OUTstanding 2016

We are excited to announce that this year’s OUTstanding Seminar will be held at the University of Tennessee on October 22nd! We will meet in the university’s Panhellenic Building.

This year’s theme is “Let it all OUT: Using vulnerability and expression to build alliances and empower your community.” We hope this year’s seminar will be a time of community building, catharsis, and hope.

In line with this year’s theme, we are so happy to announce two award-winning poets and performers as our keynote speakers.

kai davisKai Davis is a writer and performer from Philadelphia. She is a two time international grand slam champion, winning Brave New Voices in 2011 and The College Union Poetry Slam Invitational in 2016. She has been featured on CNN, PBS, BET, and NPR, and at various colleges and universities. As a queer woman of color, much of Kai’s work addresses gender, race, sexuality, and the many intersections therein.

kit yanKit Yan is a transgender, queer, Asian American from Hawaii and an award winning slam poet and performer. His work has been featured in Flicker and Spark and Troubling the Line, as well as Vetch, Original Plumbing, and elsewhere. His first full-length solo slam poetry show, Queer Heartache, has toured around the country and was featured in last year’s Chicago Fringe Festival, where it was awarded the spirit of fringe award, artists’ pick award, and audience choice award at the 2015 Chicago Fringe Festival.

With the seminar just two months away, we will be posting more details soon. We are so excited about seeing you all there!


About outstandingutk

OUTstanding: A Seminar Exploring LGBTIQ Diversity is an annual, public and free seminar for all identities and backgrounds including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) and ally-identified college students and community members. We are committed to providing a space for the celebration of LGBTIQ and multicultural visibility, intersectionality, and coalition building around diversity issues on our campus and community as well as campuses and communities nationwide.
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