Note: Below is a list of annual events hosted by the MOSAIC and LGBTQ+ Resource center with a specific focus on LGBTQ+ communities. Programming may vary each year. For a more exhaustive list of annual events, please visit the MOSAIC and LGBTQ+ Resource Center's broader annual events page.
*Drag performers collage created by Nathan S.
LGBTQ+ Welcome Mixer
An event designed for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) communities to come together to celebrate, make new friends, learn about resources, and get connected with the LGBTQ+ Coordinator.
Trans Day of Remembrance and Resilience (TDORR)
Trans Day of Remembrance is an annual observance on November 20th, originally held to honor Rita Hester who was murdered on November 28, 1998 and whose vigil was held the following year. It has since been held to honor the memory of those who lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence and hate. In 2015, Trans Day of Resilience was coined by BreakOUT, and celebrates trans lives while simultaneously recognizing the disproportionate rate of which trans communities of color, specifically trans women of color, are targeted in violent attacks. Trans Day of Resilience focuses on how trans communities resist violence and fight for survival. The LGBTQ+ Resource Center has held a variety of programming on and around TDORR.
UCCS Pride Parade and Pre-Party
Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to walk in the Pikes Peak Pride Parade to represent the UCCS community! At the pre-party, the community gathers for food, games, dancing, giveaways, and time to connect in a relaxed environment. Hosted in collaboration with Staff and Faculty Pride Council and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
National Coming Out Day
Commemorating the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, the first observed National Coming Out Day in 1988 served as a reminder that one of the most basic forms of activism is the power of coming out and living life authentically. All members of the community are encouraged to attend this annual event on October 11th to connect, join LGBTQ+ organizations, learn about community resources, and enjoy food, games, dancing, and activities.
Annual Drag Show
Drag is defined as dressing or performing in a style typically associated with another gender through various forms of expression such as costume and/or performance. Drag artists focus on the art of queering gender performance. Attendees of the annual drag show can expect both seasoned professionals and budding student artists performances.
Multicultural and Lavender Graduation Celebration
The multicultural graduates' ceremony is a cultural celebration that recognizes inclusive community advocates and acknowledges their achievements and contributions to the wellbeing of the university. It is a space for students to share their hopes and dreams with one another and be officially recognized by UCCS for their leadership and achievement. The Lavender Graduation recognizes and celebrates the achievements and contributions of our LGBTQ+ students.
Trans Day of Visibility (TDOV)
Each year on March 31, Trans Day of Visibility honors and celebrates the lives of transgender and non-binary people around the globe and acknowledges the courage it takes to live openly and authentically. The event honors the joy and resilience of transgender people everyone and for their unique voices and identities to be elevated and celebrated. The event has varied to include speakers, panels, film discussions, and more.
World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day takes place on December 1st each year. It is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. The global health day was founded in 1988. During this event, Southern Colorado Health Network provides free HIV/STI testing at the Wellness Center.