Pride Week Begins Today

Posted: March 31, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryan Effgen

Pride Week 2004 gets under way today with “Southern Girls Convention!” at 4:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Room 239A. This presentation explores the diversity, strength, and complexity of the women of the South, whose unique history of racial, gender, and class oppression has taken on a unique face: the southern girl.

On Wednesday, April 7, Faisal Alam will give a presentation on “The Lives of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) Muslims.” Alam, founder and director of Al-Fatiha (an international organization for LBGT Muslims), will speak out on myths about Islam and the lives of the gay Muslim community. The talk is at 5 p.m. in the SUB II Ballroom.

Other events throughout the week includes movies, a drag show, a blood drive, a voter registration forum, and a HOMOcoming Dance. Events close with a Day of Silence on Wednesday, April 21, in protest of the discrimination and harassment experienced by LGBT students and their allies.

Pride Week 2004 is a collaboration of the Mason Pride Alliance, the LGBT Graduate Students, Counseling Center, Health Education Services, Multicultural Research and Resource Center, Women’s Studies Resource and Research Center, Student Activities/Greek Life, University Life, and the Office of Diversity Programs and Services. For more information, call 703-993-2700 or see the web site.

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