GLBT History Month: Resistance Through Existence

The theme of this year’s GLBT History Month is “Resistance Through Existence,” which will center the voices that are often marginalized and celebrate the myriad of identities within the GLBT community.

The GLBT Center will kick off GLBT History Month on Monday, October 2, 2017 with a workshop on Internalized Oppression from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in Talley 3222. Internalized oppression refers to the ways that individuals unconsciously learn, accept and reinforce ideas and attitudes that perpetuate inequity and oppression; this includes learned attitudes and actions related to internalized dominance and internalized subordination. This two-hour workshop is open to NC State undergraduates, graduate students, staff, faculty and alumni as well as interested members of the local community. The workshop will help participants learn to recognize the everyday, unchallenged assumptions we all make, to understand the impact of our assumptions on our own and others’ lived experiences and to increase our ability to interrupt these dominant narratives that serve to perpetuate inequity and oppression.

Join us for more events, such as Creating Accomplices: Supporting Queer and Transgender Students of Color workshop on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in Talley 3222 and the Moonlight: Film Screening and Discussion on Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. in Witherspoon Student Center, Room 126 will examine the lived experiences of the queer and transgender community of color.

For National Coming Out Day, an annual celebration that takes place on October 11, 2017, the GLBT Community Alliance (GLBTCA) student organization will paint the Free Expression Tunnel on October 8, 2017 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and host Navigating the Coming Out Process on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Talley 4280.

Other GLBT History Month events include:

  • Project SAFE workshop on Monday, October 16, 2017 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. in Talley 3222
  • Ungendering Language: Examining the Impact of Language in the Construction of Gender on Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Talley 3222
  • Evolution of Protections for the GLBT Community on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in Talley 3222
  • Mapping Queer History at NC State: A Live Archiving Event on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in Park Shops 200.

To register for any of the GLBT History Month workshops, see the GLBT Advocate Program website.

Preston Keith is assistant director of the GLBT Center.

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