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The LGBTQ Center Celebrates Pride


Join us as we celebrate Pride Month with a special Drag Queen Brunch with a twist!

Alongside the hysterical Drag Queens who will be performing this year, we will also feature hilarious LGBTQ+ Comedians!  

 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Winner Season 4Trinity the Tuck, was the Main Diva last year, and was joined on stage by some of Jacksonville's Top Queens, including: Karissa T. Wade, Miss South Florida Comedy Queen, Cinnamon Laroche, Chasity Ross Boen and The Lady Visaya. :

 This year, we are turning it up once again, but with an extra twist - Comedians!   

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Sampson McCormick is a down to earth comedic force of nature, and one of the most in demand voices of diversity in comedy for over two decades. 
The award winning queer comedy pioneer has appeared on BET, TV One, VICELAND, Fox Soul, The Amazon Prime movies “Party-N-Play”, “Love The One You’re With”, and the 2017 Oscar Nominated Film “I Live Here”, and the upcoming movie “B-Boy Blues”
In 2018, he made history as the first LGBTQ comedian to headline a Smithsonian Museum at the National Museum of African American History & Culture.

Known as The Princess of Polk County, Kathryn Nevets is an entertainer, who is better known for being Florida's Best Bette Midler and the Loud Mouth From the South! National Miss Comedy Queen 2014 & 1st Alternate to Miss Gay Florida America 1997


April Fresh is a Drag Goddess who specializes in Comedy, Broadway and All Things 80's. She is the hostess of Manic Mondays every Monday Night online, and then hosts 80s and 90s Trivia every Monday at District Dive in Orlando. She is also the creator and hostess of April Fresh's Comedy Brunch (2021 WAVE Award WINNER for Favorite Local Brunch) at Southern Nights Orlando held once a month. She is the creator and co-owner of ANR Productions and the National Miss Comedy Queen Pageant. She is also a foodie and home cook who likes to share her recipes in April's Keto Kitchen.


 LGBTQ Center'sDiva in Residence - Karrissa Wade,  is the current Miss South Florida Comedy Queen. A former Georgia Comedy Queen, and Miss Space Coast Comedy Queen, she's also known as the Queen of Jacksonville as seen on CW17, Channel 12, TMZ, and soooo many others we can't keep track of! Besides her many titles and awards, this comedic and glamorous Queen, is a great humanitarian. She has raised hundreds of thousands through her unique comedy and wit for many local and national causes. As if this wasn't enough, she can often be found interviewing celebrities.


 Mr Ms Adrien is the current Miss National Comedy Queen. Mr Ms Adrien is a recording artist and comedian! They can also be found as Entertainer/Host at Southern Nights Orlando, Entertainer at Pulse Orlando and Entertainer at Parliament House Orlando.


Join us for our annual Drag Queen Brunch, as we raise funds for Jacksonville's LGBTQ Center. 

All proceeds will go to the LGBTQ Center to continue to create: educational and fun programming, provide scholarships to LGBTQ+ youth, 

create a safe space for our community, free HIV/STI testing, food pantry and so much more.

Help us make Jacksonville better for the LGBTQ+ community and our allies.

Brunch and a variety of beverages (alcoholic & non) will be served - not buffet style.

Dress code: Be unapologetically you, whatever makes you bring out your inner FABULOUS-self!

11 AM reception is for VIP ticketholders only - limited number.

21+ event only.


June 12, 2022

11 AM - Special VIP Reception (for VIP ticketholders only)

12 PM - Brunch and entertainment (for everyone)





This event raises funds for the LGBTQ Center, to fund support educational programs, student support, scholarships, and leadership development that spread awareness and knowledge about LGBTQ issues, people, and experiences.

For more on the LGBTQ Center, or If you would like to Sponsor the 2022 Comics and Queens Brunch event, or if have any questions regarding donations to the Center, please contact:

Manny Velasquez-Paredes, Director
Kathleen M. Leone, M.Ed., CFRE, Director of Development for Academic & Student Affairs


Our Supporters

UNF established the LGBTQ Center in 2006 to provide a much-needed safe space for LGBTQ students. Over the past decade, it has far surpassed UNF’s vision for LGBTQ support, education, and resources with a commitment to equality and respect for all people. This is thanks to the longtime support of community members and their dedicated staff. What did we accomplish with your help?


  • UNF ranked in the Top 50 LGBT-friendly Colleges and Universities – in the nation! 
  • UNF ranked as #1 of LGBTQ Friendly Colleges and Universities in the State of Florida & #8 in the south!
  • Certified over 300 faculty and staff as allies through the Safe Space: LGBT Identities cultural competency training program
  • Brought the first “out” transgender artist to MOCA Jacksonville, a cultural institute of UNF
  • Launched a community-based LGBTQ student mentoring program with support from the LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida, The Weaver Philanthropic Initiative, and Michael Miller
  • Increased LGBTQ visibility through Enrollment Services webinars and targeted recruitment of LGBT students

Here at UNF, we believe in developing the best citizens and leaders for our community. We need your help so that we can continue to lead, educate, and advocate for a world that welcomes, supports, and invests in LGBT people. We can’t do it without you! If you would like any further information, please contact Kathleen M. Leone, M.Ed., CFRE, Director of Development for Academic & Student Affairs





Thank You to Our Sponsors


Private Partner 
River City Pride Logo

Equality Florida Logo 2022
JAX Gay Magazine Logo    

 Dr Kai Logo

Annual Support

The Brandon Choy & Dan Morgann Programming Endowment 
 LGBT Community Fund (Crop)