2015 LGBT HISTORY MONTH
Governors State University celebrates Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month with a series of events during the month of October.
“For a community deprived of its history, LGBT History Month teaches our heritage, provides role models, builds community, and recognizes our extraordinary national and international contributions,” said Malcolm Lazin, executive director of the Equality Forum, an international civil rights organization.
LGBT History Month was first celebrated in 1994. October was chosen as the month for the celebration because National Coming Out Day was first held in October, and October commemorated the first march on Washington by LGBT people in 1979.
EXHIBITS & DISPLAYS LGBTQ LITERARY WORKS & RESOURCES
31 Days, 31 Icons
October 1st – 31st
Online at: http://www.lgbthistorymonth.com/
31 leaders, heroes, and community members who have made a difference in the LGBT community will be highlighted throughout the month. Each day in October, a new icon is featured with a video, biography, bibliography, images and other resources.
Seeking to be more aware of the LGBT community? GSU Library has a collection of books, DVD’s and eBooks dedicated to the LGBT experience. Visit, www.govst.edu/library and select the Library Catalog located under Library Resources. Type in Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender or LGBT for your keyword and you will find a listing of items that are currently available in the GSU Library. Visit the library or
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transFORMATION: PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAITS OF TRANSGENDER MEN
October 5th – December 4th
GSU Visual Arts Gallery
Artist Lorenzo Triburgo created oil-painted landscapes using instructions from Bob Ross’, The Joy of Painting. The backdrops call attention to the artist’s hand and set the stage for nature as fabrication while
examining the connections between gender and photography as sites of misplaced veracity. This artwork invites viewers to question these constructs while simultaneously depicting a
PROGRAMS & EVENTS
A RAINBOW OF OPPORTUNITIES
Tuesday, October 6th
This presentation will discuss the benefits of working within an inclusive workplace and how to begin networking with such employers. Students will also be provided with information and resources from the Chicagoland area and online to assist the LGBT community with career planning and professional development.
ARTIST RECEPTION & DISCUSSION
featuring Lorenzo Triburgo
Thursday, October 8th
4:30pm – 7:30pm
GSU Visual Arts Gallery
Come meet Artist Lorenzo Triburgo creator of transFORMATION: photographic portraits of transgender men. This exhibit calls attention to the artist’s hand and set the stage for nature as fabrication while examining the connections between gender and photography as sites of misplaced veracity.
NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY CELEBRATION
Friday, October 9th
11am – 2pm, Hall of Governors
Join us as we celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBT) or as an ally. Hear stories from the LGBT community, their fami-lies and allies about their experiences and learn how to support those who came out. Refreshments will be served. ALL are welcome to join the celebration regardless of sexual orientation.
SAFE ZONE TRAINING
Tuesday, October 20th
1:00pm – 3:30pm, Hall of Honors
SafeZone is a training program is to raise awareness about the dynamics of gender and sexual orientation while exploring different ways to embody inclusive allyship for people of all orientations, genders, sexualities, identities, and levels of being out. SafeZone Training is for faculty and staff ONLY. Participants must RSVP at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GSUSafeZone by October 16th.
TRANSGENDER IN THE USA: HOW ARE WE REALLY DOING ON THE “NEW CIVIL RIGHTS FRONTIER?”
Thursday, October 22nd
4:30pm, Engbretson Hall
This one-hour lecture and discussion regarding the efforts to access equal rights for transgender people in the United States, which was identified as "the new civil rights frontier" in a popular 2014 Time magazine article. Recent advances, and current concerns of transgender Americans in a historical context will be reviewed.
GAY STRAIGHT ALLIANCE INFORMATIONAL
Monday, October 26th
7pm, Engbretson Hall
Come learn more about the Gay Straight Alliance and become a part of this organization as a member of the LBBTQ community or as an ally.
Wednesday, October 28th
3:30pm – 4:15pm, Engbretson Hall
LGBTQ 101 is a program designed for students to help them become aware of the diverse identities within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning community.
We are looking for campus community members interested in joining our efforts. Send an email to Mr. Robert Clay, Director, Intercultural Student Affairs at email@example.com or call x4551 if interested or for more information.