Queertober: the Happiest Month of the Year! October 2016

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This month long celebration in October features educational, informative, and social events that raise awareness and provide support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and heterosexual allied communities at UIS.

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The Legacy Wall: LGBT History Exhibit
October 3 – 15, 2016
Queertober Kickoff Event with reception to follow ECCE Speaker series opening presentation by Victor Salvo
(The Legacy Project), Dr. Holly Kent (History), and Dr. Jason Pierceson (Political Science)
Wednesday, October 5, 7 pm, PAC Concourse
Register Online in UIS Connection

The Legacy Wall is a one-of-a-kind traveling exhibit filled with photographs
and biographies of 125 LGBTQIA+ people well-known in the realms of
politics, the arts, religion, sports, and social activism. This project pays
tribute to the contributions of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender
individuals throughout history. The wall is designed to share the
often-hidden LGBTQIA+ lives to foster a culture of respect and appreciation
for diversity.

Safe Zone Fundamentals Sessions:
Thursday, October 6, 12 – 3 pm, LRH Great Room – Register Online in UIS Connection
Friday, October 14, 12 – 3 pm, PAC Room G – Register Online in UIS Connection

A basic awareness and knowledge sessionthat prepares participants for the
five advanced sessions. This introductory three hour session includes a
guided imagery, interactive terminology game, an introduction to trans
identities as well as the human sexuality continuum, and a LGBT Icon’s in
History game with an emphasis on multiple identities. Student peer
educators conclude with an engaging Gay 101 activity and interactive panel.

LGBTea Weekly Socials:
Drop by anytime!
Register on UIS Connection, links below –
October 6, 13, 20, & 27. Every Thursday.
All Semester, 4 pm – 6 pm, SLB22.
A comfortable, accepting, & non-judgemental social atmosphere to hang out,
watch movies, listen to music, make plans for the weekend. Free food. Bring a friend.

National Coming Out Day
Annual Closet Door on the Quad:
Register Online in UIS Connection
Tuesday, October 11, 4 – 6 pm, by the Colonnade Fountain

Take the next step in your own coming out process. Participants are
encouraged to walk through the door and tell their coming out stories or
why they are allies to the LGBTQIA+ population.
Pick up free t-shirts at SLB22.

Sex Ed Boot Camp: Take Care of your Privates –

Wednesday October 12, 2016 LRH Greatroom  RA’s & Student Staff at 5pm, All Campus at 7pm.

Join Dr. Joni & Esther Lastique discussion about sex. The lecture includes discussions of basic anatomy, sexual responsibility & addressing Title IX & violence prevention, if and when to be sexual, and safer sex techniques for the 21st century. Students often wish for greater detail on these topics as well as a conversation about healthy versus unhealhty relationships and how to prevent dating violence.  The programs is inclusive of all sexual orientations and is customizable for gender specific audiences.

Sponsored by: Health Services, Diversity Ctr., LGBTQA Resource Office, & Dept of Student Affairs.

Transgender Safe Zone Session:
Register Online in UIS Connection
Monday, October 17, 3 – 5 pm, Conference Room C/D

Facilitators: Dr. Holly Thompson (HDC), Kerry Poynter (Diversity Center)
Transgender people continue to be an invisible, often forgotten community.
This session helps participants develop self-awareness and compassion and
to think critically about their own assumptions and vulnerabilities as related to
gender. Participants will learn about the gender binary, understand accurate
terms, explore potential gender transition processes, and consider common
concerns and challenges in higher education. This session is recommended
for any person wanting to learn how to become a better ally to this population.

Soup & Conversation:
We are Orlando: Homophobia in Our Culture

Friday, October 21, 12 – 1 pm, Diversity Center Lounge, SLB 22

Register Online in UIS Connection

A solution based discussion about the stark increase in homophobic
ideology and behavior in America: A response to the Orlando Pulse Night
Club shooting.
LGBTQIA+ rights are advancing at unprecedented speeds; so are homophobic
ideologies and behaviors. Have these new rights increased homophobia in
America? What were the effects of the Orlando shooting on the LGBTQIA+
community? How can we, at the local level, help heal these wounds and
eliminate homophobic ideas and behaviors? What kind of meaningful action
do you think the United States should take to prevent future mass shootings?

Bisexuality & Pansexuality Safe Zone Session:
Register Online in UIS Connection
October 28, 3 – 5 pm, Conference Room H

Facilitators: Dr. Michele Miller (Psychology), Kerry Poynter (Diversity Center)
An incredibly interactive session that dispels myths, defines terminology, and
explains sexuality as a spectrum. Participants will gain a greater awareness of
bisexuality as a valid sexual orientation and how biphobia manifests in the
heterosexual as well as non-heterosexual populations. This session is
recommended for anyone in need of understanding sexual identity development
over the lifespan.

The LGBTQIA+ Resource Office is committed to providing universal access to all
of our events. Please contact us at 217-206-8316 or lgbtqa@uis.edu to request
accommodations. One week in advance is necessary to arrange for some
accessibility needs.

LGBTQA Resource Office, Diversity Center, Student Affairs,
College of Public Affairs and Administration, and UIS Departments
of Women & Gender Studies, History, and Political Science