Tuesday, November 27, 2007

End of Semester Events

I hope everyone had a restful Thanksgiving Break. This semester is almost over, but first we'd like to tell you about two upcoming things:
1. Catholicism and Homosexuality Forum
2. Final General Body Meeting of the Semester

1. The Catholic Student Center is sponosring a forum to talk about the intersection of Catholicism and homosexuality. The discussion will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, November 28th at 7 PM in the Brown Lounge (top floor of Brown Hall). It'll be a great opportunity to
learn, listen and discuss the impact of Catholic teaching with people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual and their allies. Open to all.

2. Our final general body meeting of the semester will take place next Tuesday at 8 PM in the ground floor common room of Eliot House. Take a break from studying and finals by making gingerbread houses with us! We'll also be discussing committees, upcoming conferences, open exec board positions for next semester, and starting to plan the drag show.

As always, e-mail pridewu@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns. Have a great week!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil, and National Mix it Up Day

There are two big programs coming up this week:
1. Mix It Up Day Lunch and Town Hall
2. International Transgender Day of Remembrance Candlelight Vigil

1. Tuesday, November 13th is National Mix It Up Day. There are two great events planned, so you can get free food and meet new people all day.

- From 11 Am - 1 PM in the Gargoyle, the Office of Student Activities and Campus Week of Dialogue present the Mix It Up Day lunch. Come and enjoy FREE samosas, Jimmy John's sandwiches, and Greek food! Meet people you've never met before! Learn something new about yourself! Break boundaries! Have fun! Listen to a faculty speaker talk about "mixing it up"!

- From 6-8 PM, the first ever Wash U campus-wide Town Hall discussion on prejudice and discrimination. A group of students representing over 25 on campus organizations have come together in response to the need for students to talk about discrimination on campus. From 6-7, there will be a town hall-style forum in Wilson 214 for people to share their stories and express their thoughts. From 7-8, there will be a dinner in the Mallinkrodt Food Court where we'll talk about what we can do to make Wash U an inclusive environment for EVERYONE. Come to be heard and hear others.

2. International Transgender Day of Remembrance Candlelight Vigil
Thursday, Nov. 15th @ 7PM
South 40 Clocktower.
Reception in The Gargoyle in Mallinkrodt Center

Join us for our annual Transgender Day of Remembrance Candlelight Vigil. Come together to mourn the people murdered in the past year due to anti-transgender violence. Hear the stories of people who were killed and help raise awareness about violence against those with differing gender identities and gender expressions. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Several religious leaders will be present to speak (including Father Gary Braun from the Catholic Student Center and Rev. Andrew Benko of Episcopal Campus Ministries) but the event is not inherently religious. Local transgender musician Adhamh Roland will also sing.

Learn more about TDOR: http://www.gender.org/remember/day/what.html

We will NOT be having a GBM this week, but after Thanksgiving break, we'll resume having them every other week. As always, if you have questions or concerns, e-mail pridewu@gmail.com. I hope to see some of you at these events!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Awareness Week is Coming Up!

Thanks to everyone who came to our first general body meeting on September 12th! It was great to see such a large turnout. We'll be letting you know when the next GBM is, but for now, I wanted to let you know that...

GLBTQIA Awareness Week (October 5 - 13) is approaching! We have a lot of great events planned, so mark your calendars:

Friday, October 5: Night Out at the City Museum with SLU
When: 7:15 PM - 12 AM
Where: meet at the Clocktower at 7:15 PM
Join members of Wash U's Pride Alliance and Saint Louis University's Rainbow Alliance for a night at the city museum. The bus will be leaving from the clocktower at 7:15, so bring your $6 and be prepared to have a blast!

Sunday, October 7: Underpass Painting and Guerrilla Flyering
When: 1 PM
Where: the underpass
Help us paint the underpass and flyer campus to raise awareness about GLBTQIA issues. And oh yeah: free food!

Monday, October 8: How Do We Make Wash U a Safe Zone?
When: 8:30 - 9:30 PM
Where: May Auditorium (Simon Hall, the business school)
Join students, staff, and faculty from all over campus for a conversation about GLBTQIA issues at Washington University. How can we make Wash. U. the best possible environment for everyone?

Tuesday, October 9: Discussion on Multicultural GLBT Relationships (co-sponsored with MIXED)
When: 8:30 PM
Where: Ursa's Fireside
An open-ended discussion on Mixed Heritage People, Interracial Relationships, and Transracial Adoptions in the GLBT Community. Possible discussions points include discrimination, representation in the media, and the role both communties play.

Wednesday, October 10: Safe Zones Info Session
When: 5-7 PM
Where: OSA Conference Room, basement of the Women's Building
Interested in learning about the organization Safe Zones? Want to know how you can lead workshops on GLBTQIA issues? Then check out the Safe Zones information session!

Wednesday, October 10: GLBTQIA Career Planning (with the Career Center)
When: 7-9 PM
Where: Brown Lounge (Brown School of Social Work)
A panel discussion on being a GLBTQIA person in the work world. Topics to be discussed include presenting a "queer resume" and finding GLBTQIA workplaces. Juniors and seniors strongly encouraged to attend!

Thursday, October 11: National Coming Out Day Social!
When 7 PM - 1 AM
Where: Ursa's Fireside
Celebrate National Coming Out Day with Pride! (get it?) AJ Brockelman, Executive Director of PROMO, Missouri's GLBT Advocacy group, will be there to talk about his organization's mission. Share your own story about coming out as a GLBTQIA person or ally, and then party it up with us.

Saturday, October 13: "I'm Still the Same" (part of Parent's Weekend)
When: 12- 1 PM
Where: Friedman Lounge in Wohl Center
An interactive discussion and presentation on coming out at college, GLBTQIA life on campus, and being the parent of a GLBTQIA student. ALL members of ALL types of families are welcome.

If you have questions or would like to get involved, contact Bobby Harvey at raharvey@wustl.edu. Hope to see you at some of these events!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Day of Silence & FREE BBQ!

Hey everyone--

Hope you all enjoyed Gayla this past weekend! Thank you for coming and
makin' it great! (And thank you to this year's awesome Gayla

This next week is our last week of programming for the semester, but
we've got a lot going on, so check it out. We'll have lots of free
food this week, plus rainbow ribbons and buttons we'll be giving out!

In this email you'll find info on:
1) Pride Open House: Meet LGBT Staffperson Candidates! (Tues 4/17)
2) Day of Silence: Breaking the Silence (Wed 4/18)
3) glbtqiaBBQ (Fri 4/20)

1) Pride Open House: Tues 4/17, 3 pm, Women's Building Room 300

Wash U is currently in the midst of interviewing candidates for the
newly-created Cordinator for LGBT Student Involvement & Leadership
position (http://restech.wustl.edu/~osa/jobs/lgbt.html). Come to an
open house, hosted by Pride Alliance, meet one of the candidates, and
grab some free food and gear (buttons, ribbons, and the like.) All are
welcome and encouraged to come by!

2) Day of Silence & "Breaking the Silence": Wed 4/18
Mudd Multipurpose Room (on the South 40), 8 pm, FREE PIZZA DINNER!

The National Day of Silence (http://www.dayofsilence.org) 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 many GLBTQIA people face each day. Every year we hope
that the silence, discrimination, and violence directed at GLBTQIA
people will end.

Join PROF. SUSAN STIRITZ of Women's and Gender Studies, and Student
Union President-Elect NEIL PATEL that evening for our "Breaking the
Silence" discussion, Q & A, and FREE pizza dinner.

TO PARTICIPATE: take a vow of silence and/or wear black with a rainbow
ribbon or button-- we'll be handing out free rainbow ribbons and
buttons, as well as "Why I Am Silent Today" cards in Mallinkrodt
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 11-1.
(Co-sponsored with Outlook and Safe Zones)

3) glbtqiaBBQ: Fri 4/20
11 am - 2 pm, Bowle's Plaza (outside Mallinkrodt); Rain locaton: McMillan Cafe

Join Pride for the annual glbtqiaBBQ as part of Celebrations Weekend!
We'll have tons of FREE delicious BBQ! Hang out with some of the
prospective students or just grab some free grub and go-- it's up to
you! Either way, come by for an awesome, free lunch-- beats the lines
at lower Mallinkrodt any day!
(Co-sponsored with the Office of Admissions)

...That's all, folks! Have a good rest of the semester and good luck
on final exams!

Monday, March 05, 2007

"Coming Out Around the World", Safe Zones Educator Application, and more!

Hello everyone--

Included in this email you'll find information on:
1) "Coming Out Around the World" Panel (Wed. March 7)
2) Safe Zones-- Educator Application Deadline EXTENDED (Fri. March 9)

There is also information for some programs and deadlines after spring break:
3) Prof. Lauren Berlant lecture (March 19)
4) X Magazine submission deadline (March 20)
5) NUJLS Conference hosted at Wash U (March 23-25)

As always, if you are interested in helping out with programs or have
ideas you would like to share, come to our exec meetings, held on
Mondays at 10 pm in Eliot House seminar room (1st floor/basement

**This Week:**

1) Coming Out Around the World Panel: LGBT Issues Outside the US
Wed. March 7, 7-8:30 pm @ Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (law school)

Join expert panelists Julie Dorf, founding executive director of the
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, John
Scagliotti, Emmy Award-winning director of "Dangerous Living: Coming
Out in the Developing World", Winifred Poster, PhD, visiting professor
in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign, and Scott Long, director of the Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program at Human Rights Watch.
Presentations by the panelists will be followed by a Q & A session.

Co-sponsored by: School of Law, Women and Gender Studies, ResLife,
OUTLAW, and the International Studies Honorary

2) Safe Zones Educator Application Deadline Extended: FRI MARCH 9
Safe Zones (http://sugroups.wustl.edu/~safezones/), an educational
group on GLBTQIA issues, is seeking YOU to help run workshops! If you
are interested in being trained to become a Safe Zones Educator,
follow the instructions on the application attached to this email. The
deadline has been extended to THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 9th, so fill out an
application today! (All class years, undergrad and graduate, are
welcome to apply.) Email safezones@sugroups.wustl.edu for more info.

**Events & Deadlines After Spring Break:**

3) "On The Desire to be Normal: Post-Fordist Affect in Rosetta and La Promesse":
Mon. March 19, 4 pm @ Hurst Lounge (upstairs Dunker Hall)

Professor Lauren Berlant, "one of the biggest names in queer theory"
and sexuality studies at the moment, will be lecturing on sexuality,
Judith Butler, neoliberalism and class.

4) X Magazine submissions (deadline March 20)Published by the Student Forum on Sexuality every semester, Wash U's
only publication on the political, social, cultural, and educational
aspects of sexuality, is extending an invitation to Pride Alliance
members to submit their work. Send your art, prose, poetry, critical
essay, and personal anecdotes to xsubmission@gmail.com.

5) National Union of Jewish LGBT Students (NUJLS) Conference March 23-25:
Hosted and organized by Keshet
(http://groups.yahoo.com/group/keshet/), the international NUJLS
conference will be held at Wash U this year. It'll be full of all
sorts of programming, speakers, and opportunities to network and
discuss-- plus it's being hosted right here on our campus, so check it
out! To register/get more info, see http://www.nujlsonline.org

Have a good week and a great spring break!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Asexuality program & other Sex Week events!

Thanks to everyone who came to the drag show; we raised over $400 for the LGBT Community Center of St. Louis-- thank you for helping make it such a success!

Here are the exciting events we have coming up next week, read on for full descriptions:
1) Asexuality-- Not Just for Amoebas Anymore!
2) Safe Zones Open Ally Workshop
3) Kinky Kouture: Fetish Fashion Show

And other events of interest:
4) You, Sex, & the Law
5) Blowjobs, A Discussion

1) Asexuality-- Not Just for Amoebas Anymore!
Mon. 2/12, 8-9:30 pm, Ursa's Fireside Lounge

David Jay, founder of Asexuality Visibility Education Network (AVEN, see
http://www.asexuality.org), and Shelley Protte, a St. Louis local, will
speak about being asexual and asexuality. Come debunk myths and learn
about asexual experiences. (Co-sponsored by Pride Alliance, ALA, and Sex Week)

2) Safe Zones Open Ally Workshop
Tues 2/13, 7:30-10:30 pm, Barry Room (upstairs Wohl)

Learn what all the letters in "GLBTQIA" mean! This interactive workshop will offer the opportunity to ask questions, learn about various identities, and go over ways to be an effective ally-- plus, you earn a free "Safe Zone" placard for your door! (Co-sponsored by Safe Zones and Pride Alliance)

3)Kinky Kouture: Fetish Fashion Show
Fri 2/16, The Gargoyle, 7-10:30 pm (entertainment)

Come see some of your fellow students modeling this season's best Kinky Kouture! Wear your own fetish fashions or buy some new ones from vendors and compete in clothing contests. Students get a free raffle ticket upon entrance (drawings every half hour-- must be present to win). Attendees also receive special raffle tickets from vendors for every $10 spent. Vendors open for business at 4pm; entertainment, including DJ, pole acrobats ( Gravity Plays Favorites, as seen performing with The Dresden Dolls), and Siren, the lovely emcee from the drag show, will be 7-10:30 pm in the Gargoyle. (Co-sponsored by ALA and Pride Alliance)

Other events you may be interested in (see http://altlife.wustl.edu/beyondsex/ for more):

4) You, Sex, & the Law
Thurs, 2/15 7-9pm, Ursa's Fireside Lounge

This event will go through 14 scenarios dealing with marital sex, marital rape and assault, workplace relationships, economic sex, survival sex, rape, bondage, consent issues, gay sex, youth sex, intergenerational sex, mental capacity, and disease. Each of the scenarios will be approached with the questions "Is it consensual?" "Is it legal?" and "Is it moral?" Panelists include Sergeant Mark Glenn of WUPD, Poli Rijos of Student Health Services, and Larry M., lawyer and educator with the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom as well as a founding member of St. Louis Leather & Lace. (Sponsored by ALA)

5) Blowjobs, A Discussion
Sat, 2/17, 2-3 pm, Friedman Lounge in Wohl

A presentation and discussion with author Jack Rinella about "the anatomy, psychology, and methodology of cock sucking and how to arouse and satisfy your male partner." Open to all types of genders and sexual orientations. (Sponsored by ALA)

Monday, January 22, 2007

Pride Alliance Meeting & Drag Show!

I hope everyone had a great winter break. We have some cool things planned for this semester--including a drag show this Friday!:

1) First Meeting of the Semester! When? WED., JAN. 24, 8 PM. Where? Lien Seminar Room A. Why? To become acquainted with the group (if you aren't already) and our new exec board members, meet other students, get involved in committees (help plan the Gayla formal!), and brainstorm ideas for the semester. And, as is tradition, FREE DINNER!

2) Drop by and visit our booth during the Activities Fair today in Francis Gym 4:30-6:30 PM. Pick up some free buttons and zines secretly sign-up all of your friends who avoided getting roped into this lovely e-mail list. If you miss us, we will also be tabling all week in Mallinkrodt 11-1 PM.

3) 1st Annual Wash U DRAG SHOW! FRIDAY JAN. 26, 8 PM @ THE GARGOYLE Join Pride Alliance and the Alternative Lifestyle Association for Wash U's 1st annual DRAG SHOW! Emceed by the fabulous Siren of Faces, join us for FREE raffles, audience drag contest (come dressed in drag if you would like to enter), and of course, wonderful drag queens and kings!

$2 with Wash U ID, $3 general admission. 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the LGBT Community Center of St. Louis . Come and support the community while watching fabulous drag queens and kings perform!

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to to e-mail. Have a great week!