Former Green Bay Packer highlights Pride Week

March 31, 2014

TuaoloEsera Tuaolo, a former defensive tackle who is one of only a few NFL players to come out at gay, is the keynote speaker at UW-Whitewater's Pride Week. The PB Poorman PRIDE Resource Center and the student organization IMPACT sponsor the events, which will take place in the James R. Connor University Center.

Events include:

Zumba/Dance against Bullying fundraiser: An hour of Zumba and an hour of dancing with the TIFU Cultural Ensemble will take place Thursday, April 3, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Hamilton Room. Admission is $2 at the door with a canned good or $3 without. Raise more funds if you choose -- the top five fundraisers will get to have dinner with Tuaolo on April 9. Proceeds support LGBT of Walworth County's efforts to prevent bullying.

Ally Open House: A reception to bring together LGBT students with supportive faculty, staff, and students will take place Tuesday, April 8, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Warhawk Connection Center. If you are LGBT or an ally, stop in for food and conversation and to show your support.

"It's a chance for people who are supportive to connect with our LGBT students," said Cindy Konrad, LGBT coordinator. "It is also a chance for our LGBT students to recognize who some of those supportive people are on campus."

Taking Pride in the History: IMPACT will host a learning activity about LGBT history, with a debriefing and social afterwards. The event takes place Tuesday, April 8, at 6 p.m. in the University Center, room 68. All are welcome.

Former Green Bay Packer speaks: Come hear the story of Tuaolo, who played in the NFL for nine seasons. He will speak Wednesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Room.

Applications and nominations for the 2013-14 Rainbow Celebration of Excellence awards to recognize members of the LGBT campus community and allies for their contributions to and leadership on our campus are now available online

All applications and nominations are due Friday, April 11, by midnight. Awards will be presented at a ceremony on Wednesday, April 30, from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Fern Young Terrace.

If you have any questions or are in need of accommodations please contact Cindy Konrad at 262-472-7169.

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