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:

August 27: LGBT and Allied Community Welcome, 6:45 pm, Textor 101
Come out and join us for this annual tradition! Enjoy refreshments, a short film that highlights our unique and supportive campus community, and an opportunity to meet the LGBT Center program director, student staff, and student leaders of our four LGBT-themed student organizations.

September 9: Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film series screening -  7 pm, Textor 101
Off and Running

With white Jewish lesbians for parents and two adopted brothers — one mixed-race and one Korean—Brooklyn teen Avery grew up in a unique and loving household. But when her curiosity about her African-American roots grows, she decides to contact her birth mother. This choice propels Avery into her own complicated exploration of race, identity, and family that threatens to distance her from the parents she’s always known.

September 15: LGBT Community Center Awareness Day
This year campus based LGBT Centers will join with our colleagues in being involved in Center Awareness Day by promoting our offices/centers/programs on this day so all know what we have to offer, and know of our extensive networks on campuses and in communities. This year we are excited to celebrate LGBT centers that operate both in communities and on college campuses. LGBT Community Centers are embedded in their local communities. LGBT Campus Centers and Offices are embedded in college campuses, providing support and education to the college community. Together, we celebrate the great work that both types of centers do, and encourage campus and community centers to connect with each other.

September 30 Screening of  Fresa y Chocolate, 7 pm at Cinemapolis at 120 E Green Street i downtown Ithaca
As part of CINE con CULTURA, a film festival featuring Latin American films, in celebration of Latino 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

October 1: Chocolate in the Chapel- 4 - 6pm in Muller Chapel
A fun, relaxed and social get together for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) 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.

October 7: Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film series screening - 7 pm, Textor 101
Jihad for Love

Islam today is the world's second largest and fastest growing religion. Muslim gay filmmaker Parvez Sharma travels the many worlds of this dynamic faith, discovering the stories of its most unlikely storytellers: lesbian and gay Muslims. A Jihad for Love was filmed in 12 countries and 9 languages and comes from the heart of Islam. It reclaims the Islamic concept of a greater Jihad, whose true meaning is akin to 'an inner struggle' or 'to strive in the path of God' - allowing its remarkable subjects to move beyond the narrow concept of Jihad as holy war.

October 8: Cartoonist and Graphic Memoirist Alison Bechdel, 7:30 pm, Textor 102
Alison Bechdel will speak on campus, her lecture is titled: “Dykes, Dads, and Moms to Watch Out For: The illustrated life of Alison Bechdel.” Bechdel is a cartoonist and graphic memoirist whose work includes Dykes to Watch Out For and Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic.The lecture is sponsored by the Roy H. Park School of Communications and includes support from Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Education Outreach and Services; Department of Media Arts, Sciences and Studies; Department of Writing; and Department of Journalism.

October 9 Mara Keisling, Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, 12:15 pm in the A&E Center VIP Room
Mara's presentation will provide a national picture of transgender rights, including a perspective on New York State issues. Her presentation will be followed by an opportunity for Q & A. Attendees are invited to bring their lunches; fresh fruit, vegetables, sweet treats and beverages will be provided. As one of the nation’s leading voices for transgender equality, Mara has appeared on news outlets and is regularly quoted in hundreds of national and local print and broadcast media. Since NCTE was founded in 2003, the organization was part of coalition efforts that have won significant advances in transgender equality. Mara is a graduate of Penn State University and did her graduate work at Harvard University in American Government.

November 4:  Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film series screening -  7 pm, Textor 101
Two Spirits

Fred Martinez was nádleehí, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. But the place where two discriminations meet is a dangerous place to live, and Fred became one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at sixteen. Between tradition and controversy, sex and spirit, and freedom and fear, lives the truth—the bravest choice you can make is to be yourself. It interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and female, and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders.

Tuesday December 2: Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film series screening - 7 pm, Textor 101
No Regret

Screening in observance of World AIDS Day
Through music, poetry and quiet, at times, chilling self-disclosure, five sero-positive black gay men speak of their individual confrontation with AIDS, illuminating the difficult journey black men throughout America make in coping with the personal and social devastation of the epidemic. From panic, resignation and silence to the discovery of the redemptive, healing power in being vocal and visible as HIV-positive black gay men, each tells a singular and at the same time familiar story of self-transformation—a story in which a once shameful, unmentionable "affliction" is forged into a tool of personal and communal empowerment.




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