Events and Speakers

A quick overview of some of the highlights coming this semester from the LGBT Center, in collaboration with other campus and community partners...and a few other important dates and events this semester:

LGBTQA+ and Allied Students Fall Welcome
Tuesday August 23, 7 pm

Clark Lounge, Campus Center 
Friends, food, fun - kick off the new academic year at the LGBTQA+ Fall Welcome this Tuesday August 23 at 7 pm in the Clark Lounge, Campus Center. Meet student leaders of the LGBTQA+ themed student groups, learn about the services of the campus LGBT Center, enjoy refreshments,learn more about the LGBTQA+ friendly campus culture here at Ithaca College, and meet the LGBT Center program director and student staff. 

Friday August 26
Syracuse, NY
Pride Day at the New York State Fair

Pride Day celebrates the state’s LGBTQ community. The only State Fair in the U.S. to host its own Pride Day, the annual all-day event will include a flag raising ceremony, LGBT choirs and parade at 6:00pm. In the evening, guest speaker Candis Cayne from I am Cait will discuss her career, life, transition and what it means to live life as her truly happy, authentic self in the Empire Theater at 7:30pm. Seating limited to first 250 guests, so arrive early, doors will open at 6:00pm. Program will be followed by a meet and greet. The State Fair takes place only about an hour away, and for the second year in a row will raise a Pride Flag over the fair in addition to other LGBT themed events and activities throughout the day.
Not sponsored by the IC LGBT Center. For questions or info about this event, or to request accommodations, please contact the NYS Fair directly.

Tuesday September 6th
Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series Screening of 
To Be Takei
Textor 101, 7 pm
Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the starship Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of five million Facebook fans. Join George and his husband Brad on this star's playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love. And, the 50th anniversary of Star Trek takes place this month – the first episode aired September 8, 1966.

Tuesday September 20, 4 - 6 pm 
Chocolate in the Chapel 

It's an annual tradition! A fun, relaxed and social get together for all LGBTQ and allied students to meet each other, our campus chaplains, and students from the
chapel communities. Great Chocolate of all kinds! Great Conversation with the Chaplains & Students from the Chapel Communities. Sponsored by The IC Chaplains and the LGBT Center. 

Tuesday, September 27, 7:00pm, Textor Hall, 101

The Wind is Spirit: The life, love and legacy of Audre Lorde

 The Women's and Gender Studies Program presents legendary feminist, activist, and author Gloria Joseph, Professsor Emeritus of Africana Studies at Hampshire College and long-time partner of Audre Lorde. Professor Joseph will discuss and read from her newly published book, The wind is spirit: The life, love, and legacy of Audre Lorde. 

Thursday Sept 29, 7:30pm. 620 West Seneca Street, downtown Ithaca
Outdoor screening of The Wizard of Oz
, the classic musical starring Judy Garland. An event as part of A Night Out: An LGBTQ movie and social event series from Out for Health and Planned Parenthood. Themed photo booth, refreshments and beverages will also be available. Showing in the parking lot, bring your own chairs and blankets. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Out For Health, a program of Planned Parenthood, that provides outreach, education, and information to LGBTQ people, their health care providers, and the community-at-large about the importance of inclusive, welcoming, and respectful care for LGBTQ people. Contact them directly for accessibility information.

October 3 - 10 The Pride Flag is raised on campus
on the flagpole near Free Speech Rock

Tuesday October 4
Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series Screening of El Canto del Colibri - in Spanish, with English subtitles
Textor 101, 7 pm
Much like the seldom-heard song of the hummingbird, the voices of Latino fathers are rarely heard in addressing LGBTQ issues. A story of Latino fathers dealing with issues of immigration, faith, marriage equality, machismo, culture, and the process of their LGBTQ children coming out. Screening in commemoration of Latinx Heritage Month.

Wednesday October 5
Klingenstein Lounge, Campus Center, 7 pm

Intersectional Student Organizing: A Talk with Cedrick-Michael Simmons '14, with a Focus on Race and LGBTQ themes
In observance of National Coming Out Day

Thursday October 6 
Screening of Memories of a Penitent Heart (Puerto Rico) Cinemapolis at 7 pm at Cinemapolis at 120 E Green Street in downtown Ithaca
As part of CINE con CULTURA, a film festival featuring Latin American films, in celebration of Latinx Heritage Month in collaboration with ¡CULTURA! Ithaca. Tickets are available at the Cinemapolis Box office and are $7.50 for General Admission ($6 for Students/Seniors) as well as $50 for a festival pass to see all nine films ($40 for Students/Seniors). Find more information and the complete list of films at Please contact Cinemapolis directly for information about accessibility.

Saturday October 8
LGBTQ and Allied Community Breakfast for Students and Alumni
Clark Lounge, Campus Center, 10 am

Enjoy a continental breakfast while meeting and networking with LGBTQ and allied students and alumni. Luca Maurer, director of IC's Center for LGBT Education, Outreach, and Services, will share the latest from the center as well as IC's LGBTQ-themed student organizations.

Saturday October 8 
Spectrum's annual Pride Parade 
More info coming soon!

Tuesday November 1  *date and location for this film subject to change, more info coming soon
Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series Screening of The Same Difference 
Textor 101, 7 pm
A compelling documentary that broadens the definition of what it means to be part of the African American lesbian community. Self-identified studs—and the women who love them—discuss hypocrisy in terms of gender roles, performative expectations, and the silent disciplining that  occurs between community members. This film also features actress Felicia “Snoop” Pearson from The Wire, AzMarie Livingston from America’s Next Top Model and Empire, Dee Pimpin from Catfish, Crissle West from The Read podcast, and Lea DeLaria from Orange Is the New Black. From stud-on-stud relationships, to coming out as  bisexual, and from AGs who decide to get pregnant, to studs dressing femme for pay, director Nneka Onuroah’s engaging documentary ensures that no topic is left untouched.

November 1 - 3 (times and locations TBA)
Lenelle Moise, poet, playwright and performance artist, 
will offer a performance, staged reading, and other sessions.
Offered in collaboration with the Women's and Gender Studies Program, English Department, and other campus departments.

Thursday December 1
Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series Screening of We Were Here
Textor 101, 7 pm

Documents the coming of what was called the “Gay Plague” in the early 1980s. It illuminates the profound personal and community issues raised by the AIDS epidemic as well as the broad political and social upheavals it unleashed, and provides insight into what society could, and should, offer its citizens in the way of medical care, social services, and community support. Early in the epidemic, San Francisco’s compassionate, multifaceted, and creative response to AIDS became known as “The San Francisco Model.” In its suffering, San Francisco mirrors the experience of so many American cities during those years. In its response, The San Francisco Model remains a standard to aspire to in seeking a healthier, more just, more humane society.


Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Luca Maurer at or 607-274-7394. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.