October at the LGBTQ Center: National Coming Out Day, Ace and Aro Pride

October at the LGBTQ Center: National Coming Out Day, Ace and Aro Pride

October is Relationship Violence Awareness Month

October is Relationship Violence Awareness Month (RVAM). There are many ways that you can get involved at UNC-Chapel Hill, including the Healthy Queer Relationships workshop (applicable to all genders, orientations and relationship types) developed by the LGBTQ Center and Student Wellness, to learn and share information about how love empowers! Check out safe.unc.edu/create-change/rvam/ for a full list of events and trainings.

 

TUESDAY 10/08

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.

 

WEDNESDAY 10/09

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.

Theme: arts and crafts!

 

Center Ambassadors Mtg

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 10/10

QGAPS QTPOC Social

6:00pm - 7:30pm at Mellow Mushroom, 310 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

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 (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.

 

FRIDAY 10/11

National Coming Out Day at Carolina

National Coming Out Day commemorates the October 11, 1987 Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, which called for President Ronald Reagan to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Every year, we celebrate coming out as part of the broad network of communities generally referred to as LGBTQ, but that include lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, two-spirit, same gender loving, queer, intersex, asexual, aromantic, and many more identities.

 

TUESDAY 10/15

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 10/16

Safe Zone Transgender and Nonbinary

2:00pm - 4:00pm. 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.

 

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.

Theme: movie night!

 

THURSDAY 10/17

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.

 

WEDNESDAY 10/23

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.

Theme: Playstation gaming!

 

Center Ambassadors Mtg

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 10/24

Asexual and Aromantic Pride and Visibility @ Carolina

Pride and Visibility by The Pit

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

Join the LGBTQ Center Ambassadors as we celebrate Asexual and Aromantic history, community, culture, and people! Take a photo with the Ace/Aro Flag, win candy or prizes for answering a trivia question about the Ace/Aro Spectrum from the Ally Wheel, learn about influential Ace/Aro people, grab some swag, or just stop by to chat between classes.

"Ace Up Your Sleeve" Playing Card-themed Social

6:00pm - 8:00pm in Cobb Game Room.

If you identify as part of the Asexual/Aromantic community, you and your affirming loved ones are invited to join us in celebrating Asexual and Aromantic Pride at our "Ace Up Your Sleeve" social. Play card games, pose with playing card themed props, or have a piece of our specially designed Ace/Aro pride cake. The Center will provide free dinner. Meet new people or hang out in the introvert corner! 

 

QGAPS Social

6:00pm - 7:30pm at Tyler's Taproom, 102 E Main St, Carrboro, NC 27510

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.

Click Here to RSVP

 

TUESDAY 10/29

Ex-Gay Programs, Ethnographic Research, and the Failure of an Academic Project

12:00pm – 1:30pm at Graduate Student Center

In the 1970s religious “ex-gay” programs began to pop up around the United States. While the popularity of these programs peaked in the 1990s and early 2000s, many still exist today. Often stemming from fundamentalist Christian churches, ex-gay programs claim to help individuals struggling with the intersection of their sexuality and their religious beliefs. However, multiple studies have found that these programs are harmful to the individuals who take part in them.

In this presentation, Dr. April Callis will discuss a research project that she worked on (and ultimately abandoned) in 2013 and 2014 around ex-gay religious programs. While she will be discussing the ex-gay programs themselves, she will also take a meta view, describing the process of gaining access to a closed community, and the difficulty of collecting data that you’re scared to publish. When is walking away from a research project the best call?

 

Faculty and Staff Mixer

5:00pm – 6:30pm at The Spotted Dog, 111 East Main Street, Carrboro, North Carolina 27510

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.

 

WEDNESDAY 10/30

Center After Dark Halloween Party

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. This week will feature Halloween-themed games, crafts, and snacks. Feel free to dress up, add to the snack selection, and to invite your LGBTIQA+ or affirming friends!