Saturday, June 25, 2011
Last night, New York became the sixth state in the nation to legalize same sex marriage. In a 33-to-29 vote, the Senate passed the measure, which was signed into law by the governor at 11:55 pm. They, along with the Assembly which passed the bill earlier in the month, are Out for Good.
And, for those of you who are alumni and like to plan ahead: Thinking of multi-tasking during Alumni Weekend this year? October in Ithaca is a lovely time to wed..
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Seems like just a short time ago Out for Good was blogging away about heroes - the everyday kind, the not-so-everyday kind, and the kind that were about to be featured in the 2010-11 Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen film series. Did you take the time at some time during this past year to ponder first year reading initiative author Henry David Thoreau's words on the topic "The hero is commonly the simplest and obscurest of men," or to consider some of the heroes featured in the film series (from Bayard Rustin to Alan Turing, and Harvey Milk to Ruth Ellis)? Were there times for you to be the hero in your own life, or in the lives of others?
This year brought successes and challenges, locally, nationally, and beyond. At one point a new, unexpected hero emerged. One that wasn't featured in the film series, but perhaps he will be someday. Daniel Hernandez, an out gay college student from the University of Arizona who had just begun an internship in the office of Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who literally leaped into action at the exact moment he was needed. He was just five days into his internship. Some dubbed Hernandez "Awesomest Intern Ever." What does Mr. Hernandez say about heroes? “I don’t think I’m a hero. I think doing something one off is not something heroic... I think the heroes are people like Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Ron Barber, Dave Zimmerman, and Pam Simon. They are people who have dedicated their lives to public service so for them it wasn’t just a one time thing, it’s spending their entire lives trying to help others.” Another spot teaming with current and future heroes, Campus Pride LGBT Summer Leadership Camp, will feature Mr. Hernandez as a keynote speaker this year. A number of Ithaca College students have attended Campus Pride Leadership camp as student campers, interns, and peer leaders. If you're unfamiliar with this event, be sure to see what some of our IC students have said about this amazing experience or peruse other back issues of the LGBT Center newsletter for more of their stories.
Even though the academic year is through, you can still be a hero. Be a mentor and role model to younger siblings, or to peers. Be the best you can be this summer, no matter how you are spending it - whether interning, performing, taking classes, working, or plotting your next steps for the new semester. Learn more about LGBT heroes. Consider attending Campus Pride Summer Leadership Camp. The possibilities are endless.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The celebration of the 10th anniversary of the IC LGBT Center will take place during Fall Splash/Alumni Weekend 2011 in October - be sure to save the date - October 14 - 16, 2011! For all the latest news, be sure to "like" the new Ithaca College LGBT and Allied Alumni Facebook page. To get in a festive frame of mind, check out this video made by current first-year student Ben R., with music generously provided by Ithacappella and Premium Blend:
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Download the LGBT at NCUR 2011 Quick Guide to LGBT-themed conference sessions At-A-Glance! Or you can also search for sessions using keywords (try LGBT, GLBT, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and homosexual for starters), but we've done the work for you!** And if you're curious about our unique, caring campus community and the surrounding area in terms of all things LGBT, the LGBT at NCUR 2011 Quick Guide covers that, too - see pages 3 and 4.
And here are FIVE fun, easy, great things to do while you’re here...other than go to some amazing sessions:
1. Send an e-postcard with an LGBT-themed Ithaca College photo back home, or to new friends you've already made here
2. Find out more about local off-campus LGBT resources and services in Ithaca and Tompkins County
3. Come to the LGBTA reception for all NCUR conference-goers and members of the Ithaca College campus communityThursday, March 31st, 4:30-5:30pm, Klingenstein Lounge, Campus Center
4. Go to iTunes and download Ithacappella and Premium Blends’ Firework single that benefits The Trevor Project
5. Watch Ithaca College’s It Gets Better Videos
**And at least one session escaped all our extensive searching for key words - please add it to the list!
Caring for Ourselves: American Individualism and the Need for Expanded Definitions of Marriage in United States Law Kate Cook - Bowling Green State University Oral Session #2 Thurs 1:35-1:55 p.m.Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise 202
Monday, March 28, 2011
Ithaca College’s Center for LGBT Education, Outreach & Services will be hosting a reception at NCUR for all LGBTA conference attendees and students at IC. This event will be hosted on Thursday, March 31st from 4:30-5:30 pm in the Klingenstein Lounge of the Campus Center. The reception will give conference attendees and IC students the chance to socialize and network in a comfortable setting with snacks and drinks provided. It will be a great opportunity to meet LGBTA individuals from all over the country! Whether you identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, an ally, or any other label, please come join us to celebrate diversity at NCUR! And to find a listing of all the NCUR conference sessions on LGBTA themes, check the LGBT NCUR At-A-Glance Quick Guide on this page.