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 25, 7 pm

Taghannock Falls Room, Campus Center (3rd floor)
Friends, food, fun - kick off the new academic year at the LGBTQA Fall Welcome this Tuesday August 26 at 7 pm in the Taghannock Falls Room, Campus Center (3rd floor). Meet student leaders of the LGBT themed student groups, learn about the services of the campus LGBT Center, enjoy refreshments,learn more about the LGBTQ friendly campus culture here at Ithaca College, and meet the LGBT Center program director and student staff.

Friday August 29
Syracuse, NY
Pride Day at the New York State Fair

Pride Day celebrates the state’s LGBTQ community. Events include a pride flag raising, an official ceremony, an information fair, and participation in the Fair Daily Parade at 6:00pm. The State Fair takes place only about an hour away, and for the first time this year 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 1: Gay Pioneers film screening
7 pm, Textor 101
Cake will be served at this event to celebrate the summer's successes for LGBT people and our supporters!

Part of the Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series
On July 4, 1965, a small group of activists laid the foundation for the organized LGBT civil rights movement by demonstrating at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. When these 40 activists picketed, it was the largest demonstration for gay rights in world history. Known as "Annual Reminders," the protests took place each Fourth of July 1965 -1969. In July 2015, the city of Philadelphia commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Annual Reminders with a National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration. Gay Pioneers is the story of these first organized annual gay civil rights demonstrations in the US, and the people who planned them.

Friday September 4 and Friday September 11
12 noon - 4 pm

The US Trans Survey, the nation's largest and most comprehensive survey of trans, genderqueer, and gender-non-conforming people, will be launching on August 19 and available to fill out through September 21. The LGBT Center invites you fill it out anytime you wish on your own - or come on down to the Resource Room on these dates where we'll be providing people to assist you and computers to fill out the survey in a safe and fun environment.

September 15, 16, 17
Movement Installation Artists,  Gerard and Kelly

Bessie Award winning artists, Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly, known for their movement installations at major museums in NYC and Los Angeles will be in residence at Ithaca College September 15-17, 2015. The duo will be sharing their work, Reusable Parts/Endless Love, with Ithaca College dance students, and giving a public talk about their collaborations and the recent acquisition of one of their pieces by the Guggenheim Museum. The public talk at Ithaca College will be Weds. 9/16 @ 4 pm Dillingham studio 3 (free and open to the public)  In addition, there will be an informal showing of the workshop material on Thurs. 9/17 @ 3pm Dillingham studio 3. Sponsored by the Department of Theatre Arts.

Thursday September 24
7 pm at The History Center in downtown Ithaca

A panel of experts will discuss the history of activism and advocacy for LGBT rights in the local area, including early efforts to secure marriage equality well before it was a national conversation. This event held in collaboration with the History Center, Cornell Human Sexuality Archives, and other community partners.
The History Center in Tompkins County is located in the beautifully renovated Gateway Center, one block east of the Commons in Ithaca. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact The History Center directly for this event at (607)273-8284.

Tuesday September 29
Screening of  Dolares de Arena (Sand Dollars) (Dominican Republic, 2014), 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 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

Wednesday September 30
4- 6 pm, Muller Chapel
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 October 6: Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement film screening
7 pm, Textor 101

Part of the Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series
In June 2015 the Supreme Court ruled that the right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. But two years before this, another case made history. This film tells the love story that culminated in the historic decision in June 2013 that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Shortly after they meet in New York’s West Village in the early 1960s, Edie Windsor and Thea Clara Spyer become “engaged,” though the idea of a civil marriage for LGBTQ couples was unthinkable at the time and would not come to pass for another 4 decades.

Thursday, October 8 at 7 pm
Embracing My Purpose: How Did I Get Here? Cornell Woodson '09, Featured Speaker in commemoration of National Coming Out Day
Clark Lounge, Campus Center

We all start out with a dream of what we want to spend our life doing. However, sometimes life presents our true purpose---we can choose to deny it or accept it fully. This is IC alumnus Cornell Woodson's story toward embracing a career in social justice and practicing self-care.

Sunday October 11 at 12 noon on the Academic Quad
hosts the 2nd annual IC Pride Parade!

Thursday October 22 at 4 pm
Asexual Students and Allies Social

LGBT Resource Room, lower level of Hammond Health Center
The LGBT Center is hosting a social for asexual students and their allies at 4 pm in the LGBT Resource Room. Warm up with some hot beverages, eat delicious snacks, and meet new friends in the LGBT Resource Room . All students are welcome. For members of the IC community.

October 28, Park Auditorium, 5:45 pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Photojournalist Misha Friedman will speak on campus. His work is primarily in Russia and Ukraine, and his talk plans to focus in part on the extensive work he’s done documenting LGBT individual communities across Russia. These range from news stories on injured activists and the only gay club in Crimea closing after the Russian invasion to a long-term documentary project, recently published as a book, that poetically examines the lives of a lesbian couple in Saint Petersburg raising a child. Misha's work is regularly published in such publications as the New York Times, The New Yorker and The Washington Post. Sponsored by the Department of Cinema, Photography and Media Arts, with cosponsorship from the LGBT Center and several other campus departments and offices.                         

Tuesday November 3: Out In The Night film screening
7 pm, Textor 101

Part of the Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series
In 2006 in a gay-friendly neighborhood in New York City, a group of African-American lesbians were violently threatened by a man on the street. The women fought back and were later charged with gang assault and attempted murder. The tabloids quickly dubbed them a gang of "Killer Lesbians" and a "Wolf Pack." Three pleaded guilty to avoid a trial, but the remaining four — Renata, Patreese, Venice and Terrain — maintained their innocence. The women pleaded self-defense and went to trial, and they became known as the "New Jersey Four.” The award-winning Out in the Night examines the sensational case and the women's uphill battle, revealing the role that race, gender identity, and sexuality play in our criminal justice system. Cosponsored with Sister 2 Sister and Feminists United.

Thursday November 5
12 noon School of Business, Room 301

Meet the researchers! The team that created the New York State LGBT Needs Survey will be on campus to present their preliminary data, and to talk about their work! Our community told us what LGBT New Yorkers need - 3800 LGBT New Yorkers answered the LGBT Health and Human Services Needs Assessment Survey. Come hear about the findings! If you're interested in LGBT people, in data, or generally interested the types of careers researchers have, this is an event not to be missed. Their mission is to contribute to the strategy, growth and effectiveness of nonprofits, foundations and government organizations by providing high quality research, capacity building and evaluation consulting. They are unique in their commitment to combining rigorous, credible research processes with commitments and processes to enhance community participation and representation. Feel free to bring your lunch, desserts and beverages will be provided.

November 12-15 IvyQ Conference
Ithaca College students are warmly welcome to register for and attend this outstanding conference, conveniently held this year at our nearby neighbor Cornell University! IvyQ is a conference which aims to create a pan-Ivy community of LGBTQ students and allies equipped with the skills to examine their identities, value those of others, and understand intersectionality. This year Cornell has specifically reached out to welcome Ithaca College students to join them. The steps to achieving this vision are three-fold: creating experiences which foster meaningful and productive social networks; educating students about the history and multiplicity of voices in the LGBTQ movement and the possible trajectories of its future; and empowering all students to feel confident in their identities and their potential to instill positive change in their own lives and the communities they inhabit. IvyQ stresses the acknowledgment and application of privilege for positive and lasting social change for LGBTQ communities. Registration is required to attend.

Tuesday December 1: How To Survive A Plague film screening
7 pm, Textor 101

Part of the Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series
Screening in observance of World AIDS Day
Thirty five years ago, New York State was at the center of the AIDS epidemic. In 2015 Governor Cuomo announced a plan to end AIDS in New York by 2020. The ambitious plan aims to achieve zero new HIV infections, zero AIDS-related deaths, and zero incidences of HIV discrimination. This film highlights the HIV-positive activists, advocates and allies—improbable, radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment. How To Survive A Plague is the story of how activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.




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.