Coalition of LBGT Student Organizations Announces:
National Coming Out Day 2005
(Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI) - MSU's celebration of National Coming Out Day begins on Thursday, October 7th, and continues through Sunday, October 16th. National Coming Out Day is Tuesday, October 11th, the anniversary of the 1987 march on Washington, DC, and display of the NAMES AIDS quilt. National Coming Out Day activities seek to further awareness and acceptance of lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender people. On the MSU campus, events have grown from a day of events honoring the lives and accomplishments of LBGT persons to a full week of rallies, workshops, social events, and more.
This year, the week will begin with Moral Obligations, a play written by Todd Heywood and presented by Sunsets with Shakespeare. Inspired by the tragic murder of Matthew Shepherd, Moral Obligations is a powerful and moving performance illustrating violence towards the LGBTA community.
There will be several workshops and discussions during the week. In recognition of Indigenous People's Day, a discussion on Two Spirit and LBGT identities in Native American culture will be held on Monday. On Thursday, participants can savor trans tacos and genderqueer guacamole while testing their knowledge at the Question Gender Quiz Bowl. All are encouraged to attend. The LBGT rights movement wouldn't be where it is today without the 'A'. The LGBT Ally "Safe Zone" Training program is designed to teach people how they can be an effective ally to the LBGT Community.
We are excited to welcome Colin Kennedy Donovon as our keynote presenter for the week. Colin describes eirself as "an anti-racist Irish/English/German/Spanish "white" physically (dis)abled genderqueer trans activist, performer, educator and writer." On Tuesday, Colin will be hosting an Interactive, Theater Based Anti-Racism Workshop followed by a reading and discussion in the evening.
A variety of social events are also planned for the week. Students won't need to settle for fast food on Sunday when the cafeterias are closed. The BBQ at the Rock will offer fantastic food and plenty of fun. On Saturday, the annual Fruit Bowl queer sporting event continues this year. Spartans and participants from Lansing Community College, Eastern Michigan University, Western Michigan University, Central Michigan University, our friendly rival, the University of Michigan are all invited! We'll have friendly competition, and of course, fruit. Everyone can enjoy a cup of coffee and the creative works of your peers at the annual Poetry Slam on Friday at Espresso Royale. This is a great opportunity to share your work or experience what others have written. Closing out the week on the second Saturday, the Sweetest Day for LBGTA Dance this year will feature homecoming court, a corsage craft and DJ Aviance. This October, MSU will continue its 150th anniversary celebration with the Sesquicentennial Parade. Come march with MSU LBGTA organizations and our fabulous float!
LBGTA information will be offered in the Wells hall area on Monday and Wednesday. Stonewall Democrats will be holding a table on Monday to answer your questions. National Coming Out Day event information and copies of the new Q*News "Tricks And Treats" Issue will be available for pick up both days. In celebration of National Coming Out Day, the work of queer photographer and MSU graduate Nip Dendron will be on display in Barista Cafe as part of their "Art on the Wall" series.
A schedule follows. Visit the website of the Alliance of LBGT students at http://www.msu.edu/~alliance/upcoming
Photo exhibit by queer photographer and MSU alum Nip Dendron
October 4-18, Barista Cafe, Case Hall.
Hours M-F 7:30AM- 11:30PM
Sa-Su 3:30 - 11:30PM
A play by Todd Heywood and presented by Sunsets with Shakespeare
Friday, October 7th at 7:00PM by Beaumont Tower
Rain Location: 128 Natural Science
A discussion will follow at 8:15PM in 128 Natural Science
March with MSU LBGTA groups
Saturday, October 8th
Lineup begins before 11AM at the Frandor Shopping Center. The parade will travel east on Michigan Avenue to Grand River Avenue to Collingwood Drive. See http://www.s150.msu.edu
Queer sporting event
Saturday, October 8th from 12:00p -3:00p at Auditorium Field.
Sunday, October 9th from 4-8PM at the Rock
Stonewall Democrats Tables
Monday, October 10th 9AM - 5PM in Wells Hall courtyard
Monday, October 10th
7:30PM, tentatively in the PRIDE Room (Landon Hall basement, follow the signs)
Colin Kennedy Donovan
Trans/Genderqueer (Dis)ability Anti-Racist Activist
Tuesday, October 11th
- Anti-Racism for White Folks: An Interactive, Theater Based Workshop
11AM - 2PM in 13 & 13A in the Student Services Building
- Reading and Discussion
7PM in the Writing Center (300 Bessey Hall)
Wednesday, October 12th
8AM - 5PM in Wells Hall courtyard
Question Gender Quiz Bowl
Thursday, October 13th at 8PM in 441 Union
Friday, October 14th from 8-10:30PM at Espresso Royale
Sweetest Day for LBGTA Dance
Saturday, October 15th from 8PM -12AM in the International Center
LGBT Ally "Safe Zone" Training
Sunday, October 16th from 2-5:00PM, Room 13, Student Services Building.
Again, for an up-to-date schedule of events, visit our website, http://www.msu.edu/~alliance/upcoming
These events are sponsored by the Alliance of LBGT Students; PRISM; Spectrum; BRIGHT; RING; PRIDE; Office of LBGT Concerns; Same Gender Loving Students of Color, Internationals and Allies; Q*News; Stonewall Democrats; the University Activities Board, Phi Tau Mu; and the Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU) Programming Board.