Queer History Month

Each October, the WFU LGBTQ+ Center recognizes and celebrates Queer History Month (QHM). For us, QHM reflects upon and learns from the past while also uplifting the idea that we are constantly creating our own histories as individuals, collectives, and communities. Plus, June, which is celebrated as Pride month, is a tough time to come together in community since it is during the summer!

Queer History Month 2021

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Trans Dudes with Lady Cancer Film Screening + Panel

Hosted by the Women’s Center, Student Health Service, and LGBTQ+ Center

6:00 – 7:30 pm    |    Zoom, WFU students, faculty, and staff invited to watch in ZSR Auditorium

RSVP Requested

Trans Dudes with Lady Cancer is a short, award-winning documentary that follows the experiences of two transgender men who have been diagnosed with cancers traditionally understood to impact women – breast cancer and cervical cancer. The film explores their experiences and discusses the challenges to inclusion and equitable access many LGBTQ+ patients face when accessing the health care system. After the film, there will be a panel discussion featuring the filmmakers and a local physician who is the Gender Affirming Program Director for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, moderated by WFU’s own faculty in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Dr. Kristina Gupta. 

Participants may view and participate in the entire event from their preferred location, or, WFU students, faculty, and staff are invited to gather together to screen the event in the ZSR Auditorium. Light refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

D.E.A.C. Allies: Skill Development + Practice

Hosted by the LGBTQ+ Center

9:00 – 11:00 am    |    Zoom

RSVP Required

D.E.A.C. (Developing Empowering and Affirming Communities) Allies is a workshop series designed to build participants’ knowledge and skills through a scaffolded learning approach. Workshops are designed to deepen knowledge around topics of sexual orientation and gender, and to equip participants with skills for building intentionally inclusive communities that welcome people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Skill Development and Practice is the third workshop in the core trio and is primarily focused on providing space for D.E.A.C. Allies to put their knowledge into practice. This highly interactive workshop will include opportunities for reflection, dialogue, practice, and more. 

Rainbow Rendezvous: DIY Cupcake Decorating

Hosted by the LGBTQ+ Center

4:30 – 6:00 pm    |  LGBTQ+ Center (Benson 311)

Thursday, October 28, 2021 

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Queer First Year

Hosted by the LGBTQ+ Center

6:00 pm    |  LGBTQ+ Center (Benson 311)

RSVP Requested

LGBTQ+ and questioning first year students are invited to join for our bi-weekly Queer First Year identity space – an opportunity for our Class of 2025 LGBTQ+ students to gather and build community with one another. Dinner is served. Identity spaces are caucus spaces open only to WFU students who identify as a part of the community named. 

Friday, October 29, 2021

Crochet Your Own LG(Bee)Ts 

Hosted by the Fiber Arts Club

6:00 pm    |    LGBTQ+ Center (Benson 311)

RSVP Requested

Come join us as we learn to crochet LG(bee)T pride bees! No experience is necessary and all supplies will be free. If you do not know how to crochet, we will spend the first few minutes of the meeting explaining how to crochet and the basic stitches you will need for this project. All are welcome to join

The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer

Directed by Brook Davis, Hosted by the Department of Theatre and Dance

7:30 pm    |    Tedford Stage, Scales Fine Arts Center

In the early 1980s, one man rose up and helped lead an army to fight an ignored plague.  Larry Kramer’s largely-autobiographical play, The Normal Heart, explores the politics, fear, anger, and frustration he experienced during the early years of the AIDS crisis in New York.  This year, 2021, marks the 40th anniversary of the first cases of the disease later to be known as AIDS.  Kramer’s The Normal Heart is a profound, tragic history lesson for audience members too young to remember this dark time in America, as well as those old enough to see the parallels between then and now.  Tickets will be available online at theatre.wfu.edu and at the box office (336-758-5295) starting October 12.

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Festival on the Quad

Hosted as part of Homecoming 2021

TBD    |    Hearn Plaza

Festival on the Quad is one of our long-standing traditions at Homecoming, and it is a festive event for everyone in the Wake Forest community–alumni, faculty, staff, friends, and family members. The LGBTQ+ Center will have a table and invites all members of our community, especially alumni of our #LGBTQatWFU family, to drop by to connect, reminisce, learn about our 10th anniversary celebration in the spring, and more!

The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer

Directed by Brook Davis, Hosted by the Department of Theatre and Dance

7:30 pm    |    Tedford Stage, Scales Fine Arts Center

In the early 1980s, one man rose up and helped lead an army to fight an ignored plague.  Larry Kramer’s largely-autobiographical play, The Normal Heart, explores the politics, fear, anger, and frustration he experienced during the early years of the AIDS crisis in New York.  This year, 2021, marks the 40th anniversary of the first cases of the disease later to be known as AIDS.  Kramer’s The Normal Heart is a profound, tragic history lesson for audience members too young to remember this dark time in America, as well as those old enough to see the parallels between then and now.  Tickets will be available online at theatre.wfu.edu and at the box office (336-758-5295) starting October 12.

Sunday, October 31, 2021

The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer

Directed by Brook Davis, Hosted by the Department of Theatre and Dance

2:00 pm    |    Tedford Stage, Scales Fine Arts Center

In the early 1980s, one man rose up and helped lead an army to fight an ignored plague.  Larry Kramer’s largely-autobiographical play, The Normal Heart, explores the politics, fear, anger, and frustration he experienced during the early years of the AIDS crisis in New York.  This year, 2021, marks the 40th anniversary of the first cases of the disease later to be known as AIDS.  Kramer’s The Normal Heart is a profound, tragic history lesson for audience members too young to remember this dark time in America, as well as those old enough to see the parallels between then and now.  Tickets will be available online at theatre.wfu.edu and at the box office (336-758-5295) starting October 12.

Throughout the Semester

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LGBTQ+ in STEM Issues and Advocacy

Hosted by Professor of Engineering Dr. Patricia Clayton

Tuesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm    |    Wake Downtown Room 1609

Registration Requested

Interested in learning more about research on the experiences of LGBTQ+ students in STEM? Want to incorporate this scholarly work into your advocacy for inclusive learning and work environments? Join the LGBTQ+ in STEM reading group. Students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds and identities are welcome–no previous experience required. The group meets weekly; in the spring, meetings will be held on the Reynolda campus.

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In, Out, and In-Between

Hosted by the Safe Office and the University Counseling Center

Mondays, 2:00 pm    |     Zoom

Join trained mental health professionals for a weekly group counseling experience created and facilitated for queer and transgender students. Email the facilitators, Bethany Miller [they/them] (millerb@nullwfu.edu) and Joshua Ziesel [he/him] (zieseljp@nullwfu.edu), with questions or to receive meeting information.

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Means of Identification: New Acquisitions to the WFU Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art

Hosted by the Hanes Art Gallery

M-F, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday 1:00 – 5:00 pm    |     Hanes Art Gallery, Scales Fine Arts Center

Throughout the Fall Semester (August 23-December 10) the Hanes Gallery will be showing the exhibition “Means of Identification: New Acquisitions to the WFU Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art.” This body of work selected by the Student Union Art Acquisition Committee, includes work by nine artists which explore themes of identity and the exploration of gender, race, sexuality, nationality and heritage.  Learn more.

Monday, October 4, 2021

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Queer Philology: A Proculloquium Classicum by Shane Butler

Hosted by the Department of Classics

3:30 pm   |  Tribble Hall A303 and on Zoom

RSVP Requested

This lecture examines the relationship between philology, the historic core of Classics itself, and queerness. One aspect of this relationship is, surely, what we might call the philology of queerness: that is to say, the development of delicate methods and of finely tuned critical ears in order to “detect” queer meaning in texts, albeit often between the lines, beneath the surface, or in the margins. But a more ambitious investigation reveals philology and queerness themselves to be kindred spirits, both predicated on a final refusal of meaning to reveal itself in any simple, straightforward, unambiguous way. If criticism is, etymologically, a “choice” between this or that reading, then the broader philological practices leading to that (often deferred) choice instead foreground indeterminacy itself. Taking a few examples from the Miscellanies of Renaissance humanist and philologist Angelo Poliziano and a few more from A. E. Housman a century ago, interspersed with reminiscences of my own classical education and queer activism, Prof. Butler shall explore how this foregrounding works and why it might matter.

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Queer History Month Opening Reception

Hosted by Dean Adam Goldstein and Family and the LGBTQ+ Center

5:30 – 7:30 pm   |  Reynolda Hall Patio (outside the Green Room)

RSVP Requested

Members of our #LGBTQatWFU family are invited by Dean Adam Goldstein and his family to gather together in community and in celebration of Queer History Month. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome; heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Trivia Night, Tuesday, October 5, at 7:00 pm

LGBTQ+ Trivia Night with OutLaw and QWS

Hosted by OutLaw (WFU School of Law) and Queer Winston Salem

7:00 pm   |  Joymongers Barrell Hall

Ready to test your knowledge? Join OutLaw and Queer Winston Salem for a fun, free opportunity to test your knowledge of all things LGBTQ+! Categories include US and World Queer History, Queer TV, Movies, and Anthems, and general Queer culture – so grab some friends and get ready to compete! 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Business strategies in fulfilling our mission to the LGBTQ Community: A Conversation with Novant Health

Business strategies in fulfilling our mission to the LGBTQ community: a conversation with Novant Health

Hosted by the WFU School of Business

5:00 – 6:00 pm   |  Broyhill Auditorium,Farrell Hall

RSVP Requested

Join the WFUSB for an event with representatives from Novant Health as they discuss how they’ve been working to create and implement business strategies to improve the patient care of the LGBTQ community. 

Monday, October 11, 2021

National Coming Out Day Community Celebration

Hosted by the LGBTQ+ Center

2:30 – 5:00 pm    |  Manchester Plaza (Benson 3rd Floor Rotunda if raining)

All are invited to celebrate with us on National Coming Out Day! We’ll have a NCOD photo booth, snacks and activities, and plenty of giveaways — including our brand new LGBTQ+ Center beanies! Plan to be there at 4:30 to be a part of our community photo, complete with rainbow headgear!

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Identity Space: QTPOC Connections

Hosted by the LGBTQ+ Center

6:00 pm    |  LGBTQ+ Center (Benson 311)

RSVP Requested

Queer and trans students of color are invited to join for our monthly QTPOC Connections identity space – an opportunity for BIPOC LGBTQ+ and questioning students to gather and build community with one another. Dinner is served.  Identity spaces are caucus spaces open only to WFU students (graduate students may attend) who identify as a part of the community named. This month QTPOC Connections will gather for dinner before visiting the Means of Identification exhibit on a special tour.

Queer Intimacy: LGBTQ+ Sex Education & Deconstructing Shame

Hosted by the Riotous Black Girl Society and the Intersectional Feminist Collective, sponsored by the LGBTQ+ Center and Women’s Center

7:00 pm   |    SJI Lounge (Kitchen)

Learn what it means to define safe queer sex in terms of our bodies and our mental wellness. In this Socratic session, we are diving deep into the mechanics of sexual safety and thinking about what it means to be queer sex-positive. As shame continues to mark our communities and relationships how do we deconstruct it for ourselves and others in the moments before we touch? Join this special event to find out.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Identity Space: T Time

Hosted by the LGBTQ+ Center

6:00 pm    |  LGBTQ+ Center (Benson 311)

RSVP Requested

Trans, non-binary, genderqueer, and genderquestioning students are invited to join our monthly T Time identity space – an opportunity for students with gender experiences outside of being cisgender women and men) to gather and build community with one another. Students questioning their gender identity or how they understand themselves in the context of gender are welcome. Dinner is served; this month’s activity will be creating gender expression mood/vision board collages! Identity spaces are caucus spaces open only to WFU students (graduate students may attend) who identify as a part of the community named.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

D.E.A.C. Allies: LGBTQ+ 101

Hosted by the LGBTQ+ Center

9:30 – 11:00 am    |   Zoom

Registration Required

D.E.A.C. (Developing Empowering and Affirming Communities) Allies is a workshop series designed to build participants’ knowledge and skills through a scaffolded learning approach. Workshops are designed to deepen knowledge around topics of sexual orientation and gender, and to equip participants with skills for building intentionally inclusive communities that welcome people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. LGBTQ 101 is the first workshop in the core trio and offers a general introduction into the LGBTQ+ community, including expanding and questioning assumptions, discussing terminology, and analyzing the experiences of LGBTQ+ people within our communities. 

My Shelf to Yours: Queer History Month Edition

Hosted by the Intercultural Center

12:00 pm    |   Intercultural Center (Benson 346)

This event allows individuals to select a book by a Queer identified author. This carefully curated collection will feature a wide range of genres.

Dismantling the Inherent Privilege of Self Care

Hosted by the WFU Wellbeing Collaborative and the Office of Wellbeing, with sponsorship from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Slavery, Race, and Memory Project

1:00 – 4:30 pm   |    Zoom

Registration Required

The current understanding and practice of mainstream self-care is rooted in privilege, capitalism, and colonialism. Self-care is often presented as an individualistic approach to supporting one person’s mental health. Self-care alone fails to acknowledge a) the overlapping systems of oppression that affect well-being and b) the role of community care. Collectively, we will dismantle self-care through exploration of anti-oppression framework(s), Trauma Stewardship, The Healing Justice Framework, and Community Cultural Wealth.

Classics Beyond Whiteness Reads Matt Ortile on “Rice Queens, Dairy Queens”

Hosted by the Department of Classics

4:00 pm    |   Tribble A303 and on Zoom

RSVP Requested

What do Greek statues have to do with underwear models?  And what do they both have to do with racism?  Author and BuzzFeed Philippines founder Matt Ortile explores the intersections and his own sense of who’s hot in a chapter of his recent book, “The Groom Will Keep His Name: And Other Vows I’ve Made About Race, Resistance, and Romance.”  Meredith Talusan has called the book “a daring brown and queer manifesto that proclaims to everyone making our way in the world: never bow to the false gods of whiteness and normalcy” — and in this one-shot reading group, we’ll find out how those false gods sometimes look like actual Greek and Roman ones.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

D.E.A.C. Allies Special Topics: Queer + Latinx

Hosted by the LGBTQ+ Center

2:00 – 3:00 pm    |    Zoom

RSVP Required

D.E.A.C. (Developing Empowering and Affirming Communities) Allies is a workshop series designed to build participants’ knowledge and skills through a scaffolded learning approach. Workshops are designed to deepen knowledge around topics of sexual orientation and gender, and to equip participants with skills for building intentionally inclusive communities that welcome people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. This DEAC Allies special topic session will focus on the intersections of LGBTQ+ and Latinx identities and experiences.

Change Agents Information Session

Hosted by the LGBTQ+ Center

4:00 – 5:00 pm    |    LGBTQ+ Center (Benson 311)

The LGBTQ+ Center is excited to bring back our signature student leadership development program, the Change Agents, for 2022! Change Agents serve as ambassadors for the LGBTQ+ Center, develop and implement campus and community change-making projects, and learn together in a supportive community that centers and celebrates LGBTQ+ identities. Drop in to learn more about the Change Agent program, connect with previous classes of Change Agents, and ask any questions you may have about the program. 

Sex Week 2021: Consent and Resource Fair

Hosted by the Office of Wellbeing, Women’s Center, LGBTQ+ Center, Safe Office, and PREPARE

3:00 – 5:00 pm    |    Manchester Plaza

Drop by the quad to learn about different organizations and resources available on campus, as well as participate in fun activities related to consent, boundaries, and more.

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Queer First Year

Hosted by the LGBTQ+ Center

6:00 pm    |  LGBTQ+ Center (Benson 311)

RSVP Requested

LGBTQ+ and questioning first year students are invited to join for our bi-weekly Queer First Year identity space – an opportunity for our Class of 2025 LGBTQ+ students to gather and build community with one another. Dinner is served. Identity spaces are caucus spaces open only to WFU students who identify as a part of the community named. 

Friday, October 15, 2021

Art and Activism as Radical Collaboration: Micah Bazant’s Reimagined Dimensions of Trans Justice

Hosted by the Jewish Studies Program, the LGBTQ+ Center, the Art Department, and Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies

4:30 pm    |   Annenberg Forum, Carswell Hall Room 111

Micah Bazant will present on their work of the past two decades, collaborating with movements for queer and trans liberation and racial and disability justice to reimagine the world. In conversation with Professor Mir Yarfitz, Bazant will inspire students about the crucial role of art in social change, and how we can ethically collaborate, build solidarity, and make cultural reparations. Bazant will share visual case studies from successful campaigns that have helped win material change, build power, and transform the dominant narratives about marginalized communities.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Reimagining the Queer Experience through Reynolda’s Collection

Hosted by Reynolda, WFU Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the LGBTQ+ Center

3:00 – 4:30 pm    |   Reynolda House Museum of American Art

RSVP Requested

LGBTQ+ American artists in the twentieth century created lasting impacts within art circles and the wider queer communities. In dialogue with Curator Allison Slaby, artist and aspiring museum professional Maggie Trumpower will examine works by queer artists in Reynolda’s permanent collection. Together they will examine subjects, symbolism, and connections between artists like Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. The event is open to the public and free with advanced registration. 

Monday, October 18, 2021

LGBTQ+ Abroad

Hosted by the Center for Global Programs and Studies

3:00 – 4:00 pm    |    LGBTQ+ Center (Benson 311)

Did you know more than 80% of WFU study abroad during their undergraduate studies? Learning abroad provides unique opportunities for personal growth and cultural competency development, as well as creating memories that will last for life! Interested in studying abroad but have concerns related to your experience as an LGBTQ+ students? Have general questions you would like to talk through with a knowledgeable advisor? Not sure if study abroad is for you? Drop by the LGBTQ+ Center to connect with Study Abroad Advisors from the Center for Global Programs and Studies to learn about study abroad options, ask questions, and get resources for curating your study abroad experience.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Pumpkin Painting

Hosted by Residence Life and Housing

5:00 pm    |   Angelou Residence Hall

RSVP Requested (coming soon)

Join Residence Life and Housing for a fun evening of crafting where you can create your own pumpkin decoration in celebration of Halloween — spooky? Cute? You decide! You’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about the LGBTQ+ Center and Queer History Month and pick up some LGBTQ+ Center swag! 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

D.E.A.C. Allies: The Gender Binary and Beyond

Hosted by the LGBTQ+ Center

9:30 – 11:00 am    |   Zoom

RSVP Required

D.E.A.C. (Developing Empowering and Affirming Communities) Allies is a workshop series designed to build participants’ knowledge and skills through a scaffolded learning approach. Workshops are designed to deepen knowledge around topics of sexual orientation and gender, and to equip participants with skills for building intentionally inclusive communities that welcome people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. The Gender Binary and Beyond is the second workshop in the core trio and centers on gender, including gender identity, gender expression, and analyzing the myriad ways individuals may experience gender. Participants will develop skills for ensuring spaces and practices are inclusive for people of all genders. 

Lavender Menace

Hosted by the LGBTQ+ Center

6:00 pm    |  LGBTQ+ Center (Benson 311)

RSVP Requested

Lavender Menace invites women who have a sexual and/or romantic attraction to women to be in community with one another. Lavender Menace is explicitly a trans-inclusive space, and non-binary people who are comfortable in a space that centers the experiences of women are welcome. Dinner is served. Identity spaces are caucus spaces open only to WFU students (graduate students are welcome) who identify as a part of the community named.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Rainbow Rendezvous: Get ‘Inked’ 

Hosted by the LGBTQ+ Center

3:30 – 5:00 pm    |  LGBTQ+ Center (Benson 311)

Rainbow Rendezvous is our weekly casual student-led and student-centered drop-in space, with a new activity, craft, conversation topic, or all of the above and more happening each week! This week Gabby and Jack are hosting a temporary tattoo party — so drop by the LGBTQ+ Center on Thursday to get some fresh [temporary] ink with tons of designs available!

Friday, October 22, 2021

WFQ Lunch

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Davis Field, Tent B (closest to Scales)

RSVP Requested 

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Change Agents Information Session

Hosted by the LGBTQ+ Center

1:00 – 2:00 pm    |    LGBTQ+ Center

The LGBTQ+ Center is excited to bring back our signature student leadership development program, the Change Agents, for 2022! Change Agents serve as ambassadors for the LGBTQ+ Center, develop and implement campus and community change-making projects, and learn together in a supportive community that centers and celebrates LGBTQ+ identities. Drop in to learn more about the Change Agent program, connect with previous classes of Change Agents, and ask any questions you may have about the program. 

Soul Sessions: Creative Expression in Community

Hosted by the LGBTQ+ Center

7:00 pm     |     Zick’s Underground

Calling all writers, singers, artists, dancers, and more — share your craft at Soul Sessions, a showcase of creative expression during Queer History Month as an homage to the creative members of the LGBTQ+ community that came before us. LGBTQ+ identities and experiences will be centered, but you do not have to identify as LGBTQ+ to participate, and any art form is welcomed. All are invited to be in supportive community and witness the gifts shared. Snacks will be served. Please register here if you would like to perform.

Monday, October 25, 2021

iLab Lunch & Learn: “There’s Levels to This” (Re)Engaging Queer and Trans* Students of Color

Hosted by the Intercultural Center

12:00 pm    |    Zoom

RSVP Required

Within this session we will grapple with how QTPOC students navigate their minoritized sexual, gender, and racial identities within collegiate environments and how our campuses can best engage these students.  

Queer History Month 2020

Calendar of events for Queer History Month 2020, all information can be found on linked site

Queer History Month 2019

Queer History Month calendar 2019

Check out a selection of the events from QHM 2019 below. Want to see the full listing? Click here.

CommmUNITY Fair 3-5 pm October 1
Flyer for Rainbow Yoga held October 2019 hosted by Student Union
Announcement of Film Screening for the Last Black Man in San Francisco held October 4, 2019
Flyer for Examining Allyship Call to Conversation held October 2019
Flyer for Trans Studies Panel held October 2019 as part of Queer History Month
Flyer for Dinner Rolls not Gender Roles Call to Conversation held October 2019

Queer History Month 2018

Queer History Month 2018 Calendar