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AACC Celebrates National Coming Out Week

WHAT IS HAPPENING and WHY

To increase understanding and create a supportive environment campus-wide, AACC has planned campus-wide activities and programs that are free and open to the public that address Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) issues.  This week was chosen to coincide with National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11.

WHEN
Monday, Oct. 7-Friday, Oct. 11. Specific events, places and times are below.

WHO IS INVOLVED
Developing the week’s program received input from various AACC departments and student groups, including the Office of Student Engagement, the Curriculum Transformation Project, the Human Services student club, the Campus Activities Board and the Gender and Sexuality Studies program.

CONTACTS
• To learn about the philosophy behind organizing a week’s worth of activities, contact Heather Rellihan, Ph.D., associate professor of English and coordinator of Gender and Sexuality Studies, at 410-777-1233 or by email or Suzanne Spoor, Ph.D., professor of English and Gender and Sexuality Studies, at 410-777-2448 or by email.
• To be connected with people who made “It Gets Better at AACC” videos about their personal stories, contact Susan Gross, public relations specialist, 410-777-7252 or by email.
• For general information, call 410-777-2043 or visit the webpage.

SPECIFIC EVENTS
Oct. 7 – noon-2 p.m. Micro-aggression Workshop with Hannah Wu, a human rights specialist, in the Cade Center for Fine Arts Room 219, sponsored by AACC Office of Student Engagement; learn about micro-aggression and how non-physical, but subtle insults and daily indignities can cause a person to doubt their own abilities, lower self-esteem and cause anxiety.

Oct. 8 – 12:30-2 p.m. “Stuff that LGBTQ People Like,” with Hannah Wu, a human rights specialist, in the Cade Center for Fine Arts Room 219, sponsored by AACC Office of Student Engagement; explore ways to be inclusive and to be allies to the LGBTQ population.

Oct. 9 – noon-1 p.m. National Coming Out Day Celebration, on the AACC Quad (area bordered by the Truxal Library, the Science Building, the Humanities Building and the Careers Center Building) – moves to Student Union dining hall in inclement weather; sponsored by the Human Services Club and the Campus Activity Board.

Oct. 9 – 2-3 p.m. “Trans 101 Talk,” in the Cade Center for Fine Arts Room 219; many misconceptions exist about what people mean by “trans.” This talk will discuss trans communities and their concerns.

Oct. 9 – 3-5 p.m. “LGBTQ Communities and Culture” with Hannah Wu, a human rights specialist, in the Cade Center for Fine Arts Room 219; sponsored by AACC Office of Student Engagement; learn how LGBTQ identity is viewed in diverse cultures.

Oct. 9 – 6-7 p.m. The Baltimore Men’s Chorus, Baltimore’s oldest gay chorus, will perform a variety of choral music in the Humanities Building Room 112; sponsored by AACC Office of Student Engagement; click here for more info

Oct. 11 – noon-2p.m. “It Gets Better,” at AACC Video Project Launch Event in the Humanities Building Room 112. See powerful videos that LGBTQ and allied people from the Anne Arundel Community College campus community made in support of the “It Gets Better” project.  Hear heart-felt testimonials from AACC students, faculty and staff as they share touching stories about their personal experiences; sponsored by the Curriculum Transformation Project and the Gender and Sexuality Studies program, these inspirational videos highlight hope, compassion and LGBTQ resources at AACC. 

Oct. 11 – 2-4 p.m. “The Intersection Between Religion, Spirituality and the LGBTQ Community,” in Humanities Building Room 112; a panel of spiritual and religious leaders in the county discuss LGBTQ and connecting with a higher power despite one’s sexual orientation.

In addition to specific events, the Truxal Library staff is highlighting literature addressing LGBTQ topics in its 2nd Floor display case and the Health Services office will have information available on services for LGBTQ students, faculty and staff.