The University of Toledo will celebrate LGBTQA History Month with several events this October.
The Office of Excellence and Multicultural Student Success, LGBTQA Initiatives and Spectrum UT are dedicated to serving the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and allied students.
“LGBTQA History Month is important because it allows us to reflect back on the roots of our movement,” said Melissa Brodsky, a second-year student majoring in bioengineering, who is vice president of Spectrum UT. “While we have made many advancements in the past few months, it is to important to recognize that we came from struggle. October is the month to celebrate where the LGBTQA community has been and where it is going.”
Listed by date, events scheduled to increase awareness for LGBTQA History Month include:
Thursday, Oct. 3
• Intimate Partner Violence in the LGBTQ Community, 5 to 7 p.m., Student Union Room 3018.
• Spectrum Drag/Talent Kickoff Event, 8 to 10 p.m., Rocky’s Attic in the Student Union.
Saturday, Oct. 5
• LGBTQA Homecoming Tailgate, 1 to 3 p.m., the Q near Parks Tower.
Tuesday, Oct. 8
• “Societies in Balance: Re-Thinking Matriarchy in Modern Matriarchal Studies” by Dr. Heide Goettner-Abendroth, pioneering scholar known for her work on modern matriarchal studies, 7 p.m., Student Union Ingman Room.
Thursday, Oct. 10
• “Banned Books: Censorship of LGBTQ Content in Books for Youth” by Dr. Sharon Barnes, UT associate professor of women’s and gender studies, 3:30 p.m., Carlson Library Fifth Floor. This event is part of the University’s 16th annual UT Banned Books Week Vigil.
• Spectrum Hate Crimes Vigil, 8 to 10 p.m., Student Union Steps.
Friday, Oct. 11
• National Coming Out Day Celebration, noon to 2 p.m., Student Union Room 2500. Stop by and receive a “Gay? Fine by me” T-shirt and show your support.
Tuesday, Oct. 15
• Film Screening of “Transamerica,” 7 p.m., Sullivan Hall Room 2010. The screening is sponsored by the Jesup Scott Honors College.
Wednesday, Oct. 16
• Keynote address by Kate Bornstein, gender activist, author, playwright and performance artist, 8 p.m., Scott Park Auditorium.
Thursday, Oct. 17
• Spectrum Meeting on Gender Identity, 8 to 10 p.m., Student Union Room 2582.
Tuesday, Oct. 22
• All Love Photo Shoot, 6 to 8 p.m., Student Union Room 2500. The free professional shoot will provide prints to all participants.
Wednesday, Oct. 23
• National Bisexuality Day Ice Cream Celebration, noon to 2 p.m., Student Union Room 2500.
• LGBTQA Short Stories with the Honors Book Club, 5 p.m., Sullivan Hall Room 2030.
Thursday, Oct. 24
• Film Screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” 8 p.m., Student Recreation Center Oak Room. This presentation of the participation picture is sponsored by Spectrum UT.
Monday, Oct. 28
• Expanded Safe Place — LGBTQA Ally Training, 1 to 4:30 p.m., Student Center Room 1080C on the Scott Park Campus.
Tuesday, Oct. 29
• Poetry Reading by Dr. Glenn Sheldon, UT honors professor of humanities, and T. Miller, slam poet from Detroit, 1 to 3 p.m., Student Union Room 3018.
Wednesday, Oct. 30
• Queer Marriage Reception, noon to 2 p.m., Student Union Room 2500.
Thursday, Oct. 31
• Spectrum UT Halloween Ball, 8 to 10 p.m., Student Union Room 2582.
For more information on these events, call the UT Office of Excellence and Multicultural Student Success at 419.530.2261 or visit utoledo.edu/studentaffairs/omss.