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FALL 2019


LGBTIQQAAAPTS+ Welcome Social!!!

Tuesday, September 10
5:00-6:30 PM
The Bluffs, 2110, Student Union
All Faculty, Staff, and students who are a part of the LGBTIQQAAPTS+ community or who take action like an ally or accomplice are invited to attend!!! 
Join us for food, the opportunity to meet faculty, staff, and students, and to hear what the Pride Center, Rainbow Unity, and Transform have for you!!!  This will be a celebration of our 25th year of existence, so be sure to come and see what's in store!!!
Rainbow & Trans Flags flying.

Rainbow Unity - First Meeting

Tuesday, September 10
7:00-8:00 PM
The Pride Center 2214, Student Union
All students are invited to Rainbow Unity's first meeting of the semester!!!! All LGBTIQQAAPTS+ students and those who take action as an ally or accomplice are invited to attend!!! 

Queer Cinema Presents:  

Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria 
Picture from the movie Screaming Queens of a transgender woman and drag queens at a riot.
Wednesday, September 25
7:00 pm
Movie Theatre, Lower Level, Student Union
A documentary about transgender women and drag queens who fought police harassment at Compton's Cafeteria in San Francisco's Tenderloin in 1966, three years before the famous riot at Stonewall Inn bar in NYC.

Transform- First Meeting

Thursday, September 12
6:00-7:00 PM
The Pride Center 2214, Student Union
All students are invited to Transform's first meeting of the semester!!!! All trans-identified students and those who take action as an ally or accomplice are invited to attend!!! 


National Coming Out Day 

Thursday, October 10
11:00 AM-2:00 PM

Every year on National Coming Out Day, we celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally and observe National Coming Out Day as a reminder that one of our most basic tools is the power of coming out.


Campus Presentations: 

 Female Orgasm

Tuesday, October 15
7:00 PM
The Bluffs, Student Union

I ♥ Female Orgasm combines sex education and women’s empowerment with a hearty dose of laughter. We bring a playful, honest approach to this topic, packing the house on college campuses. Our program is also inclusive of people of all genders, gender identities, and sexual orientations.
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Campus Presentations: 

Celebrate International Pronoun Day

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
5:15-6:45 pm 
3105, Student Union

Poster for International Pronoun Day 5:15-6:45 pm in 3105 Student Union

Queer Cinema Presents:  

But I'm a Cheerleader


Wednesday, October 23
7:00 pm

Movie Theatre, Lower Level, Student Union

Megan considers herself a typical American girl. She's a cheerleader and has a handsome football-playing boyfriend, even though she isn't that crazy about him. So she's stunned when her parents decide she's gay and send her to True Directions, a boot camp meant to alter her sexual orientation. 

Film to be followed by a discussion of the state of conversion therapy in the United States.


Trans Day of Remembrance 

Wednesday, November 20
11:00 AM-2:00 PM
Hall of Nations

Since 1999, the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) takes place every year on November 20th. It is a day on which those trans and gender-diverse people who have been victims of homicide are remembered. Started in the US, TDoR is now held in many parts of the world.

Queer Cinema Presents:  


Wednesday, November  20
7:00 pm
Movie Theatre, Lower Level, Student Union

In this powerful documentary series, filmmaker Sam Matthews sets out across Australia on a journey to meet other transgender and gender-diverse artists and share their stories, while challenging each of them to create a new piece of art based on the theme "Unboxed."  Through their stories and their art, each artist shares the personal challenges they endured that shaped them as artists and individuals.

CW: Some strobing light scenes


World AIDS Day: Testing Day 




Campus Presentation: 

Dr. Jon Paul Higgins: Examining issues for Queer/Trans People of Color


Monday, Feb. 25, 7:30-9 pm

Union Theatre

Dr. Jon Paul is a Queer man of color, social justice advocate, writer, educator, and consultant.  They completed their Educational Doctorate of Leadership in Justice from the University of Redlands where they wrote their dissertation on the first-year experiences of queer men of color in higher education.  

While higher education is a passion area, they discuss much more than just issues of diversity. For them, diversity is recognizing the difference in a space while inclusion is about making sure everyone feels welcome in the space. Much of their writing and scholarly work has centered specifically on that, making sure the voices of marginalized people are heard because silence is in fact, violence. 


Campus Presentation: 

Dr. Jon Paul Higgins: Creating safe & brave spaces for LGBTQ/QPOC individuals


Join us for an encore presentation from Dr. Jon Paul on creating safe & brave spaces for LGBTQ/QTPOC folx in higher education.

Queer Cinema Presents: 

Out of Respect: A Story of Five

Wednesday, February 26
7:00 pm
Movie Theatre, Lower Level, Student Union

"Out of Respect" follows five LGBTQ individuals hustling to find work, food, and safe places to sleep.  Focused on becoming productive adults, they leave the streets with assistance from a local housing and mentorship program.  The film spans one year and reminds viewers that success can be reached when communities come together to give ALL children the love, support, and respect they all deserve.   

Film to be followed by a discussion of the state of LGBTQ homelessness in the United States.


Queer Cinema Presents: 

Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America

Wednesday, March 25
7:00 pm
Movie Theatre, Lower Level, Student Union

When Moises Serrano was just a baby, his parents risked everything to flee Mexico.  Forbidden to live and love as an undocumented gay man, in the  country he calls home, he saw only one option--to fight.  "Forbidden" chronicles Moises' work as an activist traveling across North Carolina, as a voice for his community, while trying to forge his own path for his future.

Film to be followed by a discussion of the intersection of LGBTQ and immigration in the United States

18th Annual Drag Show: 

Saturday, March 28
7 pm Bluffs, Student Union


Campus Presentation: 

Dr. James Makokis and Anthony Johnson

Monday, April 6
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Room TBD

As a proud member of the LGBTQ2S community, Dr. James Makokis has experienced the same bullying sexually and gender diverse youth continue to endure. As a result of the support of his parents and community, he overcame these challenges to succeeded beyond society’s expectations. Dr. Makokis has maintained his faith in Indigenous values and culture throughout his struggles.

It was through his connection to Cree ceremonies and the support of the Indigenous community that helped him overcome these adversities and reclaim his space as a member of the Two-spirit Q-mmunity.  Dr. Makokis has a strong interest in addressing the inequities within the LGBTQ2S space. His clinical practice focuses on serving the needs of Transgender peoples.



Campus Presentation: 

TRANSparency: Speaking Our Truths

Thursday, April, 9, 7:30-9 pm

2130 Grandad Bluffs Student Union

Written by and for trans and non-binary survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, the new anthology Written on the Body offers support, guidance, and hope for those who struggle to find safety at home, in the body, and other impossible-seeming places. This collection of letters written to body parts weaves together powerful narratives of gender, identity, and abuse, caringly collected and tenderly held.

In these letters, contributors are remembering, reinventing, and reclaiming their words, bodies, families, and homes as they create new definitions of what wholeness means. In writing and sharing these stories of ourselves and our bodies, bodies that often experience such severe isolation and disconnection, we begin to build resources for finding experiences in common and healing together.

Join contributors of the book as they share excerpts, answer questions, and lift up trans and non-binary voices, claiming space to be and feel alive in our bodies, alone and together, and to vision a future in which every part of us survives and thrives.


Campus Presentation: 

TRANSparency: Speaking Our Truths Writing Workshop

Monday, April 20, 2019 11:00am-1:00pm

3310 Student Union

Join three contributors to Written on the Body, edited by Lexie Bean: Lexie Bean, Nyala Moon & Sawyer DeVuyst for a special writing workshop!


Queer Cinema Presents: 


Wednesday, April 22
7:00 pm
Movie Theatre, Lower Level, Student Union

WALL-E, is the last robot left on Earth. He spends his days tidying up the planet, one piece of garbage at a time. But over 700 years, WALL-E is more than a little lonely. Then he spots EVE, a probe sent back to Earth on a scanning mission. Smitten, WALL-E embarks on his greatest adventure yet when he follows EVE across the galaxy.

Rainbow Graduation

Monday, April 28
5:00 pm, 3314 Student Union


Ally Workshop

An educational workshop on LGBTIQQAAP+ identities, issues facing the community, intersectionality, and how to understand privilege and combat oppression.




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