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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.

Wednesday, October 8 -- Coming Out Week Kickoff Event
11:00-2:00 -- on The Quad
 -- Meet director and activist Erin Davies.  Take a selfie with the Fagbug!
3:00 -- Cade 219 -- Fagbug -- Erin Davies will discuss her adventures of activism on wheels with the Fagbug.

Monday, October 13
10:00-11:00 -- Cade 219 -- “Trans 101”
-- 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.
12:00-12:30 -- Cade 219 --  Comedian Jeffrey Jay -- Jeffrey will entertain with humorous accounts of his life as a transman.  Q&A to follow.
3:00-4:00 -- Cade 219 --  “Bi 101” -- 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 -- Humanities 112 --  Further off the Straight and Narrow
--  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  -- Humanities 126 --  “Harvey’s Hope”
--  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
10:00-1:00 -- Location TBA --  “Freedom to Love”
--  Human Services students will engage the campus community in a consciousness-raising activity.
12:30-1:45 -- Cade 124 --  “Sonic Meditation” --  Learn from Chris Ballengee about lesbian electronic composer Pauline Oliveros, and join his “Music, Power, & Gender” class in performing one of her compositions.
4:00-6:00 -- Florestano 101  --  “The Outest Kids on Campus” --  Members of The Gay-Straight Alliance will celebrate AACC’s queer diversity.

Friday, October 17
10:00-12:00 -- Humanities 112 --  “Contemporary LGBT Issues”
--  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
1:00-4:00 -- TBA  --  AACC Rainbow Network Training --  Rob Hurd will lead training for faculty and staff who wish to join our network of allies and advocates for LGBT students.