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:

February 6
CSCRE Discussion Series

Luca Maurer, LGBT Center program director
6 pm, Klingenstein Lounge, Campus Center
Queering Colleges, Transforming Campuses: Intersectionality, Action, and Change
Students don’t come to campus with singular, isolated identities, they bring their whole selves. LGBTQ+ liberation must be intersectional, or it will not be liberation at all. We are at the crux of change in our institutions, our country and our world. There is much work to do to dismantle oppression and make systems, policies and practices represent what the research – and what our lived experiences - tell us best support student success. To do this we need individual, institutional and organizational behavior change and accountability, too. Policies are only a start. Individuals must take action to operationalize this commitment at every level. This requires approaches that are systemic, participatory, and emergent; and that are socially and generatively dynamic and complex. Revolutionary organizing and action requires strategy, collaboration and solidarity, with foundations rooted in interconnectedness, humility, empathy, compassion, and love.

February 7
Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series Screening of:
Free CeCe!
6 pm in Textor 101
Screening in observance of Black History Month

On her way to the store with a group of friends, CeCe McDonald was brutally attacked. While defending her life, a man was killed and CeCe was incarcerated in a men’s prison in Minnesota. Laverne Cox is executive producer of FREE CECE!, committed to exploring the role race, class, and gender played in CeCe’s case. CeCe's powerful story highlights the groundswell of voices questioning the prison industrial complex and calling for its disassembly.

February 8, 6 pm in the Handwerker Gallery
Visiting Lecturer Tirza True Latimer, Handwerker Gallery Exhibition talk Modernism’s Queer Domesticity, 
Cosponsored by Womens and Gender Studies Program and the LGBT Center,

February 9
LGBTQ Pride Night at IC Basketball Games

Come on out and support our teams, while having showing your pride!
Sponsored by IC Athletics and the LGBT Center

Feb 20, Handwerker Gallery, 4 pm
Lenelle Moise, Playwright in Residence, offers a short performance of poetry, with Q&A. Sponsored by Women and Gender Studies

February 21 Celebrate IC Data Day! Sessions all day in Clark and Klingenstein Lounges, including  "If You're Not Counted, You Don't Count - The Importance of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data Collection" at 11 am in Klingenstein Lounge, presented by LGBT program director Luca Maurer.

February 22
Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series Screening of:
Regarding Susan Sontag 
6 pm in the Handwerker Gallery
With guest discussant Jennifer Spitzer, English Department
An intimate and nuanced investigation into the life of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. From her early infatuation with books and her first experience in a gay bar; from her marriage in adolescence to her last lover, the film is a fascinating look at a towering cultural critic and writer whose works on photography, war, illness, and terrorism still resonate today. Screened collaboration with Women and Gender Studies Program, and The Handwerker Gallery.

5 shows, Feb 23 - March 3
Lenelle Moise has returned to campus this month to work with students, and to put up her play K I S S I N G. Reservations are required. Hosted by IC Theatre Arts.

February 27, Handwerker Gallery, 6 pm
Exhibiting Artist Talk Andrea Geyer
Cosponsored by the Womens and Gender Studies Program and the LGBT Center

March 6
Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series Screening of:
Check It
6 pm in Textor 101
At first glance, they seem unlikely gang members. Some of the boys wear lipstick and mascara, some stilettos. They carry Louis Vuitton bags, but they also carry knives, brass knuckles and mace. As vulnerable gay and transgender youth, they’ve been shot, stabbed and attacked. Once victims, they’ve now turned the tables, beating people and stabbing enemies. Started in 2009 by a group of bullied 9th graders, today these 14-22 year old gang members all have rap sheets. Now, Check It members are creating their own clothing label, putting on fashion shows and working stints as runway models. But breaking the cycle of poverty and violence is a daunting task. CHECK IT is a documentary about a black gay gang struggling to survive in one of Washington D.C.’s most violent neighborhoods. Life for the Check It can be brutal, but it’s also full of hope and an indomitable resilience. 

March 7, 6 pm, Textor 101
Second Chance Screening of Free CeCe

March 20, 12 noon, Textor 102
LGBTQ+ Studies forum, a conversation about Queer Studies at IC.

Sponsored by the campus group working on the possibility of an LGBTQ+ Studies minor.

March 26 - April 2
The Trans Flag flies over campus, in honor of International Transgender Day of Visibility
lagpole on the Academic Quad across from Free Speech Rock

March 23, 4 pm, Handwerker Gallery
MOTHA artist panel including Craig Calderwood, Nicki Green, Jordan Reznick
Cosponsored by the LGBT Center. 

March 29, 6 pm. Handwerker Gallery  
Chris Vargas, MOTHA Founder, Executive Director, will provide an artist lecture via Skype
Cosponsored by the LGBT Center

April 5 LGBTQ Gaming event, LGBTQ Resource Room - more info coming soon!

April 10

Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series Screening of:
6 pm in the Handwerker Gallery
Filmmaker Sarah Hennies will introduce her new film "Contralto," a film and sound work that exists in between the spaces of experimental music and documentary. The piece features a cast of transgender women speaking, singing, and performing vocal exercises accompanied by a dense and varied musical score that includes a variety of conventional and "non-musical" approaches to sound-making, using instruments such as paper, bowls of grains, office equipment, etc. The cast of the film includes several former and current students of the Ithaca College Voice and Communication Modification Program for People in the Transgender Community course, offered to aid transgender people in finding a speaking voice that is more suited to their identity. It is not widely known that when a transgender man takes testosterone his vocal cords thicken, causing the pitch of his voice to drop into a so-called “masculine” range. The same, however, is not true for trans women whose voices are unaffected by higher levels of estrogen. “Contralto” - defined in musical terms as “the lowest female singing voice” - uses the sound of trans women’s voices to explore trans identity from the inside and expose a profound and queer relationship between gender and experimental sound studies. Being a woman with a “male voice” creates a variety of difficult situations for trans women including prolonged and intensified dysphoria and higher risk of harassment and violence due to possibly exposing someone as trans unintentionally. This creates a situation where transgender women’s identities are betrayed by their bodies. The film was made possible by Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, and New York Foundation for the Arts Shelley Pinz Professional Development Grant.

April 16 First Gen Event, more info coming soon!

April 17 Event in collaboration with the Handwerker Gallery, more info coming soon!

April 26 AAA presents AC Dumlao, in collaboration with the LGBT Center and several other cosponsors
6 pm, Clark Lounge, Campus Center

April 27 Rainbow Reception! The highlight of our year, honoring our LGBTQA+ graduating seniors and graduate students. RSVP required.

May 4 Prism's Drag Show - more info coming soon!


And here's some of what we did during Fall 2017:

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. 

Monday October 30, 7:30 pm, Clark Lounge 
The Sociology Department is hosting Professor Mark Doyle from University College Dublin, Ireland
How do gay and same-sex oriented men in Ireland meet romantic and sexual partners? How does technology help men in small villages or big cities meet?  . His book chapter on gay Irish team athletes was published in 2016. His research is qualitative and mixed-method, with interests in communication, media, and theory. Doyle is the founder of “Dublin Calling,” a public sociology podcast from University College Dublin’s Sociology Department. Doyle’s presentation will enlighten the audience and evoke questions about queer selves, social media, and the complexity of cultural contexts for identity and self. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Penny Bogardus at or (607) 274-3153. Cosponsored 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.

Tuesday, November 28
5:30 pm, Clark Lounge, Campus Center
A Talk Back with author Daliah Husu

Cosponsored by several departments including WGST and LGBT Center.

Friday, December 1
A Day Without Art Exhibition
12 pm - 4 pm looping presentation in the LGBT Resource Room
For the 2017 Day With(out) Art, Alternate Endings/Radical Beginnings, will be shown as a looping video presentation throughout the day on December 1, from 12 noon - 4 pm, in the LGBT Resource Room, in observance of World AIDS Day.
Curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett for Visual AIDS, the video program prioritizes Black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic, commissioning seven new and innovative short videos from artists Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia Labeija, Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Brontez Purnell.

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.

Thursday, December 7, 12 noon, Handwerker Gallery
A reading and discussion of the children's book "I Am Jazz." 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 this days in schools, 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 and the Handwerker Gallery.

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.