Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events



Olin B. Sansbury, Jr. Campus Life Center

Thursday, April 9, 2020 – Friday, April 10, 2020

180 Gramling Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29303

Re-Envisioning Transgender Experience

Bodies of Knowledge is an LGBTQ-themed event founded in 2008 in memory of Sean Kennedy, a young man who was killed in Greenville in 2007. There are several goals of this biennial event: to create a safer, more understanding community for everyone by offering high-quality presentations about LGBTQ experience in the Upstate and beyond; to change the conversation around LGBTQ lives in the Upstate; to improve the climate of the Upstate for its LGBTQ youth, and promote civil and well-informed discussion around sexuality and nonconforming gender identities in the region.

Transgender people face significantly more challenges than do other members of the LGBTQ+ community. In a 2018 report entitled “Understanding LGBTQ Needs in Spartanburg County,” transgender and genderqueer respondents commented that the Upstate region “needs improved education on transgender identities and improved access to transgender-specific health care needs.” The 2020 Bodies of Knowledge promises to help bridge the current gap in understanding trans experiences and improve the local climate for transgender people in the Upstate through creative presentations from scholar and artists.

*excerpts from article on pflagspartanburg.org, Heather Marie Schiefer

Workshop Title:

“Living with Crossdressing: Setting the Example”

Workshop Synopsis:

Presented by Ms. Savannah Hauk

Workshop Dates:

Thursday, April 9, 2020 – Friday, April 10, 2020

Previous Events


PrideLink 2020 LGBTQ+ Youth Summit:
Living Your Best Queer Life

Saturday, January 25, 2020

USC Upstate, University of South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg, SC
University Readiness Center, 286 North Campus Boulevard, Spartanburg, SC 29303


The LGBTQ+ youth summit brings together youth, parents, educators, and providers from across the Upstate for one full day of learning, networking, and resource sharing. Early bird registration opens November 19th so check back soon!

Workshop Title:

“Unapologetically Me: Exploring the Beauty of Queer Identities”

Workshop Synopsis:

The focus will be on discussing identity and finding your individual truth and voice as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Panelist – Ms. Savannah Hauk



Wed., Oct. 30, 2019 –  Sun., Nov. 3, 2019,  New York City

New York Coming Out is an international transgender conference where we welcome all individuals within the transgender spectrum, along with their families, friends, and loved ones. Come celebrate your uniqueness within the transgender community and learn, inspire, and make an impact on the lives of others!

Workshop Title:

Living with Crossdressing

Workshop Synopsis:

Understanding the six variables that define a persons gender, biology, and sexuality. We would also look at how this fits into life as a cross-dresser.

Presented by Ms. Savannah Hauk



“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”

~Eleanor Roosevelt

Living with Crossdressing: Defining a New Normal

Saturday, March 23rd @ 3:30pm – Fir Conference Room

Somewhere amid the misconceptions, stereotypes, and ignorance is the truth about non-transitioning crossdressing men. But more than that is the strength and care of the women who continue to love and support them. How can they work through the initial shock, fear and stress of knowing this new side of him? What does he need to understand about and assist in the discovery process so that his crossdressing can become a positive part of their ongoing relationship? Join us as we tackle what happens after a crossdressing man reveals himself to or is discovered by his significant other and learn about the changed dynamic between a woman and her crossdressing man.

Presented by Ms. Savannah Hauk and Ms. Judy Swain