November at the LGBTQ Center: Intersex Solidarity, Mikael Owunna, Transgender Remembrance

November at the LGBTQ Center: Intersex Solidarity, Mikael Owunna, Transgender Remembrance

FRIDAY 11/01

 

QGAPS + Lambda Social

6:00pm - 7:30pm at Tru Deli and Wine Bar

114 Henderson St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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. Friends and family are welcome to join!

This time we're getting together with Lambda Law Students Association. Join us and get to know some of the awesome LGBTQIA+ law students on our campus!

Hosted by Erin Case (she/her/hers). If you have any questions or accessibility needs, please contact Erin Case, Graduate and Professional Student Program Coordinator, at erincase@live.unc.edu.

 

MONDAY 11/04

 

Standard Safe Zone

12:00pm - 4:00pm. Register for location details.

Safe Zone is a program designed to create a network of visible allies to people who identify as part of the diverse LGBTQ+ community. The four-hour educational session provides information and resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. The LGBTQ Center does not provide refreshments during the training, but please feel free to bring a meal or snack.

 

TUESDAY 11/05

 

Trans Talk Tuesday

6:15pm - 7:15pm at Caribou Coffee, 1408 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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.

Facilitated by Anole Halper, MSW, MPH. Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays year-round.

 

WEDNESDAY 11/06

 

Center After Dark

5:00pm - 8:00pm at the LGBTQ Center

Come by the LGBTQ Center Wednesday evenings between 5:00pm and 8:00pm for a casual social featuring games, crafts, and movies. The Center will provide free snacks - feel free to bring board games, add to the snack selection, and to invite your LGBTIQA+ or affirming friends. The theme is: board games!

 

THURSDAY 11/07

 

Confidential Drop-In Hours with Gender Violence Services Coordinators

3:00pm -5:00pm (1st and 3rd Thursdays) in the LGBTQ Center

The Gender Violence Services Coordinators (GVSCs) provide confidential support and advocacy for all students, faculty, staff, and post-doctoral fellows of all backgrounds and identities who have experienced or have been impacted by gender-based violence or harassment before or during their time at Carolina.

All information disclosed within sessions is confidential and may not be revealed to anyone outside of the GVSCs without written permission.

 

QGAPS QTPOC Social

6:00pm - 7:30pm at TOPO Back Bar, 100 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

QTPOC Grad/Prof Student Gathering is an event for graduate and professional students of color who identify as LGBTQIA+. Come out to get to know other QTPOC and bring your affirming loved ones! Appetizers will be provided. Hosted by Mariel Eaves (MSW 2022; they/them/theirs)

If you have any questions or accessibility needs, please contact Erin Case, Gradate and Professional Student Program Coordinator, at erincase@live.unc.edu.

 

Intersex Solidarity 101

6:00pm - 8:00pm in Cobb Game Room

Do you want to learn about intersex communities and identities? Do you want pointers on how to be an informed advocate of intersex rights? If so, come to the LGBTQ Center's presentation on intersex allyship, which will be interspersed with videos centering intersex voices. Snacks will be provided.

 

FRIDAY 11/08

 

Intersex Solidarity by The Pit

11:00am - 1:00pm in front of Lenoir

Join the LGBTQ Center Ambassadors as we practice some of what we learned on Thursday by educating about intersex history, community, activism, and people!

Take a photo with the Intersex Flag, win candy or prizes for answering a trivia question about Intersex communities from the Ally Wheel, and learn about influential Intersex people.

 

Artist Talk: Reimagining the Black and Queer Body

7:00pm - 9:00pm at Ackland Art Museum, UNC-Chapel Hill, 101 S Columbia St, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514

Growing up as a queer African person, photographer, Mikael Owunna was told that it was “un-African” to be gay, and that homosexuality was foreign to his culture. After enduring years of severe alienation from his Nigerian heritage and a series of exorcisms, he found photography as his voice and his method for healing, leading him to where he is today. Free, RSVP requested. Light refreshments will be served.

His most recent project, Limit(less), seeks to reclaim his African-ness and queerness on his own terms. Limit(less) is an award-winning documentary photography project on LGBTQ African immigrants in North America and Europe. Framing the work as a quest to debunk the myth that it is “un-African” to be LGBTQ, in the process Owunna found that there are no safe spaces anywhere for LGBTQ Africans – even in the “liberal” West. As Owunna states, “This body of work is a collaborative response between me and my community to redefine what it means to be an immigrant, African and queer in North America and Europe at this time. To confront, with our self-love and stories, the oppressive narratives that say we should not exist. We are Limitless.”

Owunna’s work extends to the love and acceptance of one’s body. His other projects, especially Infinite Essence in which he paints the models with fluorescent paints, illuminate the black body as not ‘dead or dying/gunned down’ but as something beautiful and eternal—to be loved and embraced by its owner. Owunna’s work coaches self-love, dignity, and self-respect, despite sexuality, color, or nationality.

 

WEDNESDAY 11/13

 

Center After Dark

5:00pm - 8:00pm at the LGBTQ Center

Come by the LGBTQ Center Wednesday evenings between 5:00pm and 8:00pm for a casual social featuring games, crafts, and movies. The Center will provide free snacks - feel free to bring board games, add to the snack selection, and to invite your LGBTIQA+ or affirming friends.

The theme is: Arts and Crafts - we'll be making paper flowers in the colors of the Transgender pride flag!

 

Center Ambassadors Meeting

5:30pm - 6:30pm at the SASB South 3314 (across from Center)

Do you love meeting new people? Do you have ideas or suggestions about LGBTQ Center programming? Are you interested in helping to raise campus awareness of LGBTQ identities and communities?

If so, you might be a great fit for the LGBTQ Center Ambassadors program. As an ambassador, you will:

  • brainstorm programs and events with Center staff
  • help design promotional and educational materials
  • help create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere at Center After Dark, the Pit, and other Center events

New and prospective Ambassadors are always welcome!

 

THURSDAY 11/14

 

QGAPS Social

6:00pm - 7:30pm at Carolina Coffee Shop, 138 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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. Friends and family are welcome to join!

Hosted by Erin Case (she/her/hers). If you have any questions or accessibility needs, please contact Erin Case, Graduate and Professional Student Program Coordinator, at erincase@live.unc.edu.

 

MONDAY 11/18

 

LGBTQ Speaker Series: LGBTQ+ African-American Characters Queering Space in Film

1:00pm – 2:00pm at Graduate Student Center, ​211A W Cameron Ave, Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Drawing from the theories of Katherine McKittrick, Christina Sharpe, Fred Moten, and Jeffrey McCune, this talk will explore the ways in which LGBTQ+ African American characters in 20th and 21st century films create space apart from, underneath, around, and above the space of the United States—a nation whose foundations and very space have been historically produced to alienate and to destroy African American people. A main focus in this discussion of the creation of space will be on the ways in which African American characters queer space and thus queer the expectations and definitive meanings of what certain spaces are “supposed” to do and who they are “made” for.

Hannah Skjellum will discuss films like The Color Purple, Daughters of the Dust, The Watermelon Woman, Brother to Brother, Naz & Malik, and Moonlight to analyze processes of creating and queering space, as well as the consequences these characters experience in their attempts to find relief and safety from the spaces of the United States

Lunch will be provided! Please register to ensure we have enough food for everyone.

If you have any questions or accessibility needs, please contact Erin Case, Graduate and Professional Student Program Coordinator, at erincase@live.unc.edu.

 

TUESDAY 11/19

 

Trans Talk Tuesday

6:15pm - 7:15pm at Caribou Coffee, 1408 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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.

Facilitated by Anole Halper, MSW, MPH. Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays year-round.

 

Transgender Day of Remembrance Pre-Event with Kavi Adé

7:00pm - 8:30pm in FPG Union Auditorium

Presented by UNC SAGA , CUAB and the LGBTQ Center

Kavi Ade is a Black Trans Queer speaker, arts educator and nationally recognized poet of Afro & Indigenous Caribbean descent. 

Ade’s work meets at the intersection of personal and political — navigating what it means to be a survivor of innumerable violences. Kavi speaks on race, class, gender, sexuality, mental health, domestic violence, sexual assault, and social justice— chronicling despair, grasping at hope, and exploring the ways a body can learn to survive.

 

WEDNESDAY 11/20

 

Transgender Day of Remembrance: Say Their Names

11:00am - 2:00pm in The Pit

Presented by The LGBTQ Center

Learn about the trans folks we have lost to violence over the last year in the United States. We will be saying their names every thirty minutes, in their honor. Placards about each person and information on the types of violence trans people face will be available.

 

Transgender Day of Remembrance Candlelight Vigil with Keynote by Amir Rabiyah

6:00pm - 8:00pm in The Pit

Presented by The LGBTQ Center

Candles will be provided and we will read off the names and bios of trans folks we have lost to violence in the United States over the last year. Note that this list cannot be comprehensive because of transphobic laws and cultural norms that allow others to control how someone's death is reported.

 

THURSDAY 11/21

 

Faculty and Staff Mixer

12:00pm – 1:30pm at Top of The Hill, 100 E Franklin St #300, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

LGBTIQA+ folks who work for the University in ANY capacity are welcome join the LGBTQ Center once per month to enjoy casual conversation, build relationships, and support one another.

To increase accessibility for more schedules and shifts, we’ll meet at midday on odd months and in the evening on even months. Feel free to bring your affirming friends, colleagues, and loved ones.

 

Confidential Drop-In Hours with Gender Violence Services Coordinators

3:00pm -5:00pm (1st and 3rd Thursdays) in the LGBTQ Center

The Gender Violence Services Coordinators (GVSCs) provide confidential support and advocacy for all students, faculty, staff, and post-doctoral fellows of all backgrounds and identities who have experienced or have been impacted by gender-based violence or harassment before or during their time at Carolina.

All information disclosed within sessions is confidential and may not be revealed to anyone outside of the GVSCs without written permission.

 

FRIDAY 11/22

 

Safe Zone Transgender and Nonbinary

10:00 am -12:00pm. Register for location details.

Safe Zone Transgender and Nonbinary (formerly Gender Identity and Gender Expression) is a two-hour training designed to make the University community a safer and more supportive place for all Carolina students, faculty, and staff members by creating a network of allies who have basic knowledge about transgender and intersex communities.

Standard Safe Zone is a prerequisite for this training.

 

Coming Up

 

12/03: ​QGAPS Solstice Supper

5:30pm - 7:00pm at the Graduate Student Center, ​211A W. Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Take a break from finals stress for a nice dinner and some relaxation with other LGBTQIA+ graduate and professional students. All are welcome, but please register as space is limited! Dinner will be provided. 

If you have any questions or accessibility needs, please contact Erin Case, Graduate and Professional Student Program Coordinator, at erincase@live.unc.edu.