September 16, 2014

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Change The World One Story at a Time: Volunteer Training

RSVP by Thursday, September 18
Training on Sunday, September 21, 10 am – 4 pm, location TBD
ASMSU Conference Room (328 Student Services)

If you are hoping to volunteer as a panelist for our Speakers Bureau, you will be required to attend a training on Sunday, September 21 from 10 am – 4 pm, unless you attended the training in January of this year. Anyone can volunteer for these panels, you do not need to be an MSU student, and you don’t need to fill out an application. RSVP here.

The Speakers Bureau brings LBGT and Ally identified persons who are trained to share their stories to classrooms, campus units, student organizations, residence halls, community organizations, and others. Speakers Bureau Volunteers are trained to provide elementary information on sexuality and gender, campus resources, and the status of current public policy issues. Speakers provide education about the diverse identities of LBGTA people, while sharing their personal stories openly, followed by a Q&A. A panel may be the first opportunity audience members have to ask candid questions in a safe environment. Panels may also address special topic areas, such as the intersections of race/ethnicity and LBGT identities. Discussion topics often include: public policy, family reactions, health issues, and campus experiences. Trained speakers may participate in our other outreach and education programs as well.

Click here to RSVP – I WILL ATTEND THE TRAINING SUNDAY SEPT 21 from 10am – 4pm
Email Zoe Steinfield with questions:

Michigan Trans* and Trans* Ally Voices Needed! Training Provided


The voices of trans* people, their allies, and supportive family members are needed! The trans* community in Michigan needs your help NOW! Training, mentoring, and coaching provided. Please contact Amanda ASAP at if you can help.
Unity MI is funding a grassroots organizing project to amend the Elliot Larson Civil Rights Act to include protections for everyone. This project is being run by trans* identified people and we’re specifically looking for trans* identified folks and their allies to recruit, develop, and keep involved in order to build a stronger, more inclusive movement. Do you know any trans* people who might be a great fit for this project? Let them know!

Students: Apply to Join FREE Spartan Delegation to Major LGBT Conference

Now accepting applications
2015 Conference at Illinois State University

Today is an especially exciting day because the application for the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender College Conference 2015 Spartan Delegation is now open! This year, MBLGTACC will be hosted by Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois from Friday, February 13th to Sunday, February 15th. Conference events will include student, faculty, and keynote speaker led workshops, keynote speakers, and entertainment. One of the keynote speakers this year will be Laverne Cox (a star of Orange is the New Black and a nationally known trans advocate)! If you are accepted into the delegation, your hotel, travel expenses, and conference fees will be covered by the Alliance of Queer and Ally Students!

For more information about the conference.

We will also be hosting an informational meeting about the conference, so watch for details on our Facebook, Twitter, and in your email.

LGBTQ Faculty, Staff, and Grad Student Picnic

hawk islandNow on Thursday, September 18, 4 – 8 pm
Hawk Island Park, Kestrel Shelter

GLFSA members, families, friends, and allies are invited to attend the annual fall welcome picnic. Please bring a dish to pass. Burgers, hot dogs, and vegetarian options will be provided by our event sponsor, Merrill Lynch.

Event is free. $3 vehicle fee for Ingham County residents and $5 for non-residents. Hardship passes can be requested.

RSVP online.

Public Policy Update and Celebrate Bisexuality Day

Tuesday, September 23
Public Policy Update: 6 pm
Bisexuality Discussion: 7:30 pm
G8 Holden Hall

Emily Dievendorf, the Executive Director of Equality Michigan and a leading bisexual advocate, will present a Michigan LGBT Public Policy Update, “Bi and Trans Inclusion: The Overdue Overhaul of the Gay Policy Agenda.” This is required attendance for Speakers Bureau participants (we will try to get a version viewable online for those who can’t make it) but it is also a wonderful opportunity that’s open to the public. Later in the evening, Emily will give a talk, “The Biggest Island: Biphobia and the Importance of Bivisibility” for Celebrate Bisexuality Day. This will be open to all students, faculty, and staff. A short Q and A will follow both events. Between these events, there will be an opportunity for students to have dinner with Emily. Email Dee at to RSVP for dinner.

Whose Beloved Community? Black Civil and LGBT Rights Movements

Friday, September 26, 2-4 pm
Brody Complex 134

Mandy Carter will lead a keynote conversation that covers the history and current state of affairs between the ongoing Civil Rights movement and Black LGBT activists, broadly defined. Carter’s talk will remind us that the role of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in both race-based and sexuality-based civil rights movements is frequently rendered invisible as a result of prevailing national narratives that present (presumed white) LGBT communities and (presumed straight) Black communities as opposing forces. Carter is a scholar and activist whose work seeks to make visible the vital points of intersection and contention among the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, the LGBT equality movement, and Black LGBT communities.

Mandy Carter is a southern African-American lesbian social justice activist with a 46-year movement history of social, racial and LGBT justice organizing. Carter helped co-found the Southerners On New Ground (SONG) and the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC).

March with MSU LGBT Groups in the Homecoming Parade and Go to the LGBT Homecoming Reception!

Parade staging begins at 4:30 pm, marching at 6 pm
Setting up along Abbot Road, Marching to corner of Farm and Shaw
LGBT Homecoming Reception 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Red Cedar Room, Kellogg Center

Show your Spartan and LGBT Pride by marching with the MSU PRIDE contingent in the Homecoming Parade – RSVP here! Afterward, enjoy snacks and a social mixer at the LGBT Homecoming Reception – a great chance to network and meet last year’s LGBT Scholarship Recipients!

PARKING is available for free w/ validation in the Kellogg Center parking ramp.

TICKETS will be sold at the door for $20/adult and $10 for students.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact Bill Beachler at If you are a student who needs a sponsor for your ticket, contact Dee Hurlbert at

Student Job Opportunity

Interview Day on Friday, September 19, 1-6 pm
South Neighborhood

South Neighborhood is currently hiring Service Center Representatives and Night Receptionists.

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