LGBTQ Center Celebrating 10 Years

Intersections: Celebrating 10 Years
LGBTQ Center Pride Series 2014

Wednesday, April 2nd
10th Anniversary LGBTQ Center Open House & Birthday Cake
4:00-6:00 p.m., LGBTQ Center, 321-325 Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center

Brown University 250th Celebration &
10th Anniversary LGBTQ Center Keynote
"Ending Gender: Participating in the GendeRevolution"
with Scott Turner-Schofield
7:30-9:00 p.m., Salomon 001

Through story-telling writer and performer Scott Turner-Schofield will take us through the concepts of sex, gender and sexuality and discuss how they intersect with the many other identities we carry with us such as race, socio-economic status, geographical location, disability and many others. This entertaining talk on gender will change your perspective and give new insight into ways we can all participate in the GenderRevolution. 

Thursday, April 3rd
Brown University 25oth Celebration
Brown LGBTQ History Project Gallery Exhibit and Reception
4:00-6:00 p.m., Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 4N, Englander Studio
Exhibit up April 2nd-April 18th 

Mix and mingle as you take a step back into the history of Brown's LGBTQ community featured in LGBTQ History Project exhibit on display. 

On Black Masculinity with Scott Poulson-Bryant '08
6:00-7:30 p.m., RI Hall 108

Scott Poulson-Bryant '08, award winning journalist and author, will give a talk about his work on gender and sexuality and about his book: "Hung: A Meditation on the Measure of Black Men in America." Sponsored by the Sarah Doyle Women's Center, Women Students At Brown, Pride Series, Black Heritage Series and the Department of American Studies. Reception to follow.

8:00 p.m., Salomon 203, Open to All People of Color

If blackness is the fulcrum of the American racial system, then it is also the fulcrum of the modern sex/gender system. Let's explore how. After discussing how both blackness and queerness have been erased from or criminalized in the African diaspora and the world, we will discuss how both are systems of anti-black racism. Through body-work, poetry reading and manifesto-writing, we will brainstorm ways to resist the dehumanization of black queer bodies and ideas.
Co-sponsored by Black Heritage Series, SDWC, Pride Series and TWC Interns

Friday, April 4th
RE: Defining Gender @ Brown 2014
3:00-7:00 p.m., Wriston Quad

Ever heard the phrase "gender is a spectrum, not a binary?" Ever wondered what that phrase actually means? Well you're in luck! "RE: Defining Gender" at Brown is an ongoing project and it all begins with you! And your friends! And that phe you've been eyeing in the Ratty! (Especially that phe! ;D ) So, come one, come all to "RE: Defining Gender" -- play some games, ask some questions, make an allyship pledge, earn a FREE t-shirt (just in time for Spring Weekend #lookingout4youbrown) and maybe learn something about GENDER in the process!

Saturday, April 5th
Back to Campus Alumni Panels – Two Part Program – Reception to Follow Second Panel
3:00-6:00 p.m. Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Petteruti Lounge

Reflecting on Activism and LGBTQ Life at Brown
LGBTQ Alumni will reflect back on their time at Brown and discuss activism and LGBTQ issues on campus. The panelists will explore how the issues and the language have changed over time and will participate in an intergenerational discussion about LGBTQ life at Brown.
3:00-4:00 p.m. Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Petteruti Lounge

Brown LGBTQ Alumni Career Panel
Help current students develop their networking skills and perhaps improve your own skills, too! LGBTQ students have expressed interest in connecting with alumni for career exploration and mentoring. Please join us for this rare opportunity to support current students as they prepare to make their transition into the workforce in today's uncertain economy.
4:20-5:20 p.m. Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Petteruti Lounge

**Monday, April 7th- Saturday April 12**
The Black Lavender Experience – All Events listed below from the 7th-12th are at Rites and Reason Theatre unless otherwise noted - 155 Angell St.

Monday, April 7th
4pm – Keynote Address Harvesting Honey: Performing the Lives of Black Southern Women Who Love Women by E. Patrick Johnson 

Tuesday, April 8th
7pm – Film Screening - The New Black - Cable Car Cinema, 204 S. Main Street, Providence

Wednesday, April 9th
4pm – Roundtable Discussion – Human Rights on Trial in Uganda with Ugandan playwrights - Charles Muleka'12PhD (invited) and George Seremba; and Writer, Musician and Artist-in-Residence - Greg Tate

7pm - Film Screening - The New Black intro and post screening Q & A with Writer, Director, Producer, Yoruba Richen'94 - Cable Car Cinema Film, 204 S. Main Street, Providence

Thursday, April 10th
7pm – Performance - Camp Sanctuary by Nicholas Donias'12
Director – Lily Mengesha, TAPS PhD candidate; Folkthought Leader –Sharon Bridgforth

Friday, April 11th
4pm –Wine+Cheese Writers' Discussion with Playwrights, Shirlene Holmes; Nicholas Donias'12;
E. Patrick Johnson and Moderator - Sharon Bridgforth

7pm – Performance - A Lady and a Woman by Shirlene Holmes
Director – Connie Crawford; Folkthought Leader – Sharon Bridgforth

Saturday, April 12th
7pm – Performance - Sweet Tea, Playwright, Director, Performer – E. Patrick Johnson
Folkthought Leader – Sharon Bridgforth

Tuesday, April 15th
Queer Writing Workshop with Jaclyn Prior
6:00-8:00 p.m., Lyman 007

Jaclyn will take participants through a brief writing workings on the intersections of queer identity.

Wednesday April 16th
Queer People of Color Social
6:00-8:00 p.m., LGBTQ Center, 321 Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center

The LGBTQ Center is hosting a QPOC Social as part of our Pride Series. We welcome QPOC-identified undergraduates, graduates, staff and faculty to socialize, network, and build community. Join us for a night of snacks, fun, and (new) friends! Please spread widely.

Saturday, April 19th
Queer Women In the Media with Lauren Neal '11 and Jill Bennett
12:30-2:00 p.m., List 120

Lauren and Jill will speak about their experiences of queer women in the media and discussing the merits of independent media creation and the challenges and importance of queer visibility.

Monday, April 21st
The Masha Dexter Memorial Lecture presents
Gender and Sexual Equality in Education: The Many Legacies of Title IX
5:30-7:00 p.m., Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center

The Office of Civil Rights is currently investigating 41 complaints regarding universities' handling of sexual assault cases. The activism of survivors and other college students over the past couple of years has closely linked Title IX with sexual assault. However, the federal legislation passed in 1972 protects against sex-based discrimination in any educational program or activity receiving federal funds. This event will explore the many ways Title IX has been used to ensure gender equity in education. Panelists Donna Lopiano of Sports Management Resources, Amanda Walsh of the Victim Rights Law Center, and Asaf Orr of the National Center for Lesbian Rights will discuss Title IX protections related to athletics, sexual misconduct, and transgender students, respectively. Join us in learning about the diverse application of this important resource, and be sure to bring questions regarding your own educational experience to the discussion following the talk. All are welcome. 

Sponsored by Sarah Doyle Women's Center, Women's History Series, Society of Royce Fellows, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Office for Institutional Diversity, LGBTQ Center, CASARA, Taubman Center for Public Policy, Campus Life/President's Discretionary Fund, and American Studies.

Tuesday, April 22nd
"The Peculiar Kind" Documentary Screening and Skype Q&A
Dyer House, 150 Power St., 6:00 p.m.

Join us for a screening of The Peculiar Kind: The Doc. Based on the web series, the documentary candidly explores the lives and experiences of queer women of color with eye-opening and unscripted conversations. Following the screen, film participants will be present via Skype for a Q&A. All genders and sexualities welcome! Light refreshments provided.

Monday, April 28th
LGBTQ Safe Zone Training
Pre-registration required – please email
Space Limited - Priority to Brown/RISD community
8:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center

Have you always wanted to learn more about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) issues but you weren't sure how to go about it? Do you wonder why we include the term "queer" in our title? Would you like to learn how to become an ally (a supportive friend and colleague) to the LGBTQ community and gain skills for talking to others about LGBTQ issues? The LGBTQ Safe Zone Training program is designed for anyone who is interested in learning all of these things and more. This ½ day interactive training will provide a safe and supportive environment for you to learn about terminology and the issues that LGBTQ people face on a daily basis. You will leave with a "Safe Zone" guide as well as practical knowledge about how to be an ally to LGBTQ co-workers, students at Brown and friends/family in your home communities. People of any skill level and knowledge are welcome to participate.

Tuesday, April 29th
LGBTQ Staff and Faculty Reception
4:30-6:30 p.m., Sarah Doyle Women's Center, 26 Benevolent St.

Please join us for the annual LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Reception, hosted by the Sarah Doyle Women's Center and the LGBTQ Center. This is a wonderful opportunity to catch up with colleagues and make new connections as we settle into the fall semester. Light refreshments will be served. 

Thank you to our sponsors:

 LGBTQ Center, Pride Series, Office of Institutional Diversity, Undergraduate Finance Board, Office of Alumni Relations, Multicultural Alumnic Committee, TBGALA, Brown 250th Anniversary, Third World Center, Sarah Doyle Women's Center, Africana Studies, Rites and Reason Theatre, Brown/RISD Hillel, American Studies Department, PearlDamour, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, Queer Alliance, The Next Thing, Pembroke Center for Research on Gender and Women, CASARA, Taubman Center for Public Policy.