October is National LGBTQ History Month so we celebrate with Pride! Look for lectures, workshops, film discussions, and more, all aimed at developing deeper knowledge, understanding, and ability to think critically about issues of sexual and gender diversity.
Transgender Awareness Week is marked internationally by individuals and organizations during the month of November. It is a time for transgender people and their allies to take action and bring attention to the community by educating the public and advancing advocacy around the issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence that transgender people face.
We will mark the week with a variety of events including, Transgender Day of Remembrance, Gender Affirming Clothing Swap, Trans health and legal workshops.
International Pronouns Day catalyzes the long-standing movement to provide basic human dignity to transgender and gender expansive populations around the world. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves acknowledges someones identity. Unfortunately this is still something that happens all to rarely. We join in the struggle on International Pronouns Day and everyday to move our campus toward ever greater levels of respect and dignity for trans people.
The first Lavender Graduation ceremony was held at the University of Michigan in 1995. Dr. Ronnie Sanlo saw an opportunity to include many students who felt invisible during their college years and who were skipping the official graduation ceremony altogether. Today, Lavender Graduation is a key component of commencement season at many campuses throughout the country. Following this tradition, our ceremony incorporates keynote speakers, entertainment, leadership awards, and lavender tassels as we celebrate student success.
Day of Silence is a national event where people take a vow of silence to highlight the historic and ongoing silencing and marginalization of LGBTQ people. In the U.S. and worldwide, LGBTQ people face abuse, harassment, discrimination, violence, homelessness, poverty, and suicide.
Our Day of Silence protest takes on many forms, but we always invite the entire campus community to participate with us. Be sure to look for calls to action in the spring!