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Futures Without Violence, the University of Kentucky LGBT Taskforce and OUTsource, as well as UK’s Gay-Straight Alliance are coming together to host a Queer Speak Out on April 17th, 2014 called “OUTspoken: Leaving the Second Closet Behind”. The purpose of OUTspoken is to bring forward voices of LGBTQ* survivors of interpersonal violence such as rape, sexual assault, partner violence, stalking, harassment, and hate crimes. We hope that this event will help UK’s administration and the Lexington community understand that this is an issue on campus and that queer survivors need more support. 
 We will be hosting a 3 part event that includes a featured guest artist, Mary Lambert, and speakers, an open forum where queer survivors can share their stories, and an ending discussion on how to take care of yourself and others. At the beginning and end of the event, there will be tabling fair of supportive organizations and resources offered in both the Lexington and University community. 
This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 
We hope to see you there!

beegatsby:

Futures Without Violence, the University of Kentucky LGBT Taskforce and OUTsource, as well as UK’s Gay-Straight Alliance are coming together to host a Queer Speak Out on April 17th, 2014 called “OUTspoken: Leaving the Second Closet Behind”. The purpose of OUTspoken is to bring forward voices of LGBTQ* survivors of interpersonal violence such as rape, sexual assault, partner violence, stalking, harassment, and hate crimes. We hope that this event will help UK’s administration and the Lexington community understand that this is an issue on campus and that queer survivors need more support. 

 We will be hosting a 3 part event that includes a featured guest artist, Mary Lambert, and speakers, an open forum where queer survivors can share their stories, and an ending discussion on how to take care of yourself and others. At the beginning and end of the event, there will be tabling fair of supportive organizations and resources offered in both the Lexington and University community. 

This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 

We hope to see you there!


beegatsby:

Futures Without Violence, the University of Kentucky LGBT Taskforce and OUTsource, as well as UK’s Gay-Straight Alliance are coming together to host a Queer Speak Out on April 17th, 2014 called “OUTspoken: Leaving the Second Closet Behind”. The purpose of OUTspoken is to bring forward voices of LGBTQ* survivors of interpersonal violence such as rape, sexual assault, partner violence, stalking, harassment, and hate crimes. We hope that this event will help UK’s administration and the Lexington community understand that this is an issue on campus and that queer survivors need more support. 
 We will be hosting a 3 part event that includes a featured guest artist, Mary Lambert, and speakers, an open forum where queer survivors can share their stories, and an ending discussion on how to take care of yourself and others. At the beginning and end of the event, there will be tabling fair of supportive organizations and resources offered in both the Lexington and University community. 
This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 
We hope to see you there!

beegatsby:

Futures Without Violence, the University of Kentucky LGBT Taskforce and OUTsource, as well as UK’s Gay-Straight Alliance are coming together to host a Queer Speak Out on April 17th, 2014 called “OUTspoken: Leaving the Second Closet Behind”. The purpose of OUTspoken is to bring forward voices of LGBTQ* survivors of interpersonal violence such as rape, sexual assault, partner violence, stalking, harassment, and hate crimes. We hope that this event will help UK’s administration and the Lexington community understand that this is an issue on campus and that queer survivors need more support. 

 We will be hosting a 3 part event that includes a featured guest artist, Mary Lambert, and speakers, an open forum where queer survivors can share their stories, and an ending discussion on how to take care of yourself and others. At the beginning and end of the event, there will be tabling fair of supportive organizations and resources offered in both the Lexington and University community. 

This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 

We hope to see you there!


To whomever may need or want our help in coming out,

Along with the resources that we offer, I’d like to remind you all - and anyone in the community in need of anything - that we the board, as people, are resources. You’re more than welcome to come and talk to us. We’re not licensed counselors, sure, but we know what it’s like.

We are very committed to the notion of “community.” And for us, looking back at the rich history of the LGBTQ History, we know we’ve lost to many amazing people. “Community,” for us, means doing what we can to make sure the community doesn’t lose you.  

- Skylos
OUTsource Creative Director

posted 3 weeks ago

OUTsource got the experience of a lifetime tonight. These two lovely women, Racquelle Trammel and Emani Love - along with filmmaker Dream Hampton - came to the University of Kentucky to present their upcoming documentary, currently titled “Transparent.” 

Along with bringing their awesome workshop on gender identity and intersectionality, they spent time at the Martin Luther King Center to talk to people. There, they talked with us about becoming better Trans* Allies, and how to become a better overall center for a diverse population.  Plus they actually came to center and took pictures, and even signed our Transparent poster!! 

This was an amazing event, and I’m so excited to see OUTsource work with Dream, Racquelle, Emani, and maybe even the Ruth Ellis Center in the future. It was absolutely amazing and inspiring to meet these individuals, and they’ve really inspired us to work harder.

Also, thank you to the Late Night Film Series for inviting Dream Hampton to bring her documentary here, and for inviting OUTsource to be a part of this! 

- Skylos
OUTsource Creative Director

posted 3 weeks ago

Anonymous asked: "how can you guys help me with coming out?"

How we could help depends on how you would like us to help and on your unique situation. (Be prepared for a lot of info).

We have a number of resources in OUTsource both as books/pamphlets and interpersonal resources (i.e. advice and support from people who have come out). We also have strong ties to both out LGBTQ* and ally staff in the counseling center and VIP center that we could refer you to if you feel like that would be helpful. UK’s Gay-Straight Alliance is also an excellent resource for students who are in the coming out process. Both straight and LGBTQ* students go to their meetings every Thursday @ 7 in the student center and there is an explicit no outing policy (no one will ask you about your sexual orientation/gender identity…we have the same policy in OUTsource).

As far as what we would recommend, it’s all about what you are comfortable with and where you are in the coming out process. Traditionally, individuals go through stages: 1) Denial, 2) Questioning, 3) Tolerance, 4) Acceptance, 5) Pride, 6) Synthesis. Most individuals who are considering coming out are between the 2nd and 5th stages, although one may be in different stages depending on the social context.

The two most important things to remember though is 1) there is no “right” or “wrong” way to come out, and 2) your safety must come first (both physically and emotionally).

While most coming out stories are perfectly fine, some instances do not go as well as planned and can leave people in vulnerable situations, particularly if the individuals involved have a history of suicidal thinking/violent behavior. OUTsource in working with other community and campus resources can talk about any anxiety/safety concerns you may have and help tailor a safety plan just in case you need it. If you are interested, you can email us at see blue.outsource@gmail.com and set up a time to talk (note we keep all information confidential and only our 6 board members have access to the email account info).

Lastly, whether or not this is helpful to you, we feel it’s important to communicate that, although we do not know you, we unconditionally care about and support you.

Best of luck,
UK OUTsource

posted 4 weeks ago

Our Asexuality Awareness Event was a huge success! Here’s some pictures to show a bit about what we did! Don’t hesitate to send us feedback or ideas on how we can make next year’s event better!

Our next event will be Gender Identity Week starting Monday November 18th. We are going to have events each day discussing identity and the fluidity of it, with a large event November 20th for Trans Remembrance Day. We’re still looking for ideas for that as well, so don’t hesitate to send some stuff our way!


It would be pretty cool for you guys to make sure to cover what asexuality is; for people are asexual (but do not know ‘it’s a thing’)

Thank you so much for the response, we really value the fact that you took the time to respond. We’ll be taking pictures of the event of Friday, and let you all know how everything went! 
If you have any other ideas, please feel free to message us!

-UKY Outsource team. 

posted 6 months ago

Advice on Asexuality Awareness Week?

We here at the OUTsource are looking forward to celebrating Asexual Awareness Week. We want to make sure that we are representing Asexuality, issues, and individuals accurately. We are reaching out to the community to accurately do this. If you have any advice or opinions, please contact us either here on Tumblr, through Twitter (x), or on Facebook (x).