Queertober: the Happiest Month of the Year! October 2018

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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, Pansexual, Transgender, Genderqueer, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, +, and heterosexual allied communities at UIS.

All events are free and open to the public. Individuals with disabilities who anticipate the need for accommodations should contact us in advance at 217-206-8316 or gss@uis.edu.


Pidgeon Pagonis – Intersex: Stories Not Surgeries (ECCE Speaker Series)

Tuesday, October 2, 7PM, The StU Ballroom

Pidgeon will discuss how, for over a century, intersex people have had no voice in their medical “care” and “treatment”, which has led to dire consequences. Key events throughout intersex history will be introduced to help participants understand why intersex activists across the globe have united to demand intersex bodily autonomy and justice.

Pidgeon has a decade’s worth of experience giving talks and facilitating intersex workshops around the globe. They have been recognized by the White House as an LGBT Champion of Change, launched an intersex-resource YouTube channel, co-founded the group Intersex People of Color for Justice (IPOCJ), and featured on the cover of National Geographic’s Gender Revolution. They have published articles in Everyday Feminism and scholarly journals such as Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics and the Griffith Journal of Law & Human Dignity.

Sponsors: ECCE Speakers Series, Gender & Sexuality Student Services, Diversity Center, Women & Gender Studies, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, History, UIC College of Nursing.


Twenty Years Later: A Conversation about the Life and Legacy of Matthew Shepard

Thursday, October 4, 12PM-1:30PM, UHB 1031. Register at go.uis.edu/matthew.

In October 1998 Judy and Dennis Shepard lost their 21-year-old son Matthew, then a student at the University of Wyoming, to a murder motivated by anti-gay hate. Since then, through the Matthew Shepard Foundation and work with legislators, colleges and universities, and communities, Judy and Dennis have carried on Matthew’s legacy, advancing dignity and justice for queer and trans communities.

A live streamed panel discussion featuring Judy Shepard, NASPA President Kevin Kruger, Rhode Island College President Frank Sánchez, and Rankin & Associates Consulting Principal and CEO Sue Rankin. Presented by Rhode Island College, NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

Judy Shepard, President, Matthew Shephard Foundation

Kevin Kruger, President, NASPA – Student Affairs Educators International

Sue Rankin, Principal and CEO, Rankin & Associates Consulting

Frank Sánchez, President, Rhode Island College

Sponsors: Gender & Sexuality Student Services



Annual Closet Door on the Quad – National Coming Out Day
Free “HUMAN” tshirts.
Thursday, October 11, 4 – 6PM, The StU Patio

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 an ally to all gender and sexuality minorities. Get your free shirt at SLB22 starting Monday, October 1. Flag colors from left to right: Ace, Bi, Pride, Trans, Pan.



The Blackprint: Building Organizing Power

Tuesday, October 16, 2-3:45PM, Diversity Center SLB 22

Black women, communities of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, and people with intersecting underrepresented identities are less likely to be in top leadership roles. This means, people that face the most discrimination are often not in positions to determine what is needed to help their communities thrive. During this webinar panel, these women explore the power of community. The panelists will share what has helped them in successfully engaging people and communities and what it takes to be part of creating change and bringing awareness through organizing.

Sponsors: Gender & Sexuality Student Services, Women’s Center, Disability Services, Diversity Center, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated



Safe Zone Fundamentals Sessions:
Register Online in UIS Connection
Friday, October 19 and 29, 12 – 3 pm, PAC Conference Room C/D
A basic awareness and knowledge session that 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.



Mentor Programs Halloween Party:
Friday, October 26, 2 – 5pm, In the Diversity Center, Women’s Center, GSSS lounges in the Student Life Building.
The Necessary Steps, Hispanic/Latinx, and Gender & Sexuality Student Services mentor programs all together are hosting a Halloween party!
There will be snacks, appetizers, games, a photo booth, and a costume contest for all students to enjoy!
Whether you are in these mentor programs or not, all students are welcome to attend. Tell your friends and let’s celebrate Halloween early.

The Gender and Sexuality Student Services is committed to providing universal access to all
of our events. Please contact us at 217-206-8316 or gss@uis.edu to request
accommodations. One week in advance is necessary to arrange for some
accessibility needs.

Sponsors: International Student Services, Diversity Center, Women’s Center


Sip ‘n Paint: Breaking Down Toxic Masculinity

Saturday, October 27, 3-5PM Student Leadership Center, StU

Toxic masculinity takes a negative toll on our society, college campus, and Greek organizations. This event is geared towards fraternity members who want to help break down toxic masculinity and make a change. We will be drinking sparkling grape juice and painting while also engaging in dialogue about how toxic masculinity has influenced our lives and how we can use our platforms to make a difference. Please register here.

Sponsors: Gender & Sexuality Student Services, Women’s CenterCounseling CenterSigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Incorporated