Pride Series

Pride Series, April 2013

A Queer Revolution: Past and Progress of LGBTQ Activism


Tuesday, April 2

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Panel

4:00 p.m., Petteruti Lounge

Thursday, April 4

Black Lavender Experience

“Conversations in Africana Theatre: Dynamic Innovators: Bridgforth”

4:00 p.m., Rites and Reason Theatre

Friday, April 5

Black Lavender Experience

“dyke/warrior prayers” performance followed by FolkThought

7:00 p.m., Rites and Reason Theatre

A Shango piece, a song, a jazz ritual prayer of being a Black/urban/dyke/mother/Ancestral hearing/gurl walking through shattered images of self/and learning to Love. World premiere of revised script.

Saturday, April 6

Black Lavender

“River See” performance followed by FolkThought

7:00 p.m., Rites and Reason Theatre

Set on a juking boat, with blueswomen, queers, deviants and seers, River See is the partyer before the Great Migration that explores blues stories as living arrangements of jazz.  The text serves as the score and structure for the improvisational process that births the performance.

Sunday, April 7

Allyship Boot Camp

11:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

1-Day Extended Workshop

Smith Buonanno Hall

Tuesday, April 9

Courtney Cahill

Constitutional Law and Sexuality and the Law

6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10

“Adding the T in LGBT: A Journey from Female to Male”

With Dragonsani Renteria and Jennifer Mantle

In this widely acclaimed, thought-provoking and informative presentation, Drago Renteria and his longtime partner, Jennifer Mantle, will help inform, educate and enlighten students on issues that affect transgender and transsexual individuals. Utilizing powerful images and healthy doses of humor, Drago will share his personal journey making the physical and cultural transition from female to male. Jennifer will share her perspective as the partner of a transman, lead us through issues of transphobia and educate us on how to be trans allies.

Saturday, April 13

Intersections: Bringing Together Rhode Island College Campuses to Explore LGBTQ Identities

12:00-5:00 p.m.

Petteruti Lounge

Engaging. Educational. Thought provoking. “Intersections” will bring together Rhode Island college campuses to explore the intersectionality of LGBTQ Identities.


  • Making The GenderBread Person: A Recipe for Self-Identity

            (Korina Ramsland, JWU Gender Equity Center)

  • The History of HIV/AIDS and Current LGBTQ Health

            (AIDS Project RI)

  • Gender and Body: Innovations in Trans* Healthcare

            (Dr. Michelle Forcier)

  • The Intersections of LGBTQ Identity and Faith

(Panel discussion and talk-back with many local affirming faith leaders)

Tuesday, April 16

“King, Leather & BDSM: From 50 Years to 50 Shades”

with  Mollena Williams

7:00-9:30 p.m.

Salomon 101

Mollena Williams, “Delicate, Trembling Flower of Submission” co is a NYC born and raised writer, actress, BDSM Educator and Executive Pervert.  Active in BDSM and the Leather Community since 1996, she speaks at Leather, BDSM and Kink events across the US, Europe and on many Leather and BDSM focused topics.

Monday, April 22

From Accidental Activists to Real Revolutionaries with Tynan Power

6:30 p.m.

Petteruti Lounge

Tynan Power is an author, editor and communications consultant, as well as a progressive Muslim and interfaith leader. As the founder of Pioneer Valley Progressive Muslims, he is deeply committed to non-sectarian community building and encourages full participation and inclusion of those often traditionally excluded from congregational life and leadership, such as women and LGBTQ individuals. His writing and expertise cover a range of topics including contemporary Muslim concerns, interfaith understanding, disability rights, sexuality and gender. 

Pride Series is coordinated by the LGBTQ Center.  Co-sponsors include: Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, Africana Studies Department, Comprehenseive Allyship Network, the Queer Alliance, Center for Language Studies, American Sign Language, Point Foundation, Brown kink, trans*page, queer faith, Office of Institutional Diversity, and Student and Employee Accessibility Services.

To request special services, accommodations or assistance for this event, please contact the LGBTQ Center at 401-863-3495 or

To Download a copy of the Pride Series poster for April 2013, click the file below.