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Press Release for Tuesday, January 17, 2012

University of North Florida LGBTQ Awareness Days

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 


University of North Florida LGBTQ Awareness Days  


The UNF LGBT Resource Center is hosting LGBTQ Awareness Days, starting Tuesday, Jan. 24, through Thursday, Jan. 26. The awareness educational programs are designed to increase education regarding gender and sexuality as well as increase visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender queer and ally communities on campus.  


Activities for LGBTQ Awareness Days are as follows: 


Gay? Fine by Me”: Tuesday, Jan. 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.—The “Gay? Fine by Me” T-shirt campaign returns to bring visibility to allies of the LGBT community. The campaign has distributed more than 1,700 T-shirts to campus supporters in the past four years. This year, the UNF LGBT Resource Center will be giving out 500 shirts to students, faculty and staff. T-shirts will be handed out from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Osprey Plaza at the Student Union.  


“Sex Ed Boot Camp”: Tuesday, Jan. 24, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.—A uthors and sexologists Dr. Joni Frater and Esther Lastique empower students to make better decisions about their sexuality with two presentations. Sex Ed Boot Camp lectures include discussions of basic anatomy, sexual responsibility, if and when to be sexual, and safer sex techniques for the 21st century. Lectures are inclusive of all sexual orientations. This event is co-sponsored by UNF Health Promotions , Women’s Center , Fraternity and Sorority Life and the LGBT Resource Center. An officers’ training camp will be held at 1 p.m. and a general presentation will be held at 6 p.m., both in the Student Union Auditorium, Building 58W. For more information about the Sex Ed Boot Camp, visit  


“Free Anonymous HIV Testing”: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 1 to 3 p.m.—K now your status and get tested. HIV testing is sponsored by UNF Health Promotions and the UNF LGBT Resource Center. Testing will be held in the Student Union, Building 58E, Room 1111.  


“Out in the Workplace”: Thursday, Jan. 26, 1:30 p.m.—L GBT employees face a different set of challenges when it comes to being ‘out’ in the workplace. The choice to ‘come out’ or to ‘live openly’ about their sexuality or gender orientation can pose risks of safety, discrimination and job security. A panel of LGBT professionals in Jacksonville will speak with students about career and professional concerns as well as their personal experiences of being ‘out’ in the workplace. This event is sponsored by UNF Career Services and the LGBT Resource Center and will be held in the UNF Career Services office in Founders Hall, Building 2.  


Paris is Burning”: Thurs. Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m.—The UNF LGBT Resource Center will have a movie screening of the 1990 documentary “ Paris Is Burning .” The film includes interviews discussing sexuality, race and socioeconomic class. The documentary also takes a look into the LGBT culture of New York, “voguing” and drag balls. This event will take place in Brooks Brown Hall, Building 39, Room 1016. 


For more information about the events, contact the UNF LGBT Resource Center at (904) 620-5197 or at .