On this day students deliberately wear some article of denim to communicate to all sexual minorities are Loyola that there is indeed a place for them at the table here. Designed to create an atmosphere of inclusion and tolerance, this day culminates with an evening lecture where a former alum discusses his or her coming out experience.
Sexual Diversity Awareness Week (SDAW)
SDAW is a week-long series of activities and events that educate the campus community on sexual minority issues and generate a sense of understanding and acceptance. Among the week’s more popular events are the following:
Reflecting the statistic that 1 in 10 (or 10%) of a given population has had a same-sex sexual experience, approximately 300 Loyola students or faculty wear shirts on this day reading “One-in-Ten” in order to visualize this statistic.
Prominent figures in the LGBT community are invited on campus to speak about important sexual minority issues. Past speakers include Eric Alva, Billy Bean, Reichen Lehmkuhl, Judy Wieder, Chandler Burr, Judy Shepard, Danny of the Real World, and comedian Margaret Cho.
On Being Gay in Non-Gay Places
A small panel of student and faculty discuss their experiences of being “out” at a Jesuit institution, a decidedly non-gay place.
A recent addition to our list of annual events, the BMore Proud leadership conference provides opportunities for education, socialization, and networking among LGBT student leaders, organizations, and institutions in the Baltimore area.