Transgender actress and advocate, Laverne Cox, currently seen in the critically acclaimed Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, will lecture at Wake Forest University on Monday, October 5, 2015. Cox is the first transgender person to be featured on the cover of TIME magazine, and the first transgender actress to receive an Emmy nomination.
The lecture will be held in Wait Chapel on the Wake Forest Campus and will begin at 7:00 pm. Doors will open at 6:00 pm for Wake Forest students, faculty, and staff, with your WFU ID. Doors open for the general public at 6:30 pm and close at 7:00 pm to avoid disruption of the speaker. The event is free and open to the public. Following her lecture, Cox will answer questions from the audience.
Cox’s campus visit is a collaborative effort organized by the Wake Forest University LGBTQ Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Student Union, the Women’s Center, The University Theatre, the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program, and the Documentary Film Program. For more information about Cox’s lecture, contact the Wake Forest University LGBTQ Center at 336-758-8178.
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium
Join the LGBTQ Center on April 29, 2015 in the ZSR Auditorium as we celebrate Wake Forest’s LGBTQ and allied graduates with a special ceremony and reception. Lavender Graduation celebrates LGBTQ students and allies who have contributed to the rich diversity of our campus community. We invite the Wake Forest community to honor these LGBTQ students and allies for their contributions to Wake Forest University and wish them well in their future endeavors.
Welcome Back Pizza Party
January 28, 2015
LGBTQ Center (Benson 218)
Thursday, October 30, 2014
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Annenberg Forum, Carswell Hall
The LGBTQ Community Forum is an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff at Wake Forest to share their experiences as LGBTQ people or allies. Members of the President’s Commission on LGBTQ Affairs will be on hand to listen to feedback and gain a richer understanding of the climate for LGBTQ individuals on campus. Commission chair and Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue will moderate the event. All community members, including straight allies, are welcome to attend. The forum will be followed by a reception with Commission members.
Wendesday, October 29, 2014
Green Room, Reynolda Hall
The Love is Love Celebration will commemorate the overturning of Amendment One, and will also honor and celebrate all loving relationships, and their importance to our individual and collective well-being. The event will be held on Wednesday, October 29 from 2:30-4:30pm in the Green Room, with snacks, a photo booth, and an opportunity to write and decorate cards for the people you love.
Sponsored by the LGBTQ Center, the Office of the Dean of the College, and the School of Business, the Office of the Chaplain, the Office of the Dean of Students, Kriss Dinkins and Stephen Dragisic, the Office of Diversity Education, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the School of Divinity, the Film Studies Program, Adam and Diana Goldstein, Human Resources, Kaleidoscope, the Learning Assistance Center, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Office of Personal and Career Development, the Office of the President, the Pro Humanitate Institute, the Office of the Provost, the Safe Office, the Office of Student Engagement, the Department of Theatre and Dance, Thrive, the University Counseling Center,University Police, the Women’s Center, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Scales Fine Arts Center, Room M201
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
The Wake Forest University LGBTQ Center is excited to announce our inaugural Lavender Graduation Celebration. This tradition began at the University of Michigan in 1995 to honor LGBTQ students for surviving their college years. At Wake Forest, our Lavender Graduation will celebrate LGBTQ students and allies who have contributed to the rich diversity of our campus community. The Lavender Graduation will be held on April 30, 2014 at 6 pm in the Z. Smith Reynolds Auditorium. We invite the Wake Forest community to honor these LGBTQ students and allies for their contributions to Wake Forest University and wish them well in their future endeavors.
April 17, 2014
Join the Wake Forest LGBTQ Center for an intimate conversation about the presence of homophobia in hip hop. This conversation will explore where we’ve been and where we hope to go. The very talented, highly praised group Sacrificial Poets will be performing.
April 23, 2014
Annenberg Auditorium, Caswell Hall
Shane Bitney Crone will be speaking at Wake Forest University and will be screening the film “Bridegroom”! BRIDEGROOM is a documentary that tells the emotional journey of Shane and Tom, two young men in a loving and committed relationship — a relationship that was cut tragically short by a misstep off the side of a roof. The story of what happened after this accidental death– of how people without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized– is poignant, enraging and opens a window onto the issue of marriage equality like no speech or lecture ever will.
Wednesday, November 6th
The Autumn Room, Reynolda Hall
Please register according to the question that best describes you:
Upcoming Film: “Unconditional”
Tuesday, November 5 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Porter Byrum Welcome Center
A “Work-in-Progress” screening of the film Unconditional followed by a panel discussion with the characters, filmmakers and leading authorities on the issue, including Sharon Thompson, family law attorney and Christopher Brook , Legal Director, ACLU of North Carolina.
Co-produced by Rhonda Chan Soo, Hannah Teachey, and Kelly McKenna, Unconditional explores how second-parent adoption laws in North Carolina harm children and parents in same-sex families.
A second-parent adoption, for an unmarried couple, allows a ‘second parent’ to adopt their partner’s biological or adoptive child without the legal parent losing their parental rights. The film follows two North Carolina families as they navigate the legal system and fight to obtain legal parental-child bonds.
Watch them rise up and persevere against a legal system that fails to protect them.
Visit the website for more information: http://unconditional-movie.com
And please like their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UnconditionalDocumentaryFilm
Supported by: WFU LGBTQ Center and The Adam Foundation
Looking for a class for the spring? Dr. Angela Mazaris is offering a new course!
Transgender History, Identity and Politics
WGS 377F/WGS 677FG
This course explores the experiences of, and responses to transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex (TGI) people in 19th and 20th century America. We will examine how scientific/medical authorities, legal authorities, and everyday people have understood and responded to various kinds of gender non-conformity. Course texts include social histories, medical and legal perspectives, popular culture, and the work of contemporary TGI activists. Same as HST 311A. Approved for WGS Major Public Engagement Requirement.
Wednesday, September 18th, 7:30-8:30pm, Brendle Recital Hall (Scales Fine Arts Center)
Join us for a special “sneak preview” screening of the half-hour documentary Living in the Overlap followed by a Q & A session with Lennie Gerber and Pearl Berlin. It will be a great evening! This film is co-directed by Wake professors Mary Dalton and Cindy Hill with the participation of colleagues at the Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest and producer Ellen Hendrix. This event is free and open to the public.
September 20-21st, 25-29th
The University Theatre presents a stage production of The Laramie Project, the true story of an American town in the wake of the murder of Matthew Shepard. Directed by Brook Davis.
Wednesday, October 9th, 7pm, Annenberg Forum (Carswell Hall)
A panel discussion about the life of Matt Shepard and screening of Laramie Inside Out, in which filmmaker Beverly Seckinger returns to her hometown in the wake of Matthew Shepard’s murder to see how this event had affected the site of her own closeted adolescence. A Q&A with the filmmaker will follow.
Monday, October 14th, time and location TBA
Justin Lee (’00) returns to Wake Forest to speak about his new book, Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate, and discuss his experiences as a Wake student leader in both Christian and LGBTQ student organizations.
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Friday, September 13 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm, Brendle Recital Hall
Lecture by American literary critic, Kevin Kopelson is the first event of the series called Sex, Gender, Race, and Performance in the American Musical.
Saturday, September 14th, 8pm, Pugh Auditorium
Jeffrey Jay is a transgender comedian, comedy writer for the Feast of Fun podcast, and public speaker currently living in Dallas Texas. He has been featured in The Advocate as one of “7 LGBT Comics You Shouldn’t Have missed in 2011″, has been see on the CW morning show The Eye Opener, is a three time winner of QLive’s LGBT It Only Makes Me Laugh open mic competition, a semi-finalist in The 2011 Funniest Comic in Texas, and a Finalist in The Funniest Comic in Texas 2012. When not doing stand-up Jeffrey participates in ally training and speaks at colleges and high schools sharing his story to educate others about trans issues.
Study Break on Pit Patio! Ice Cream, Prize Giveaways and Music!
Thursday, May 2nd, 12:45-3:15pm, outside the Pit
Need a break from the grind of finals?! Put the books down for a bit and enjoy ice cream on the Pit Patio from 1pm to 3pm, Thursday, May 2! The event sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Campus Life will giveaway an iPad mini and other prizes, t-shirts and more! Also jam to music provided by Wake Radio.
Diverse Dining: Around the Same Table
Friday, April 26th, 5pm, Campus Ministry Lounge (Collins Hall)
A multicultural dinner co-sponsored by Hillel, OLAS, LGBTQ Center, RL&H, Interfaith Council, GSSA, AFRICASA, Women’s Center, ODI, and OMA. Come share conversation and (free!) food from many cultures around the same table. See attached flyer for more information.
Friday, April 19th, 9:30am–4pm, ZSR Auditorium Room 404
A symposium exploring essays written by gay men on gay male sexuality, including its forms, politics, histories, and theories, along with its pleasures and harms. Moderated by Shannon Gilreath, Wake Forest University School of Law; Marc Spindelman, Ohio State University School of Law; and Hassan El Menyawi, New York University. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Humanities Institute, Women’s and Gender Studies, Wake Forest School of Law, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, The Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the LGBTQ Center. For more information, contact Pat Gardea, email@example.com.
Substance Abuse Pizza and Mocktail Info Session
Wednesday, March 27th, 6pm, Benson 218
Join the LGBTQ Center and Lavi Wilson, Wake’s Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, for pizza, mocktails, and conversation in Benson 218.
Star Power Thursday at Reynolda House: Let’s Misbehave!
Thursday, March 7th, 4:30-8 pm
A Cole Porter review will be performed by the faculty and students of the Wake Forest Department of Music and Department of Theatre and Dance. This “swellegant, elegant” party recreates a 1930s nightclub and features dozens of Cole Porter’s greatest show tunes. Sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Performance and the Liberal Arts Center at Wake Forest University. Star Power Thursdays at the Museum include entertainment, refreshments, and admission to Star Power: Edward Steichen’s Glamour Photography. Visitors may choose from featured programs each night, or simply enjoy the exhibition and a glass of wine with friends. Star Power Thursdays are supported by Stephens Private Client Group.
Brown Girls Get Real: Feminism in Communities of Color
Monday, March 4th, 6pm, South Hall
A discussion with Dr. Tanisha Ramachandran and Dr. Sherriann Clark on feminism in communities of color. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the LGBTQ Center, and the Women’s Center.
GSSA’s Annual Demon Drag Show
Friday, March 1st, 8pm, Mag Room
Join the Gay-Straight Student Alliance (GSSA) for its annual Demon Drag Show, inspired by Moulin Rouge®! All proceeds will be donated to AIDS Care Service of Winston-Salem.
Waking from a Biblically-Induced Coma: Performance Excerpts and Community Discussion
Friday, March 1st, 7pm, Parkway United Church of Christ (2151, Silas Creek Parkway, Winston Salem, NC 27103)
Transfigurations: Transgressing Gender in the Bible, a One-Person Play
Thursday, February 28th, 7pm, Metropolitan Community Church, (4105 Patsy Drive, Winston Salem, NC 27107)
Peterson Thomas Toscano is an internationally recognized theatrical performance artist who unearths stories of gender-variant people in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures in this one-person play. Through Bible scholarship, comedy, memoir, and his activism, Peterson speaks to diverse audiences about faith, sexuality, gender, privilege, the environment, and more. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to see Peterson’s highly acclaimed play in person here in Winston-Salem! Sponsored by the Adam Foundation, GRASP: Gender Revisioning and Sexuality Pathways (under the interfaith initiative, the David Michael Project), Metropolitan Community Church of Winston Salem, and Parkway United Church of Christ. Admission is free, love offering gratefully accepted. General Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.mccws.org
Film Screening: Brother Outsider
Wednesday, February 20th, 6pm, ZSR Auditorium 404
The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the LGBTQ Center will be hosting a film screening of Brother Outsider as a part of Black History Month. During his 60-year career as an activist, organizer and “troublemaker,” Bayard Rustin formulated many of the strategies that propelled the American civil rights movement. His passionate belief in Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence drew Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders to him in the 1940’s and 50’s; his practice of those beliefs drew the attention of the FBI and police. In 1963, Rustin brought his unique skills to the crowning glory of his civil rights career: his work organizing the March on Washington, the biggest protest America had ever seen. But his open homosexuality forced him to remain in the background, marking him again and again as a “brother outsider.”
Second Dialogue on Chick-Fil-A: Conversations Toward an Inclusive Community
Monday, February 18, 5 – 6:30pm, Magnolia Room
Please join the Committee for Dialogue on Chick-Fil-A for a second campus-wide event to discuss the presence of Chick-Fil-A on our campus and its implications for creating an inclusive community. Provost Rogan Kersh will host this event, and will provide an overview of the various arguments we have heard to date regarding the Chick-fil-A controversy.
“LGBT Politics Under the Marriage Amendment,” A Lecture by Professor Marc Spindelman
Thursday, February 14th, 4pm, ZSR Auditorium 404
Marc Spindelman, Professor of Law at the Ohio State University, will speak about Amendment One and his work in Ohio on repealing their similar marriage amendment and passing an Equal Rights Amendment. Sponsored by the Wake Forest University School of Law, Women’s and Gender Studies, the Law School, and the LGBTQ Center.
Parading Toward Equality: A Talk by Dr. Katherine Bruce
Friday, February 8th, 3:30-4:30pm, Carswell 208
Every year, over six million people participate in 110 LGBT Pride parades across the United States. Some march as part of church, school, business, or non-profit contingents while others attend with friends and cheer from the sidelines. Together they create fabulous celebrations of gay sexuality, acceptance, and playful defiance of cultural stigma. Drawing on interviews and field work at six Pride parades, from Fargo, ND’s modest 15 minute march to New York City’s 5-hour long parade, Dr. Bruce shows how these events work to bring about greater cultural equality for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people. With implications for how scholars understand the work of social movements, this talk will explore how advocates work together to change their culture. Dr. Katherine Bruce is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Wake Forest. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research examines the interplay of cultural and political contention primarily through the lens of LGBT issues.
VOX (a devised work written and performed by the ensemble), directed by Tim Miller
February 1-2 & 6-10, 7:30pm, Ring Theatre
In a country that is obsessed with voice (raising it, smothering it, reality-showing it) VOX will explore the tightrope we each walk that connects and separates us from one another. VOX, is a high-energy performance exploration of our big mouths, slippery tongues and full-throated tales created by the company under the direction of internationally acclaimed performer Tim Miller. Miller will shape the piece from the performers’ memories, stories and images of the history of their individual voices during an intensive rehearsal period building on his many short term workshop residencies at Wake Forest over the last ten years. Open wide and dive in! VOX, a performance that must be heard and seen.
E. Patrick Johnson Presents Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales
Tuesday, February 5th, 7pm, Ring Theatre (Scales)
Pouring Tea is based on the oral histories collected in Johnson’s book, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South–An Oral History. The oral histories are from black gay men who were born, raised, and continue to live in the South and range in age from 19 to 93. This performance covers the following topics: coming of age in the South, religion, sex, transgenderism, love stories, and coming out. Johnson embodies these and others’ stories in the show. Sponsored by the LGBTQ Center, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the University Theatre, the Women’s Center and SAF.
“Hip-Hop Queerness: Embodiment, Theory, Praxis.” A Lecture and Performance by Professor Shanté Smalls
Monday, February 4th, 4:30 pm, ZSR Library Auditorium, Room 404
Shanté Smalls, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Davidson College’s lecture, “Hip Hop Queerness: Embodiment, Theory, Praxis.” Free and open to the public. A reception will follow the talk. Cosponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies and the LGBTQ Center.
Jesus Phreak: The Story of a Very Unlikely Disciple
Thursday, January 31st, 7pm, Pugh Auditorium
A one-man show by R. Dale Smith, “Jesus Phreak” explores the controversial topic of “gay Christians” in a manner that’s funny and thought-provoking, and keeps both gay and straight audiences involved. Using a lesser-known rule in the Bible that says people shouldn’t wear clothing made of two different materials (Leviticus 19:19), writer/performer R. Dale Smith presents his character as a heretical, unwanted “material mixer” who finds himself drawn to Christianity while playing piano for a small country church. Sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain and the LGBTQ Center.
Meet Michael Burke
Wednesday, January 30th, 12-2pm, Benson 218
An open meet and greet/brown bag lunch. Michael Burke is an award-winning NYC-based performance artist.
“End of Enhancement?: Bodily Agency, Institutional Authority, and Cultural Aesthetics,” Prof. Elroi Windsor
Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 4:30 p.m., Tribble C-216
Kaleidoscope Chapel Service, “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by God”
Tuesday, November 13th, 11 am, Wait Chapel
This service focuses on the transgender community and features two trans-identified guest speakers, Rev. Brenden Boone, pastor of St. John’s MCC in Raleigh, NC, and Dawn Flynn, Minister of Congregational Care at MCC in Charlotte NC.
Fast Break: Being Transgender in Division I Athletics
A Conversation with Kye Allums
Thursday, November 8th, 8-9:30pm, Annenberg Forum (Carswell)
Kye Allums, the first openly transgender NCAA Division I athlete, will speak about what it means to be transgender as well as his experiences as an openly transgender basketball player. Following Kye’s talk, we will honor Wake Forest’s transgender alumni. A Faces of Courage event. Sponsored by the LGBTQ Center, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and OUTLaw.
“The LGBTQ Experience at Wake Forest: A Student Perspective”
Wednesday, November 7th, noon-1pm, Reynolda 301
Should We Eat Less Chikin? Balancing Inclusivity and Ethical Consumerism with Consumer Choice and Good Chicken
Monday, October 29th, 4:30-6:00pm, ZSR Auditorium
Does Chick-Fil-A represent the values of Wake Forest? Is its presence on our campus a barrier to inclusion? How do we balance these issues with a consumer’s right to choose? Please join us to discuss the issues surrounding the presence of Chick-fil-A here at Wake. Sponsored by the Chick-fil-A Campus Dialogue Committee.
Documenting Diversity Kickoff Event
Thursday, October 25th, 4-5pm, ZSR Special Collections Reading Room (6th floor)
Members of the WFU community will have the opportunity to see the University archives, drop off some materials, view some collections already housed in the archives, and discuss the future of a more inclusive and well-rounded University record.
Ally Week: October 15-19th
Love Is Love: National Coming Out Day 2012
Thursday, October 11th 3:15-3:30pm, Manchester Plaza (Mag Quad)
“Remembering for Our Lives: Archives, Memorials, and Narratives of Queer History” (Dr. Angela Mazaris)
Wednesday, October 3rd at 4:30pm, Tribble Hall Room C-216
Inside Out Faith: Jennifer Knapp Musical Event
Tuesday, October 2nd, 7-8:30pm, Luter Hall
Acoustic performance by contemporary Christian artist Jennifer Knapp followed by Q&A session focusing on the importance of inclusive environments, particularly of LGBTQ people in faith communities. Sponsored by the Office of Residence Life & Housing, the LGBTQ Center, and the Office of the Chaplain.
An Open Meeting on Chick-fil-A
August 10, 2012 1-2pm, Benson 218
A meeting to discuss the recent Chick-fil-A controversy and how we will respond as a campus community.
“Queer and Here: 50 Years of Wake Forest LGBTQ History”
May 1, 2012 – June 30, 2012, ZSR Library entryway
An exhibit by the students of Dr. Angela Mazaris’s “Queer Public Histories” class. Visit the website, http://queerwakeforest.wordpress.com, to share your own memories of Wake Forest’s LGBTQ History.
Stand for Solidarity (Response to Amendment One)
May 10,2 012 at 1pm on Mag Quad
Opening Reception for “Queer and Here: 50 Years of Wake Forest LGBTQ History”
May 3, 2012 from 5-6pm on the Library Lawn
A reception celebrating the opening of the students of Dr. Angela Mazaris’s “Queer Public Histories” class’s exhibit, “Queer and Here: 50 Years of Wake LGBTQ History.” The exhibit will be on display in the ZSR Library entryway from May 1, 2012 – June 14, 2012.
In Good Conscience (Faith Film Series)
April 18, 2012 7pm, ZSR Library Auditorium
Film screening, followed by a moderated discussion of the intersection of faith and identity discussed in the film featuring Sr. Jeannine Gramick, SL, a Roman Catholic nun who ministers to LGBTQ Catholics and the subject of the documentary.
Breaking the Silence: Tie Dying for a More Inclusive Wake Forest
April 20, 2012 10:00-2:00 on Mag Quad
Sponsored by KA, GSSA, and the LGBTQ Center.
Vote Against Project Photo Shoot
April 4, 2012 10am-3pm, Pugh Auditorium
Amendment One and its Implications for North Carolina: A Panel Discussion
April 4, 2012 7pm, ZSR Library Auditorium
A discussion of Amendment One’s consequences on our families, our communities, and our state’s economic health. Panelists include Professor Shannon Gilreath (’02) of the WFU Law School, Bishop Donagrant McCluney of SONG (Southerners on New Ground), Rev. Tim Auman of the Office of the Chaplain, and Shannon Ritchie (’07) of the Vote Against Project.
“Out for Lunch” Brown Bag: Finding an LGBTQ-Affirming Faith Community
March 27, 2012 12-1pm, Benson 410
Featuring Rev. Dr. Angela Yarber of Wake Forest Baptist Church, Rabbi Josh Brown of Temple Emanuel, and Pastor Roger Hayes of the Church of the Holy Spirit Fellowship
Trembling Before G-d (Faith Film Series)
March 22, 2012 7pm, Pugh Auditorium
A screening of the film Trembling Before G-d and discussion of the intersection of faith and identity discussed in the film.
“Remembering Wei Yi-fang, Remembering Myself…”
March 21, 2012 3pm, Library Auditorium
Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker Yvonne Welbon
Switch: A Community in Transition (Faith Film Series)
March 6, 2012 7pm, Library Auditorium 404
A screening of the film Switch: A Community in Transition and discussion of the intersection of faith and identity discussed in the film.
Imagining a Different Campus Culture
February 23, 2012 from 7-9 pm, Pugh Auditorium
A Jihad for Love (Faith Film Series)
February 14, 2012 7pm, Library Auditorium 404
Screening of A Jihad for Love followed by a discussion of the intersection of faith and identity discussed in the film.
“The End of Straight Supremacy”
January 24, 2012 12:00-1:30pm, Library Auditorium 404
WFU School of Law Professor Shannon Gilreath reads from his latest book, The End of Straight Supremacy.
“May I Ask You Something?” Panel Discussion
January 17, 2012 12-1pm
Transgender Day of Remembrance
November 20, 2011 4 p.m.
Candlelight Vigil, Quad outside Wait Chapel
Screening of Boys Don’t Cry in Benson 218
Screening of For the Bible Tells Me So
November 10, 2011 at 7 p.m.
November 7, 2011 at 7 p.m.
Carswell Hall: Annenberg Forum
Stand for Solidarity
November 7, 2011 at 11:55 a.m.
Lower Quad outside the Pit
Reflections of the Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
October 27, 2011, at 3 p.m.
ZSR Library Auditorium