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 February 7, 7 pm in Textor 101
MAJOR! explores the life of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder and activist who has fought for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years. Miss Major is a veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion and a survivor of Attica State Prison, a former sex worker, an elder, and a community leader and human rights activist. Her personal story and activism for transgender civil rights intersects LGBT struggles for justice and equality from the 1960s to today. At the center of her activism is her fierce advocacy for trans women of color who have survived police brutality and incarceration. More than just a biographical documentary, the film is an investigation into critical issues of how the Prison Industrial Complex represents a widespread and systematic civil rights violation, as well as a historical portrait of diverse LGBT communities, told with love and humor, and personalized through the lens of a vibrant and charismatic woman. Through first-person narration and innovative visual story telling, MAJOR! seeks to create a living, breathing history of a community's struggle and resilience, as seen and experienced by those who lived it. Presented in honor of Black History Month.
Wednesday February 8th, in Textor 101, 7-9 pm. A community screening and discussion of Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric - a National Geographic documentary. Free and open to the public. In January 2017, National Geographic published a special issue on gender, featuring photos, text, and graphics related to gender expressions around the world. This was followed by the National Geographic documentary GenderRevolution: A Journey with Katie Couric. IC has acquired the documentary for a special community screening of this program, to be held on February 8th, in Textor 101, from 7-9 pm. A discussion will follow the 90-minute screening and be led by Carla Golden, Coordinator of Women’s and Gender Studies and Luca Maurer, Program Director of the LGBT Center. Golden and Maurer will bring an intersectional feminist/queer critique to this mainstream production. Cosponsored by the LGBT Center and WGST Program.
Thursday February 16, 6 pm in the Handwerker Gallery
Gen Silent startlingly discovers how oppression in the years before Stonewall now affects older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people with fear and isolation. Many who won the first civil rights victories for generations to come are now dying prematurely because they are reluctant to ask for help and have too few friends or family to care for them. Gen Silent shows the disparity in the quality of paid caregiving from mainstream care facilities committed to making their LGBT residents safe and happy, to places where LGBT elders face discrimination by staff and bullying by other seniors. As we watch the challenges they face, we are offered new hope as each person crosses paths with impassioned people trying to change LGBT aging for the better. Presented in collaboration with Handwerker Gallery and Ithaca College Gerontology Institute.
Tuesday February 21 - Hydration Celebration: Celebrate our new All Gender Restrooms! 9am-11am and 3pm-5pm, LGBT Resource Room
Celebrate the new single occupancy All Gender restrooms in our building with yummy treats and LOTS AND LOTS of beverages in the LGBT Center (lower level, Hammond Health Center) on Tuesday February 21! Join us in the LGBT Center either from
9 am-11 am for breakfast treats with coffee, tea, and other assorted beverages, or from
3 pm-5 pm for cake and punch, and other assorted beverages.
Two times during the day to accommodate busy student schedules. Stop by for a few minutes, or more if you have time, and tour the new All Gender Restroom near the LGBT Resource Room. There are also 4 new All Gender restrooms near the Health Center waiting room. Info will also be available about where to find All Gender Restrooms on campus, the importance of restrooms like these for folks of many different experiences and identities, and also regarding the upcoming Gavin Grimm US Supreme Court case which will be heard next month. The case focuses on whether transgender public school students can use the restroom appropriate to their gender identity - but it could have far reaching effects that extend to whether transgender people will be able to be a part of public life.
Second chance screening of National Geographic Gender Revolution documentary
After the incredible audience for the original screening, there will be a second community screening of National Geographic's documentary film Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric, Saturday February 25 from 1-2:30 pm in Textor 101. Gender Revolution follows Katie Couric as she explores the complexities of gender identity. If you missed our first screening, or would like to see it again, you're in luck! Please join us. Cosponsored by the LGBT Center and WGST Program.
Tuesday March 7, 7 pm in Textor 101
The Year We Thought About Love
What happens when a diverse group of LGBTQ youth dares to be "out" on stage talking truthfully about their lives? Go behind the scenes of the oldest queer youth theater in America. In a twist on the common image of LGBTQ youth as victims, the film reveals the troupe members as artists and activists, celebrating the fullness of their lives in both thoughtful and hilarious ways. Together they explore love - romantic, familial, and religious - as they write scripts based on their lives. We learn more about the lives of several troupe members, highlighting both the unique and universal struggles of LGBTQ adolescence. A transgender teenager is kicked out of her house; a devout Christian wrestles with his church’s homophobia; and a girl dares to wear boys’ clothing at school even as she models dresses on the runway on weekends. When the Boston Marathon bombs explode outside their building, the troupe becomes even more determined to share their stories of love to help heal their city.
March 28 - April 1 National LGBT Health Awareness Week observance nationwide.
March 31 The Transgender Pride flag will fly over campus in observance of the International Transgender Day of Visibility. On the flagpole near Free Speech Rock.
Tuesday April 4, 7pm in the Handwerker Gallery
We’re Just People - a film by current IC students McKinleigh Lair (’19), Parita Desai (’19), & Casey McCracken (’19)
A documentary short about the lives of four LGBTQ+ individuals in Seoul, South Korea, that explores what it means to be LGBTQ+ in Korean society. Discussion with the filmmakers will follow the screening. Presented in collaboration with the Handwerker Gallery. Sponsored by the LGBT Center.
April 7-8 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 Princeton University. Registration is required.
Fri. April 21 The Rainbow Reception for LGBTQA+ and Allied students, 7 pm in Campus Center. Get your rainbow honor cords, enjoy food, festivities, and meet our featured alumn speaker. 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 22, Pride Prom for IC students - 7 pm in Clark Lounge. DJ Gundz will be spinning the tunes you love. It's not too early to pick out your ensemble! Sponsored by the LGBT Center.
April 28-30 21st Annual Northeast LGBT Student Conference, this year at Binghamton University. Registration is required; several IC students are planning to attend - and to present! - at this year's conference.
Date and time TBA, Prism's Drag Show - Emerson Suites. Sponsored by Prism.
And here's some of the things we did during the Fall 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
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.
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
Saturday October 8
Spectrum's annual Pride Parade
More info coming soon!
Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Luca Maurer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-274-7394. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.