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Information about the LGBTQ+ events and programs at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. A printable calendar of events is available.


Each semester we publish a calendar of LGBTQ+ events and programs designed to increase awareness of LGBTQ+ culture and issues. All events are free and open to students, faculty, staff and community members.

Signature Events

Throughout the year we host and sponsor events that promote LGBTQ+ acceptance and understanding.  Our signature Events include the LGBTQ Ally March, the Harvey Milk commemorative dinner, Lavender Graduation, transAction week, and Together we make it Better campaign.


September 18th
LGBTQ Resource center

7:30 - 9:30 pm 

Fall Kick-Off Social!

We’re throwing a little shindig at the LGBTQ Resource Center! Come find out who we are and what do we do on campus! Meet the staff, hear testimonials from fellow students, find ways to get involved, and discover our Queer Peer Mentor Program. Fun! Music! Crafts! Food!

September 23

LGBTQ Resource Center

7:00 pm

WI/BI/Pan Discussion Panel

The Wisconsin Bisexual/Pansexual Speakers Bureau will be here to present a variety of
individual stories on non-binary sexualities and discuss the hard
questions: Why is there bi-invisibility and bi-erasure? Where did the myths about bisexuality come from? Why are so many bisexuals
suffering from depression and anxiety? Are there differences between bisexuality, pansexuality, and polysexuality? How do racial and gender intersections play out in the non-monosexual community?

September 30th

Albee Gymnasium

7:00 pm

The Changing Climate for LGBTQ Athletes and Coaches: Progress and Persistent Challenges 

Pat Griffin, the director of
Changing the Game: The Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Sports Project and author of Strong Women, Deep Closets: Lesbians and Homophobia in Sport will speak about changing the sports climate for LGBTQ+ athletes and coaches. Griffin is a Professor
Emerita in the Social Justice Education Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

October 16th

LGBTQ Resource Center

12:00 noon

Queer Talk Show with guest John Erikson

Director Liz Cannon will interview 2009 Alumnus John Erickson. John, a nationally ranked volleyball athlete while at Oshkosh and one of UW Oshkosh’s first out gay athletes, is currently completing his Ph.D. in American Religious History at Claremont Graduate University, the Chief of Staff and City Council Deputy to West Hollywood Council member Abbe Land, and the president of the UW Oshkosh LGBTQA Alumni Chapter. John has recently won the UW Oshkosh 2015 Young Alumni Award.

October 19th

LGBTQ Resource Center

6:00 pm

Queer Film Series: Regarding Susan Sontag (2014)

“An intimate and nuanced investigation into the life of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. [ . . . ] From her early infatuation with books and her first experience in a gay bar; from her marriage in adolescence to her last lover, Regarding Susan Sontag is a fascinating look at a towering cultural critic and writer whose works on photography, war, illness, and terrorism still resonate today”
Talk back with Liz Cannon following the film.

October 28th

Reeve Theater (307)

6:30 pm

Queer Game Show: Hollywood Squares

Students compete against faculty and staff in this classic game show with a queer twist. Do you have what it takes to win this game of tic-tac-toe? Test your trivia skills and tickle your funny bone with your host Guy Smiley and the hilarious guest panel!

November 4th

LGBTQ Resource Center

7:00 pm

Queer Film Series: The New Black (2013)

The story of how African American communities are grappling with LGBTQ rights issues in light of the marriage equality movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families, and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar - the black church. It also reveals the strategy of some Christian activist groups of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue a political agenda that opposes LGBTQ+ rights. Talk back following the film.

November 10th

LGBTQ Resource Center

11:30 AM

Queer Talk Show with guest Laura Hartman

Director Liz Cannon
will interview new faculty member Laura Hartman. Hartman will be joining the Environmental Studies Department, teaching such courses as Gender and Nature. Coming to us from Rock Island, Illinois, Laura will talk about her journey of bringing her wife and son to Oshkosh, being a plaintiff in the Illinois same-sex marriage case, and how issues of gender and sexuality infuse her courses.

November 16th & 17th

Reeve Memorial Union Ballroom

Tunnel of Oppression

an interactive experience;
17th participants walk through multiple scenarios designed to display
oppression of marginalized groups. The goal is to raise awareness
of racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, poverty, genocide and
other forms of oppression in society.

December 1st

Various locations on campus

All Day

World AIDS Day

Join the LGBTQ Resource Center’s World AIDS Day Fact Hunt. Look for tables throughout campus providing activities and education that will help you ACT HIV AWARE. Different tables will present different facts about HIV/AIDS from local, statewide, national, and international perspectives, gleaned from resources provided by our community partners:
Winnebago County Health Department, Planned Parenthood, AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin. Complete our World AIDS Day Fact Hunt Questionnaire to win a prize. Use your knowledge to protect yourself and others from HIV infection, and learn what you can do in your community to support those who are infected. Watch for the Women’s Center’s program Craftivism on March 9th for information on the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.

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