Pride Week Begins April 3

Posted: April 1, 2011 at 1:01 am, Last Updated: March 31, 2011 at 9:07 pm

The Mason community will celebrate Pride Week during the week of April 3.

All events are free and take place on the Fairfax Campus. Some highlights follow.

Monday, April 4

  • Queering Body Image, 2-3:30 p.m., LGBTQ Resources Office, Student Union Building I, Room 220

A discussion about body image, fat acceptance, heteronormativity and the queer body. Co-sponsors: LGBTQ Resources Office and Women and Gender Studies

  • Completing the Picture: Mental Health in the LGBTQ Community, 7:30-9 p.m., Johnson Center Gold Room

Honest conversations about mental health and the ways in which depression and bullying affect the LGBTQ community. Co-sponsors: Peer Empowerment Program, LGBTQ Resources Office and Women and Gender Studies

Tuesday, April 5

  • LGBT Resource Carnival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., North Plaza

A selection of LGBTQ community organizations sharing their services and volunteer and other opportunities. Music, refreshments and student organizations and departments will also be part of the festivities. Co-sponsors: LGBTQ Resources Office, Lambda Alumni Chapter and stand OUT

  • Faculty/Staff/Graduate Student Brown Bag Lunch, noon-1:30 p.m., Student Union Building I, fourth floor of new addition, Room 4210

Join other faculty, staff and graduate students in celebrating Mason’s Pride Week. Bring your lunch and enjoy socializing, networking and fun. Co-sponsors: Counseling and Psychological Services and Grad Pride

  • Homo-Normative Politics of LGBTQ: Why the T & Q Need to be First, 4:30-6 p.m., Student Union Building I, Room 3311

Examine how gender oppression and sexism push transgendered individuals to the margins. Look at the ways that LGBTQ politics with Trans and Queer at the center would radically transform coalitions across race and gender. Presented by Rebecca Walter, associate director of the Multicultural Research and Resource Center. Co-sponsors: Multicultural Research and Resource Center and Women and Gender Studies

  • “Boy I Am” Film Screening with co-director Sam Feder, 7:30-9 p.m., Johnson Center Meeting Room C

A feature-length documentary about trans issues through a look at the experiences of three young transitioning female-to-males in New York City, as well as through the voices of lesbians, activists and theorists who address the questions that many people have but few openly discuss. Discussion afterward with the film’s co-director. Co-sponsors: LGBTQ Resources and Women and Gender Studies

Wednesday, April 6

  • “Bear City”: Film Screening and Discussion, 7-9:30 p.m., Student Union Building II, Front Ballroom

Film screening and discussion from members of the Bear Community in and around the Washington, D.C., area. Co-sponsors: LGBTQ Resources and Office of Diversity Programs and Services

Thursday, April 7

  • Class Consciousness Discussion: Intersections of Class and LGBTQ Identity, 3-4:30 p.m., Women and Gender Studies Center, Johnson Center, Room 240K

A discussion about the ways that systems of wealth and poverty work in the United States, and how they impact our community. Sponsor: Women and Gender Studies

  • “Milk” and Cookies, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Johnson Center Cinema

The film about Harvey Milk and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California’s first openly gay elected official. Food provided afterward. Sponsor: Student Government

  • Beyond Down-Low, No-Homo and Bullying: Black and Queer Identity in the U.S. and at Mason, 7:30-9 p.m., Student Union Building II, Front Ballroom

Keith Boykin, author of two groundbreaking books, “One More River to Cross: Black and Gay in America” (1996) and “Beyond Down Low: Sex, Lies and Denial in Black America” (2005), has been the nation’s leading commentator on the intersection of race and sexual orientation. With the loss of young black LGBTQ men to suicide after being targeted by bullying and/or harassment, this exploration, and how this all plays out at Mason, is a crucial conversation. Co-sponsors: Diversity Programs and Services, African and African American Studies, LGBTQ Resources, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. and the Ethiopian Student Association

Friday, April 8

  • Drag Show, 9-11:30 p.m., Johnson Center Atrium

Hosted by Jujubee, runner-up from season two of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Co-sponsors: Program Board, Weekends at Mason and Events Production

  • After Drag Show Dance Party, 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Johnson Center Dewberry Hall

Music, mingling and fun, as well as a meet-and-greet with drag show host Jujubee. Sponsor: Pride Alliance

Monday, April 11

  • Meeting with the Provost and University Life Vice President, noon-1 p.m., Mason Hall, Room D3

This dialogue with students, faculty and staff will focus on the needs and concerns of LGBTQ members of Mason’s community. Provost Peter Stearns and University Life Vice President Sandy Scherrens will facilitate the discussion.

For a full event listing, see the LBGTQ website.

Write to gazette at gazette@gmu.edu