2016-2017 Highlights

A group of students smiling at the camera at our 2017 Lavender Celebration event.

We had a wonderful year together at LGBTQ Life! Here are some highlights from the 2016 – 2017 academic year. You can also read our PDF Document: annual report by following this link.

Baltimore Pride Parade | July 23, 2016. LGBTQ Life was proud to lead a contingent of Hopkins students, staff, and faculty in the Baltimore Pride Parade. We had more than 250 people from across Hopkins, possibly the largest group the parade has ever seen. We were also awarded the “Best Walking Group” prize!

National Coming Out Day Breakfast | October 11, 2016. We celebrated our community with a breakfast on National Coming Out Day. 45 people joined us in the LGBTQ Life office.

World AIDS Day Dinner | December 1, 2016. The World AIDS Day Dinner was a collaborative event between LGBTQ Life, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. This event featured spoken word poet Mary Bowman, guest speaker Anastasia Pierron, and a performance by Baila. We also had sexual health goody bags and information and support by the Hopkins AIDS Alliance.

Alumni Weekend | April 22 – 23, 2017. About 40 alumni, students, staff, and faculty gathered in the LGBTQ Life office for an alumni weekend reception. Students interviewed alumni and other students for a photo project on LGBTQ life at Hopkins. The following day we had brunch at Gertrude’s restaurant at the Baltimore Art Museum. The brunch was attended by about 25 people.

Networking Social | April 25, 2017. In conjunction with representatives from different LGBTQA groups at Hopkins, we hosted a networking social that drew about 50 students and staff. The GRO helped provide refreshments and DSAGA provided carnival games.

Lavender Celebration | April 30, 2017. We concluded the year with a celebration of our graduating students. This marked the fourth Lavender Celebration at Hopkins, and we honored a record 13 graduating students. About 50 students, staff, faculty, and alumni enjoyed conversation, community, and rainbow cake.

Safe Zone trainings are 3 hour sessions that anyone can attend and learn more about the LGBTQ community. From June 2016 – May 2017, we trained 650 people in 49 sessions held across the Hopkins community, a 66% increase in participation from the previous year.