About Us and Contacts

Staff

Lance Poston, Director
Pronouns: He, Him, His
     Email: lance.poston@uky.edu

Lance oversees inclusion and belonging focused initiatives across the University that support students, faculty, staff, and alumni. His daily work is informed by his graduate training as an interdisciplinary scholar of US gender, sexuality, and race. Before becoming a Wildcat, he was a faculty member in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Ohio University. Outside of teaching and research, Lance has extensive experience in university advocacy and non-profit management. 

 

Rayne Parker, Assistant Director
Pronouns: They, Them, Their     Email: rayne.parker@uky.edu

Rayne works to support LGBTQ* student groups and leaders on campus, facilitate programming for the office’s major events and evaluate needs of the University to further the office’s impact. Rayne has a degree in Gender Studies from Transylvania University and brings a variety of experiences as an educator and advocate to their work at UK, including time as an AmeriCorps VISTA in the Campus and Community Engagement Office at Transylvania. In their free time they enjoy writing spoken word poetry and fiction.​

 

Kristen Mark, PhD, MPH, Faculty Fellow
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers     Email: kristen.mark@uky.edu

Dr. Mark is an associate professor in UK's College of Education and is the inaugural Faculty Fellow in LGBTQ* Resources. In this capacity, she serves as a key advisor for office projects involving curriculum development and faculty engagement. Dr. Mark is also the faculty lead for the office's summer education abroad collaboration focused on comparisons of sexuality, gender, and sexual health in Kentucky and the Netherlands. She earned her PhD from Indiana University where she specialized in sexual desire, sexual well-being, and sexual health promotion at the Kinsey Institute.  

Contact Us

Phone: 859-323-3312

Visit: Blazer Dining Hall, Third Floor 

Mail:
Office of LGBTQ* Resources
University of Kentucky
302 Blazer Dining Hall
343 South Martin Luther King Boulevard
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0012

 

LGBTQ and Friends Community RoomLGBTQ* and Friends Community Room

Contact Rayne Parker to reserve this space for a student meeting or event. 

Located on the third floor of Blazer Hall, the LGBTQ* and Friends Community Room is an intentionally inclusive space available for students, faculty, and staff to use in a variety of ways. The room is equipped with a smart television for social events and meetings, a microwave and refrigerator to facilitate individual and group dining, a desktop computer for research and work, and ample seating for up to 15 individuals.

Keeping in line with our mission to serve all students, faculty, and staff at UK, we strive to ensure that every Wildcat feels welcome in the community room regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, class, or ability. We firmly believe that no person's liberation should necessitate another person's subjugation and continually work to maintain a safe space that makes room for important campus dialogues to take place.

Student Groups

As the Office of LGBTQ* Resources grows, one of our main goals is on promoting student leadership and collaboration through advising and supporting all student groups that have a core focus on gender and/or sexuality. We hope this section will give you a general idea of the LGBTQ* focused student organizations at the University of Kentucky.

  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • OUTLaw
  • UKHope
  • Queer Project