December 3, 2013: Good Luck on Your Finals, Everyone!
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Study Breakout Sessions For Finals Week
December 4, 5, 9, 10, and 11, all day
LBGT Resource Center (302 Student Services)
Finals Week is coming up, and anyone looking for a quiet space to work is welcome to stop by the Resource Center on the above dates to study and enjoy snacks, coffee, and tea!
Remember to get enough SLEEP before your finals – otherwise your memory will be impaired and all that study time will be wasted!
Join QPOCC and BSA for a Study Jam
December 4 at 7 pm
Mosaic Multicultural Unity Center, 2nd Floor of the Union
The Queer People of Color Coalition and the Black Student Alliance are co-hosting a study session tomorrow night! Come and find a study buddy and have some snacks provided by the LBGT Resource Center!
GLFSA Holiday Party!
Thursday, December 5, from 5 – 8 pm
The GLFSA (MSU’s LGBT faculty, staff, and grad student association) will be hosting an annual holiday party – spouses, partners, friends, and children are welcome! We hope to see you there.
Radical Self-Acceptance Workshop
Thursday, December 5, at 7:30 pm
For location contact Trans*Action at firstname.lastname@example.org
Negative representations of gender, sexuality, and bodies abound, but how do we counter these images, words, and beliefs in our own lives? A framework of radical self-acceptance is a way to honor your body, sexuality, and gender as it is right now. First we will describe some of the negative and positive messages that we receive (black is beautiful, thin is in, etc.), some of our doubts (Am I [trans*] enough? etc.), and some of our moments of self-acceptance. Then we will talk about a framework for radical self-acceptance and strategies for countering negative messages and finding more positive channels. Then we will spend some time in small groups thinking about some ways that we might bring radical self-acceptance into our own lives. This workshop draws heavily on the sex-positive and fat acceptance movements, but applies these concepts and principles to our entire existence. Come ready to open your heart to yourself.
Workshop hosted by Trans*Action
New Location for This Week’s Trans*Professional Networking Dinner
Dinner on Wednesday, December 11 at 6:30 pm; RSVP by Thursday, December 5
Swagath Indian Cuisine, 1060 Trowbridge Rd, East Lansing
As the semester is winding down, let’s get together with our fellow trans* professionals for networking, socializing, and general merriment. We are trying a new place, Swagath. Erich will make us a reservation, but because it is a sit-down-order-from-a-menu kind of place, if you could try to be on time, that’d be great. Please RSVP to Erich at email@example.com by December 5 to let him know that you are planning on attending and he will make sure you have a seat at the table.
As always, feel free to bring your loved ones, friends, family, partners, and so on.
Project 60/50 Programs
As 2014 draws near, we approach two special anniversaries of pivotal times in our nation’s history: the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. the Topeka Board of Education and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. These milestones give each of us reason to pause to reflect on their significance, to share our opinions, and to learn and grow. Throughout 2014, Michigan State University will commemorate them with Project 60/50, a year-long, community-wide conversation linking academic exploration and study with public remembrance.
The public is invited to join these conversations. Visit the project website to learn more and to connect with an existing 60/50 program, create a new program, or adopt a new concept under the canopy of Project 60/50 by completing a survey form.
Intercultural Aide Program
Intercultural Aides are undergraduate student staff members who work in the residence halls to help students make successful social, cultural, and academic transitions at Michigan State University. MSU students come from many different backgrounds and cultural experiences, sometimes from different parts of the world, and when first entering MSU, it is often an overwhelming experience. Aides are responsible for providing individualized student contact, informing students about the numerous resources on campus, and providing opportunities for students to meet and interact with students of different cultural backgrounds and experiences. To find out how you can be an Intercultural Aide, contact a staff member of the Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions by visiting the Student Services Building or calling (517) 353-7745.
New Issue of Bi Women: The Bi*-Trans* Connection
“…Why this theme? I have long seen a connection between bi* and trans* communities. Our existence disrupts binaries. We are often omitted or excluded from LGBT discourse and spaces. Our legitimacy and very existence is too often disputed. Some of us are both bi* and trans*. And we have the potential to be powerful allies to one another. I have been proud of the moments when we have created alliances and I want to strengthen these alliances and move the conversation forward… You will find in these pages essays, poems and creative writing…”
—Robyn Ochs, Editor
Find the issue here.
KICK Launches ‘LGBT in the D’ Campaign
Palmer Park, W McNichols (Six Mile) Rd at Woodward Ave, Detroit”
KICK – the Agency for LGBT African Americans – today launched the “LGBT In The ‘D’” Campaign – a billboard, print and social media campaign to increase the awareness of Detroit’s dynamic LGBT culture.
“As we walk into 2014, we want to reveal to the world how ‘Happy Together’ we are in Detroit,” says Curtis Lipscomb, executive director of KICK. “Today, we start the campaign on an incredible billboard located in Palmer Park, our culturally identified neighborhood.”
John Hardwick, a designer who worked on the project, says, “KICK is about people, a part of Detroit that many people don’t even know exists or choose to ignore and the billboard needed to show that.” John was assisted by Nnenna Orji of DesignOrji.com and members of the metro Detroit area who were photographed in his studio.
KICK has long been an essential source of acceptance, hope and empowerment for Detroit’s LGBT communities. With this campaign KICK is making the strong statement that LGBT people take a visible, vocal, and active part in the embrace of Detroit. Our roles and the diversity of our LGBT communities should be respected and celebrated.
Facebook Spotlight Campaign for QTPOC
The Coalition for Queer People of Color has started a Facebook Spotlight Campaign to make the voices and work of self-identified queer and trans* people of color more visible.
The Spotlight is meant to honor the work, passions, and survival of queer/trans* people of color by featuring their face as the Coalition’s profile picture, and the description will link to a detailed response highlighting the person’s accomplishments and aspirations on the Coalition website as well. This featured queer/trans* person of color would rotate every other week.
Because queer and trans* people of color have limited avenues to represent ourselves, this is an opportunity to have self-representation and to celebrate our identities, passions, and accomplishments. Our voices and faces should be seen and heard.
If you or someone you know self-identifies as a queer or trans* person of color and would like to be featured in our campaign, please nominate them or yourself through this google form. All nominations are welcome; an affiliation with the University of Michigan is not a requirement. The only requirement is that the nominated person self-identifies as a queer/trans* person of color.
Stay tuned for those featured in the campaign here!
Save the Date: Spring Semester Open House!
Wednesday, January 8, from 10 am – 6 pm
LBGT Resource Center
Good luck to everyone on their finals, from all of us here at the Center! We hope you have a wonderful winter break – and when next semester starts, we’ll have games, snacks, and a warm welcome back waiting for you at the Resource Center’s Open House!
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