This week, running from Sept. 28 through Oct. 2, U of L’s LGBT Center will “wave their flag” during the annual U of L Pride Week Festival.

It seems like last year would be a hard year to top. In 2014, U of L’s Medical Center was announced as one of the first American colleges to offer medical care to trans students, and the keynote speaker Richard Blanco was President Barack Obama’s inaugural poet.

But the program’s rapid growth at the University has gained national attention. This year’s keynote speaker is Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter. She will speak on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in the SAC multi-purpose room.

This is perfect timing for the University to host Cullors, as her organization is launching the new “Black Lives Matter,” website the same day U of L begins Pride Week.

While the LGBT Center preserves traditions like free HIV testing and Queer Mindfulness, they are opening a new dialogue on Sept. 30 called, “Showing Up for Racial Justice: White People Supporting Each Other to Be A Part of the Change.”

The Pride Week Cookout and flag raising ceremony took place at the Red Barn and West Plaza on Monday, starting the week-long event of free food, field games and a series of open discussions.

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