by Ben Gierhart
The University of Louisville is certainly one of the best schools in the state, but it may surprise many to know that according to Campus Pride – a national nonprofit organization that rates colleges and universities according to their support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues – it is the best college for LGBTQ students in Kentucky. In fact, the LGBT Center at University of Louisville has enjoyed this and similar distinctions for several years, even garnering favorable positions on national rankings such as a No. 1 ranking on LGBTOutfitters’ list of the 10 best campuses for LGBTQ students in 2018.
Earning this reputation is a result of the fierce dedication of the staff at UofL’s LGBT Center and the diversification of the student activities board. They are relentless in providing countless resources and social events throughout the year that enrich students’ lives both personally and academically. A recent, notable guest was Dominique Jackson, trans activist, actor, model and star of the ground-breaking hit show “Pose.”
On February 5, the student activities board at UofL in conjunction with the LGBT Center and the Black Student Union will once again play host to a modern queer icon: Karamo Brown, the “culture expert” on the lovingly rebooted “Queer Eye” for Netflix as well as a prior life coach, social worker and author. His keynote address will include a discussion about the intersectionality of the LGBTQ+ community and Black masculinity. The event is free and open to the public.
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