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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6
LGBT Community Service
9am-2pm

Show your LGBT Pride through community service!  Register by October 1 for the Be the Change – Gandhi Day of Service at www.tinyurl.com/dcbethechange).  Once you register, details regarding the breakfast kick-off and service projects will be emailed to you.  Co-sponsored by GW Ahimsa Community Service Organization and Iota Nu Delta Fraternity, Inc. – GW Theta Chapter.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7
LGBT Interfaith Service

5:30pm-7pm, Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC), 2127 G Street, Room 209

Join us for an LGBT-positive interfaith service, which recognizes and celebrates diverse religious and spiritual traditions within the LGBT Community. Reception and refreshments to follow.  Co-sponsored by Dignity GW.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 8
LGBT Bias Incidents & Hate Crimes: What’s the Real Deal?

7pm-8:30pm, Duques Hall, 2201 G Street , Room 259

What is an LGBT bias incident? LGBT hate crime?  Learn the real deal from Professor Zak Wolfe who wrote the book, Hate Crimes Law. Healthy and delicious snacks provided!

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9
LGBT International Civil Rights

7pm-8:30pm, Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC), 2127 G Street, Room 209

Mira Patel, who serves on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s policy planning staff and helped write the famous speech, “Gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights,” will describe challenges and successes with promoting LGBT International Civil Rights. Reception and refreshments to follow.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10
Bisexuality: From Soup to Nuts

4pm-8pm, MSSC 209

What are commonly-held stereotypes and beliefs about bisexuality and why do they exist? What is bisexuality, really? Please join us for a lively interactive presentation by award-winning speaker, writer and educator Robyn Ochs.  Specific programs include:

4pm-5:30pm: Bisexuality 101 & Beyond (MSSC 209):

6pm-7:00pm: Dinner with Robyn Ochs and Open Discussion (MSSC 209)

7:30pm-9:00pm: Beyond Binaries: Identity and Sexuality (MSSC 209)

Healthy and delicious snacks provided!  For more information, please email lgbt@gwu.edu.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10
LGBT Open Mic: Speaking Spectrums

9pm-10:30pm, Gelman Library, 2130 H Street, Room 702 (IBT Room)

Celebrate LGBT and Ally creativity at a night of poetry and music focused on the diverse and multiple identities found within the LGBT Community. Healthy and delicious snacks provided!

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11
LGBT National Coming Out Day
All day!

Wear your rainbow-gear and share your LGBT and Ally Pride!  Special prizes given out throughout campus to anyone proudly displaying an LGBT-themed button, sticker, t-shirt or other item!

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11
LGBT Power Lunch for Higher Education Professionals

12pm-1pm, Multicultural Student Services Center, 2127 G Street, Room 209

Bring your lunch, mingle and discuss the current state of Higher Education for LGBT students and professionals. Desserts and beverages provided! Co-sponsored by the Higher Education Student Association.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12
LGBT Body Image and Self Esteem

5pm-6:30pm, Multicultural Student Services Center, 2127 G Street, Room 209

Before you start your weekend, explore the challenges and resources for maintaining positive body image and self-esteem as an LGBT-identified person.  Healthy and delicious snacks provided! Co-sponsored by the University Counseling Center.

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The LGBT Resource Center has compiled a list of classes that include LGBTQ topics!

This list is for the upcoming Fall 2012 Semester – Make sure you check back for the new list each semester.

P.S. – If you have taken any of the classes on the list in the past and have something good to say about it, send an email to lgbt@gwu.edu and the RC will add your testimonial! Happy studying :)

CHECK OUT THE LIST OF CLASSES: HERE

Join the George Washington University Graduate Feminists to hear about cutting-edge student scholarship and activism about street harassment and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) issues. This informal gathering over fair-trade coffee and cookies is a great opportunity to hear about what women’s studies and LGBTQ studies students are working on and to network with other passionate activists.

You will hear from the following amazing people at this month’s Feminist Food for Thought:

  • Charles Pulliam-Moore, a journalism and communications major and LGBTQ studies minor who has done academic research on how harassment affects queer men’s online spaces
  • Patrick McNeil, a master’s student whose thesis focuses on queer men’s experiences with street harassment
  • Chai Shenoy, an adjunct faculty member and co-founder of Collective Action for Safe Spaces(formerly known as Holla Back DC!)
  • Holly Kearl, a GW women’s studies alumna, the author of Stop Street Harassment, and the founder of International Anti-Street Harassment Week

You’ll also find out how you can get involved in the Graduate Feminists’ effort to raise awareness of trans harassment in public bathrooms.

All are welcome at this event! We’d love to talk about how these issues affect  the DC community and beyond and how we can make public spaces safer for everyone.

Feminist Food for Thought is part of a series of discussions that the GW Graduate Feminists host every month. March’s event is dedicated to street harassment as part of International Anti-Street Harassment Week.

Register for the event here!

 

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This past weekend, in conjunction with the English Department and the Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC), members of the LGBT Resource Center attended “Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South”. An inspiring one man production, researched, written, and performed by E. Patrick Johnson, a Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University and an Artistic Fellow at the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media at Columbia College, Chicago.

Johnson’s inspiration for the production arose from his ethnographic research of black gay men in the south and ultimately his authorship of the book “Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South” published by the UNC press. Direct from the UNC Press….

Giving voice to a population too rarely acknowledged, Sweet Tea collects more than sixty life stories from                                    black gay men who were born, raised, and continue to live in the South. E. Patrick Johnson challenges stereotypes                              of the South as “backward” or “repressive” and offers a window into the ways black gay men negotiate their identities, build                                  community, maintain friendship networks, and find sexual and life partners–often in spaces and activities that appear to be                                antigay. Ultimately, Sweet Tea validates the lives of these black gay men and reinforces the role of storytelling in both African                              American and southern cultures.”

On Tuesday, October 4th, E. Patrick Johnson traveled to the MSSC right here on campus to hold an open panel discussion of his life-changing work with “Sweet Tea.” Johnson revealed his uplifting, and at times, emotional story of compiling these memoirs and eventually performing them for live audiences in both Chicago and DC. Johnson said his project actually started right here in the District and culminated with travel all over the South. Ironically, Professor Johnson was not inclined to perform these stories; his original purpose was archival in nature because he felt it was necessary to record these stories for future generations. We are all pleased he made the decision to perform his work!

 

 

I admire Johnson’s extraordinary work in telling the story of black gay men from the south. I recommend picking up a copy of Johnson’s book HERE or seeing the play at Signature Theatre (note that the production of Sweet Tea ends this weekend) and experiencing the work for yourself.

Johnson’s final sentiment was “universality in specificity.” Although the stories of these southern black gay men focus on the experience of growing up gay, black, and in the south, the stories are universal because we are ALL humans. “Sweet Tea” will certainly sweeten your day!

Make sure you check out both the play and the book!

 

 

This post was written by LGBT Resource Center Student Coordinator Brandon Aversano. 

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