Calendar of Events

LGBTQ+ History Month Opening Ceremony

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Bryant Hall, Jan & Lawrence Farrington Gallery

Hosted by the Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement, the Sarah Isom Center for Women & Gender Studies, and LGBTQ+ History Month Planning Committee

Join us as we kick off LGBTQ+ History Month. All students, faculty and staff are welcome! Remarks will begin at 4:15 PM.

Tena Clark with Southern Discomfort

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

5:30 PM

Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square)

The Mississippi blues take on new meaning in this tragic yet uplifting memoir. With its Southern setting and themes of racial conflict and civil rights, it’s easy to see how this book has been compared to The Help. But Clark’s debut is an entirely original—and true—story. In the Grammy Award–winning songwriter and producer’s memoir, she reveals a Southern gothic tale of growing up in 1950s Waynesboro, Mississippi, a lesbian raised by a womanizing father, an alcoholic mother, and a household of African-American help whom she’d sooner call family.

BattleVerse: Icons OUTLoud

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

9:00 PM-11:00 PM

Proud Larry’s

Hosted by OUTGrads

In recognition of LGBTQ+ History Month and Sarahfest, this event will pit established and up-and-coming writers in literary battle. The audience will help decide who will take home the crown in this competitive circus of hilarious events inspired by some of our favorite LGBTQ+ literary icons.

Garth Greenwell with What Belongs To You

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

5:30 PM

Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square)

On an unseasonably warm autumn day, an American teacher enters a public bathroom beneath Sofia’s National Palace of Culture. There he meets Mitko, a charismatic young hustler, and pays him for sex. He returns to Mitko again and again over the next few months, drawn by hunger and loneliness and risk, and finds himself ensnared in a relationship in which lust leads to mutual predation, and tenderness can transform into violence. As he struggles to reconcile his longing with the anguish it creates, he’s forced to grapple with his own fraught history, the world of his southern childhood where to be queer was to be a pariah. There are unnerving similarities between his past and the foreign country he finds himself in, a country whose geography and griefs he discovers as he learns more of Mitko’s own narrative, his private history of illness, exploitation, and want.  

What Belongs to You is a stunning debut novel of desire and its consequences. With lyric intensity and startling eroticism, Garth Greenwell has created an indelible story about the ways in which our pasts and cultures, our scars and shames can shape who we are and determine how we love.

Rocky Horror Picture Show Screening

Thursday, October 4, 2018

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Barnard Observatory Tupelo Room

Hosted by UM Pride Network

After a brief introduction to its unusual backstory and shadow cast tradition, UM Pride Network will screen the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Water Valley Art Crawl

Saturday, October 6, 2018

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Violet Valley Bookstore (303 N Main Street Water Valley, MS)

Come visit Violet Valley Bookstore, Mississippi’s only queer feminist bookstore, as part of the Water Valley Art Crawl. Poet Derrick Harriell will read at 6:00 PM, and we will feature artwork by Jonathan Kent Adams and other queer artists.

Are you Ready? Dialogue Series: Let’ Start the Conversation


Monday, October 8, 2018

6:00 PM-7:00 PM

Bryant Hall 209

Hosted by The Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement

Are you ready for a unique, engaging dialogue series? Join us as we discuss the intersection of Latinx and LGBTQ+ identities. The interactive dialogue will celebrate the contributions of member of both the LGBTQ+ and Latinx communities. Topics such as the aftermath of the Pulse Nightclub shooting will also be discussed. Julian Randall, an Ole Miss graduate student, will facilitate the discussion.

UM Allies Training for Students  


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

4:00 PM-7:00 PM

The Sarah Isom Center Conference Room (Lamar Hall 3rd Floor)

Hosted by The Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement

UM Allies training is a 3 hour workshop that will teach students about LGBTQ+ identities, issues that are faced by individuals in these communities, and how to be an effective Ally. The workshop will also cover important terminology and available campus resources. Students can pre-register HERE now until October 8, 2018 at Noon.

Julian Randall with Refuse

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

5:00 PM

Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square)

Set against the backdrop of the Obama presidency, Julian Randall’s Refuse documents a young biracial man’s journey through the mythos of Blackness, Latinidad, family, sexuality and a hostile American landscape. Mapping the relationship between father and son caught in a lineage of grief and inherited Black trauma, Randall conjures reflections from mythical figures such as Icarus, Narcissus and the absent Frank Ocean. Not merely a story of the wound but the salve, Refuse is a poetry debut that accepts that every song must end before walking confidently into the next music.

Okra OUT Front

Thursday, October 11, 2018

3:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Delta State University (Cleveland, MS)

Hosted by Delta State University

Sponsored by the the Sarah Isom Center for Women & Gender Studies and the Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement

Okra OUT Front is Delta State University’s annual celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month with music, dance, food, and fun. This year’s theme is “Vogue.” The event features guest speaker Dr. Jaime Harker, University of Mississippi English Professor, Author, and the Director of  the Sarah Isom Center for Women & Gender Studies.As representatives of the state’s flagship university, interested UM students are invited to travel to Cleveland by van to attend Okra Out Front, which will take place from 6:00 PM-7:30 PM. Space is limited! If you interested in taking the shuttle, please contact Kevin Cozart at by October 5th ! To learn more about DSU’s LGBTQ+ History Month calendar of events, please contact Michelle Johnsen at or Sofiya Dahman at

Sarahtalk Brown Bag: RuPaul Before Supermodel: Starrbooty and the Politics of Racial Drag

Friday, October 12, 2018

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Tupelo Room, Barnard Observatory

Hosted by the Sarah Isom Center for Women & Gender Studies

In this lecture, Dr. Michael Bibler (English ~ LSU) will discuss RuPaul’s early career and her creation of the personas Starrbooty and Miss Rachel Tensions, who both inhabited spaces that took white constructions of black respectability literally. He will also discuss early controversy about whether Ru’s drag was “black enough” to contemporary controversies about trans identity.

LGBTQ+ Faculty & Staff Networking Social

Friday, October 12, 2018

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Bryant Hall, Jan & Lawrence Farrington Gallery

Hosted by Division of Diversity & Community Engagement

The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement cordially invites faculty and staff to a networking social in honor of LGBTQ+ History Month. For additional information or disability accommodations, contact or (662) 915-2933 .  

LOU Pride Collective Concert

Friday, October 12, 2018

9:00 PM – Midnight

Proud Larry’s

Hosted by OUTGrads and UM Pride Network

Local musician Mattie Thrasher and band And the Echo headline a concert to celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month.

Jaime Harker with The Lesbian South

Monday, October 15, 2018

5:00 PM

Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square)

Jaime Harker uncovers a largely forgotten literary renaissance in southern letters. Southern lesbian feminists from the 1970s through the 1990s remade southernness as a site of intersectional radicalism, transgressive sexuality, and liberatory space. Including well-known authors like Dorothy Allison and Alice Walker, as well as overlooked writers, publishers, and editors, Harker reconfigures the southern literary canon and the feminist canon, challenging histories of feminism and queer studies to include the south in a formative role.

UM Pride Network General Meeting

Thursday, October 18, 2018

6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Lamar 519

UM Pride Network will be hosting a meeting during its normal time. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow LGBTQ+ and ally undergraduate students at the university in an accepting and open space!

Virtual Visiting Artist/Curator: Daniel J. Sander, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

5:00 PM-6:00 PM

120 Meek Hall

Hosted by The Department of Art and Art History

Sander will discuss his work at the Leslie-Lohman Museum, which is the only dedicated art museum in the world to exhibit and preserve art about the LGBTQ+ experience.

LGBTQ+ History Month Networking Luncheon

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Noon – 1:30 PM

The Inn at Ole Miss Ballroom

Hosted by the Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement, the Sarah Isom Center for Women & Gender Studies, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, and Ole Miss Athletics

The LGBTQIA+ Networking Luncheon will be an opportunity to interact, engage, and network with LGBTQIA+ members of the University of Mississippi and Oxford community. Guests are invited to RSVP now until Friday, October 19, 2018. Pre-registration is required and will close when capacity is reached.

Queer Studies Lecture: A Conversation with Hilary Zaid

Thursday, October 25, 2018

4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Lamar 126

Hosted by the Sarah Isom Center for Women & Gender Studies

Novelist Hilary Zaid will deliver the 5th Annual Queer Studies Lecture. After a reading from her novel, Paper is White, she will have a discussion with Dr. Jaime Harker, Isom Center director and professor of English, regarding queer life in the 1990s, activism, and the roots of marriage equality, before taking questions from the audience.

Sarahtalk Brown Bag: “Eventually We are all Queer:” Isherwood, Identities, and Legacies

Friday, October 26, 2018

12:00PM-1:00 PM

Tupelo Room, Barnard Observatory

Hosted by the Sarah Isom Center for Women & Gender Studies

Dr. Chris Freeman (English & Gender Studies, USC) will use Christopher Isherwood as a case study to consider issues connected to mentorship, queer relationships, “mainstream” and marginal literary success, and queer studies into the twenty-first century.

LGBT History Month Sponsors

Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement

The Sarah Isom Center for Women & Gender Studies

The Division of Diversity & Community Engagement

UM Pride Network

The Department of Student Housing

The Department of Art and Art History

Ole Miss Athletics


Violet Valley Bookstore

Off Square Books

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For more information or disability accommodations, please contact The Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement at 662-915-1689 or