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: Coming Soon!

Here's some of what happened last year-

*Friday August 25
Pride Day at the New York State Fair, Syracuse, NY
Pride Day celebrates the state’s LGBTQ community. The first state fair in America to host an official Pride Day to celebrate the LGBTQ community, the annual event includes a morning flag raising ceremony, performances in the Empire Theater in the afternoon and LGBTQ participation in the daily parade at 6:00 pm. The State Fair takes place only about an hour away, and for the 4th year in a row will raise a Pride Flag over the fair in addition to other LGBTQ 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.

*Sunday August 26, 12 noon
Drag Story Hour at Buffalo Street Books

Our pals from House of Merlot will be reading children's books about uniqueness, love, and acceptance every last Sunday of the month. Books will vary month to month, but we guarantee much drama and fun will ALWAYS ensue! With grateful homage to Drag Queen Story Hour created by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions.

Tuesday August 28, 6pm in Clark Lounge, Campus Center
LGBTQA+ and Allied Students Fall Welcome
Clark Lounge, Campus Center
Friends, food, fun - kick off the new academic year at the LGBTQA+ Fall Welcome for Students. 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 our spectacular ZAP panel program, and meet the LGBT Center program director, student staff and student leaders. Learn more about our unique and supportive campus and the surrounding community, meet old friends and new, find out how to get involved, and let the LGBT Center know what services, policies, and offerings meet your needs and what more could be put in place to better serve you! Sponsored by the LGBT Center.

Wednesday September 5, 6 pm in Textor 103
Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series Screening of:
The Year We Thought About Love
Go behind the scenes of the oldest queer youth theater troupe in America. Together they explore love -
romantic, familial, and religious - as they write scripts based on their lives. When the Boston Marathon bombs explode outside their building, they become even more determined to share their stories of love.

*Saturday, September 8
AIDS Ride For Life fundraiser for Southern Tier AIDS Program

Volunteer to be a part of this annual event, or choose the distance you'll ride around beautiful Cayuga Lake (102, 90,69, 42, 27, or 15 miles).

*Tuesday September 11, 6 – 9 pm at PPSFL
Know Your Rights, with Milo Primeaux

Sponsored by Out for Health, cosponsored by LGBT Centers at Ithaca College and Cornell University

*Thursday September 18, 7 pm
Cine Con Cultura Film Festival at Cinemapolis
Screening of Oscar winning film Una mujer fantástica (fiction, Chile 2017)
tickets required
Each fall film lovers gather in Ithaca for upstate New York’s premiere Latin American film festival: Cine con Cultura Latin@ American Film Festival. Co-sponsored by the LGBT Center.

*Saturday, September 29, 11:59 pm at Tompkins County Public Library
Maurer’s Midnight Story Hour
LGBTQ Center Director Luca Maurer will participate in TCPL's 2018 Readathon fundraiser, with a half hour reading on Saturday night at midnight. Maurer will read excellent LGBTQ themed selections from James Baldwin, Judith Butler, and other fabulous queer and trans authors, culminating in - by special request - a Grand Finale dramatic reading of the new book "Santa's Husband." All are welcome to come by and listen.

Tuesday October 2, 6 pm in the Handwerker Gallery
Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series Screening of:
America In Transition, selected shorts
Presented in Collaboration with the Handwerker Gallery
Screening and discussion of three shorts in this series that amplifies the experiences of transgender people of color across the United States —on themes of immigration, healing from trauma, sexual violence, HIV criminalization, faith, and military service. A member of the AIT production team will Skype in for Q& A.

Wednesday October 3, 6 pm in Textor 103
Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series Screening of:
El Canto del Colibri - in Spanish, with English subtitles
Screening in in observance of Latinx Heritage Month
Much like the seldom-heard hummingbird’s song, the voices of Latino fathers are rarely heard addressing LGBTQ issues. A story of Latino fathers on issues of immigration, faith, prejudice, isolation, marriage equality, machismo, culture, hope, solidarity, and the process of their LGBTQ children coming out.

October 8 - 14 The Pride Flag is raised on campus on the flagpole near Free Speech Rock
In observance of National Coming Out Day

Tuesday October 9
Clark Lounge, Campus Center, 6 pm
Event tba in observance of National Coming Out Day

*Wednesday October 3, 6-9 pm at PPSFL
Wills and legal documents, with Milo Primeuax

Sponsored by Out for Health, cosponsored by LGBT Centers at Ithaca College and Cornell University

Friday October 5, 4 – 5:30 pm
Alumni Weekend LGBTQ Social, Clark Lounge, Campus Center
Enjoy 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. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Wednesday, October 17
First Annual International Pronoun Day Observance
Celebrate this new, annual event.
International Pronouns Day seeks to make
asking, sharing, and respecting personal pronouns commonplace. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender and gender nonconforming people. Together, we can transform society to celebrate people’s multiple, intersecting identities. More info coming soon!

Monday October 22, 7 pm in Emerson Suites
Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series Screening of:
Bruce and Daryl, A film by IC students Alisha Tamarchenko ‘20 and Joshua Jacobius ‘19
Presented in collaboration with IC Gerontology Institute Distinguished Speakers Series
IC Professor Bruce Henderson and Cornell Professor Emeritus Daryl Bem are the subjects of this film, and will speak after the screening for the Distinguished Speakers Series.

Wednesday November 7, 6 pm in Textor 103
Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series Screening of:
Reel In The Closet
A film tech discovers the real lives of queer people in the past by restoring hundreds of never before seen home movies dating back to the 1930s. But time is running out to save what's left before the films are destroyed by unknowing or unaccepting families of those who made them.

Thursday, November 15, 6pm in the Handwerker Gallery (next to the campus library)
LGBTQ+ Student Gathering
The November break can bring up complicated emotions, and pose a host of opportunities and challenges for students. A discussion about resources, support, and self-care for LGBTQ+ students, with Luca Maurer. Sponsored by the LGBT Center and the Handwerker Gallery.

Saturday, December 1
A Day With(out) Art Exhibition
looping video presentation, time/location tbd, in observance of World AIDS Day
ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS highlights the impact of art in HIV/AIDS activism and advocacy today by commissioning compelling short videos from six inspiring community organizations and collectives—ACT UP NY, Positive Women’s Network, Sero Project, The SPOT, Tacoma Action Collective, and VOCAL NY. The program represents a wide range of organizational strategies, from direct action to grassroots service providers to nation-wide movement building, while considering the role of creative practices in activist responses to the ongoing AIDS crisis.

Wednesday December 5, 6 pm in Textor 103
Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series Screening of:
Nothing Without Us: The Women Who Will End AIDS
Screening in observance of World AIDS Day
Explores how women at the forefront of the global AIDS movement shaped grassroots groups like ACT-UP in the U.S. and played essential roles in HIV prevention and treatment throughout sub-Saharan Africa, and the unaddressed dynamics that keep women around the world at risk of HIV.

*denotes event taking place off campus, and/or of interest to IC LGBTQA+ community but not sponsored by LGBT Center.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Luca Maurer at lmaurer@ithaca.edu or 607-274-7394. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.