Our LGBTQIA+ community is diverse, vibrant, and growing. Today, there are many organizations at the University of Mississippi and in the larger community that collaborate on a range of annual events, including LGBTQ+ History Month in October and the Oxford Pride Parade in May.
On campus, the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies and the Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement oversee Pride Camp (a community-building program for LGBTQ+ students), LGBTQ+ History Month, Lavender Graduation, and the Oxford Pride Parade. The CICCE coordinates the Allies program and other LGBTQ+ specific diversity education initiatives, in order to train students, faculty, and staff to be advocates and resources for the LGBTQ+ community. The Isom Center also offers a graduate minor in gender studies and an optional queer studies emphasis in its undergraduate minor. Check out the Events tab above to find information on upcoming lectures, programming, and events. Many individual departments, centers, and organizations collaborate on these programs to bring them to campus.
Student groups on campus include UM Pride Network, QPOC (Queer People of Color), OUTGrads, an organization for graduate and professional students, and LAMBDA, a student support and discussion group on campus.
In the Oxford community, OutOxford organizes Code Pink, a series of inclusive dance parties, and co-sponsors the Oxford Pride Parade, including the annual drag show. PFLAG serves as a support groups for LGBTQ+ folks and their friends and families. Allied groups such as the Oxford Film Festival and the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council regularly cosponsor LGBTQ-themed events.
In the broader community, HRC Mississippi has a network across the state, and the Campaign for Southern Equality has worked on a number of court cases regarding Mississippi’s LGBTQIA+ community.