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Pride Week to be celebrated at UNI

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David Pope, president, UNI Proud, proud@uni.edu

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, stacey.christensen@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's LGBT student organization, UNI Proud, will host the annual campus-wide Pride Week Monday, April 1 through Saturday, April 6. "Pride and Progress" is the theme of this year's pride week, with events that focus on the political aspects of the LGBT movement.

The week's events will begin Monday, April 1 with a march around campus at noon, beginning at the fountain by Maucker Union. The queer monologues, which features performances of monologues written by students, will take place at 7 p.m., in the Bertha Martin Theater in Strayer-Wood Theatre.

A drag show will take place at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, April 2, in the Maucker Union. The show features students performing popular songs to raise money for AIDS awareness. The event attracts a crowd of more than 500.

A celebration of Varnum v. Brian, the case that resulted in the legalization of gay marriage in Iowa, will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on Wednesday, April 3, at the Campanile. The event will feature free food and music. Poet and activist Andrea Gibson will present the keynote lecture and perform her poetry at 7 p.m., in Lang Hall Auditorium.

Marsha Ternus, former Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, will speak at 7 p.m., on Thursday, April 4, in Lang Hall Auditorium.

UNI's Hispanic Latino Student Union will celebrate Pride Week with a special presentation by UNI Proud at its annual Latino Ball at 8:30 p.m., on Saturday, April 6, in the Commons Ballroom.

There will also be lectures by UNI faculty and screenings of LGBT films throughout the week.

The events are free and open to the public. For a complete list of events or more information, visit www.uniproud.tumblr.com/prideweek or contact David Pope, president of UNI Proud, at proud@uni.edu.