Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Be sure to fill it out, whether you live on or off-campus! See http://www.studentvoice.com/washsl/residentiallifesurvey.html
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Monday, November 13th, 8PM, Eliot House Lounge.
A facilitated group discussion on the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality along with race relations in the gay community. With special guest Joseph Thompson (English and AFAS depts.) Hosted by Pride Alliance, the Association of Black Students, and Keshet.
Friday, October 20, 2006
It's finally here! No more delay, I promise. Here's our schedule. Please e-mail us if you have any questions at all about the events, and do forward this to anyone not on this list that might be interested.
Guerrilla Flyering: A Night of Noise
Monday, 10/23 @ 8PM
Women's Building 300
What's the easiest way to make sure that everyone know what the letters in GLBTQIA stand for? Well...shove it in their face! Pick up your flyers (and complimentary snack) at the Pride Suite before moving onto main campus for a massive awareness campaign of colorful flyers, each separate one dedicated to the meaning of a respective letter in the abbreviation. We want a flyer on every board on campus! Bring a trusted stapler, if you'd like. SU and CS40 posting policies will be strictly enforced and will be covered before each battalion leaves the suite.
Grrls Gone Wild! GLBQ Women Representation in the Media
Tuesday, 10/24 @ 8PM
Women's Building 300
Join us for an evening of short film clips and facilitated discussion on the representation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and queer women in the media. Some of what we will explore includes, but is not limited to, positive and negative stereotypes, recognition, visibility, invisibility, as well as sexism and misogyny within the GLBTQIA community at large. Not to be missed!
General Body Meeting
Wednesday, 10/25 @ 8PM
Women's Building 300
Regional and National GLBTQIA news update, time to socialize, and, most importantly, committee sign-up and first meeting. All parties interested in joining the Gayla Committee, Drag Show Committee, Gender Support Group Committee, or Sexuality Support Group Committee ought to attend. Get involved!
Outlook Film Series: Trembling Before G_d
Thursday, 10/26 @ 7:30PM
Goldfarb 359 (Social Work School Building--adjacent to Brown and McDonnell Halls)
Join Outlook, the GWB Social Work School's GLBT student organization, and Pride Alliance for a showing of this powerful and important documentary. Built around intimately-told personal stories of Hasidic and Orthodox Jews who are gay or lesbian, the film portrays a group of people who face a profound dilemma: how to reconcile their passionate love for Judaism and the Divine with the drastic Bible prohibitions that forbid homosexuality. Go to www.tremblingbeforeg-d.com for more information on the film. Refreshments will be served!
"Mom, Dad, I'm Still the Same"
Saturday, 10/28 @ Noon (part of Parent's Weekend)
Women's Building 300
Join us for an interactive discussion and presentation on coming out at college, GLBTQ life on campus, and being a parent of a GLBTQ student. Dr. Kathy Brock of Student Health Services and guests from our educational group on campus, Safe Zones, will help facilitate. ALL members of all types of families are welcome, and, as always, our meetings are safe and confidential.
I hope to see everyone at the events. Have a great Fall Break!
Friday, October 06, 2006
Thanks to everyone who came to Judy Shepard's presentation this Tuesday. It was a huge success, and I have no doubt that everyone took something away from the experience. If you have any suggestions for speakers that you would like to see next semester or next year, please feel free to offer your suggestions.
We've got a lot planned for the next month or two--so much, in fact, that some changes in our schedule are due. First, despite what previous e-mails and the handout on Tuesday have said, GLBTQIA Awareness Week will NOT be the week of October 16th--we're moving it back a week due to Fall Break and other issues. Here's the revised, hopefully final, schedule:
- Next Week: No formal event planned, but feel free to drop in on our Open Exec Meeting, which will be from 6:30-8PM in the lower-level seminar room of Eliot House on Tuesday. We're going to try to make exec meetings more accessible so that we can hear what YOU want to do!
- Tuesday, October 17th: Safe Zones Open Ally Workshop, 7PM, Women's Building 300.
- Wednesday, October 18th: Project Runway Finale Party, 9PM, Park/Mudd TV Lounge
- October 23-28th: Awareness Week!
I'll send out the Awareness Week schedule once we have everything settled. One of the events will be about lesbian and bisexual women in the media and another will hopefully be a discussion about the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality. If anyone wants to help plan for either of those two events, we'll be meeting about them separately some time next week--just e-mail us and I'll set up a time. Also, if you know of any faculty members here at WU who might be able to share their expertise on either topic, please send us their contact information. We want to make Awareness Week as interactive as possible, so whatever help you can offer will make the week even better!
Sorry for all of the changes, but--I assure you--they are for the best. Have a great weekend and enjoy WILD!
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Thanks to everyone that showed up to our first meeting last week--we've looked over all of your suggestions and have come up with a great series of events for the year. We've even established a calendar for the fist half of the semester, and we promise to stick to it, like, 100%. I swear. Here it is, in chronological order:
Central West End Outing: Thursday, September 21 @ 8:10PM. Meet us at the shuttle stop at Mallinckrodt center and join us for a trip to the Central West End, a fun and very GLBT-friendly part of St. Louis. After taking the bus to the CWE, we will drop by Left Bank Books and then walk over to Cartel, a 24-hour coffee shop. Everyone who comes gets free ice cream or coffee!
Bad Education @ the Tivoli: Tuesday, September 26th @ 6:30PM. Meet by the clocktower and then get shuttled over to the Tivoli on the loop, OR meet us at the loop by 6:45. The first 15 people to RSVP to this e-mail will get reimbursed by Pride for half the ticket price! Bad Education is part of the Pedro Almodovar film festival going on at the Tivoli (and all over the country) next month. You can learn more about Bad Education , and the Viva Pedro Film Series by following the links.
The Legacy of Matthew Shepard: Tuesday, October 3rd @ 8PM in Graham Chapel. Judy Shepard, the mother of Matthew Shepard, who was the victim of an anti-gay hate crime in October 1998, will be giving a presentation about the danger and impact of hate crimes and hate language. A renowned public speaker, Ms. Shepard will offer WashU and the St. Louis community a powerful and engaging speech on her experience since her son's tragic murder. Ms. Shepard is the Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, and all proceeds from her speaking engagements go directly to the foundation.
Awareness Week: October 16th through 20th, featuring, but not limited to, the following events:
- Multiculturalism in the GLBT community: Monday, October 16th @ 8PM. Location TBA. The event will be a group discussion format--more details, including co-sponsorships, in the coming weeks.
- Safe Zones Open Ally Workshop: Tuesday, October 17th from 7-10PM in Women's Building 300. Get trained!
- Project Runway Season Finale Party: Wednesday, October 18th, 8:45 to 10:15PM. South 40 Location TBA. Free food and free catty commentary provided.
All of these events will be listed and updated as necessary on the spark calender. Please respond to RSVP to the movie event or if you have any questions or comments. Have a great end-of-the-week, and I hope to see everyone at an event soon!
Monday, September 11, 2006
1) No event this week. I will send out an e-mail and post on this site a calendar of events by Wednesday. Hopefully it will cover the entire first half of the semester.
2) Tuesday, September 12th: Safe Zones Open Ally Workshop, 7-10PM, Danforth Classroom (S40). Be trained on various GLBTQIA issues and earn one of those nifty Safe Zone plaques. If you have any questions, send us an e-mail.
Thursday, August 31, 2006
1) First Meeting of the Year! When? Wednesday, September 6th, 8PM, Where? Umrath Lounge (Next to Mallinkrodt; enter through Bowles Plaza)--I'll know within the next few days and pass it along. Why? To become acquainted with the group (if you aren't already), meet other students, meet GLBT-friendly staff and faculty, and brainstorm ideas for the semester. And, as is tradition, FREE DINNER!
2) Drop by and visit our booth during the Activities Fair next Wednesday to pick up a schedule for the year and secretly sign-up all of your friends who avoided getting roped into this lovely e-mail list. Oh, and more free food. How could I forget?
3) Become a member of the Pride Exec Board! We have some spots to fill on our exec. board and we want YOU to fill them! We have two PR positions open, but we can be creative, too, and think of other positions if people really want to help out. Reply to this e-mail ASAP and we will set up a time when you can meet with the current exec board and tell us why you want to join.
4) Check out SafeZones and Keshet, two other GLBTQIA groups on campus you might be interested in.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to to e-mail. Have a great weekend!
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Monday, April 24, 2006
The Day of Silence is a day in which people of all sexual orientations and gender identities who support GLBTQIA rights take a vow of silence to recognize and protest the silence that LGBTQIA people face each day. Every year we hope that the silence, discrimination, and violence directed at GLBTQIA people will end, however it is not just 'gay' people who suffer from violence or harassment. At this event we hope to raise awareness of the roles that gender and gender norms play in dictating all people's actions, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. A panel of experts will address pertinent topics that relate to this large issue, including some of the following questions:
What do you do if you see or are a survivor of a hate crime? What is a hate crime? How can you be there for a friend? What can we do to reduce the number of future hate crimes? This event will take place on April 26th on the National Day of Silence, at 7PM where we will "Break the Silence" in Friedman Lounge in Wohl Center. FREE PIZZA WILL BE PROVIDED!
We will be tabling in Mallinckrodt on Wednesday from 11-1PM; drop by to pick up a rainbow ribbon!Co-Sponsored by: Pride Alliance, Uncle Joe's Peer Counseling and Resource Center, Safe Zones, Keshet, 1 in 4, Womyn's Resource Center, and the Social Justice Center.
Monday, April 17, 2006
1) "Discovery" w/ Professor Leslie Brown: Tuesday, April 18th @ 8PM in Women's Building 300. Join Leslie Brown, WashU professor of history and African-American studies, for a discussion about race and GLBT issues. Professor Brown has spoken at Pride events in the past, and is an excellent lecturer and scholar. Her presentation on Tuesday will be a fitting follow-up to the joint ABS-Safe Zones-Pride Alliance meeting we had earlier this month. I hope you can join us!
2) Open Ally Workshop hosted by Safe Zones: Wednesday, April 19th from 7-10PM in Women's Building 300. Be educated on GLBT issues and earn one of those nifty placards upon graduation from the workshop. Even if you identify as G, L, B, or T, the workshop will be a mind-opening experience.
3) Brokeback Mountain Screening with CS40: Thursday, April 20th @ 8PM in Ursa's. Stop studying and relax with friends while watching this amazing, critically-aclaimed film. Free food provided!
4) glbtqiaBBQ: Friday, April 21st from 11-1PM in Bowles Plaza: Eat BBQ. Be proud. Converse with prospective students about life at WashU. Best of all: all the food is FREE! We'll also be giving out free Frisbees, so there is no reason not to come--bring friends! Co-sponsored with the Office of Admissions.
Sunday, April 09, 2006
Thursday, April 06, 2006
"In addition to humorists, rock bands, poets, and others, a visual art display will accompany the show. As performers, our goals do include challenging people and making them think, but our most important goals are to entertain them, make them laugh, and make them dance. We recognize that our trans identities are singular facets of who we are, and one of the aims of the Tranny Roadshow is to present transpeople as we are - whole, multi-faceted people. In the show, we present a wide spectrum of gender identities, a brilliant array of living art, and the ties that bind these identities to our artwork and to the world"
Be sure to come! Here are a few more points of interest:
- Earlier today everyone that goes to WashU should have received an e-mail from the director of the GLBTQIA Task force. The survey mentioned in it is very important for assessing the GLBTQIA climate on campus, and they want as many people as possible to fill it out, no matter how you identify. If you have time, please try to complete the survey. It only takes about 10 minutes. There's even a prize drawn randomly from those that fill it out!
- "Gayla 2006: Cirque du So-Gay!" is April 15th at 9PM in McMillan Cafe and Courtyard. Buy tickets for $8 all week in Mallinckrodt from 11-2:30PM and in Wohl on the evenings of April 12th and 13th. We'll be in front of Olin Library, too, one day of the week. Be sure to stop by and get a ticket! The giant circus tent, huge dance floor, and free food and refreshments ought to be enough motivation to get you dressed up for this sure-to-be-amazing semi-formal. Tell your friends to come! Direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pride Week 2006 is from April 15th-21st. More details in next week's update.
- The National Day of Silence is April 26th. That evening we will be hosting a "Breaking the Silence" forum on hate crimes. More details to come.
Monday, April 03, 2006
- On Tuesday, April 4th at 7PM in the Mudd Multipurpose Room on the South 40 we will be hosting a meeting in conjunction with the Association of Black Students (ABS) and Safe Zones about GLBT issues as they pertain to race and ethnicity. The focus of the event will be based on the "Stars" simulation featured in the Safe Zones trainings. The conversation will be thought-provoking and is sorely needed on the WashU campus, so I hope a lot of you can make it.
- Tranny Road Show, April 15th, 8PM, Ursa's.
- Gayla 2006: Cirque du So-Gay! will be on Saturday, April 15th, from 9PM until midnight in McMillan Cafe and Courtyard on the hilltop campus. Help kick off Pride Week 2006 with a bang! All of McMillan Cafe will be turned into a huge dance floor with non-stop music, and the courtyard will have a big circus tent with FREE refreshments inside. Tickets will be $8 and are going to go on sale starting Monday, April 10th at tables in Mallinckrodt from 11-1PM. You also might find us outside of Olin Library one day selling tickets, and--trust me--we'll be hard to miss. If you want to help out with set-up that day, or if you have any questions, just respond to this e-mail. I hope to see you there!
- Pride Week 2006 will be from April 15 to April 21. Specific events are still in the planning stage, and we are taking suggestions, if you have any. The culminating event will be the glbtqiaBBQ on April 21st from 11-1PM in Bowles Plaza .
Saturday, March 25, 2006
I hope spring break was relaxing and fun for everyone. We only have six weeks of school left, but we still have tons of things planned, including our Pride Week (more details in next week's e-mail). Here are a few points of interest:
- Join Pride Alliance on Wednesday, March 22nd @ 8 pm in Women's Building 300 for Bi The Way, a discussion on bisexuality and biphobia in the gay and straight communities. We will have skits, free copies of the zine "In or Out? Bisexuality & A Place to Call Home," buttons made especially for the event, and, as always, FREE FOOD. All are welcome!
- The 2nd Annual Gayla Semi-Formal will be Saturday, April 15th @ 9PM in McMillan Cafe. We were forced to change the date due to an unfortunate scheduling mishap, and we hope everyone interested can still make it. Tickets will be on sale all week before the event. Many more details will emerge within the next few weeks, so keep an eye out!
- Office hours have changed slightly. Here is the revised list:
Monday: 12:00 - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 2:30 - 4:30PM
Wednesday: 11:00 - 1:00PM; 2:00 - 5:00PM
Friday: 12:00 - 1:00PM
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
1.) This Saturday, March 4th at 2:30 pm at Hillel (across the street from the architecture school, which is near Brookings), Keshet, the GLBTQ Jewish group, is bringing transgender, queer, and Jewish performance artist and playwright S. Bear Bergman in to perform "Clearly Marked", a play about overlapping identities and blurring labels. Following the show, there will be a Q&A discussion with Bear. Admission is FREE! If you missed "Clearly Marked" when it came to St. Louis last school year, here's another chance for you to catch it. Don't miss it! You can learn more about the show "Clearly Marked" here: http://www.sbearbergman.com/theater/clearlymarked.html
2.) Office hours have begun! Stop by Women's Building 300 during the day to chat with exec members, hang out, do homework, or borrow items from our qLibrary. We hope to have a complete online list of all of our library items in the near future. Office hours are as follows:
- Monday: 12:00 - 5:00PM
- Tuesday: 2:30 - 3:30PM
- Wednesday: 11:00 - 1:00PM; 2:00 - 5:00PM
- Thursday: 2:30 - 3:30PM
- Friday: 12:00 - 1:00PM
3.) If you think we have been doing a good job this semester, nominate us (or any other fine organization on campus, for that matter) for OSA's Excellence in Leadership Awards! Nomination forms can be found here: http://osa.wustl.edu/leadership/awards/. Not that I'm begging, or anything....
Monday, February 20, 2006
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Note: the open exec meeting scheduled for this Thursday has been cancelled due to this event.
Other Items of Interest:
1) The Social Justice Center is holding an event on Monday, February 13th from 7-9pm in Ursa's Fireside, entitled "Tokenism and 'Diversity': The Easy Way Out." Professor Shawn Shimpach will be facilitating a discussion. There will also be free food representing different groups of people, in a tokenistic fashion. Prof. Shimpach taught the course "Freshman Seminar: Race and Ethnicity on American Television" and he will be using his expertise and material from this course to convey tokenism in the media. The discussion will touch on the larger issue of tokenism in hiring, recruiting, political appointment, public relations campaigns, etc.
2) The next Gayla Committee Meeting is Monday, February 20th at 9PM in the lower level seminar room of Eliot House on the South 40. We are still hammering out a lot of important details, and we could use all the help we can get!
3) Open Exec Meetings are starting this week! Stop by our exec meetings at 8:15PM every Thursday in the lower level seminar room of Eliot House on the South 40 to offer ideas of your own and take part in the decision-making process. We hope to see some new faces this semester!
Saturday, February 04, 2006
Sunday, January 22, 2006
I hope everyone had a relaxing break doing absolutely nothing (other than eating and sleeping). I certainly did. Alas, the school year has begun and we must become un-lazy and attend all Pride Alliance events for the entire semester. I'm not kidding. Here's what's coming up:
1) Gayla Committee Meeting: Wednesday, January 25th at 7:30PM in Women's Building 300. We have divided into sub-committees and are working on setting our wonderfully gay theme (which is top secret) into motion. The tentative date for this GLBTQIA "Formal" is April 1st, so mark your calenders.
2) Activities Fair: Thursday, January 26th from 4-6PM in the Gargoyle. We are giving away skittles by the bucket load, so at least drop by to rot your teeth (and maybe check out some of our plans for the year and contribute your own ideas).
3) Game Night: Tuesday, January 31st at 8PM in Women's Building 300. Join your fellow GLBTQIA-ers for an evening of, well, GLBTQIA-themed games and leftover skittles. What joy! Bring a friend and we will throw in an extra bag of candy. I swear it will be fun.
Those are the most immediate events we have planned. An event focusing on Mental Health hosted by Student Health and Counseling will be coming up soon. Also--just in time for a Valentine's Day tryst!--a safer sex night is in the works for the week after. Once we have the kinks in our own schedules worked out, we will publish a list of office hours so that you all can visit us during the school day.