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
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. 

Saturday Feb 25, 1 pm in Textor 101
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.   

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 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 at 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.

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
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 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.

Tuesday September 6th
Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series Screening of 
To Be Takei
Textor 101, 7 pm
Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the starship Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of five million Facebook fans. Join George and his husband Brad on this star's playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love. And, the 50th anniversary of Star Trek takes place this month – the first episode aired September 8, 1966.

Tuesday September 20, 4 - 6 pm 
Chocolate in the Chapel 

It's an annual tradition! 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. Great Chocolate of all kinds! Great Conversation with the Chaplains & Students from the Chapel Communities. Sponsored by The IC Chaplains and the LGBT Center. 

Tuesday, September 27, 7:00pm, Textor Hall, 101

The Wind is Spirit: The life, love and legacy of Audre Lorde

 The Women's and Gender Studies Program presents legendary feminist, activist, and author Gloria Joseph, Professsor Emeritus of Africana Studies at Hampshire College and long-time partner of Audre Lorde. Professor Joseph will discuss and read from her newly published book, The wind is spirit: The life, love, and legacy of Audre Lorde. 

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

Tuesday October 4
Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series Screening of El Canto del Colibri - in Spanish, with English subtitles
Textor 101, 7 pm
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, marriage equality, machismo, culture, and the process of their LGBTQ children coming out. Screening in commemoration of Latinx Heritage Month.

Wednesday October 5
Klingenstein Lounge, Campus Center, 7 pm

Intersectional Student Organizing: A Talk with Cedrick-Michael Simmons '14, with a Focus on Race and LGBTQ themes
In observance of National Coming Out Day

Thursday October 6 
Screening of Memories of a Penitent Heart (Puerto Rico) Cinemapolis at 7 pm at Cinemapolis at 120 E Green Street in downtown Ithaca
As part of CINE con CULTURA, a film festival featuring Latin American films, in celebration of Latinx Heritage Month in collaboration with ¡CULTURA! Ithaca. Tickets are available at the Cinemapolis Box office and are $7.50 for General Admission ($6 for Students/Seniors) as well as $50 for a festival pass to see all nine films ($40 for Students/Seniors). Find more information and the complete list of films at Please contact Cinemapolis directly for information about accessibility.

Saturday October 8
LGBTQ and Allied Community Breakfast for Students and Alumni
Clark Lounge, Campus Center, 10 am

Enjoy a continental breakfast 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.

Saturday October 8 
Spectrum's annual Pride Parade 
More info coming soon!

Tuesday November 1  *date and location for this film subject to change, more info coming soon
Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series Screening of The Same Difference 
Textor 101, 7 pm
A compelling documentary that broadens the definition of what it means to be part of the African American lesbian community. Self-identified studs—and the women who love them—discuss hypocrisy in terms of gender roles, performative expectations, and the silent disciplining that  occurs between community members. This film also features actress Felicia “Snoop” Pearson from The Wire, AzMarie Livingston from America’s Next Top Model and Empire, Dee Pimpin from Catfish, Crissle West from The Read podcast, and Lea DeLaria from Orange Is the New Black. From stud-on-stud relationships, to coming out as  bisexual, and from AGs who decide to get pregnant, to studs dressing femme for pay, director Nneka Onuroah’s engaging documentary ensures that no topic is left untouched.

November 1 - 3 (times and locations TBA)
Lenelle Moise, poet, playwright and performance artist, 
will offer a performance, staged reading, and other sessions.
Offered in collaboration with the Women's and Gender Studies Program, English Department, and other campus departments.

Thursday December 1
Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series Screening of We Were Here
Textor 101, 7 pm

Documents the coming of what was called the “Gay Plague” in the early 1980s. It illuminates the profound personal and community issues raised by the AIDS epidemic as well as the broad political and social upheavals it unleashed, and provides insight into what society could, and should, offer its citizens in the way of medical care, social services, and community support. Early in the epidemic, San Francisco’s compassionate, multifaceted, and creative response to AIDS became known as “The San Francisco Model.” In its suffering, San Francisco mirrors the experience of so many American cities during those years. In its response, The San Francisco Model remains a standard to aspire to in seeking a healthier, more just, more humane society.


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.