Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC)

Oakland Center, Room 49D
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-4336
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Pride Month, 3/12–4/12, 2018. Five students on campus, three are holding a rainbow flag. Text states "We are OU. Live proud. Be you."

Pride Month

About Pride Month

Be empowered. Celebrate our diverse community at OU through progressive events and boundary-pushing opportunities.

OU Pride Month is a university-wide collaboration, presenting opportunities to learn from and about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning and asexual (LGBTQIA) community.

In the U.S., Pride Month is traditionally celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall uprising in Manhattan, a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement. Today, Pride Month events attract millions of participants worldwide. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that LGBTQIA individuals have had on history on local, national, and international levels.

LGBTQIA Books for Children and Teens

Date: on display March 12 – April 12
Location: 350 Pawley Hall
Host: Educational Resources Lab

The Educational Resources Lab (ERL) presents a large display of books, featuring LGBTQIA characters, history and issues, available for check-out to anyone with an OU Grizz ID. A downloadable bibliography is available on the ERL web page at

Pride Book of the Month: “Trans* in College” by Dr. Z Nicolazzo

Date: March 12 – April 12
Location: Kresge Library
Host: Kresge Library and the Center for Multicultural Initiatives

“Trans* in College: Transgender Students' Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion” by Dr. Z Nicolazzo has been selected as the Pride Month 2018 community-wide book. The goal of this choice is to improve the well-being, retention, and success of trans* students at Oakland University. Copies are available for checkout at Kresge Library.

Pride Month Syllabus

Date: March 12 – April 12

The Pride Month 2018 planning committee has compiled a variety of resources and recommended works to advance the knowledge of LGBTQIA culture and contributions to academia, arts, and pop culture. View the syllabus online.

Pride Month Kickoff, March 12

Date/Time: March 12, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Oakland Room, Oakland Center
Host: Gender and Sexuality Center

Join us as we kick-off Pride Month 2018 with a tribute to LGBTQIA art and music. Light refreshments will be provided.

What's in a Pronoun?: Identity and Self-Determination, March 19

Date/Time: March 19, 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Oakland Room, Oakland Center
Host: OU Division of Student Affairs and Diversity

Attend this session for an inside look at the work of the GSC and OU’s Women and Gender Studies. More information is available at:

Pride ‘Zine-Making Party, March 19

Date/Time: March 19, 6 p.m.
Location: Lake Superior B, Oakland Center
Host: Feminists of OU

Join Feminists of OU in making a zine on the theme of pride. Feminists of OU will provide craft and collage materials for attendees to make their own zine page. The individual pages will then be compiled for campus distribution.

Jen Kober Comedy Show, March 22

Date/Time: March 22, 7 p.m.
Location: Gold Rooms, Oakland Center
Hosts: Center for Student Activities and Residence Hall Association

Jen Kober's powerful performances weave together a southern-style tale of love lost at the buffet, road trip adventures at The Waffle House and midnight mishaps at Wal-Mart.  Originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, Kober has taken her southern-style sassiness to Los Angeles, where she has quickly become a nationally-recognized headliner. Kober commands the stage and dares you not to laugh as she takes you through an hour-long ride that is sure to leave you humming the tunes and buying the t-shirts! See her on TV on “HBO,” “Showtime” and “FX,” on the shows “The Real Husbands of Hollywood” with Kevin Hart and “The Middle,” and in movies including “Grudge Match,” “Paranoia” and “American Pie Reunion.”

Slam for Solidarity II, March 23

Date/Time: March 23, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: 1050 Human Health Building
Host: Gay-Straight Alliance

Join the Gay-Straight Alliance for their Poetry Slam! Poetry Slam allows students to perform their own poetry pieces, or those of another author, in a private setting. Poetry Slam consists of sign-up and open-mic portions.

Struggles, Success and Sexuality, March 27

Date/Time: March 27, 3 – 5 p.m.
Location: Gold Room C, Oakland Center
Host: OU Student Congress

This event is an open discussion circle facilitated by Special Lecturer Charin Davenport.

Pride Prom, March 31

Date/Time: March 31, 7 p.m.
Location: Gold Rooms, Oakland Center
Host: Gay-Straight Alliance

Join the Gay-Straight Alliance for Pride Prom! This event is positioned to be a fun and meaningful event for all, whether one wants to relive the prom experience or just join in on the fun. Pride Prom consists of a buffet-style dinner, dancing and games, such as a lip-sync battle.

15th Annual Drag Show, April 5

Date/Time: April 5, 7 p.m.
Location: Banquet Rooms, Oakland Center
Host: Gay-Straight Alliance

The 15th Annual Drag Show is a major aspect of Pride Month. The drag show is the Gay-Straight Alliance’s largest event, with hundreds of spectators each year. This drag show will consist of both professional and student-auditioned performers.

6th Annual Lavender Graduation Celebration, April 8

Date/Time: April 8, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: 110 O’Dowd Hall
Host: Gender and Sexuality Center

Lavender Graduation Celebration serves to congratulate and celebrate the achievements of Oakland University’s LGBTQIA and ally graduates of all levels. If you are a 2018 graduate and wish to be recognized, please complete this form. All are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided.

Selecting and Using Children’s Literature to Discuss LGBTQIA Identities in Classrooms, April 9

Date/Time: April 9, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: 350 Pawley Hall
Host: Reading and Language Arts Department and the Educational Resource Lab

Attend this seminar to learn methods for starting conversations with children about gender and LGBTQIA identities through the selection and discussion of children's literature. Dr. Kristin McIlhagga, assistant professor of children's literature, Reading and Language Arts Department, Oakland University, will share information on locating and carefully selecting literature. Dr. Jill Hermann-Wilmarth, professor of socio-cultural studies, Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies, Western Michigan University, will share her research and educational experiences in leading elementary-classroom conversations about gender and LGBTQIA identities. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore a variety of books and engage in small- and large-group discussions. All are welcome to attend.

Lesser Known Gender and Sexuality Identities, April 10

Date/Time: April 10, 11:30 a.m.
Location: 110B O’Dowd Hall
Host: American Medical Student Association

This event will focus on bringing awareness and understanding to some of the lesser-known gender and sexual identities. Individuals who identify with some of these, such as asexual, intersex and two-spirit, will present a panel discussion. Panelists will share their stories with the audience, concluding in a question-and-answer format.

2018 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference, April 12

Date/Time: April 12, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Banquet Rooms, Oakland Center

The 2018 conference theme is “Leveraging Diversity: Stand Up, Stand Strong, Stand Together.” We are excited to have a powerful agenda of speakers and topics to share with you! Faculty and staff registration will open in February 2018. For more information, visit

2018 Committee




2018 Sponsors
  • Gender and Sexuality Center
  • OUWB Diversity and Inclusion
  • School of Business Administration
  • School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • School of Nursing
  • Oakland University Bookstore