Events and Speakers

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:

Friday August 25
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. The State Fair takes place only about an hour away, and for the third 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 August 29, 7pm 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.

Tuesday September 5, 7pm in Textor 101
Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series Screening of 
The Freedom To Marry
A riveting ride alongside Evan Wolfson, the man known as architect of the equal marriage movement, and his team as they wage a decades long battle all the way to the United States Supreme Court. Both a primer for social change and a behind-the-scenes look at how regular people can actually make a difference. Sponsored by the LGBT Center.

Tuesday Oct 3 - from 4 - 6 pm 
Chocolate in the Chapel in Muller Chapel. It's an annual tradition! Stop in at any time during those hours and enjoy lots of chocolate themed refreshments, see old friends and meet new ones, and relax in the Chapel's warm and welcoming setting. 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. Sponsored by The IC Chaplains and the LGBT Center. 

After Chocolate in the Chapel, at 6 pm in Klingenstein Lounge, meet incoming Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Life, Dr. Rosanna Ferro, at an open session  just for students!

Tuesday October 3, 7 pm in Textor 101
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 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, prejudice, isolation, marriage equality, machismo, culture, hope, solidarity, and the process of their LGBTQ children coming out. Sponsored by the LGBT Center.

Wednesday Oct 4, 7 pm in Textor 101
Viewing party for the premiere of Will & Gracewith refreshments
A decade after their unforgettable eight-season run, comedy's most fabulous foursome -Will, Grace, Jack and Karen-is back. Sponsored by the LGBT Center in collaboration with NBC Universal.

Thursday October 5, 7 pm
Cine Con Cultura Film Festival at Cinemapolis
Screening of Viva (Cuba, 2015)
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.

October 9 - 16 The Pride Flag is raised on campus on the flagpole near Free Speech Rock
In observance of National Coming Out Day

Tuesday October 10
Clark Lounge, Campus Center, 7 pm

Mayor Svante Myrick of the City of Ithaca will speak about his work to support the LGBTQ+ community, in observance of National Coming Out Day
Mayor Myrick has been at the forefront of acting in solidarity with LGBTQ+ communities, has sought to create and maintain city policies and practices that uphold dignity, respect, and equity, has issued mayoral proclamations in observance of National Coming Out Day and International Transgender Day of Visibility, and has flown the Pride flag from atop City Hall. At age 24 Myrick won a mayoral race to become the youngest mayor in Ithaca's history and the first mayor of African American heritage. His recent accomplishments include sorely needed revisions to the City of Ithaca’s sidewalk policy, an overhaul of storm water utility legislation, successful completion of the total rehabilitation of the Commons, Ithaca’s downtown pedestrian mall, and making changes within the Ithaca Police Department in an effort to improve police and community relations. Myrick has also been in the forefront of welcoming refugees to Ithaca, vowing to be one of the U.S. cities that pledge to uphold the Paris Climate Accord and supports progressive drug policies. 
Sponsored by the LGBT Center. 

Saturday November 4
LGBTQ and Allied Community Luncheon for Students and Alumni
Clark Lounge, Campus Center, 12 noon

Enjoy lunch 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. Registration in advance is required. A part of IC's Weekend on South Hill celebration. Sponsored by the LGBT Center and Alumni Relations.

Tuesday November 7, 7pm in Textor 101
Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series Screening of 
The Revival: Women and the Word
Chronicles the creation of an international salon-styled tour led and supported by women. It tells the story of a group of five dynamic poets and musicians to become stewards of a movement that builds community among queer women of color, upholds literary arts excellence, and occupies living rooms across the country. Sponsored by the LGBT Center.

Thursday, November 16, 6pm in the Handwerker Gallery (next to the campus library)
#Friendsgiving: 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.

Friday, December 1
more details tba
A Day Without Art Exhibition

in observance of World AIDS Day

Tuesday December 5, 7pm, Textor 101
Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series Screening of 
How To Survive A Plague 
Screening in observance of World AIDS Day
The story of how activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Chronicles mostly HIV-positive activists, advocates and allies who, faced with their own mortality, broke the mold as improbable, radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment. Sponsored by the LGBT Center.

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.