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Unofficial Orientation Series 2018: Queer Life

 This post is 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 2018 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.

 

In Depth: Unity

If you were at the activities fair last week, you probably noticed that Wesleyan has an overwhelming amount of clubs groups to join. Because you don’t have the time (or enough room in your inbox) to sign up for everything you saw, our In-Depth Series profiles some of those student groups who may have slipped through those cracks. In this installation, I sat down with Isaac Klimasmith ’20, the leader of Unity. Unity is a space for queer Christians to meet and talk about their faith. Enjoy! 

Unofficial Orientation Series 2017: Queer Life

“Heteronormativity is 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 2017 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.

Off the bat, I’m gonna let you in on a secret: It’s not easy being queer. Shocker, right? As a community we face hardships that many do not have to deal with, and that is no exception at Wesleyan. People can still be annoying af to deal with, but overall this is a community of care and support and people want to see you blossom into the beautiful and radiant Queen you are meant to be. As you read on, please be aware that these are my personal feelings and experiences, and I definitely am not trying to speak for a whole group of people through this post.

Film Series: The Handmaiden

2016. South Korea. Dir: Park Chan-wook. With Kim Min-hee. 144 min.


When a professional pickpocket is sent by a conman to serve as a Japanese heiress’s maid, the last thing she expects to discover is sexual freedom. Acclaimed director Park (Oldboy, Lady Vengeance) transposes Sarah Waters’s novel Fingersmith to Japanese-occupied Korea in this sensational erotic thriller.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Queer Past, Queer Future

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

Queer Community Open Forum

From José Luis Sánchez ’18:queercommunityforum

We want to hear what you envision the Wesleyan queer community to look like for the 2016-2017 school year. We want to know your expectations and concerns. Queer spaces? Queer parties? Queer events? Come discuss–there will be snacks.

Creating a safe and supportive queer community at Wes requires that we all work together so please invite your friends!

There will be snacks.

Date: Tuesday, September 20
Time: 6:30 Pm – 8:00 PM
Place: Allbritton 311

Experimental Shorts: Queer Underground

1947-2008. Approx 88 min. 16mm prints.

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According to the curators at Canyon Cinema, “the program begins with the love shaman’s call for a sexual revolution of the body politic urging mankind into a new love age.” And it only gets better from there. Witness a truly special collection of shorts that contemplate queerness in America by plunging into the deep expressive well of experimental cinema.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

“______ Fall Back”: On Concert Culture, Moshing and (Un)Safe Spaces

Almost three years ago exactly, I showed up to my first Eclectic concert, as a wide-eyed, naive pre-frosh, a total stranger to the “college music scene.” There was loud, thrashy music coming from the ballroom, where a small crowd was gathered. While dancing wildly around with all these strange older cool college kids, I thought to myself, “Wow! I am actually doing this. I am a skinny, lanky dude moshing! And it feels great! And I should totally come here and do this more!” And the rest was, as they say, history.

Queer T-shirts: A SECOND CHANCE

1467440_10151783556861229_359861676_nThe amazing Sophie Massey ’15 is giving you a second chance to order that awesome queer shirt (design thanks to Professor Greg Goldberg and Virgil Taylor ’15) that you were pissed you missed ordering last year:

Queer shirts are back!
If you didn’t get a queer shirt last year
OR
Want more of them
OR
Are are just hearing about this for the first time
NOW IS YOUR CHANCE

Queer Bedtime Stories

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Listen to and share stories with the Wesleyan community about queerness. Everyone is invited to speak- whether it be a personal coming out story, the story of a friend or family member, or another experience with queerness that has been influential for you. Students, faculty, and staff are all encouraged to join us (hosted by QueerWes)!

Date: Thursday, October 10
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: Nics Lounge