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:

Tuesday January 26: 7 pm, Textor 101  Winter Welcome for LGBTQA+ Students! 7 pm in Textor 101 
New transfer student who has just arrived at IC? Returning student happy to be back on campus? Please join us at the LGBTQA+ Student Winter Welcome on Tuesday January 26 at 7 pm in Textor 101. Meet student leaders of the LGBTQ 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. For more on the LGBT Center and LGBTQ services at Ithaca College, visit And yes, there will be a delicious cake festooned with a rainbow on it for everyone to enjoy, as well as fresh fruit too.   

Tuesday Feb 2: We Came To Sweat, Textor 103
Founded by an African-American for his gay community in 1962, the Starlite Lounge became a legendary pre-Stonewall safe-haven by catering to multiple generations of every race, creed, color and sexual orientation. When the survival of this Brooklyn-based black-owned LGBTQ institution came under threat nearly fifty years later, a passionate community mobilized. For patrons, the Starlite represents a family, a legacy, a safe haven, and a living history of the LGBTQ community. The document of their movement explores the matrix of gay visibility, race and economics in America. Part of the LGBT Center Out of The Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series, in honor of Black History Month. SLI credit available.  

Feb 9 Q&A with Lenelle Moise12-1 pm, place to be determined.   

Feb 10 Lenelle Moise: Speaking Intersections. 7:30 pm,  in Nabenhauer Recital Hall in the School of Music (Whalen). 
A dynamic reading of black feminist queer immigrant literature. Speaking truth to power, Haitian-American theatre artist Lenelle Moise performs original poems, essays and monologues to illuminate the intersection of race, class, gender, spirit, and sexuality. Sponsored by the Women & Gender Studies Program, in collaboration with teh LGBT Center, Department of Theatre Arts, Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, Dept. of English, and H&S Dean's Office.  

Feb 9 Out For Health is hosting a screening of the documentary "The Year We Thought About Love" at Cinemapolis in downtown Ithaca.
The film tells the story of the Boston LGBTQ youth theatre troupe, True Colors while they write a play on love featuring their own personal experience. It is a hilarious, warm and emotionally charged film and will connect with many folks.  Free and open to the public. Cosponsored by the Ithaca College LGBT Center.

Tuesday March 1: Love Free or Die, Textor 101
Gene Robinson is a man whose two defining passions are in direct conflict: his love for God and for his partner Mark. Robinson’s consecration in 2003, to which he wore a bullet-proof vest, caused an international stir when he became the first openly gay priest in a committed same-sex relationship to be ordained a bishop in any Christian denomination. But his consecration has brought the Episcopal Church to the brink of a schism, and has resulted in threats of violence against Robinson himself. But with his beloved husband Mark at his side, Robinson continues to calmly make the case that who you love doesn't determine whether God loves you. The film follows Robinson from small-town churches in the New Hampshire North Country to Washing-ton’s Lincoln Memorial to London’s Lambeth Palace, as he calls for all to stand for equality – inspiring bishops, priests and ordinary folk to come out from the shadows and change history. Part of the LGBT Center Out of The Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series. SLI credit available.  

March 18 - 20 Pride and Joy Families Weekend Conference 2016 Holiday Inn Downtown, 2-8 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY (not an IC event, but sponsored by our friends at Pride and Joy Families)
Pride and Joy Families will hold its 6th state-wide conference for LGBTQ adults, their children, other family members, and allies in Upstate  New York. Three days of relaxing, learning and sharing with other LGBTQ families like (and unlike!) yours. Highlights include: -Keynote by Vince Sgambati, "LGBTQ Families in Transition" -Childcare for 3-6 year olds andCamp Highlight programs for kids 7 and up -Adult workshops on legal issues, schools, adoption and foster care, kids with special needs, transgender experience, aging, gay dads, and talking to teens about sex -Teen Panel (hosted by Family Equality Council) -Family dance party! -Inter-generational activities -Resource/Vendor Fair -Pre-Conference Professional Development Workshop on transgender healthcare Scholarships available. Details at their website  

Sat. March 26,  Prism's Drag Show - 7 pm in Emerson Suites.  Sponsored by Prism.   

Mon. March 28, Film screening of Oriented, 7 pm in Textor 102.  A documentary exploring the lives of three gay Palestinian friends in Tel Aviv. Sponsored by Hillel and campus partners.  

March 28 - April 1 National LGBT Health Awareness Week observance nationwide.   

Thursday March 31, 5:30 in Friends 203 FLEFF film festival screening of Queer China, Comrade China    Directed by Cui Zi’en (59 min) China's most prolific homosexual filmmaker presents a comprehensive historical account of the queer movement in modern China. QUEER CHINA, 'COMRADE' CHINA documents the changes and developments in Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender culture that have taken place in China over the last 80 years. Unlike any before, this film explores the historical milestones and ongoing advocacy efforts of the Chinese LGBT community. The film examines how shifting attitudes in law, media and education have transformed queer culture from being an unspeakable taboo to an accepted social identity. Please contact Kelly Dietz, Department of Politics, for additional info or for requests for accommodations at

April 1-3, 21st Annual Northeast LGBT Student Conference, this year at Stony Brook UniversityRegistration is required; several IC students are planning to attend - and to present! - at this year's conference.  

April 1-2 Northeast Queer and Trans People of Color Conference, an annual gathering of activists, organizers and leaders in the Queer and Trans People of Color community takes place this year at New York University NYU Kimmel Center for University Life. Registration is required.  

Sun. April 3, FLEFF Film Festival screening of Broken Heart Land at Cinemapolis in downtown Ithaca at 120 E Green Street (across from the public library) at 2:35 pmTicket required to attend. A conservative military family in the Oklahoma is left to unravel the mystery behind their gay teenage son's suicide after a bitterly controversial town meeting to discuss a proposal for Gay & Lesbian History Month. Discussion to follow, to be lead by IC LGBT Center program director Luca Maurer. Sponsored by FLEFF and many campus partners.  

Tues April 5, Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film series screening of Transgender Tuesdays - 7 pm, Textor 103 The real story behind the country's first public health clinic to offer Primary Care specifically for transgender folks, in 1993, is actually the story of its pioneering patients. They appeared by the hundreds in this little clinic in the Tenderloin of San Francisco at the height of the AIDS epidemic, overcoming a deep distrust of medical institutions. Their true stories, hard to tell and rarely heard, are far more compelling than afternoon talk shows or cable tv exploitation and often inspiring and full of grace. As one patient put it, they came for the hormones and stayed for the healthcare. Now, more than twenty years after this pioneering clinic opened its doors, transgender people locally and throughout the nation continue to face many challenges in getting and being able to afford the health care they need. Even at Ithaca College, coverage for medically necessary healthcare for transgender people was specifically excluded from employee health insurance plans until 2016. Sponsored by the LGBT Center.  

Wed. April 6, LGBTQ and Sports Townhall, 8 pm in Klingenstein Lounge. A forum for students to share their experiences of being LGBTQ in sports. Sponsored by the LGBT Center and Athlete Ally.  

Fri. April 15 The Rainbow Reception for LGBTQA+ and Allied students, 7 pm in Campus Center. Get your rainbow honor cords, enjoy food, festivities, and meet Alumnus Zack Ford, who covers the LGBT beat for Think Progress. You must sign up in advance in order to receive your rainbow honor cords!  SIGN UP to attend the Rainbow Reception! The deadline to sign up is coming up soon so don't delay, sign up today. Sponsored by the Diversity Awareness Committee and the LGBT Center.   Sat.

April 16, Pride Prom for IC students - 7 pm in Clark Lounge. DJ Beatnik (IC alum class of '15) will be making a return appearance, spinning the tunes you love. It's not too early to pick out your ensemble! Sponsored by the LGBT Center.  

April 17 - 24 The student group IC Color is planning a week's worth of events and learning opportunities, more info coming soon from them.  

Thurs. April 28, a reading and discussion of the children's book "I Am Jazz" - 12 noon in Room 319 of the campus Library. The book tells the story of a transgender child based upon the real life experiences of Jazz Jennings - as part of a nationwide coordinated effort to hold events like this throughout the country on Thursday, April 28, 2016 in libraries and other venues. The event will be of interest to students, faculty, and staff across disciplines - in LGBTQ studies, as well as education and pedagogy, library sciences, rec and leisure studies, sociology and psychology, and other fields. Discussion of ways such works can be used by those going into teaching, counseling, health, and parent education fields, and  a short video clip of Jazz herself, will follow. Sponsored by the LGBT Center with support from the Library.

And here's what we did in the fall:

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.