Come Together Kentucky 2017


Come Together Kentucky 2017 

This November 10 -12, the University of Kentucky is hosting the state's annual Come Together Kentucky Conference. Come Together Kentucky is a conference for LGBTQ* students and allies from colleges and universities across the Commonwealth of Kentucky to connect, learn and grow. This weekend retreat features workshops led by student leaders and local activists around LGBTQ* identities, issues, and experiences. Our speakers Wendy Moore and Robyn Ochs have strong ties to social and political activism. Ochs was named one of the Fifty Most Influential LGBTQ* Organizers in the country by ADVOCATE magazine and Moore has a background in sociology and social justice. Moore is a shared speaker with the Multicultural Opportunities, Strategies, and Institutional Inclusiveness Conference, themed “Know Your Rights”, and will talk on constitutional conversations on college campuses about free speech vs hate speech. Register to attend here

This year’s conference centers on the theme “Call to Action: Living in this Political Climate” with keynote speakers Wendy Moore and Robyn Ochs. We invite anyone who would like to share knowledge and ideas connected to this theme or other LGBTQ* related topics to lead a workshop, facilitate discussion, or serve on a panel to submit a proposal by midnight on Friday, October 27th. Workshop sessions will last 50 minutes. All rooms are equipped with projectors, some have desktops while others have to be connected to a laptop. Please think of your needs and indicate them in the space provided in the application (ex. space outside, printed forms, an area to paint, personal accommodations). While exceptions can be made, please plan to provide supplies necessary for participants (ex. Scrapbooking supplies, art supplies, games, etc.). 

Contact the University of Kentucky Office of LGBTQ* Resources with questions at or (859) 323-3312.


Driving Directions and Campus Map:

Access the University of Kentucky direction guide to arrive in Lexington and the Interactive campus map for further details:


Note: All Come Together Kentucky workshops will take place in the Don & Cathy Jacobs Science Building (), excluding the showcase on Saturday night.


Parking Information:
Priority parking is available free of charge in the Rose Street Garage accessible through Hilltop Ave. (Parking Structure #2, 301 Hilltop Ave)

Note: The stretch of Rose St. in front of Jacobs Science Building is closed for construction. If you come from Limestone or Virginia Ave., continue on Huguelet Dr. and turn left to reach Hilltop Avenue.



Come Together Kentucky Schedule

5:30 - 6pm   Check-in, Lobby, Jacobs Science Building

6:00 - 8:00   Opening Keynote Address, 121 Jacobs Science Building

8:00 – 9:00 Networking and Social Event, Lobby, Jacobs Science Building



8:00-9:00am    Check-In and Breakfast, Jacobs Science Building

9:00-9:15 Welcome,121 Jacobs Science Building

 9:15-10:45  JustFund Kentucky Activist Summit Presentations,121 Jacobs Science Building

10:45-11:00 Break                                               

11:00-12:00 JustFund Kentucky Activist Summit Presentations, 121 Jacobs Science Building

12:10-1:00   Lunch with Activists, Jacobs Science Building

1:15-2:15    Workshop sessions with JustFund Activists

2:20-3:20    Come Together Kentucky Workshops

3:30-5:00   “Getting Bi: Unpacking Biphobia and Bi-Erasure and Creating a Culture of Inclusion” with Robyn Ochs                                           

5:00-6:00    Dinner in Affinity Groups

6:15-7:30    “Surviving and Thriving in 2017 and Beyond” with Robyn Ochs       

8:00-9:30    Drag and Talent Show, Performance Studio, Holmes Hall 




8:00-9:00am    Check-In and Breakfast

9:00-10:00        Come Together Kentucky Workshops

10:10-11:10      Come Together Kentucky Workshops

11:20-12:20      Come Together Kentucky Workshops

12:30-1:00      Closing