MSU to host 'Come Together Kentucky'

Feb 27, 2014

Credit MSU

Come Together Kentucky, a statewide conference on LGBT equality and social justice, will be held at Morehead State University, March 28-30.

The 18th annual conference is for college students, high school students, and community members who want to learn more about LGBT identity, social justice, overcoming bullying, and changing the world around them towards equality.

The three-day event will instruct, encourage and invite participants to reach and achieve their goals and aspirations as an activist in the LGBT political, social, and educational movement in Kentucky.

On-site registration will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 28, at the Adron Doran University Center (ADUC). A meet and greet will be held at 7 p.m.

Keynote speakers for the conference will be:

Morehead State University’s Dr. Bernadette Barton, professor of sociology and women's studies. She is the author of Stripped: Inside the Lives of Exotic Dancers (2006) and Pray the Gay Away: The Extraordinary Lives of Bible Belt Gays (2012). Dr. Barton writes and lectures on contemporary issues of gender, sexuality, religion, and the sex industry.

Jody Cofer Randall currently holds a dual appointment at Murray State University. Cofer Randall is the Lesbian, Gay, bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) program coordinator within the Division of Student Affairs and as the Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity (URSA) Program Coordinator within Academic Affairs. Cofer Randall is the vice-chair of Murray State's President's Commission on Diversity and Inclusion. Currently, Cofer Randall serves as the immediate past chair of the National Equality Federation Board of Directors following three years of service as Board co-chair. Cofer Randall also serves as the chair of the City of Murray Human Rights Commission and is a member of the Heartland CARES Board of Directors.

The cost will be $20 for students and $30 for professionals. 

The registration deadline is March 20. Online registration is available at www.moreheadstate.edu/ctkregistrationform/. Registrations will still be accepted after that deadline, but prices will increase $5 more per participant.

MSU’s ALLYance will host a Drag Show on Saturday, March 29, at 8 p.m. in ADUC. Tickets will be $5 at the door for those not registered for the conference.

Additional information is available by contacting Ricardo Nazario-Colon, director of Student Activities, Inclusion and Leadership Development, at 606-783-2071.