LGBT Awareness Month

Many groups, offices, and individuals contribute to LGBTQ Awareness Month. The current list of offerings is below, with more details coming soon. Please contact the sponsoring group directly for more info.

Tuesday March 28, 8 pm, Klingenstein Lounge Please join the Department of Writing for a reading with Steph Burt, the final Distinguished Visiting Writer of the academic year. Burt will be reading a few poems and the essay "The Body of the Poem: On Transgender Poetry," answering your questions, and signing books.

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.  

Wed. April 5, Meet Alumna Barbara Gaines '79, Klingenstein Lounge, 3 pm
Barbara will speak about what the professional world is like for those in the LGBTQ community. Among her many professional experiences and accomplishments, she was Executive Producer of the Late Show with David Letterman. We are excited to welcome her to campus to share her reflections and expertise. Sponsored by the LGBT Center.

Thurs. April 6, IC Gay Men's Social Mixer, 7:30 pm, Job Hall 160
A student-organized get together to meet each other, discuss needs, and make future plans for the group. For current IC students who identify as gay men. Contact Dakota for more info, or to request accommodations - Refreshments will be available. 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 14, 3 pm, Klingenstein Lounge, Campus Center
Global Digital Humanities and Social Justice: Documenting Soweto’s Queer History in the Mandela House through 3D Reconstructions. Research into the events of Soweto and the South Africa Student Uprisings of 1976 – now in a process of recovery and memorialization – remains grounded in the realms of contested and difficult history, as is its historiography. The marriage of theory and praxis, in digital humanities, has meant the active development of new tools and platforms that inquire into human rights violations – specifically how 3D technology can be used to help us elicit new oral testimonies that have gone untold and unrecorded. Angel David Nieves, Ph.D. is Associate Professor at Hamilton College, Co-Director of Hamilton’s Digital Humanities Initiative (, and Research Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Sponsored by DIIS Teaching and Learning with Technology, Center for Faculty Excellence, and International & Interdisciplinary Research Consortium.

Fri. April 14 Free Name Change Clinic for transgender people, 3-6 pm, PPSFL office in downtown Ithaca
Empire Justice Center’s LGBT Rights Project, Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes, the Cornell Law School LGBT Practicum, the Ithaca College LGBT Center and the Cornell University LGBT Center are co-hosting a free Name & Gender Change Legal Clinic for low-income transgender, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming folks in and around Ithaca. Meet with a volunteer attorney or law student to prepare your name change papers and get free legal representation through the process. Register here

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! 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.  

Monday April 24, 12 noon - 1 pm, LGBT Center Resource Room
Come meet alumn Devon Ritz Anderson '12, to learn more about internship opportunities at the local Planned Parenthood office, about volunteering with Ithaca's LGBTQ youth, and to hear more about ways our IC graduates put their degrees to work! An informal time to drop by, meet Devon, and chat.

April 25 Screening of the film Yeah Maybe No 7 pm, Textor 101
Yeah Maybe No follows Blake, a young gay man who is coming to terms with a history of multiple sexual assaults. After campus activists bring attention to consent at Reed College, Blake realizes that his early sexual encounters were more than just bad learning experiences. Testimony from experts in sexual violence and the filmmaker’s own assault offer context for understanding how each story of sexual assault is both commonplace and unique. Resisting efforts to simplify the topic, Yeah Maybe No ultimately challenges audiences to see the complexity of sexual assault in order to more fully support survivors. This event is sponsored by The Advocacy Center, the Office of Title IX, and The Center for LGBT Education, Outreach, and Services. 

April 28-30  21st Annual Northeast LGBT Student Conference, this year at Binghamton UniversityRegistration is required; several IC students are planning to attend this year's conference.  

Friday May 5 Prism's Drag Show - Emerson Suites, doors open at 8 pm, show begins at 8:30 pm. Sponsored by Prism. Looking for a fun and fabulous way to celebrate the end of the school year? On the last day of classes, Prism welcomes you to this popular campus favorite event! And Prism asks for your cooperation to act responsibly, be safe, and insure that a respectful atmosphere is maintained for our fabulous event. All local laws, including alcohol laws including those related to underage drinking and open containers, will be enforced. In addition, please be aware that the New York State Medical Amnesty Law protects people (those who witness an overdose, those who suffer one, and those who call 911 related to the overdose) from being charged or prosecuted. This law was designed to encourage individuals to call 911 for help in an alcohol or drug related emergency, and we sincerely hope that you will not hesitate to do so if needed. Prism and all our drag performers encourage you to be safe and make good decisions.

Planning an LGBTQ-themed event? Let the LGBT Center know so it can be included in this calendar! Contact

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Luca Maurer at or 607-274-7394; or the sponsoring organization directly. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.