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LGBT Spectacular Spring full of great events

Pride Week begins April 9


Ohio University's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Center has an eventful spring quarter for students looking to get involved this Spectacular Spring.

"Spring is always a busy time of the LGBTA community with Pride Week in April and the annual Pride Graduation and Community Celebration in May," said Mickey Hart, director of the LGBT Center.

Pride Week kicks off Monday, April 9, and continues through Saturday, April 14. The week will consist of panel discussions, dinners and performances. The keynote speaker is Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. She will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in the Walter Hall Rotunda.

The Pride Graduation and Community Celebration will be held 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, in the Baker University Center Ballroom. This is a free dinner and period of recognition for all of the graduates at any level. To register, email do221011@ohio.edu by May 1.

The LGBT Center is offering some new events to involve the Athens community. Family Fun Night, an event to bring LGBT families together for crafts, stories and snacks, will take place 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in the LGBT Center located inBaker Center 354.

"I am excited to see how our first Family Fun Night turns out," said Hart. "We are inviting local LGBT Families to the center to meet each other and to interact with students. Nancy Baur, our GA this year, has done an excellent job of making stronger bridges to the larger community."

Another major event is the National Day of Silence. On Friday, April 20, hundreds of thousands of people throughout the country will refrain from speaking all day to draw attention to anti-LGBT harassment and violence.

The Spring Fling Rainbow Craft Night will be held 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, in the LGBT Center. This event will focus on constructing crafts while enjoying refreshments.

"Even with scaling our programs back a bit this quarter, we still have a pretty ambitious line up!" said Hart. "It will be an excellent way to send off the last quarter at OU."

Other events for this quarter include a Golden Girls Mini-Marathon, knitting lessons, SafeZone Workshops and HIV/AIDS discussions. All events are free and open to the public. For the complete LGBT calendar, click here.