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LGBT History Month Schedule of Events Descriptions

Tuesday, Oct. 4 - 6 p.m. Before Stonewall film and discussion

Location:  LGBTQ+ Center (Hodges Hall G-06)

On the eve of June 27 and into the morning of June 28, 1969, the NYPD violently raided the
Stonewall Inn gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village, causing demonstrations and rioting to
ensue. Before Stonewall is a 1984 documentary film focusing on the history of LGBTQ+ people
in the U.S. prior to the Stonewall riots. The film highlights photos and film footage as well as
personal accounts of the LGBTQ+ community from the 1920s up until the summer of 1969
when the Stonewall riots started. Stonewall is often seen as the birth of the modern gay rights
movement carried out primarily by individuals that were queer, working-class, and people of
color.

Wednesday, October 5 - 12:00 PM Gender 101 Workshop

Location: WVU Division of Diversity Equity and Inclusion

Everyone has experience with gender socialization, identities, expression and performance that
arise in a context of sexism, heterosexism and other forms of oppression. This workshop serves
as an introduction to the topic of gender, allowing for participants to think critically about the
ways gender, sex, and sexuality function and structures many of our daily interactions.

Thursday, October 6 - 6:00 p.m. Before Night Falls film and discussion

Location: LGBTQ+ Center (Hodges Hall G-06)

Before Night Falls is a 2000 film based on the autobiography of Cuban poet and novelist
Reinaldo Arenas. The film highlights the relationship between homosexuality and the political
climate in mid 20th century Cuba as the Fidel Castro government persecuted and imprisoned
Arenas for his sexual identity. After moving from rural Cuba to the capital city of Havana in the
1960s, Arenas begins to explore his sexual identity as an openly gay man, builds relationships
with other openly gay men and publishes his work, in spite of the social and political threats he
would face.

DIVERSITY WEEK OCTOBER 9-15

Sunday, Oct. 9 - 5 p.m. Mala Mala: Trans Communities in Puerto Rico and the LGBT Community

Location: LGBTQ+ Center (Hodges Hall G-06)

Mala Mala is a 2014 Puerto Rican documentary film that focuses on several stories of the
transgender community in Puerto Rico, including April Carrion, well-known drag queen who
participated in reality show RuPaul's Drag Race. Mala Mala also includes the historic victory of
the LGBT community with the passing of a law that prevents discrimination in employment
based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity. We will host a discussion of LGBTQ
community and rights in Puerto Rico and Latin America after the screening.

Monday, Oct. 10 - 4:00-6:00 p.m. "Safe Zone Workshop"

Location: LGBTQ+ Center (Hodges Hall G-06)

Safe Zone Workshop is an opportunity for LGBTQ+ students, staff, faculty, community members
and allies to learn about gender and sexual identities, as well as LGBTQ specific issues. The
workshop also identifies supportive individuals within the WVU campus and provides them with
knowledge and resources to support and celebrate members of the LGBTQ+ communities.

Tuesday, Oct. 11 - 12:00 p.m. “Queer Caribbean”

Location: LGBTQ+ Center (Hodges Hall G-06)

The mechanisms of globalization at the turn of the 21st century forced us to confront new ways
of conceiving representations of sexuality and sexual labor within the Hispanic Caribbean. Our
discussion will focus on contemporary research and issues affecting queerness through literary
representations.

Tuesday, Oct. 11 - 6:00 p.m. After Stonewall and After Marriage: From LGBTQ Rights and Politics to #MoreThanMarriage film and discussion

Location: LGBTQ+ Center (Hodges Hall G-06)

After Stonewall is a 1999 documentary film about the 30 years of LGBTQ rights activism since
the 1969 Stonewall riots. After the screening, we will host a discussion on the current state of
LGBTQ rights activism and politics in the U.S.

Tuesday, Oct. 11 - 12:00-2:00 p.m. National Coming Out Day

Location: Mountainlair

WVU Spectrum will be meeting and greeting students in the Mountainlair to celebrate national
coming out day.

Wednesday, Oct. 12 - 6:30-8:30 p.m. "Tricks or Treats: Sex and Sexual Health Trivia"

Location: LGBTQ+ Center (Hodges Hall G-06)

Get a group of 4 people together and come participate in sex and sexual health trivia! Test your
knowledge with sex-positive and inclusive trivia questions. There will be 5 rounds of questions:
3 general questions, 1 visual, and 1 music. Free snacks, giveaways, and prizes for the winners!
This event is organized by LGBTQ+ Center, WVU Students for Reproductive Justice, and
LoveWELL.

Thursday, Oct. 13 - 12 p.m. "Safe Zone Workshop"

Location: Lincoln Hall Library (Evansdale)

Safe Zone Workshop is an opportunity for LGBTQ+ students, staff, faculty, community members
and allies to learn about gender and sexual identities, as well as LGBTQ specific issues. The
workshop also identifies supportive individuals within the WVU campus and provides them with
knowledge and resources to support and celebrate members of the LGBTQ+ communities.

Thursday, Oct. 13 - 4:00 p.m. Multigenerational Feminist Organizing

Location: LGBTQ+ Center (Hodges Hall G-06)

Interested in collaborative feminist organizing? Join us for our first “multigenerational feminist
organizing” meeting! The mission of the group is to build a strong relationship between
professors, faculty, staff, alumni and Morgantown community members, and our student
leaders and student organizations who are interested in feminist activism at WVU and in
Morgantown for collaboration and solidarity--particularly for our students, local nonprofits and
elected officials to be able to work with us as an easily identifiable unit within
WVU/Morgantown feminist activities.

Thursday, Oct. 13 - 6:00 p.m. Paris is Burning film and discussion

Location: LGBTQ+ Center (Hodges Hall G-06)

Paris is Burning is a 1990 documentary that focuses on New York City drag ball culture, as it
explores sexuality, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and gender identity particularly within
the black, Latinx, and transgender communities in 1980s New York City.

Friday, Oct. 14 - 3:00 p.m. Queer Religion Dialogue

Location: LGBTQ+ Center (Hodges Hall G-06)

The LGBTQ+ Center will be hosting a dialogue on being queer and religious with students and
academics from various backgrounds and disciplines offering multiple perspectives on the
intersection between sexuality and gender identity with religion.

Monday, October 17 - (time TBA) Diversity Panel

Location: LGBTQ+ Center (Hodges Hall G-06)

The LGBTQ+ Center is hosting a diversity panel to discuss the experiences of WVU’s diverse
populations. Panel discussion will include topics such as sexuality, gender identity, race,
ethnicity, language diversity, disability, religion, socioeconomic status and more, and how we
can create a more inclusive environment for all of our diverse populations.

Tuesday, Oct. 18 - 4:00 p.m. Dialogue with Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) Fraternity Diversity Officer

Location: LGBTQ+ Center (Hodges Hall G-06)

The LGBTQ+ Center will be having a discussion with a diversity officer from the Sigma Alpha
Epsilon fraternity to discuss the intersections of diversity, Greek life, and campus climate.

Tuesday Oct. 18 - 7:00 p.m. Hocus Pocus film screening

Location: Mountainlair’s Gluck Theatre

The WVU Office of Multicultural Programs is presenting wicked-witch drag queens hosting the
cult classic Halloween film Hocus Pocus. LGBT culture will be portrayed alongside a cult classic
in collaboration with the WVU True Colors community. This program is free and open to the
public. Free Pizza will be provided.

Wednesday Oct. 19 @ 4:00 p.m. "Safe Zone Workshop"

Location: LGBTQ+ Center (Hodges Hall G-06)

Safe Zone Workshop is an opportunity for LGBTQ+ students, staff, faculty, community members
and allies to learn about gender and sexual identities, as well as LGBTQ specific issues. The
workshop also identifies supportive individuals within the WVU campus and provides them with
knowledge and resources to support and celebrate members of the LGBTQ+ communities.

Thursday Oct. 20 - 12:00 p.m. “The Pedagogies of Protest”

Location: LGBTQ+ Center (Hodges Hall G-06)

Director of the WVU LGBTQ+ Center, Dr. Cris Mayo, and University of Connecticut PhD
candidate and WVU LGBTQ+ Center Program Coordinator, Jorge Castillo will host a discussion
on the pedagogies of protest—particularly focusing on the various forms of queer organizing
and activism and its effectiveness.

Thursday Oct. 20 - 7:00 p.m. Boys Don’t Cry film screening

Location: Mountainlair’s Gluck Theatre

Daniel Brewster of the WVU Department of Sociology & Anthropology and the Council of
Women's Concerns will present a program based on the ideas of gender and identity found
within the film, Boys Don't Cry. This program is part of the WVU Office of Student
Life/Multicultural Programs Cecilia Rollins Film & Discussion Series. This program is free and
open to the public. Free pizza will be provided.

Friday Oct. 21 - 3:00 p.m. LGBTQ+ Interpersonal Violence Education and Awareness

Location: LGBTQ+ Center (Hodges Hall G-06)

LGBTQ+ Center staff member and Title IX peer advocate Christine Jacobs, WELLWVU Health
Educator Wesley Thomas, and WVU Students for Reproductive Justice President Chrissy Packtor
will host a program focusing on sexual violence, domestic violence, interpersonal violence and
harassment towards the LGBTQ+ community and within the LGBTQ+ community. The program
will cover the unique challenges that queer individuals face within these contexts, bystander
intervention, and healthy relationships.

Monday Oct. 24 - 6:00 p.m. Gender 101

Location: CPASS
Everyone has experience with gender socialization, identities, expression and performance that
arise in a context of sexism, heterosexism and other forms of oppression. This workshop serves
as an introduction to the topic of gender, allowing for participants to think critically about the
ways gender, sex, and sexuality function and structures many of our daily interactions.

Tuesday Oct. 25 @ 6:00 p.m. “50 States of Gay” LGBTQ+ experiences sharing

Location: LGBTQ+ Center (Hodges Hall G-06)

YouTube LGBTQ activist Cole Ledford hosts a series entitled “50 States of Gay: LGBTQ+ Road
Trip Across America” which tells the stories of LGBTQ+ individuals from around the country
through video footage and pictures. The LGBTQ+ Center would like to emulate Ledford’s idea
by providing the opportunity for WVU LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff to come together to
share their stories and experiences in a safe space (no picture or video) with one another for
community building, support, and solidarity.

Wednesday Oct. 26  12:00 p.m. LGBTQ+ small businesses session

Location: LGBTQ+ Center (Hodges Hall G-06)

Interested in LGBTQ small business professionals in WV? Want to know more about the state’s
political and economic climate in terms of queer businesses? Economic Development specialist
Larry Batten of the West Virginia District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration will
hold a session on LGBTQ small businesses in West Virginia and how they greatly contribute to
the state’s economy. This information session is a part of the LGBTQ+ Center’s professional
series.

Thursday Oct. 27 @ 7:00 p.m. Costume Contest/Rocky Horror Picture Show with Morgantown High School (MHS) Straight-Gay Alliance (SGA)

Location: LGBTQ+ Center (Hodges Hall G-06)

The LGBTQ+ Center is hosting a mixer with the Morgantown High School Straight-Gay Alliance.
We will be holding a Halloween costume contest, crafts/coloring, and playing Rocky Horror
Picture show. Best costume wins a prize!

Monday Oct. 31 @ 2:30 p.m. Queer Politics in West Virginia

Location: LGBTQ+ Center (Hodges Hall G-06)

Dr. Scott Crichlow, Associate Professor and Department Chair of the WVU Department of
Political Science, will be giving a lecture on queer politics in West Virginia. Topics such as the
implications of policy like the “Freedom of Religion Restoration Act” (RFRA), queer
representation in policy and politics, and more will be discussed.