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 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.

Wednesday October 5
Clark 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

Saturday October 8
LGBTQ and Allied Community Breakfast
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.

Date TBD
Screening of  film tba, 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

Tuesday November 1
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
will offer a performance, staged reading, and other sessions.
Offered in collaboration with the Women's and Gender Studies Program

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.