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Annual Programming

Events Annual Programming

Below is a list of events we hold every year. If the event is scheduled around a certain time of year, it is denoted. Specific dates can be found on the semester preview.

Big Red Welcome - Party at the Union

Saturday before Fall Semester starts

Party at the Union is one of the most widely attended student events of the school year. It serves as a great way to meet and have fun with other students and organizations around campus. Every year, we take over the Crib with informational booths and a mini drag show to give visibility to the LGBTQA+ community on campus.

For more information, see our Drag Shows page or Big Red Welcome's pages.

Big Red Welcome - Street Festival

Sunday before Fall Semester starts

The Street Festival offers a great opportunity for new and returning students alike to see what clubs and organizations are available on campus. It serves as our largest outreach and recruiting event of the year. The LGBTQA+ Center, along with other LGBTQA+ Student Organizations, have booth space near one another to spread the word and raise visibility of the resources available on campus.

For more information, visit Big Red Welcome.

Welcome Back Celebration

1st Thursday of fall semester

As a way to kick off the new year, the LGBTQA+ Center, Spectrum UNL, oSTEM @ Nebraska, and TRANSform co-host a Welcome Back Celebration. The celebration serves as a way to meet other LGBTQA+ students on campus, socialize with and meet new friends, and learn about the campus community—all over a delicious meal of pizza! We also have options for those with dietary restrictions (gluten free, vegetarian, vegan).

LGBTQA+ Center Open House

2nd Wednesday of fall semester

At the beginning of each academic year, we invite all students to visit our location, meet the staff, and learn more about what we have to offer. We offer snacks and refreshments along with a warm and welcoming environment. The Women’s Center hosts their open house at the same time, so be sure to stop by both centers to learn about more diversity programs on campus!

Rainbow Ball

Friday of Homecoming

The Rainbow Ball is an LGBTQA+ inclusive Homecoming Dance. We wanted to create a space for LGBTQA+ students to come and enjoy themselves during a time of celebration at the University. The motto is simple: dress how you want, bring who you want, be who you are.

For more information, see our Rainbow Ball page.

Graduate & Non-Traditional Student Social

One per semester

Many student organizations around campus have a focus on undergraduate students, so we offer Undergraduate and Non-Traditional Student Socials to help connect grad and non-trad students with one another. Drop by these socials to meet others and enjoy a variety of snacks and refreshments.

For more information, join the closed Facebook group here.

LGBTQA+ History Month Dinner


October is LGBTQA+ History Month, and what better way to celebrate and honor our history than a dinner open to the entire Lincoln community? Every year, we host a semi-formal dinner with great food, moving entertainment, and an amazing keynote speaker. Come and give back to the community that has such a rich history!

For more information, see our History Month page.

Fall Drag Show


Our first of two main-stage drag shows of the year. For more information, see our Drag Shows page.

Queer Poetry Slam


The Queer Poetry Slam, hosted at Crescent Moon Coffee in the Haymarket, gives a platform to talented young poets to share their voices and experiences within the LGBTQA+ community. The program lasts an hour and is followed by an open mic. There is a raffle with great community prizes, and all proceeds go toward conference travel.



Every year, we send a contingency to the Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Asexual College Conference, the largest queer leadership conference in the country. For more information, see our Conferences page.

Spring Drag Show


Our second of two main-stage drag shows of the year. For more information, see our Drag Shows page.

Lavender Graduation

Thursday before Dead Week

As a way to celebrate the achievements of those who have contributed to the LGBTQA+ community during their time at UNL, we host a Lavender Graduation ceremony. The ceremony also serves as an awards ceremony to honor those who have gone above and beyond to give back and support to the community.

For more information, see our Scholarships and Awards page.

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