Monday, October 5, 2009

Coming Soon: Pride Week at WVU

During the week of October 12th, WVU will celebrate Gay Pride Week. The program offers a series of events designed to promote visibility of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and allied community at WVU, to raise awareness about issues of importance to that community, and to have a little fun. BiGLTM (Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian & Transgendered Mountaineers) and others have planned a series of events, speakers, and panels that will appeal to a wide variety of students, faculty, and staff at WVU.

All Day: WVU Coming Out Day / Blue Jeans Day
Stop by our booth in the Mountainlair Food Court for information about National Coming Out Day and the coming out process. Wear blue jeans to show your support for those WVU students who are coming out today!

6:00 PM, Rhododendrom Room, Mountainlair:
Dr. T. Anne Hawkins, interim clinical director at the Carruth Center, speaks about the coming out process. A panel discussion follows, featuring coming out stories from members of WVU's student LGBT community.

12:30 PM, between Woodburn Circle and Armstrong Hall: Pie In the Face of Intolerance
For a small donation, throw a pie at volunteers from all over the WVU campus, including BiGLTM president C.G. Shields, and cardboard cutouts of a couple of your least favorite people.

8:30 PM, Blue Moose Cafe, corner of Walnut St. and Spuce St.
The Rev. Kris Haig, pastor at First Presbyterian Church and lecturer in New Testament studies at Waynesburg University, discusses contemporary Biblical scholarship on sexuality issues, and modern-day interpretations of what the New Testament texts really say about sexual identity. Audience Q&A follows. BiGLTM will provide a free coffee or beverage for all in attendance.

11:20 AM, Mountainlair Free Speech Zone
Equality Weddings. A series of mock ceremonies in which WVU students get "married" in protest of all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities that real same-sex couples continue to be denied.

7:00 PM, Greenbrier Room, Mountainlair
Stephen Skinner, attorney, LGBT advocate, and chairman of the board of Fairness WV, gives a presentation on the current state of LGBT legal equality in West Virginia. What rights do we have, what rights do we not have, and what can we all do to help bring about change?

11:30 AM, Gluck Theater, Mountainlair
BiGLTM in association with the Office of Multicultural Programs presents a brown bag lunch and discussion on the film "Prayers For Bobby."

7:00 PM, Greenbrier Room, Mountainlair
WVU Faculty Forum. A panel discussion with five distinguished WVU lecturers who will discuss several topics of interest to the LGBT community. Open audience Q&A will follow. Panelists include Dr. Scott Crichlow, Associate Professor, Dept. of Political Science; Dr. Daniel Ferreras, Associate Professor, Dept. of Foreign Languages; Dr. Adam Komisurek, Associate Professor, Dept. of English; Nina Spadaro, Lecturer, WVU Honors College; and Melissa Chesanko, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Women's Studies.

All Day, Mountainlair Food Court: Stop by our booth as we wrap up Pride Week and get ready for our fundraiser benefit.

10:00 PM, Vice Versa, 331 High St.
Vice Versa alternative dance club, presents a fundraiser benefit for BiGLTM. Members of the group will be on hand to distribute informational pamphlets, fliers, promotional items and other free stuff, and to accept donations.

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