LGBTQ History Month

Published on Oct 20, 2015

By Keisa Reynolds (‘15)

October is LGBTQ History Month and Columbia’s Office of  LGBTQ Culture & Community started its series of events. 

The office kicked off the month with the annual Royal Family Dinner on October 1. The dinner was held in collaboration with Common Ground, Columbia’s LGBTQ student organization. 

“In order for us to be here and move forward, we have to affirm and celebrate ourselves and each other, so that’s what the dinner with the royal family is about,” said Lex Lawson, the coordinator of LGBTQ Culture & Community.

Most of the events are held in collaboration with other departments and community organizations. According to Lawson, including as many narratives as possible was a priority in planning for the month. 

“Oftentimes, we can think of just one type of LGBTQ history or narrative. Just like the rest of our culture, LGBTQ culture and history is incredibly diverse and has many different cross-cultural experiences,” Lawson explained.

For Lawson, LGBTQ history and culture is important to highlight, and they point out it is not incorporated in history courses across the country.

Upcoming Events
As a part of 24-Hour Night, the closing event is the Masqueerade Ball. It will take place on Thursday, October 29 at Conaway Center in 1104 S. Wabash. There will be mocktails, dancing, and a costume contest.

For more information or support with accessibility needs, contact Lex Lawson at 312-369-8594 or