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HBCU OutLoud Day

HBCU OutLoud Day

HRC Foundation’s Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) Program has coined a national day (#HBCUOutLoudDay) to raise awareness about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer HBCU community. HBCU OutLoud Day is an opportunity for HBCUs to host pride events, amplify diversity milestones, and strategize on LGBTQ equity and inclusion work on campus.


HBCUOutLoudDay panelist after Briefing on Capitol Hill.  HBCUOutLoudDay panel discussion on Capitol Hill

#HBCUOutLoud is for everyone who cares about supporting the LGBTQ community and HBCUs. Research demonstrates that the landscape for equity and inclusion for LGBTQ students on HBCU campuses is improving, yet many still lack the policies and practices that close the gap on discrimination, stigma, and bias. That’s why we launched #HBCUOUTloud Day, a national day to raise public awareness about the HBCU LGBTQ community and provide folks with easy ways to make a difference.


When is #HBCUOUTloudDay

#HBCUOutloud Day will take place on Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

What happens on #HBCUOutLoudDay?

#HBCUOutloud Day is an opportunity to raise public awareness about the HBCU LGBTQ community. Over the years, the Human Rights Campaign engaged HBCUs in a variety of ways, reaching over 500 LGBTQ HBCU students. Together, we can end stigma and discrimination and support an inclusive and equitable campus environment. Basically, we aim to flood campuses, phycially and virtually, with images of support for the LGBTQ and HBCU communities.

Who is behind #HBCUOUTloudDay?

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Historically Black College and Universities Program organizes #HBCUOutLoudDay. The HRC HBCU Program mobilizes and supports HBCUs in enhancing policies and services that promote excellence in LGBTQ inclusion, diversity, and engagement. We focus on promoting individual competencies and collective action, empowering leaders and stakeholders, and building a network of committed leaders in pursuit of eliminating stigma and enriching the college experience for LGBTQ students and the entire student body.

How to get involved?

  • We invite folks to sign up and learn more about #HBCUOutLoud Day.

  • Post a selfie on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, using our unique selfie signs. 

  • Host an event on your campus! 

  • Flood social media using the hashtag #HBCUOutLoud 

HBCUOutLoudDay PVAMU's LGBTQ Resource Center grand opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony HBCUOutLoud Day and PVAMU LGBTQ Center grand opening

#HBCUOutLoudDay 2019

As part of #HBCUOutLoud Day, in cooperation with the bipartisan HBCU Caucus and the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, HRC is hosted a discussion exploring the ways Congress can partner with HBCU’s in supporting LGBTQ diversity and inclusion efforts on campus.

HRC Foundation was also on the ground at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) in Texas for the grand opening of the school’s LGBTQ+ Resource Office. The event included a “Building an Inclusive Campus” Workshop at 10 a.m. conducted by HBCU Program manager Rishard Butts, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon. The office at PVAMU is the fifth designated LGBTQ office or center at any HBCU in the U.S. 

HBCUOutLoudDay Rishard Butts and Evie Myers at PVAMU LGBTQ Resource Center grand opening