Friday, October 20, 2006

GLBTQIA Awareness Week 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 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

Awareness Week Schedule Changes


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:

  1. 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!
  2. Tuesday, October 17th: Safe Zones Open Ally Workshop, 7PM, Women's Building 300.
  3. Wednesday, October 18th: Project Runway Finale Party, 9PM, Park/Mudd TV Lounge
  4. 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!