Celebrated in October, Lafayette College annually organizes programs, workshops, and events to commemorate the rich history, culture, and trailblazing icons of our LGBTQIA+ community.
‘Lafayette College LGBTQIA+ History Month 2021’ appears next to a rainbow colored Leopard to represent the progress pride flag.
7:00 PM - Limburg Theatre, Farinon College Center | Overlooked by history, Pauli Murray was a legal trailblazer whose ideas influenced RBG’s fight for gender equality and Thurgood Marshall’s civil rights arguments. This is a portrait of their impact as a non-binary Black luminary: lawyer, activist, poet, and priest who transformed our world.
12:00 PM - Virtual | Sponsored by OUT, a new club on campus offering a safe space for queer students and an opportunity for education to allies. The Queer Archives Project at Lafayette College is a collaborative, interdisciplinary initiative designed to illuminate Lafayette’s Queer history, advance teaching, learning and research in the area of Queer Studies, and promote positive institutional transformation.
12:00 PM - Gender & Sexuality Resource Center | International Lesbian Day, held on October 8, is a day for lesbians the world over to come together to celebrate lesbian history, diversity and culture. Recognized annually, the day gives an opportunity for women, families and friends to connect, celebrate and also raise awareness about the importance of community.
12:00 PM - Farinon Atrium | National Coming Out Day is an annual LGBTQIA+ awareness day observed to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other sexual orientation and gender identity diverse people in "coming out of the closet". Stop by for free giveaways, fun prizes, and educational resources.
7:00 PM - Limburg Theatre, Farinon | The murder of Matthew Shepard in October 1998 was a devastating tragedy that made countless headlines around the world. While we've come a long way in the last twenty+ years, LGBTQIA+ inequality and hate crimes are still very real today, and parts of Matt's story are unfortunately still very much a part of young people's realities. Though framed through a very personal lens, Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine tells a universal story that highlights the responsibility we have now to make sure young people around the world are not at risk of falling victim to the same story ending Matt was.
12:00 PM - Zoom | Co-Sponsored by Psi Chi Honor Society & Psychology Club. Dr. Mann will talk about her research on healthcare in Appalachia, specifically a mixed-methods study she conducted recently, in which she examined access to care for transgender adults in the region.
6:00 PM - Virtual | Malcolm Kenyatta is an American politician from North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A member of the Democratic Party, he has served as the Pennsylvania State Representative for the 181st district since 2019. He is one of the youngest elected State Representatives in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the first openly-LGBTQ person of color elected to either chamber of the Pennsylvania General Assembly in the state's history. On February 18, 2021, Kenyatta announced his bid for the 2022 United States Senate election in Pennsylvania.
7:00 PM - Limburg Theatre, Farinon | The documentary film explores the struggles of the LGBTQIA+ community in Uganda in the wake of that country’s Anti-Homosexuality bill, focusing in part on the 2011 murder of activist David Kato. The Uganda government continues to reintroduces the proposed ‘Kill the Gays’ legislation, each time Uganda has seen a rise in attacks on LGBTQIA+ people. The film received the 2014 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary.
All day - Campus Wide | International Pronouns Day seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender and gender nonconforming people. Together, we can transform society to celebrate people’s multiple, intersecting identities.
All Day - Campus-Wide | Spirit Day is an annual LGBTQIA+ awareness day observed on the third Thursday in October. Promoted by GLAAD, observers wear the color purple as a visible sign of support for LGBTQIA+ youth and against bullying during National Bullying Prevention Month, as well as to honor LGBTQIA+ victims of suicide.
12:00 PM - Gender & Sexuality Resource Center | Join us in observing Ace Week (founded as Asexual Awareness Week in 2010), an annual event that puts asexuality in the spotlight. Part celebration of the progress we’ve made as a community, and part campaign for greater understanding and acceptance of asexual-spectrum identities, Ace Week is a time to focus on all things ace*.
12:00 PM - Gender & Sexuality Resource Center | Intersex Awareness Day is an internationally observed awareness day each October 26, designed to highlight human rights issues faced by intersex people.