Love is Love 2013

Love is Love is a yearly event at Darden focused on promoting inclusion of the LGBT community both at Darden and in the workplace.

Love is Love 2013 took place over Valentines Day week, on February 12-14, 2013. You can find pictures from the event on our photo page.

GLAD would like to thank the sponsors of Love is Love 2013: 

J&J    Target 2



2013 Event Schedule 



10 February 

Screening of "Out at Work" - Documentary on Gay/Lesbian Workplace Issues 8:00pm – 9:30pm 

Professor Yael Grushka-Cockayne’s Home 

Screening of “Out at Work” (60mins)  and discussion to follow about workplace scenarios involving the LGBT community will mark the beginning of "Love is Love 2013" events next week.

Today, in 29 states LGBT people can be fired only because they're lesbian, gay, or bisexual. In 34 states, people can be fired just because they're transgender. OUT AT WORK, our award-winning documentary about LGBT workplace discrimination, is still the only existing documentary about this critical topic, making it a must-have resource for professors, students, support centers and administrators.

 OUT AT WORK premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, aired on HBO, won a Gold Apple Award from the National Educational Media Network and received a “Documentary of the Year” award from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

During entire February 

Photo Exhibition by Jeff Sheng - Military LGBT's before and after 'Don't Ask,
Don't Tell"
 - Pepsico Forum

Photo Exhibit by Jeff Sheng featuring images of military personnel in response to 'Dont Ask, Don't Tell" and its repeal. More info:


Jeff Sheng is a photographer, artist and sociologist, whose artwork has been internationally exhibited, and has taught as a visiting professor of photography and visual studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and most recently at Harvard University in 2011.  He first became known for his photographic series "Fearless," a project on "out" lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes on high school and college sports teams, and since 2003, has photographed and interviewed over 130 individuals for this series.  Between 2009-2011, his photography series "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" on over 80 closeted service members affected by the government policy known by that same name, was widely covered by major press, including the New York Times, CNN, the BBC, and ABC World News Tonight.  A graduate of Harvard University, Jeff holds an MFA in studio art from the University of California, Irvine, and is currently a Doctoral candidate in Sociology at Stanford University.


11-13 February

Love is Love T-Shirts
First Coffee and Lunch Break, Student Mailboxes

Pick up your Cool and FREE Love is Love 2013 T-shirt to wear on Thursday, Valentine's Day, for the community-wide photo during First Coffee! (it is perfectly all right to wear your last year’s T-shirt as well!).

If you pre-ordered, the T-shirts are waiting for you at your mailbox/office. If you didn’t, it is not too late!

Come get it during First coffee and lunch break (1:30-2:30) at the Student Mailbox Area on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (Feb 11, 12 and 13).

*Quantity of the t-shirts is limited and are First-Come, First-Served. We may run out of tees on Monday!

13 February

Safe Space Training - 1:30pm in CR 140

Come learn how to be an effective LGBT ally in the workplace! Joanne Sprague will be facilitating a discussion with the Darden community that provides information on the LGBT community and how best to be an ally. Once the training is complete, participants become part of the broader Safe Space network. The Safe Space network is made up of university faculty, staff, and students throughout UVA who are committed to being allies of the LGBT community. 


Joanne Sprague is the “Re-Founder” and CEO of Friendfactor, a start-up that helps straight people become visible, vocal, and active allies to the LGBT people in their communities. Friendfactor works with leaders at corporations and universities to build ally programs that make it easy for people to take regular, tangible actions that create more inclusive environments for their LGBT colleagues, and to connect with other allies doing the same.


13 February 







Religion and Same Sex Marriage Panel - 6:00pm in CR 130 (co-sponsored with DJSA and DCF)

A panel discussion in partnership with the religious affiliated affinity clubs at Darden.

14 February

First Coffee - 9:30am in Pepsico Forum

Please join GLAD during First Coffee to kick off the fourth annual Love is Love event. Professor Martin Davidson and GLAD leadership will speak briefly. We will also be taking a group picture of everyone in their Love is Love cool t-shirt!

14 February


Life Before and After the Repeal of 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Panel - 1:30pm in CR 170 (co-sponsored with the DMA)

The repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” might be the most important success in LGBT rights legislation in recent American history. We will understand this success from LGBT military and policy maker’s perspectives. We will examine how this repeal is being implemented and what synergies it may have with the corporate world. We will get in touch with the personal side of the story by listening to LGBT military and their partners and admiring Jeff Sheng’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” photo series, who will join the panel as well.

 Moderator: Ori Dekel, GLAD president


  •  Jeff Sheng — Photographer (read about Jeff more under the photo exhibit info above).
  • Meg Rapelye - Meg is a social worker, working in non-profit program management and completed her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Southern California in 2012.  A U.S. Coast Guard veteran herself, Meg’s partner is currently serving in the Coast Guard and the couple resides in Richmond with their 2-year-old daughter.  Meg is a Board Member of the Military Partners and Families Coalition based in Washington D.C., an organization whose mission is to provide support, resources, education and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender military partners and their families.

14 February 

Cold Call - 6pm in Pepsico Forum and TNDC - 9pm in Escafe

Join us at Diversity Cold Call - a social event with food, drinks and good music! The Cold Call will be co-sponsored by DSAG (the Diversity Student Advisory Group) and all DSAG members will be present to provide info about the group for FYs. Continuing Valentine's Day theme, sweet chocolate will be served as well as real food! In Escafe Bar later on Drag Queen will perform and conduct a trivia game - first 100 drinks will cost 14 cents each! Specials will be provided later on as well. 


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