Queer History Month 2018

Wednesday, October 10

National Coming Out Day
11:00 am—2:00 pm, Tribble Courtyard (rain location: Benson 3rd Floor)
Sponsored by LGBTQ Center
Drop by to celebrate National Coming Out Day , come out as LGBTQ+ or as an ally for the community, and snap pics in our pop-up photo booth!

Friday, October 12

The Queer Power of God
8:30 am—5:00 pm, Wingate Hall
Sponsored by the Wake Forest School of Divinity
LGBTQ Christians often experience the power of social norms through the lens of church and claims that communities speak on behalf of God. “Because it is God’s Word…” is often heard as justification for the exclusionary exercise of such power. Queer theology resists this kind of exclusionary power as a misrepresentation of God. Come and see how theological education gives you the resources to ask difficult questions about how Christians understand power, in particular God’s power, through biblical texts, theological images, and worship practices. Together we will learn to claim understandings of the Bible, images of God, and experiences of Spirit that enrich and enliven the creative diversity with which each of us is wonderfully made. All are welcome; please register so materials can be provided.*

Saturday, October 13

Pride Winston-Salem Parade
10:00 am, downtown WS
Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students
Join to walk in the Pride Winston-Salem parade, celebrating our parade theme of community in bloom! The parade rolls our at 11:00, so all walkers will need to be in place by 10:30 am. We will line up on 4th Street between Spring and Poplar Street. You are welcome to enjoy the festival afterward! The parade route covers about 8 blocks in downtown Winston-Salem. Registration requested.

Tuesday, October 16

Trans Health, Law, and Identity: Past and Present
4:30 pm, ZSR Auditorium (Room 404)
Sponsored by the Department for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Wake Forest scholars Mir Yarfitz (History), Marie-Amélie George (Law), and Kristina Gupta (WGS) will share their current work in the field of Trans Studies. Professor Yarfitz will discuss proto-transgender history in Latin America; Professor George will discuss anti-transgender ballot measures; and Professor Gupta will discuss theoretical issues in transition-related healthcare.

QPOC Connections
6:30 pm, LGBTQ Center (Benson 311)
Sponsored by the LGBTQ Center
An identity space for queer and trans students of color; join for dinner and community building. You are WELCOME in QPOC Connections regardless of where you are in your identity development. QPOC Connections is a closed space for students who identify as LGBTQ+ and as people of color; registration requested.*

Wednesday, October 17

International Pronouns Day
All day, online
Sponsored by LGBTQ Center
Check out the LGBTQ Center’s and other campus partners’ social media to learn more about pronouns and pronoun etiquette!

Just One Word: Queer (invitation only)
12:00—1:30 pm, Balcony Room (Wait Chapel)
Sponsored by Diversity Education, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
“Just One Word” is a moderated dialogue that takes place over a meal, during which participants share their understanding and experience of a specific word.

Thursday, October 18

C3: LGBTQ + Greek Life
3:00—4:00 pm, LGBTQ Center (Benson 311)
Sponsored by the LGBTQ Center and Office of Student Engagement
This week’s C3: Building Community over Coffee and Conversation will feature special guests Betsy Adams and Shane Taylor, Director and Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, here to talk about LGBTQ+ inclusion in fraternities and sororities and answer your questions. Drop in anytime during the program.

Queer First Year
5:00 pm, LGBTQ Center (Benson 311)
Sponsored by the LGBTQ Center
An identity space for LGBTQ+ first year undergraduates; join for dinner and community building. You are WELCOME in Queer First Year regardless of where you are in your identity development. Queer First Year is a closed space for first year students who identify as LGBTQ+; registration requested.*

Tim Miller in Performance/Body/Self: A performance, lecture, and rant
5:00 pm, Tedford Mainstage, Scales Fine Arts Center
Sponsored by IPLACe, Department for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the LGBTQ Center, and WFU University Theatre.
Internationally-acclaimed solo performer Tim Miller will perform excerpts from his work and speak about the role performance plays in constellating identity. Known for his charged performance work which takes up the most challenging social texts of our time, Miller will share fierce and funny performance material, and speak about how performance can be used to embolden communities, engage social change and connect people with one another.

Ice Cream Social
5:30—6:30 pm, Counseling Center (Reynolda 117)
Sponsored by the University Counseling Center
Drop in to the Counseling Center for an open house, where students can meet staff, see offices and the layout of the Center, and ask any questions about services, staff, and more! Attendees will also be invited to provide feedback and suggestions on counseling services, especially as they relate to students who identify as LGBTQ+ — all while enjoying a delicious sweet treat!

Monday, October 22

Bi the Way
5:30 pm, LGBTQ Center (Benson 311)
Sponsored by the LGBTQ Center
An identity space for folks who are bisexual, pansexual, queer, or use another term denoting attraction to people of more than one gender; join for dinner and community building. You are WELCOME in Bi the Way regardless of where you are in your identity development. Bi the Way is a closed space for students who identify with this community; registration requested.*

Tuesday, October 23

T Time
6:00 pm, LGBTQ Center (Benson 311)
Sponsored by the LGBTQ Center
An identity space for students who are trans, genderqueer, non-binary, or identify with another gender outside of cisgender men and women; join for dinner and community building. You are WELCOME in T Time regardless of where you are in your identity development. T Time is a closed space for students who identify with this community; registration requested.*

Film Screening: Hedwig and the Angry Inch
7:00 pm, Greene Hall 340
Sponsored by German and Russian Departments
This 2001 rock musical tells the story of Hedwig, a transgender woman who leaves East Berlin for America and tours the country with her punk-rock band. Introduction by Molly Knight, Assistant Teaching Professor of German.

Wednesday, October 25

Young, Effeminate, and Strange: The Debut of Truman Capote
3:30 pm, DeTamble Auditorium, Tribble Hall
Sponsored by the Department for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
How and why, in a time of homophobia and closeted homosexuality, did an openly gay writer become a mass-market celebrity? Dr. Jeff Solomon (WGS and English) will speak from his 2017 book, So Famous and So Gay: The Fabulous Potency of Truman Capote and Gertrude Stein, to explore how Truman Capote profited rather than suffered from his homosexuality at a time when queer authors were not allowed in the public sphere unless they were degraded or heavily censored. Capote, however, used his fierce, effeminate portraits and his outrageous personality to become one of the most celebrated writers of his day.

Wellbeing Wednesday: Painting with Pride
4:00 pm, Reynolds Living Room, Reynolds Gym
Sponsored by the Office of Wellbeing
This week’s Wellbeing Wednesday will teach participants about meditative painting, a creative mindfulness technique, and celebrate Queer History Month! Materials provided—bring your creativity and make a masterpiece!

Ace Space
6:00 pm, LGBTQ Center (Benson 311)
Sponsored by the LGBTQ Center
An identity space for students who identify as asexual and/or aromantic; join for dinner and community building. You are WELCOME in Ace Space regardless of where you are in your identity development. Ace Space is a closed space for students who identify with this community; registration requested.*

Thursday, October 25

Centering LGBTQ Voices Worship Service
11:00 am, Davis Chapel, Wingate Hall
Sponsored by Kaleidoscope, School of Divinity, Office of Spiritual Life
This worship service celebrating the diversity of human identities and affirming the unique gifts of LGBTQ persons will be designed and led by Kaleidoscope, the School of Divinity’s student organization for LGBTQ community, advocacy, and education, in conjunction with the Office of Spiritual Life. The service will center LGBTQ voices, affirm the theological value of LGBTQ persons and their gifts, acknowledge faith communities’ roles in the oppression and deaths of LGBTQ people, and envision faith communities as sanctuary for LGBTQ people.

C3: Reflections on Queer History Month 2018
3:00—4:00 pm, LGBTQ Center (Benson 311)
Sponsored by the LGBTQ Center
Our final C3: Building Community over Coffee and Conversation of the month invites you to share your responses and feedback to our inaugural Queer History Month. Want to follow up on a program, make suggestions, or find out how to continue being involved? This is the space! Drop in any time during the program.

The World of Work: You Belong
5:00 pm, LGBTQ Center (Benson 311)
Sponsored by the Office of Personal and Career Development
A conversation with LGBTQ+ students and allies about navigating the world of work. We will discuss writing your resume, searching for internships and jobs, and transitioning into the workplace.

Sex Ed and Queer History Trivia
7:00 pm, Law School Auditorium, Worrell Hall
Sponsored by Wake Forest Law, OutLaw (LGBT+ organization), Wake Forest Law If/when/how (Lawyering for Reproductive Justice)
This event is designed to educate students about what is taught in, as well as what is omitted from, sex education and history. Additionally, this event will provide useful sex education information to students, who may be surprised by their own lack of sexual health knowledge. The larger purpose is to help students realize the importance of comprehensive, age-appropriate, medically accurate sex and sexuality education. It emphasizes an inclusive space for LGBT+ identities.

Friday, October 26

RENT: Taking a Closer Look at Representation of Queer Relationships
4:30 pm, Recovery Lounge (Reynolds 113B, down the hall from the Safe Office)
Sponsored by the Safe Office, Recovery Active Deacs, and the LGBTQ Center
Are you more of a Maureen or a Joanne? A Collins or an Angel? For queer folks, it can be hard to find examples of loving, queer relationships on the big screen. Join us during Queer History Month as we watch the movie that helped shatter the stigma of living and loving across sexuality and the gender binary. During the screening, we will provide activities and resources to discuss elements of healthy queer relationships and how they are (or aren’t) represented in media. The Safe Office and the LGBTQ Center are excited to host a screening of RENT; the film version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical about Bohemians in the East Village of New York City struggling with life, love and AIDS, and the impacts they have on America.

Monday, October 29

Closing Reception for Queer History Month 2018
6:00 pm, home of Dean Goldstein
Sponsored by Dean Adam Goldstein and Family
As WFU’s inaugural Queer History Month celebration comes to a close, Dean Goldstein and his family invite all members of Wake Forest’s LGBTQ and ally community to join together for a reception at his home. This will be an opportunity to meet others, enjoy community together, and close out an exciting month on campus. Registration requested.*

Wednesday, October 31

Safe Zone Lunch and Learn: The Future of LGBTQ History
12:00 pm, LGBTQ Center (Benson 311)
Sponsored by the LGBTQ Center
This month’s Safe Zone Lunch and Learn program will explore the future of LGBTQ history—in an increasingly digital and fast-moving world, how will future generations learn about the experiences of LGBTQ+ people today? We will examine some current efforts to document queer history and experiences, past, present, and future. Bring your lunch—dessert will be provided! Registration available but not required.

Throughout the Month

Highlighting and Celebrating LGBTQ Business Leaders
Digital Screens, Farrell Hall
Sponsored by the WFU School of Business
Check out digital screens throughout Farrell Hall throughout the month of October to learn about LGBTQ business leaders who are WFU business alumni.

Celebrating Queer Women
Digital Screens, throughout campus
Sponsored by the Women’s Center and the LGBTQ Center
As you travel across campus this month, check out digital screens (including ZSR Library, Reynolds Gym, Benson, and more!) to learn about queer women from a variety of fields, including artists, writers, athletes, activists, and even some notable WFU alumnae!

Past Events

October 1 – October 5

Queer Latinx Activists and Advocates
Benson 3rd Floor Rotunda
Sponsored by the LGBTQ Center
The Queer Latinx Activists and Advocates poster series will be on display throughout the first week of October, in recognition of the overlap of Latinx Heritage Month and Queer History Month. Learn about the intersectional lives and legacies of queer Latinx activists and advocates, past and present.

Tuesday, October 2

Lunch with Queer Voices Panelists
12:30 — 2:00 pm, LGBTQ Center (Benson 311)
Sponsored by the LGBTQ Center
Drop in for lunch and to connect with our Queer Voices panelists, all LGBTQ alumni of WFU.

Queer Voices: The State of our Queer Union
6:00 pm, Pugh Auditorium
Sponsored by the Wake Forest University Humanities Institute with support made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the LGBTQ Center, the Mentoring Resource Center, the Office of the Provost, and the Wake Forest School of Law.
This exciting event, the keynote event for our inaugural Queer History Month, will feature a panel of WFU LGBTQ alumni representing a variety of fields, such as law, policy, advocacy, organizing, and the arts. They will speak to the state of our queer union from their lenses and share unique, current perspectives with our community. A reception will follow the panel.

Film Screening: Aimee and Jaguar
7:00 pm, Greene Hall 341
Sponsored by German & Russian Departments
Join us for this special screening of Aimee and Jaguar (1999), which tells the dramatic story of a love affair between a Nazi officer’s wife and a Jewish woman in wartime Berlin. Introduction by Grant McAllister, Associate Professor of German. In German with English subtitles.

Wednesday, October 3

C3: Queer Latinx Community and Advocacy
3:00—4:00 pm, LGBTQ Center (Benson 311)
Sponsored by LGBTQ Center and the Pro Humanitate Institute
This week’s C3: Building Community over Coffee and Conversation will feature special guest Irving Zavaleta, Coordinator for Social Justice Education at PHI, sharing his experiences as a queer Latinx organizer and advocate. Drop in anytime during the program.

Thursday, October 4

Opening Reception for Out for Now: An Intergenerational LGBTQ Artist Exhibition
6:00—7:30 pm, SECCA
Sponsored by the LGBTQ Center and SECCA (Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art)
Out for Now: An Intergenerational LGBTQ Artist Exhibition, curated by senior Change Agent Austin Hill, will be on display at SECCA October 4 through 17.The exhibition will feature art from members of the WFU and local Winston-Salem communities. Admission to SECCA is free for everyone The drop-in opening reception will feature light refreshments and remarks and allow attendees to be among the first to view the collection.

October 4 and October 5

Safe Zone Workshop
1:30—4:30 pm, Benson 410 (October 4)
1:30—4:30 pm, Wake Downtown 1615 (October 5) – THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED, PLEASE EMAIL LGBTQ@nullWFU.EDU FOR RESCHEDULING INFORMATION.
Sponsored by LGBTQ Center
The Safe Zone program is an in-depth, interactive presentation designed to educate Wake Forest faculty, staff, and students about the LGBTQ community. Registration requested.*

Tuesday, October 9

Lunch with author Michael Arceneaux
12:30 pm, LGBTQ Center (Benson 311)
Sponsored by the LGBTQ Center and the Anna Julia Cooper Center
Join the LGBTQ Center for lunch with visiting author Michael Arceneaux; participants will receive a free copy of his book I Can’t Date Jesus. Registration requested.*

I Can’t Date Jesus: A Conversation on Race, Sexuality, and the Church with Wade Davis, Featuring Author Michael Arceneaux
6:30 pm, Bookmarks (downtown WS)
Sponsored by the Anna Julia Cooper Center, in conjunction with Bookmarks, Wake Forest University, Intercultural Center, LGBTQ Center and Outlaw
Join us in welcoming author Michael Arceneaux for a discussion of his new book I Can’t Date Jesus! : Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyoncé. Arceneaux will be in conversation with Wade Davis, former NFL player and LGBTQ+ activist. This instant New York Times bestseller is a collection of essays both hysterical and existential that explore family, race, sex, and faith in terms of Arceneaux’s lived experiences as a gay, black man growing up in the southern United States. Book signing to follow.