About Us and Contacts

Contact Us

Phone: 859-218-4816

Email: lgbtq@uky.edu

Visit: Dinkle-Mas Suite for LGBTQ* Resources, Bill Gatton Student Center (A-250)


Our Team


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

As the Assistant Director, Rayne facilitates event and educational programming, supports LGBTQ* student groups and leaders on campus, 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. In their free time they enjoy writing spoken word poetry and fiction.​



Sereniti Coulter, Education Intern
Pronouns: She, her, hers     

Sereniti is an Education Intern at the LGBTQ Resource Office who focuses on queer sex education ranging from bodily autonomy to healthy relationships. She is a Linguistics Major with an Arabic & Islamic Studies Minor. She is an ambassador for the College of Arts & Sciences, as well as a previous Chellgren Fellow. Sereniti enjoys painting, photography, films, cooking, and hiking. 


Aidan Rivera
Pronouns: He, him, his

Aidan is an Outreach Intern for the Office of LGBTQ* Resources focusing on aspects of community building and engagement. Aidan is a Psychology major, Criminology minor, and a fellow officer of the Sociology Club organization. In his free time, he enjoys coloring and baking.




Ellen D.B. Riggle, PhD, LGBTQ* Faculty and Staff Affinity Group Co-Chair
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers     Email: ellen.riggle@uky.edu

Dr. Riggle is Chair and Professor in Gender and Women’s Studies, and Professor in Political Science at the University of Kentucky. She is co-author of A Positive View of LGBTQ: Embracing Identity and Cultivating Well-Being (winner of the 2012 Distinguished Book Award from Division 44 of the American Psychological Association), and Happy Together: Thriving as a Same-sex Couple in Your Family, Workplace, and Community (published in 2015 by the American Psychological Association LifeTools series), as well as over 75 scholarly articles.  Dr. Riggle is the recipient of the 2017 William B. Sturgill Award for "outstanding contributions to graduate education" from the Graduate School of the University of Kentucky.  Dr. Riggle’s research interests include positive LGBTQ* identities, the effects of minority stress on the well-being of LGBTQ individuals and same-sex couples, and the impact of law, legal debates, and policy issues on LGBTQ individuals and same-sex couples. For more information about Dr. Riggle's research, visit www.PrismResearch.org.


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.

  • Gender- Sexuality Alliance (Facebook, Instagram, BBNvolved)
  • OUTLaw (Facebook)
  • MedCats
  • STEMgiQueers (Instagram and BBNvolved
  • Shades of Pride
  • Queer Project (Facebook)