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UNI's Pride Week to explore nuances of gender, sexuality

March 25, 2014

Stormy O'Brink, president, UNI Proud, 319-610-8730,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's LGBT student organization UNI Proud will kick off the annual campus wide Pride Week with a drag show at 8 p.m., Monday, March 31, in the Maucker Union. "Fluidity Inclusivity" is the theme of this year's Pride Week, and a number of events will explore the nuances of gender and sexuality from Monday, March 31, through Saturday, April 5.

"The Queer Monologues" will be performed at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 1, in the Bertha Martin Theatre. Inspired by the popular "Vagina Monologues," this production features true and fictional stories of LGBTQIA students.

J Mase III, self-described as "The Rowdiest Transqueer Poet You Know," will deliver the keynote performance at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, in the Maucker Union Ballroom. Mase is the author of "If I Should Die Under the Knife, Tell My Kidney I Was the Fiercest Poet Around" and creator of the annual performance event "Cupid Ain't @#$%!: An Anti-Valentine's Day Poetry Movement."

Restrooms in the Maucker Union Ballroom will be declared gender-neutral during UNI Proud's second Gender Inclusive Restrooms Protest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, April 3, in the Maucker Union Ballroom Lobby.

A number of progressive student organizations have partnered with UNI Proud to host the inaugural Progressive Prom, an inclusive dance party, from 7 to 10 p.m., Friday, April 4, in the Maucker Union Ballroom.

UNI Proud will also participate in the first Out of the Darkness Walk, an event that will raise awareness of suicide prevention from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 5, starting at the fountain outside Maucker Union.

For the second year, the Hispanic Latino Student Union's annual Latino Ball, which will take place from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m., Saturday, April 5, in the Maucker Union Central Ballroom, will feature drag performers from UNI Proud.

There will also be lectures and film screenings throughout the week. The events are free and open to the public. For a complete list of events or more information, visit or contact Stormy O'Brink, president of UNI Proud, at 319-610-8730 or