Alliance Parade

June 11, 11 a.m.

The PRISM Affinity group will participate in the parade, which begins in Westport and concludes at the Pride Festival in Theis Park. Participate in the parade with PRISM by walking or riding along in the truck and join a social event following the parade. Family, friends and dogs are welcome.  

KU Medical Center Brown Bag Drag Show

June 17, Noon - 1 p.m.

Celebrate Pride Month with this in-person event featuring local drag performers. 

Research Day

June 29, 11 a.m. - 1:30 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+.

Additional Resources

Shop or dine at an LGBTQIA+ business or restaurant

Kansas City LGBTQIA+ Owned Businesses & Nonprofits (PDF)

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

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

Office for 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