National Coming Out Week, Queer MiniCon, Ace and Aro Pride

Fri 10/02

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QGAPS Social

1st Fridays at 3:00 PM and 3rd Thursdays at 5:00 PM.

(Virtual) QGAPS Socials are every First Friday and Third Thursday, and they're a fantastic opportunity to connect with other LGBTQIA+ identifying members of the graduate student community at Carolina!

If you have any questions or accessibility needs, please contact Jay M, Graduate and Professional Student Program Coordinator, at meerajay@email.unc.edu.

Fri 10/02

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Book Club: Recommendations

1st and 3rd Fridays starting 8/21 from 6:30pm - 7:30pm

The LGBTQ Center Book Club is a twice-monthly meeting of lit nerds and casual readers who love to discuss books, fanfic, and other readings with LGBTQIA+ themes. 

Join us tonight to discuss reading recommendations: What are you reading? Tell us what you’ve loved, as well as what you’ve hated!

On October 16th, we’ll be discussing The Song of Achilles and Castle Swimmer at a special NCOD edition of Book Club.

Tue 10/06

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Trans Talk Tuesday

First and Third Tuesdays 6:30pm - 7:30pm on Zoom

Trans Talk Tuesday is a peer support/discussion group for people who identify as transgender, gender non-conforming, or who are questioning their gender. This space is meant to provide community and connection among folks on the basis of gender identity.

The group is open to campus and community members that identify as transgender (in any respect), genderqueer, or who are questioning their gender identity or gender expression.

If you'd like to receive the Zoom info each week, please sign up for the Trans Talk Tuesday email list by emailing the facilitator, Anole, at anole.halper@gmail.com.

Wed 10/07

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Center Ambassadors Mtg

Every other Wednesday starting 8/26 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Ambassadors help LGBTQ Center staff plan and host welcoming events for LGBTQIA+ students at Carolina. You're welcome to drop-in and get a feel for things, participate whenever you are able, and in the ways you feel most comfortable. Duties include:

  • brainstorming with Center staff to come up with awareness strategies and social events
  • helping write and design themed materials
  • helping make the Center's events feel welcoming
  • helping spread awareness about Center programs

If you're interested or curious about helping plan and promote LGBTQ Center events, feel free to join us!

This time we'll be discussing Ace/Aro Pride and Awareness, Intersex Solidarity, and TDORR.

RSVP on HeelLife for Zoom link and instructions.

National Coming Out Day: But Make it a Week! October 6 - 16, 2020. go.unc.edu/ncod

National Coming Out Week @ Carolina

National Coming Out Day is Saturday October 11th. We're celebrating with ten days of events from all over campus from October 6 - 16, 2020.

Visit go.unc.edu/ncod for up-to-date event calendar. Schedule is subject to change.

Tue 10/06

LGBTQ+ Virtual Resource Fair 

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM via Zoom. Hosted by STEM Pride of the Triangle.

Hear from representatives of the LGBTQ+ Centers of UNC, Carrboro, Durham, and Raleigh about resources available to queer folx and allies in the area, and ways that we can all give back to our community. Allies are always welcome!

Wed 10/07

QTPOC Gathering: NCOD Screening of The Watermelon Woman

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM via Zoom. Hosted by QGAPS Initiative.

QTPOC Gathering is a bi-monthly gathering for LGBTQIA+ graduate and professional students of color. It’s a chance for folks to connect, come together, and build community. This will be a special event for National Coming Out Day, featuring a film screening of The Watermelon Woman (1996) and discussion afterwards. Friends and family are welcome to join! 

Please register. Zoom link will be emailed just prior to the event!

If you have any questions or accessibility needs, please contact Jay M, Graduate and Professional Student Program Coordinator, at meerajay@email.unc.edu.

Thu 10/08

Changing the Game Documentary Screening

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM via Zoom. Hosted by School of Education.

The School of Education and The LGBTQ Center at UNC-CH present "Changing the Game," a ground-breaking and award-winning documentary film about transgender student-athletes. Join us on Thursday 10/8 from 7 to 9pm for a screening of the documentary and a Q&A with the producer Alex Schmider. 

Content Warning: This documentary contains transphobia and mentions of suicidality. 

Fri 10/09

Queen on Board, from the series Musas Muxe, 2016 by Nelson Morales, Mexican, born 1982

Artist Conversation with Nelson Morales

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM via Zoom. Hosted by The Ackland.

A free public conversation with photographer Nelson Morales, who will have select photographs from his series Musas Muxe on view at the Ackland. The photographs explore the everyday life of muxes—people who identify as a third gender—of the Oaxaca state of Mexico. Nelson will be joined by Allen Blevins, collector of Morales’ work and lender of several to the Ackland. The conversation will be moderated by Lauren Turner, the Ackland’s Assistant Curator for the Collection.

Free. Zoom registration required.

Fri 10/09: Queer MiniCon 2020 Day 1

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at go.unc.edu/QMC2020. Hosted by the LGBTQ Center.

Carolina’s first-ever Queer MiniCon on October 9 and 13, 2020 showcases LGBTQIA+ research, art, literature, and lived experiences at North Carolina colleges and universities.

Queer MiniCon 2020 is sponsored by The LGBTQ Center, Student Life and Leadership, Sexuality Studies, Pride Place, and Honors Carolina Pride.

Visit go.unc.edu/qmc2020 for up-to-date event calendar. Schedule is subject to change.

Day 1 Presentations

What is it with Queer People and Cryptids?

Oliver Cope, Undergraduate student in Biology and Anthropology

Creating a Welcoming Space for LGBTQ Persons and Families at End of Life

JoAn Stanek, Assistant Professor at School of Nursing

Mindful Self-Compassion for Transgender or Gender Expansive Teens

Melissa Clepper-Faith, Pediatrician and MPH student at Gillings

Transnational Approaches to Transgender Studies

Rachel Warner, PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow in English and Comparative Literature

Keynote

Wayne Loves Baby: Queering Intimacy in Hip-Hop Culture

Antonia Randolph, Assistant Professor in American Studies

Sun 10/11

Naomi Dix against a pink background, wearing pink makeup and accessories.

Image courtesy of Naomi Dix

NEA Big Read at the Ackland: Drag Storytime with Naomi Dix

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM via Zoom. Hosted by The Ackland.

An Arts Endowment initiative in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. The Ackland is one of 84 nonprofit organizations selected to receive an NEA Big Read grant to support a community reading program.

 

As part of the NEA Big Read at the Ackland, we are honored to host a special free storytime with the Chapel Hill Public Library on National Coming Out Day! All ages are welcome.

 

Registration is required. NEA Big Read runs Sunday, October 11, 2020–Friday, December 4, 2020. Visit events.ackland.org for full schedule.

Mon 10/12

QPSS: Dr. Lauren Esposito

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM via Zoom. Hosted by STEM Pride of the Triangle.

STEM Pride of the Triangle is thrilled to host Dr. Lauren Esposito, founder of 500 Queer Scientists and the Schlinger Curator of Arachnology at the California Academy of Science, for our next Queer Perspectives Speaker Series. Hear about the amazing work being done to increase LGBTQ+ visibility from a nationally recognized leader. Allies are always welcome!

Registration is required.

Mon 10/12

Safe Zone After Dark

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM via Zoom. Hosted by The LGBTQ Center.

The Safe Zone program is designed to create a network of visible allies to people who identify as part of the LGBTIQA+ campus community. The trainings provide information and resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. 

This evening edition of our standard training will introduce concepts, terminology and resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. There is a short intermission about half way through.

Registration is required.

Tue 10/13: Queer MiniCon 2020 Day 2

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM at go.unc.edu/QMC2020. Hosted by the LGBTQ Center.

Carolina’s first-ever Queer MiniCon on October 9 and 13, 2020 showcases LGBTQIA+ research, art, literature, and lived experiences at North Carolina colleges and universities.

Queer MiniCon 2020 is sponsored by The LGBTQ Center, Student Life and Leadership, Sexuality Studies, Pride Place, and Honors Carolina Pride.

Visit go.unc.edu/qmc2020 for up-to-date event calendar. Schedule is subject to change.

Day 2 Presentations

Lesbian Connections: Critical Social Network Mapping and Queer Archival Methods

Katelyn Campbell, PhD student in American Studies

Dear Mom: A Quick Look into Cryptids, Growing Up, and Gender

Kaidyn Radford, activist, artist, and Undergraduate student in Communication Studies and Women's & Gender Studies

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Sergio Jiminez, Undergraduate student in Studio Art and Anthropology

Just Mates? The Reality of Pirate Relations in the 'Golden Age'

Nikalus Ward, Undergraduate student at Carolina

Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer, People of Color in Mental Health Services and Substances Abuse Services: A Systematic Review 

Hayden Dawes, LCSW, LCAS, PhD student at School of Social Work

Flipping the Script: Situating the Pink Triangle in Gay History 

Dani Puccio, Undergraduate student in Communication Studies and Women's & Gender Studies

Best Friends Forever: Young Girls' Media and a Sapphic Sensibility 

A Cook, Undergraduate student in Communication Studies

Bad Feelings

Hugo Ljungbäck, MFA candidate in Studio Art

Queering Punk: Queercore 101 

Ashton Thorne, Undergraduate student in Psychology and Philosophy

Disentangling the Differential Impacts of Stress on Risk-taking Behavior in Sexual and Gender Minority Youth 

Curtis Smith, Undergraduate student and researcher in Psychology

The Heterosexual Matrix

Elliot Kimball, Assistant Director of Intercultural Engagement, LGBTQ+ Outreach and Advocacy at UNC Greensboro

Space Husbands: What I’ve Learned from Kirk/Spock Fanfic

April Callis, Assistant Director of LGBTQ Center at UNC-Chapel Hill

Tue 10/13

Watch Party & Panel for Queer Genius

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM via Zoom. Hosted by The Ackland.

Queer Genius explores the remarkable lives of five queer female artists: Barbara Hammer, Eileen Myles, Black Quantum Futurism, Moor Mother, and Dynasty Handbag / Jibz Cameron. Watch along with filmmaker Chet Pancake at 7 p.m. and then join Chet and film scholars Franklin D. Cason Jr. (North Carolina State University), Sarah Keller (University of Massachusetts Boston), and Martin Louis Johnson (UNC-Chapel Hill) for a virtual post-film discussion at 9 p.m.

Links provided with registration.

Wed 10/14

Center After Dark for NCOD: Chopped!

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM via Zoom. Hosted by The LGBTQ Center.

Join the LGBTQ Center on 10/14 for Center After Dark: Chopped! Anyone is welcome to join, whether as cook, or spectator. Chefs will have 30 minutes to make a dish involving ingredients that start with the letters L,G,B and T, plus one additional ingredient highlighting another letter from the extended queer alphabet (maybe you'll choose to cook with pasta to celebrate pansexuals, or apples to highlight the A/asexuality). Preplan and buy your ingredients beforehand OR throw something together the night of using ingredients already in your pantry. The event starts at 7pm, and chefs will cook from 7:30 to 8pm. The winner will be chosen by spectator vote, and dishes will be judged based on creativity, as well as how delicious they look and sound. 

 

RSVP on HeelLife for Zoom link and instructions for joining. Use the LGBTQ Center GroupMe to reach us if you have difficulty getting in.

Wed 10/14

oSTEM PowerPoint Night

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM via Zoom. Hosted by The LGBTQ Center.

Join Out in STEM to see PowerPoint presentations about whatever people are passionate about! Topics can be as silly or random as you like.

Fill out this form if you want to make a PowerPoint yourself.  You’re welcome to attend even if you don’t make a PowerPoint!

Thu 10/15

QGAPS Film Screening: Ten More Good Years: Senior Citizens in the Battle for LGBTQ Rights

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM via Zoom. Hosted by QGAPS Initiative.

QGAPS Social is a bi-monthly gathering for LGBTQIA+ graduate and professional students. It's a chance for folks to connect, come together, and build community. This will be a special event for National Coming Out Day, featuring a film screening of Ten More Good Years and discussion afterwards.

If you have any questions or accessibility needs, please contact Jay M, Graduate and Professional Student Program Coordinator, at meerajay@email.unc.edu.

Thu 10/15

Drag Bingo with House of Coxx

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM via Zoom. Hosted by UNC Libraries.

Celebrate National Coming Out Day with a fabulous bingo party hosted by Durham’s drag diva, Vivica C. Coxx! Winners of this literary-themed bingo will receive some of our favorite LGBTQ+ books. Participants must use their UNC emails to log in to Zoom for the event. Sponsored by the University Libraries, the LGBTQ+ Center, and CUAB. 

Fri 10/16

NCOD Common Read + Book Club: The Song of Achilles and Castle Swimmer

Book Club
NCOD Common Read

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM via Zoom. Hosted by LGBTQ Center.

The LGBTQ Center Book Club is a twice-monthly meeting of lit nerds and casual readers who love to discuss books, fanfic, and other readings with LGBTQIA+ themes. 

Student Life and Leadership and the LGBTQ Center have partnered to make 35 copies of The Song of Achilles available to UNC-Chapel Hill students. Reserve your copy today! Then, join us at this meeting to discuss The Song of Achilles and Castle Swimmer.

RSVP on HeelLife or for Zoom link and instructions.

Tue 10/20

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Trans Talk Tuesday

First and Third Tuesdays 6:30pm - 7:30pm on Zoom

Trans Talk Tuesday is a peer support/discussion group for people who identify as transgender, gender non-conforming, or who are questioning their gender. This space is meant to provide community and connection among folks on the basis of gender identity.

The group is open to campus and community members that identify as transgender (in any respect), genderqueer, or who are questioning their gender identity or gender expression.

If you'd like to receive the Zoom info each week, please sign up for the Trans Talk Tuesday email list by emailing the facilitator, Anole, at anole.halper@gmail.com.

Tue 10/20

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LGBTQIA+ Speaker Series: "The girl who should have been a boy”

First and Third Tuesdays 6:30pm - 7:30pm on Zoom

Join us for the October LGBTQIA+ Speaker Series Event!

 

Rachel Warner (she/her) presents "The girl who should have been a boy”: Female Masculinity in Modernist American Literature & Culture

The title of this talk is taken from Djuna Barnes' landmark novel in queer and trans studies, Nightwood (1936); it describes the central character and symbol of unattainable desire, the boyish 'female invert' Robin Vote. Similar to Robin, the collection of robust, ruddy-faced pioneer women and tuxedo-wearing butch blues performers gathered here attest to the diversity of significations that accrued to representations of masculine women in the modernist period. Such figures may thus be said to 'trans' gender, or disrupt the naturalized connections among gender identity, sexed embodiment and social gender roles. Though Susan Stryker’s foundational work in transgender studies attests to a certain irreducible ‘postmodernity’ to trans* identities, this project implicitly argues for the centering of cultural formations of female masculinity to studies of American modernism.

 

Rachel Warner is a PhD candidate and teaching fellow in the Department of English and Comparative Literature.

If you'd like to receive the Zoom info each week, please sign up for the Trans Talk Tuesday email list by emailing the facilitator, Anole, at anole.halper@gmail.com.

Wed 10/21

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Center Ambassadors Mtg

Every other Wednesday starting 8/26 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Ambassadors help LGBTQ Center staff plan and host welcoming events for LGBTQIA+ students at Carolina. You're welcome to drop-in and get a feel for things, participate whenever you are able, and in the ways you feel most comfortable. Duties include:

  • brainstorming with Center staff to come up with awareness strategies and social events
  • helping write and design themed materials
  • helping make the Center's events feel welcoming
  • helping spread awareness about Center programs

If you're interested or curious about helping plan and promote LGBTQ Center events, feel free to join us!

This time we'll be discussing Ace/Aro Pride and Awareness, Intersex Solidarity, and TDORR.

RSVP on HeelLife for Zoom link and instructions.

Promotional banner for the UNC LGBTQ Center's Asexuality and Aromantic Pride/Awareness event. It reads "Ace and Aro Pride at Carolina. Tuesday, October 27th, 2020" The asexual and aromantic pride flags and circles with the flag colors surround the text.

Tue 10/27 is Ace/Aro Pride & Awareness

We would love your feedback as we plan events for Asexual Pride Awareness Day at Carolina. If you identify as asexual, aromantic, or on the asexual/aromantic spectrum, please fill out the poll below:

Wed 10/28

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Center After Dark

Every other Wednesday starting 8/19 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Join the LGBTQ Center Ambassadors and other LGBTIQA+ or allied students for games, movies, crafts, and discussions. Meet us every other Wednesday via Zoom to reconnect with friends or to make new ones!

RSVP on HeelLife for Zoom link and instructions.

Check the LGBTQ Center GroupMe for details.

Register for Safe Zone

Our remaining Safe Zone trainings for Summer and Fall 2020 will be offered online with closed captioning via Zoom. Register to receive the meeting link.

Standard Trainings

  • Monday, October 12th from 5-9pm
  • Tuesday, October 20th from 8am-12pm
  • Monday, November 16th from 12pm-4pm

Health Care Trainings

  • Thursday, October 15th from 1pm-5pm
  • Tuesday, November 10th from 5-9pm

Continuing Education

If you've already taken Safe Zone Standard or Health Care, join us for a 2-hour Continuing Education session:

Bisexuality

  • Friday, November 13th from 10am-12pm

Transgender and Nonbinary

  • Monday, October 5th from 2pm-4pm
  • Tuesday, November 17th from 10am-12pm

Intersex

  • Wednesday, October 28th from 10am-12pm
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National Coming Out Day - but make it a week! October 6 - 16, 2020. go.unc.edu/ncod