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2014 National Coming Out Week

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For the second consecutive year, faculty, staff, and students involved in the Gender & Sexuality Studies program, Curriculum Transformation Project, Gay-Straight Alliance, AACC Rainbow Network, Office of Student Engagement, Human Services Club, and others dedicated to supporting Anne Arundel Community College's LGBT diversity will be celebrating National Coming Out Week October 13-17, with the kickoff on October 8.

In addition to specific events, the Truxal Library staff is highlighting literature addressing LGBTQ topics as part of a display promoting the Year of Social Justice in its 2nd Floor display cases and the Health Services office will have information available on services for LGBTQ students, faculty and staff.

Wed., October 8 -- Coming Out Week Kickoff Event

  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. -- Meet Director & Activist Erin Davies -- QUAD
    Take a selfie with the Fagbug.
  • 3 p.m. -- Fagbug -- CADE 219
    Erin Davies will discuss her adventures of activism on wheels with the Fagbug.

Monday, October 13

  • 10-11 a.m. -- "Trans 101” -- CADE 219
    Grace Sikorski will dispel many misconceptions about what people mean by “trans.”  Attendees will learn about the terminology and basic concepts with which to discuss trans issues and communities.
  • 12-12:30 p.m. -- Comedian Jeffrey Jay -- CADE 219
    Jeffrey will entertain with humorous accounts of his life as a transman.  Q&A to follow. 
  • 3-4 p.m. -- “Bi 101” -- CADE 219
    The B in LGBT is often silent, and bisexual people can be as misunderstood by the queer community as they are by heteronormative society.  Grace Sikorski will try to remedy these shortcomings in this workshop.

Tuesday, October 14

  • 12:30-1:45 p.m. -- Further off the Straight and Narrow --  Humanities 112
    This documentary tracks the complex and varied evolution of LGBT representations on television.  Can we call such changes progress, and if so should we credit it to an enlightenment to the urgency of social justice or to commercially-driven demands?

Wednesday, October 15

  • 2:30-3:15 p.m. -- “Harvey’s Hope” --  Humanities 126
    Tony Teano will share information and insights gained from primary source interviews and scholarly research about the visionary American LGBT civil rights pioneer Harvey Milk and his message—“You gotta give ‘em hope!”

Thursday, October 16

  • 10 a.m.-1 p.m. -- "Freedom to Love" --  SUN Cafeteria
    Human Services students will engage the campus community in a consciousness-raising activity.
  • 12:30-1:45 p.m. -- “Sonic Meditation” --  Cade 124
    Learn from Chris Ballengee about lesbian electronic composer Pauline Oliveros, and join his “Music, Power, & Gender” class in performing one of her compositions.
  • 4-6 p.m. -- "The Outest Kids on Campus" -- Florestano 101
    Members of The Gay-Straight Alliance will celebrate AACC’s queer diversity.

Friday, October 17

  • 10 a.m.-12 p.m. -- "Contemporary LGBT Issues" -- Humanities 112
    A panel of activists for transgender, marriage and family, military, and youth issues will discuss where we stand today and where we are going.  Reception to follow
  • 1-4 p.m. -- AACC Rainbow Network Training --  TBA 
    Rob Hurd will lead training for faculty and staff who wish to join our network of allies and advocates for LGBT students.