Upcoming Programs

LGBT History Month

October is LGBT History Month, and we have so many events planned to celebrate! In addition to the programs below, keep an eye on our social media accounts for recognition of the following observances:

  • October: LGBT History Month
    • LGBT History Month is an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community, and represents a civil rights statement about the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community.
  • October 8: International Lesbian Day
    • International Lesbian Day is an annual day which celebrates lesbian culture.
  • October 11: National Coming Out Day
    • Thirty-two years ago, on the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, the National Gay Rights Advocates first observed National Coming Out Day as a reminder that one of our most basic tools is the power of coming out.
  • October 15: Spirit Day
    • Spirit Day is an annual LGBTQ awareness day observed on the third Thursday in October, initially created in response to a rash of widely publicized bullying-related suicides of gay school students in 2010, including that of Tyler Clementi. Promoted by GLAAD, observers wear the color purple as a visible sign of support for LGBTQ youth.
  • October 19: LGBT Center Awareness Day
    • LGBT Center Awareness Day is a national day of action focused on awareness around the work of LGBT community centers everywhere. The day was planned to help bring national attention to the Community Center Movement within the LGBT movement, which serves over 40,000 people weekly, and highlight the ways that people can get involved or utilize their local centers.
  • October 21: International Pronoun Day
    • International Pronouns Day seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender and gender nonconforming people. Together, we can transform society to celebrate people’s multiple, intersecting identities.
  • October 26: Intersex Awareness Day
    • Intersex Awareness Day marks the first public demonstration by intersex people in North America. Morgan Holmes and Max Beck of Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) were joined by allies from Transexual Menace and other organizations. It took place on October 26, 1996 in Boston, Massachusetts outside a conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • October 25-31: Ace Week
    • Founded as Asexual Awareness Week in 2010, this international movement began as an awareness campaign to encourage LGBTQ+ organizations to support the ace community.
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Celebrate LGBT History Month by learning more about LGBTQA+ identities and inclusion! Enroll now in Quest: Foundations, the LBGT Resource Center’s core curriculum. This program is designed to encourage the growth and development of ally skills and practices over time by providing a greater variety of educational programs and workshops at varying levels and on specific topics and identities.

Enroll in the D2L community today! 

What to expect from Quest Online:
  • The program is designed for all members of the MSU community. 
  • The program includes videos, activities, journaling, and reflection. 
  • We built this program in consultation with LGBTQA+ members of the MSU community and our supporters. 
  • The program explores introductory concepts and provides a solid foundation of knowledge on LGBTQA+ identities.
  • The program is divided into six modules you can complete at your own pace. 
Chase Strangio

The State of LGBTQA+ Rights: Using an Unjust Legal System to Fight for LGBTQA+ Justice In 2020 And Beyond

Join us for a conversation with Chase Strangio, Deputy Director for Transgender Justice, LGBT & HIV Project, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

This talk will focus on the movement for LGBTQA+ justice with a focus on the rights and material survival chances for trans and nonbinary people. How does the legal system reinforce systems of white supremacy and patriarchy? How has it remained one of the most dominant tools in fighting back against attacks on LGBTQA+ communities? How can students, staff, and faculty join the movement for LGBTQA+ liberation?

Focusing on the last five years of legal advocacy, Chase will talk about the history of LGBTQA+ legal fights and building a movement for racial and economic justice that centers the leadership and movement building work of Black trans leaders. A brief Q&A will follow the discussion.
Register in advance for this webinar
This event is brought to you by MSU LBGT Resource Center
Co-sponsored by: MSU E.P.I.C., Alliance for Queer and Ally Students, TransAction, The MSU Law Diversity and Equity Services Office, Transcend, Salus Center, Center for Gender in Global Context, and MSU Law Triangle Bar Association
National Coming Out Day
Join us for a National Coming Out Day event on Sunday, October 11th 2020 at 7:00pm via zoom! Coming out means different things to each individual person. We honor your process! Know that whether you are exploring what gender means for you or you have already found the words, you are valid are amazing! Come listen to select coming out stories and maybe share your own in our open mic segment. Register in advance for this meeting.
Rainbow Cooking Shows
October is LGBTQA+ History Month! Let's celebrate with rainbow themed cooking fun! Join our chefs as they craft creative rainbow concoctions on zoom and the LBGT Resource Center's Facebook Live!  Register in advance for this webinar.
  • Chef Kelsey Watson 10/12
  • Chef Heather Shea 10/19
  • Chef Aaron Myers 10/26
Special Collections Live
Join MSU Librarian Elisa Landaverde on an exclusive virtual tour of the LGBTQ+ Special Collection! They'll be highlighting queer historical gems in different formats and answering questions about their work. Join us on Zoom or Facebook Live on October 16th at 2pm. Register in advance for this webinar.
Understanding Pronouns
Understanding Pronouns Workshop - On October 21, International Pronouns Day!

October 21, 2020; 10:00am to 11:30am
Celebrate International Pronouns day by joining us for a deep dive into pronouns! It can be difficult to speak without using pronouns. After all, we have been socialized and educated to use them. Despite the everyday use of pronouns, their impact on understanding gender expression and gender identity is often underestimated. In an effort to better serve our students and each other, please join the staff of the LBGT Resource Center for an in-depth look at pronouns. We will discuss how to ask for pronouns, how to share your own, what to do when you make a mistake, and why using “they” as a singular pronoun is not a new phenomenon! And, we will practice using they/them/theirs pronouns and other Neo-pronouns.
Update: Registration is now closed for the 10/21 Understanding Pronouns Workshop. Please register for the next session on Monday, December 7th at 1:00pm.