On Thursday, I attended the 3rd annual Qubies Gayla with my beautiful friend, Gabi. The Gayla is a banquet, dance, and award show devoted to honoring members and advocates of the LGBTQIA+ community. The event is put on by the LGBTQIA+ resource center known as the Qube and the Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA).
The night started with a walk down the rainbow road, where there were red carpet-style photos being taken of all of the attendees. There was an amazing meal sponsored by University Catering. The real show began after dinner with the award ceremony.
The “Qubie” is awarded toLGBTQIA+ community members and allies who have made great contributions over the past year. Congratulations to the winners!
Qubie Awards and Winners
Faculty Ally of the Year
Housing Ally of the Year
LGBTQIA+ Friendly Org of the Year
Peer Health Educaters
Qubie of the Year
Debra Davis Award for Transgender Advocacy
Undergraduate of the Year
Staff Ally of the Year
Richard Lundequam (Custodial)
Community Ally of the Year
The Bridge to Hope
GSA Member of the Year
Qube Staff of the Year
Outstanding Bisexual/Pansexual Advocate
The Griesbach Award for Excellence in LGBTQIA+ Advocacy
Molly Harvey & De’Andre Jones
Fellow peers, Hailee Nelson-Duranceau, Ian Eltringham, and Jarena Everson gave breathtaking performances between awards.
Once all of the awards were given out, and all the recipients gave their acceptance speeches, the dance began. The dance was DJ-ed by Adam Ludwig, a former UW-Stout hall director. The rest of the night was full of dancing, laughing and good times with great people.
For more information about LGBTQIA+ resources on campus:
Visit the Gender and Sexuality portal on orgsync.
The Qube in Merle Price Commons.
Contact Julie Miller, LGBTQIA+ resource coordinator on campus.