OUR ANNUAL TRADITIONS
You are invited to all of our signature events. Each year, we organize unique performing arts programs, commemorative experiences and outreach opportunities designed to enrich your life. Over time, these traditions have become a key part of the LGBT Resource Center's positive impact. From the dazzling Dragalicious Drag Ball to the laudatory Lambda Celebration, our year is packed with events you can’t miss.
Explore our annual traditions below and see our calendar for what's coming up next.
College opens a door to a brand new life; let us be the first to welcome you to it. Since 2005, our Q-Camp has served as an orientation to campus life for new and returning LGBT students and their allies. It takes place the first Sunday of the fall quarter during UCR’s Welcome Week. Both undergraduate and graduate students gather at Pentland Hills for a fun afternoon with peers, student organization leaders and LGBT Resource Center staff.
If you come to Q-Camp, you can…
Please contact us if you have any questions.
WELCOME TO UCR!
We kick off fall quarter with several events that set the tone for a great year.
IT’S MORE THAN FIERCE, IT’S DRAGALICIOUS
Queer Alliance started the gender-bending Dragalicious Drag Ball in 2004, and it gets better every year. For one special night in Spring quarter, we shine a spotlight on dazzling student drag performances, great songs, dance routines, spoken word, fashion, comedy and more. A professional drag queen serves as the night’s emcee.
Besides being a night of sheer ferocity, the Dragalicious Drag Ball is also a fundraiser that benefits UCR student scholarships.
Cheer from the audience, perform on stage, dress in drag, or don’t. Whether you show up in drag king sideburns, drag queen heels, or come as you are, we will welcome you to the ball.
What: Dragalicious Drag Ball XIV
*ASPB co-sponsorship does not constitute an endorsement of the views and opinions expressed.Interested in performing this year or serving on the Drag Ball Committee? Please contact UCRDragalicious@gmail.com
BREAK THE SILENCE, SHARE YOUR STORY
“The Coming Out Monologues” (TCOM) was born at UCR in 2007. Student group Queer Alliance continues to organize the annual spring quarter event, inspired by Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues.”
“The Coming Out Monologues” is a similar positive theater project that celebrates the diversity of the “coming out” experience through individual stories told live on stage.
The event also serves as the outspoken culmination of the Day of Silence, a day in which participants nationwide take a vow of silence in order to bring awareness to anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.
2016 TCOM PERFORMANCE: Ever wanted to write your own coming out monologue? Attend this workshop led by a UCR graduate student and write it out. Your monologue might be used in a future performance of the UCR Coming Out Monologues.
Unique TCOM’s are now performed on college campuses nationwide. Bring the program to your campus.
Students, faculty and staff are invited to submit monologues that tell the story of how they came out, or how a friend or family member came out to them.
Monologues should be…
Auditions and rehearsals begin in Winter Quarter.
If you have questions or would like to be part of the committee, please email email@example.com
PRIDE PROM, THIS IS YOUR NIGHT
Corsages are optional; having the time of your life is mandatory! UCR student organization Queer Alliance has hosted Pride Prom each spring since 2003 as an annual outreach event. Local area high school students, community college students, and members of UCR’s LGBT and allies community are invited to a memorable night of music, dancing, food and fun.
Prom-goers can come as they are or dress to impress. Parents, teachers and allies are welcome. This is a non-alcoholic and non-smoking event. Admission is free.
SAVE THE DATE
What: Pride Prom 2017
• All high school attendees must sign a Liability Waiver. You must sign in two places. If you are under 18, your parent/guardian must sign.
• UCR students: You must be actively volunteering with Queer Alliance, another LGBTQ student organization, or the LGBT Resource Center to attend this outreach event. All volunteers will be required to attend a pre-event orientation and wear Pride Prom volunteer T-shirts.
Remembering those we have lost can open minds and save lives.
Each November since 2003, we honor the International Transgender Day of Remembrance with our Trans Remembrance Display, a weeklong memorial honoring the many victims of transgender-related violence. This year’s memorial will be on display Nov.14-18 on the HUB Wall.
The International Transgender Day of Remembrance was created in order to memorialize all those killed due to anti-transgender prejudice and hatred. It takes place annually in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28, 1998, led to the "Remembering Our Dead" Web project and online memorial. It also led to an historic 1999 San Francisco candlelight vigil and eventually, the designation of Nov. 20 as the day we remember those we have lost.
Rita Hester's murder - like most anti-transgender murder cases - has yet to be solved.
If you would like to help set up or take down this year’s Trans Remembrance Display, please contact Toi Thibodeaux at 951-827-2267 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WE ARE SO PROUD
Each June, we present our Lambda Awards at our annual Lambda Celebration. For more than twelve years it has been our chance to pay tribute to the individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to our LGBT community.
The event also salutes graduating students, our leadership scholarship recipients and those graduating with a minor in Queer Studies. Significant others are also specially acknowledged by students for their support with our Significant Other Awards.
The evening includes a guest speaker keynote, UCR student performances and a delicious catered meal. Graduates don rainbow tassels as a commemorative touch to this celebratory night.
The 2016 Lambda Celebration will take place on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 6-8 p.m. in HUB 355. Our keynote speaker is alum Peter Mercado, Jr. '01 '07.
Nominate Someone for a Lambda Award - deadline Friday, April 7, 2017
DID SOMEBODY SAY, "ROAD TRIP"?
Many California campuses host annual conferences that UCR student delegations can
attend, sometimes with assistance from club or departmental budgets. Getting there
is half the fun. Don't miss out - join us on a conference trip!
Annual Regional Conferences