Photo credit: Chloe Briskin
Last weekend, a production of the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch performed three shows in Alpha Delta Phi’s Grotto. If you’ve never heard of Hedwig, let’s just say that it is a sight to behold, and this version was no exception.
I live in Alpha Delt, so skipping this show was out of the question for me; I do my laundry down the hall from the Grotto, and I kept walking in on Hedwig rehearsals during the first two weeks of school. I also knew several of the people who worked on it, including the director (Maia Nelles-Sager ’17), the stage manager (Chloe Briskin ’18), and the bassist (our managing editor Maya). But I really didn’t know what to expect. I knew a Wesleyan alum, Stephen Trask ’89, had written the music and lyrics. I knew that the main character was genderqueer – traditionally performed by a cis man in women’s clothing, although in this version the actor was also genderqueer – and that the only other character onstage was a gay man played by a woman. And I knew there was a rock band. But that’s about it.
From José Luis Sánchez ’18:
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
From Romil Sharma ’16:
REACT to Film and QueerWes present an exclusive screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary, Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine. The film, directed by Michele Josue, revisits one of the most notorious hate crimes in American history and finds meaning in it.
In 1998, Matt Shepard, a 21-year old gay college student, was found tied to a fence, viciously beaten, and abandoned. The hate-fueled atrocity sparked a national outcry that resulted in the passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Josue, who knew Matt personally, tells the story of his life and universalizes his experience in this powerful documentary.
Join us for a screening of the film, followed by a discussion. Snacks will be provided!
Date: Thursday, April 30
Time: 7-9:30 PM
Place: PAC 004
From Ariel Lesnick ’15:
This year’s Queer Prom Theme is Queer Futurity/ Future/ Cyborgs.
For everyone who would rather be a cyborg than a goddess, who analyzes their life through queer temporalities, and everyone in between, please come through!
There will be music, dancing, and the traditional prom photo booth.
Date: Saturday, April 18
Time: 10PM – 1AM
Place: Alpha Delt
Willa Sexman ’15 sent you a sext:
Sex things are great! Ten thousand emails a week are overwhelming! Let’s do more sex things with fewer emails!
Message wbeckman(at)wesleyan(dot)edu to be added to the WeSex listserv and get a weekly email on all sex (and health and queer) things at Wesleyan. Updates from ASHA, the PHAs, the SART Intern, We Speak We Stand, SFCC, Take Back The Night, the Clinic Escorts, Unlocked, and QueerWes will be combined and sent out in one (really just one I promise!) message letting you know all of the things going on during the week, how to get involved, and where to get free condoms and sex toys.
Involved in a sex-related group that isn’t part of WeSex? Email wbeckman(at)wesleyan(dot)edu about your group to get on the list!
Courtesy of Ben Guilmette ’15:
Described by The Stranger as “a gender-fucking tower of pure pulsingpurple fabulous,” Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is a writer, activist,artist, and queer critic. She is the author of two novels, So ManyWays to Sleep Badly and Pulling Taffy, and the editor of fivenonfiction anthologies, including Why Are Faggots So Afraid ofFaggots, Nobody Passes, and That’s Revolting! Queer Strategies forResisting Assimilation. The End of San Francisco is her first memoir.
Date: Tuesday, Nov 19
Time: 4:30-6 p.m.
Place: Russell House
I’m sitting right now in 41 Wyllys Room 112 for the Open Forum on Gender-Neutral Bathrooms and Trans* Activism. This forum is co-hosted by WesDEF, Wesleying, Open House, and QueerWes, and will be facilitated by WesDEF – specifically, Mariama Eversley ’14 and Leah Bakely ’16.
This will be a safe space for people to discuss their thoughts, concerns, and opinions of the recent trans* activism that has been de-gendering bathrooms in the last few weeks. Given that this is a safe space, Wesleying (in this case, hermes, sneeze, and I) will not be recording the names of participants. This will also be a serious liveblog. We will be providing an as-close-to-verbatim-as-possible record of what is said in the forum without critiquing opinions with which we may not agree.
We’ll be going over definitions and vocabulary surrounding trans* issues at the start of the forum, but check out TransWhat if you’re interested in a short glossary of relevant terms and information on what it means to be trans*. If you’re bewildered by the fact that this discussion forum exists or are wondering why all the bathroom signs have vanished recently, read my post “All Gender Bathrooms Now” – Pissed Off Trans* People on the DIY Gender-Neutralizing of Wesleyan’s Bathrooms. I’ll also be putting a few more features related to this up in the next few days.
Click past the jump for the liveblog.
BZOD UPDATE, 11/5/13, 4:09 PM: We’ve officially moved this across the hall from 41 Wyllys Room 115 to 41 Wyllys Room 112 due to space concerns.
On Tuesday, November 5 at 7:00 PM in 41 Wyllys Room 112, WesDEF (Wesleyan Diversity Education Facilitators), Wesleying, Open House, and QueerWes, will be hosting an an open forum to discuss people’s thoughts, concerns, and opinions about the recent trans* activism on campus – including, but not limited to the gender-neutralizing of bathrooms. The forum will be facilitated by WesDEF and will include vegan snacks.
Wesleying will be doing a liveblog of the discussion (which will, of course, not log names of anyone speaking). Anyone who has opinions about gender-neutral bathrooms or trans* activism, or wants to better understand trans* issues, should attend. We’d love to have as many sides as possible represented in the discussion.
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
Courtesy of Ben Romero ’16:
yoyooyoyyo freshmen, want to get to know some other queers on campus?
Come over to Open House (154 Church) for some sweet refreshments today at two. We promise you won’t regret it.
As always, everyone is welcome.
Date: Today, Sunday, September 8
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Place: Open House