October is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) History Month, and NIU’s LGBT Resource Center will celebrate by hosting and co-sponsoring several events.
Events begin Tuesday, Oct. 2, with the the fourth annual “You-Are-Loved” campus-wide chalking campaign. Uplifting messages aimed at combating hateful language used to discriminate against the LGBTQ community will be displayed.
“Trans 101,” an educational program facilitated by the LGBT Resource Center, will explore all identities within the transgender spectrum at 6 p.m. that evening in the Illinois Room of the Holmes Student Center (HSC).
LGBTQA student organization Prism will celebrate National Coming Out Day, beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commons. Prism members will talking to students about resources for coming out.
In the evening, the LGBT Resource Center with the Counseling and Student Development Center will sponsor a drop-in event from 7 to 8 p.m. to hear and discuss coming-out stories in HSC Room 506.
Featured speaker Daniel Hernandez Jr. will share his heroic story and experiences at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, in the HSC Carl Sandburg Auditorium.
Hernandez is a Tucson native, University of Arizona student and the former congressional intern credited with saving Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ life in the aftermath of her attempted assassination Jan. 8, 2011.
He will share how his experiences being from a poor background and growing up Latino and gay prepared him for his life saving actions and his future. This event is co-sponsored with the Latino Resource Center, Student Association, Prism, Presidential Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, LGBT Studies and Latino and Latin American Studies.
The LGBT Resource Center will focus on intersecting identities within the LGBTQ community throughout the month with “Lipstick and Dipstick: The Butch-Femme Dichotomy and Finding the in Between,” a look at women across the gender spectrum. The event takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in HSC Room 506.
From 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, “CAB Café presents: ‘Express Yourself’ ” will feature Amelia M. Garcia, a spoken word artist from Rockford. Held in Diversions Lounge, this event will be an open mic for all NIU students, and will include performances by Latino and LGBTQA voices.
“Elagabalus to Chaz Bono: Trans People through History” will be presented from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in HSC Room 506. “Jim Crow 2.0,” a comparison of the black civil rights movement of the 1960s and the present day LGBT equality movement, begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the HSC Illinois Room.
Additionally, two programs will look at LGBT visibility through various media.
“The Life and Times of a LGBTQ Student” will feature artwork by LGBTQ and Ally NIU students, opening from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the HSC Gallery. “The Klaine Factor” will show LGBTQ teen representation on TV in recent history from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in HSC Room 506.
To close out the month, the LGBT Resource Center will host “LGBTQ Cupcake Decorating” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the LGBT Resource Center on the seventh floor of the student center.
- Thursday, Oct. 4: “Creating Community Fall Dessert Reception” sponsored by the Presidential Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.
- Wednesday, Oct. 10: Prism Bake Sale
- Thursday, Oct. 18: LGBT Studies Third Thursday: “I Will Freely Circulate in the Immediate Space: Claude Cahun’s Challenge to Museums.”
- Friday, Oct. 26: Prism’s Halloween Dance.
- Monday, Oct. 29: Wear Purple for Spirit Day.
- All of October: “Famous LGBTQ people in History” display in HSC display windows.
All events are free to attend.
The LGBT Resource Center at NIU serves as a vital link where LGBTQ individuals can find a sense of community and everyone can learn about LGBTQ identity and culture. The center strives to create an inclusive campus community by providing support services, educational programs, advocacy and opportunities for leadership development.
For more information, call (815) 753-5428, email [email protected] or visit HSC Room 706.