Mason Celebrates Pride Week 2006

Posted: March 27, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryan Call

George Mason University observes Pride Week 2006 – really Pride Weeks, since the events span almost three weeks – celebrating the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community.

The events are designed to raise awareness of these groups at Mason and to foster a sense of unity on campus. Pride Week events on the Fairfax Campus begin Saturday, March 25, and run through Thursday, April 13.

  • On Friday, March 31, comedian Judy Gold will perform in the Johnson Center Atrium at 9 p.m. Gold is an actress, an award-winning comedian, a producer, a writer and a mother of two sons with her long-term partner, Sharon.
  • On Tuesday, April 4, YK Hong will present “Intentionality: Navigating the World with Multiple Identities.” The presentation/workshop will address decisions, thoughts and reflections of how we can move with greater intentionality through an increasingly complex world. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center’s Dewberry Hall.
  • Mason’s Safe Zone Program will train allies of the LGBTQ community on Thursday, April 6. These allies will serve as safe listeners, advocates and/or resources. The Safe Zone Program helps to create a safer, welcoming and affirming campus culture at Mason. The training workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m. in Dewberry Hall North.
  • On Friday, April 7, the Johnson Center, University Life Programs and Pride Alliance present a Drag Show in which the area’s best drag kings and queens will perform from 10:30 p.m. until 1 a.m.

In addition to the above events, there will be a series of films on campus, including “Rent” and “Brokeback Mountain,” as well as an open mic night, a masquerade ball and a performance by Adam Pascal, the star of “Rent.”

An exhibit called “Secret Scraps” will shown in Room 116 of the Johnson Center throughout the week. The exhibit, inspired by Frank Warren’s online Post Secrets project, will feature secrets anonymously submitted by members of the Mason community. In order to take part in the exhibit, just submit your secrets in the drop-off boxes located in the Wellness Resource Room, the Pride Office, the Disability Resource Center or the Office of Diversity Programs and Services (ODPS) in Student Union Building I.

Also be on the lookout for the Queer Awareness Campaign, which will feature posters around campus of LGBTQ figures who have made key contributions to the academic, cultural, entertainment and/or political landscape of the nation.

Pride Week 2006 is a collaboration of Pride Alliance, TransMason, the Multicultural Research and Resource Center, the Women’s Research and Resource Center, Substance Abuse Services, the Program Board, Student Activities, University Libraries, University Life and ODPS. For more information, call 703-993-2700.

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