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LGBTQ History Month

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October is LGBTQ+ History Month and UNI is celebrating with a month-long calendar of events!
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UNI LGBTQ+ History Display
First two weeks of October
Rod Library 3rd floor

LGBT(ea) Time: The Gay Purge at UNI - Featuring David Hays
Monday the 7th | 12 PM
Center for Multicultural Education
Lunch Provided
Recording Available:

Interactive Tour of UNI LGBTQ+ History Display
Tuesday the 8th | 7 PM
Rod Library 3rd floor
In lieu of UNI Proud Meeting Time
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HIV / AIDs Activism: Then & Now
Thursday the 10th | 1 PM
Rod Library 301
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Keynote Speech: Tim Sullivan
October 10 | 7 PM | Strayer-Wood Theatre
Sponsored by Vice President for Student Affairs
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Black and White Photo of Tim Sullivan

What was life like for LGBTQ+ UNI students in the 1960s? A secretive underground life was led by LGBTQ+ people when no protections or support services for LGBTQ+ students existed on campus. According to accounts of former students, UNI began to “purge” gay men from the school in the mid 1960s. One such man was Tim Sullivan, a student who was asked to leave UNI’s campus for being gay. Tim left Iowa and went on to lead a successful career in fashion, becoming the Director of Visual Merchandising for Brooks Brothers. His work has earned Store of the Year Award and been featured on magazine covers. Tim is returning for the first time to share his story as part of UNI’s history.

Interested in Tim’s life after UNI in fashion? Tim will also be speaking with students interested in creative fields on Wednesday, October 9th from 5-7 PM. Contact to RSVP and for the location.



National Coming Out Day Photoshoot

Friday the 11th | 10 AM - 2 PM
Outside Maucker Union by the Fountain
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Alumni Meet Up
Friday the 11th | 7 PM
Kings & Queens in Waterloo
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Performance: Pronoun by Evan Placey
October 10-12 | 7:30 PM
Lang Hall 040
More information available here

Queer Sex Ed
Tuesday the 15th | 7 PM 
Maucker Union Oak Room
Hosted by UNI Proud
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Hot Wings, Hot Topics: Queer & Trans People of Color
Wednesday the 23rd | 12 PM
Center for Multicultural Education
Lunch Provided

Safe Zone Ally Training
Thursday the 24th | 8:30 AM -12:30 PM
Center for Multicultural Education
Registration required

Friday the 25th | Doors open at 9 PM | Show begins at 9:30 PM
Maucker Union Coffeehouse
Tips are welcome to benefit Iowa Safe Schools

Queer College Conference
October 25-26 | UNI Campus
Co-sponsored by Iowa Safe Schools and UNI Proud
Registration required

Hot Wings, Hot Topics: Bi Erasure
Wednesday the 30th | 12 PM
Center for Multicultural Education
Lunch Provided 

LGBTQ+ History Month Sponsors:
Vice President for Student Affairs, Center for Multicultural Education,Gender & Sexuality Services, Rod Library, Theatre UNI, UNI Proud

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UNI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact at least one week prior to the event.