This is a repost of an updated version of Sam’s update of his 2016 article, because “heterenormativity is [still] killing this country.”
Taken from the 2017 Showtunes Sideways performance. Showtunes Sideways is a musical cabaret that opens up a space for those to perform roles in songs from musicals which they wouldn’t traditionally be cast in. PC Maia Nelles Sager ’17
This is part of our 2021 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.
Hello, sweet sweet children! This post is here for all of my children of the rainbow to get a sense of what it is like to be a Queer identifying person on campus. This is a revamped version of the post I wrote last year (which you can find ~here~). Now that I’ve gotten a bit more experience under my belt at Wes (I’m going to be a Junior. Ik. I’m so old), I thought it was fair to update my general feeling on The Community™ at Wes. On top of my general experiences, this post will also contain some resources that are here for all LGBTQIA+ bbys.
From Margot Weiss:
The GLASS (Gay, Lesbian, and Sexuality Studies) Prize is awarded for the best research and writing on a subject in queer, trans*, LGBT, or sexuality studies.
The prize is open to Wesleyan undergraduate students in all classes; senior essays and theses are preferred. The award includes no cash benefit, but the winner’s name will be published in the 2017 Commencement booklet.
Entries must be submitted in hard copy by 4pm on Thursday, April 20 to the Center for the Americas (look for the bin labeled “GLASS Prize” in the downstairs hallway).
If you have any questions, please contact the GLASS Prize chair, Prof. Margot Weiss (firstname.lastname@example.org). More info at: http://www.wesleyan.edu/queerstudies/glass.html
Date: Thursday, April 20
Place: Center for the Americas
Alumni Jennifer Boylan ’80 and Alexander Chee ’89 read recent work, discuss queer lives and storytelling, and share their own experiences as LGBT writers at Wesleyan.
Jennifer Boylan, a professor at Barnard College, is the author of 15 books, including She’s Not There, the first bestselling work by a transgender American, and I’m Looking Through You, which contains a chapter on Wesleyan. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and currently serves as the national co-chair of GLAAD, the media advocacy nonprofit for LGBTQ people. Her new novel, Long Black Veil, is forthcoming in April 2017.
Alexander Chee teaches fiction writing and the essay at Dartmouth College. He is the author of the novels Edinburgh (Welcome Rain, 2001; Picador, 2002) and The Queen of the Night (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016). Edinburgh, which partly takes place at Wesleyan, won the Iowa Writers’ Workshop’s Michener Copernicus Prize in Fiction, the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Editor’s Choice Prize, and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Literary Award.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Wesleyan Library with support from Academic Affairs.
Date: Friday, March 3rd
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: Smith Reading Room, 1st floor Olin Library
Kimberly Heras ’17 writes in:
Performing through his drag alter-ego Lola Von Miramar, Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes delivers “Abolición del pato”, a theatrical interpretation and critique of the historical place of queerness and homosexuality in the Americas.
Date: Friday, November 7th – tonight!
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Place: Memorial Chapel
More information after the jump.
Center for Prison Education Fellow Zach Fischman ’13, folks:
Reverend Jason Lyndon from the Boston-based prison reform Black and Pink is coming to Wesleyan! Reverend Jason will be leading a discussion about the current state of the prison system in America at 5’oclock, where he’ll give an overview of America’s problem with mass incarceration. At 6 o’clock, he’ll run a “letter writing session,” where we’ll write notes to incarcerated folks who identify as LGBTQ.
Date: TODAY, Monday April 21st
Place: Allbritton 318 (CCP Student Lounge)
Cost: Free Hundred
A message from Joe Ringoen ’14:
Have a stressful week of midterms? Wish you could make a difference without dedicating more than 2 minutes of your time? If so, stop by the basement of Albritton on Monday night for some quick coffee and activism!
WesAmnesty, your trusted student group for human rights, has drafted letters to two prominent Olympic committee members, and we need your support to make them effective! Take a stand for LGBT justice by learning about the cause and signing the letters, and get a 25¢ discount to Espwesso in the process!
Shout-out to Espwesso for their generous support!
Time: 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Place: Allbritton Basement, outside Espwesso
Cost: WE pay YOU (in Espwesso discounts)
In case you missed it, Wesleyan has missed yet another opportunity for ranking and recognition. We might not care about U.S. News or The Princeton Review or The Huffington Post, but this one hurts. Westboro Baptist Church skipped over ole Wesleyan to select Vassar College as its “Ivy League Whorehouse” (despite the fact that Vassar is not, in fact, a member of the Ivy League), and Vassar students are taking the honor with pride.
In a press release and their schedule, Westboro attacks not just Vassar but the whole of American academia. They hone in on Vassar’s especially inclusive culture:
WBC will picket Vassar College to warn the students, faculty, and alumni that the satanic policies of this nation, especially those of the colleges and universities, are causing God to pour His wrath out upon this nation. Doomed american academics fancy themselves to be smarter than God. They promote the fag agenda with all their might and mock the word of God and His messengers at every turn. Let’s see how that works out for them on the Judgment Day!
God Hates Vassar College for following the satanic Zeitgeist by professing the soul-damning lie that it is “OK to be gay.” That is what the men of Sodom and Gomorrah professed and we see how well that worked out for them. WBC will kindly warn everyone affiliated with Vassar College that the Lord that destroyed those ancient cities on the plain yet reigns. Repent or Perish!
How did Vassar students react? Since our friends over at Mads Vassar are no longer with us, let’s take our own look.
Looking for a loving cause to spend your fall break on? Look now farther! Vivianne Swerdlow ’13 writes in:
Tired of Partisan Politics? Just want to spread love? Donate your fall break to do so!
Come to Maine for fall break, and spend your time on a historic campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples at the ballot for the first time!
Mainers United for Marriage is looking for Wesleyan students willing to donate their fall break for a life-changing experience. You will be trained and work side-by-side with experienced campaign staff and other volunteers to do critical work to ensure a win in November. Not only will you walk away with memories of amazing fall foliage, but you will come away with new or honed campaign skills and friends in Maine. Who doesn’t want that?
Dates: Oct 12-16
Place: Portland, ME
On Wednesday the 25th, the last Queer Community Meeting of the year will be held at 200 Church at 7:30 PM. We will be discussing future renovations of the Queer Resource Center, debrief on April, reflect on the year, and plan future actions for next year. Please feel free to come by and share thoughts and opinions. There will probably be cookies.
Date: TOMORROW, Wednesday, April 25th
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Queer Community Meeting
On Thursday, April 26th, the infamous Sister Spit gang will be rolling through Beckham Hall at 8 pm for an amazing night of queer multi-media performances. Hosted by Michelle Tea, the night will feature poetry readings, music, videos, and other artistic shindigs by a variety of performers and writers including Mx Justin Vivian Bond, Brontez Purnell, Erin Markey, Cassie J Sneider, and Kit Yan.
Date: Thursday, April 26th
Time: 8 pm
Place: Beckham Hall