Events & Programs

Spring 2022 Events & Programs

February

February 2: LGBTQ Welcome Back Event
HUB Social Hall, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

We are kicking off this Spring semester with an evening of frivolity and fun!

Harrisburg's finest comedy queen Felicia O'Toole will be hosting Back to School Bingo to welcome back Dickinson's LGBTQ community and allies. Faculty, staff and students all welcome. Prizes to be won! Food and refreshments served. Live Laugh Bingo.

February 7-11: Love Your Body Week

February 8: Loving Our Queer and Trans Bodies
Landis House, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

A discussion event for queer and trans people to come together and celebrate the diversity of our bodies. We will be exploring the many ways trans and queer people connect with their bodies through guided discussion and exercises.

February 16: RAISE Training for Students
Stern 102, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Please join the Office of LGBTQ Services for R.A.I.S.E. (Red Devils Advocating for Inclusive Spaces for Everyone) Training for Students! R.A.I.S.E.  focuses on allowing Dickinsonians to engage more deeply and personally in issues related to the LGBTQQIA+ community. During the training, participants will gain a better awareness of concepts related to gender and sexual orientation, their own personal biases, and how to be an effective ally to the LGBTQQIA+ community.

February 17: RAISE Training for FAS
Stern 102, 12:00-1:15 p.m.

Please join the Office of LGBTQ Services for R.A.I.S.E. (Red Devils Advocating for Inclusive Spaces for Everyone) Training for FAS! R.A.I.S.E.  focuses on allowing Dickinsonians to engage more deeply and personally in issues related to the LGBTQQIA+ community. During the training, participants will gain a better awareness of concepts related to gender and sexual orientation, their own personal biases, and how to be an effective ally to the LGBTQQIA+ community.

February 17: “Vice Patrol: Revisiting the Policing of Gay Life before Stonewall”
Anita Tuvin Schlecter Auditorium, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

In the mid-twentieth century, gay life flourished in American cities even as the state repression of queer communities reached its peak. In this lecture, Anna Lvovsky examines the tactics used to criminalize and suppress gay life from the 1930s through the 1960s, and the often-surprising debates those campaigns inspired in court—debates over not just the law’s treatment of queer people, but also the limits of ethical policing, the authority of experts, and the nature of sexual difference itself. Tracing those institutional and epistemic battles, this lecture offers a new look at the possibilities of resistance in the justice system, the role of the police in shaping public understandings of queerness, and the rich, unpredictable intersections between state repression and public knowledge about marginalized social groups.

Anna Lvovsky is an Assistant Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where her scholarship focuses on the legal and cultural dimensions of policing, judicial uses of professional knowledge, and the regulation of gender and sexuality. Her first book, Vice Patrol: Cops, Courts, and the Struggle over Urban Gay Life before Stonewall, examines the daily realities and legal contests surrounding the policing of gay communities in the mid-twentieth century. At HLS, she teaches courses on evidence, criminal law, American legal history, and the history of policing. Previously, she was an Academic Fellow at Columbia Law School and clerked for Judges Michael Boudin of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and Gerard E. Lynch of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. She received her B.A. from Yale University, her J.D. from Harvard Law School, and her Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University.

This event is co-sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, the American Studies, Law & Policy, and Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Departments.

February 24, RAISE 2.0
Stern 102, 12:00-1:15 p.m.

Want to grow as an ally to the LGBTQ+ community? Join us for our new training to engage with other members of the campus community to discuss the implementation of your ally action plans and take the next steps in the RAISE process! This training supplements the prior RAISE training, deepening our discussion and exploring conversations that started during the first training.

Only individuals who have completed the ally action plan and the first RAISE training at least 6 months ago are eligible for this event. For more information, please contact Todd Nordgren, Director LGBTQ Services.

February 24: Bisexual Mixer
Landis House, 5:00-6:30pm

Join us for bisexual camaraderie in our private, confidential dinner and discussion group! Come to learn more about the bisexual community, share your experiences of being bisexual on and off campus, and to plan future programming specific to bisexual identity.

February 25: Di(ne)alogue
Landis House, 5:00-6:30pm

Are you transgender (binary or non-binary), GNC, genderqueer, or questioning? Join Di(ne)alogue, a private, confidential dinner and discussion group! Share your thoughts and experiences as we build a close-knit community of trans friends and family.

March

March 22: "Thinking Trans Care"
Talk, Social Hall, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Di(ne)alogue Dinner, Landis House, 6:45-8:00 p.m.

What does it mean for trans people to show up for one another, to care deeply for one another? How have failures of care shaped trans lives? What care practices have trans subjects and communities cultivated in the wake of widespread transphobia and systemic forms of trans exclusion?

This talk proposes a critical intervention in how care labor and care ethics have been thought, arguing that dominant modes of conceiving and critiquing the politics and distribution of care entrench normative and cis-centric familial structures and gendered arrangements. A serious consideration of trans survival and flourishing requires a radical rethinking of how care operates.

Hil Malatino is a College of the Liberal Arts Endowed Fellow and Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Philosophy at Penn State University. He is the author of Side Affects: On Being Trans and Feeling Bad (Minnesota 2022), Queer Embodiment: Monstrosity, Medical Violence, and Intersex Experience (Nebraska 2019), and Trans Care (Minnesota 2020), which won the Publishing Triangle Award and was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. He is the current president of WGS South (formerly the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association) and the director of the Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI), which supports undergraduate students from under-represented groups who are considering future study in the field of philosophy.

March 22: Di(ne)alogue w/ Dr. Hil Malatino
Landis House, 5:00-6:30pm

Are you transgender (binary or non-binary), GNC, genderqueer, or questioning? Join Di(ne)alogue, a private, confidential dinner and discussion group! Share your thoughts and experiences as we build a close-knit community of trans friends and family.

Join Dr Hil Malatino at Landis House for an informal discussion and dinner following his talk “Thinking Trans Care”. Hil Malatino is assistant professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies and Philosophy and core faculty in the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State.

March 24: Bisexual Mixer
Landis House, 5:30-7:00pm

Join us for bisexual camaraderie in our private, confidential dinner and discussion group! Come to learn more about the bisexual community, share your experiences of being bisexual on and off campus, and to plan future programming specific to bisexual identity.

March 31: International Transgender Day of Visibility

 

April

April 2-8: Campus Pride Week

April 14: Bisexual Mixer
Landis House, 5:30-7:90pm

Join us for bisexual camaraderie in our private, confidential dinner and discussion group! Come to learn more about the bisexual community, share your experiences of being bisexual on and off campus, and to plan future programming specific to bisexual identity.

April 15: Di(ne)alogue
Landis House, 5:00-6:30pm

Are you transgender (binary or non-binary), GNC, genderqueer, or questioning? Join Di(ne)alogue, a private, confidential dinner and discussion group! Share your thoughts and experiences as we build a close-knit community of trans friends and family.

April 21: Queer Cap Tapping Ceremony
Steps of Old West, 12:00-12:30pm
Lunch, Stern 102, 12:30-1:30pm

Join the Class of 2022 Queer Caps as they tap the newest members of the Class of 2023! They will also tap honorary members from the faculty, staff, or administration.

The Queer Caps were established in 2008 to encourage visibility of queer activists on campus. At the time, many students felt like there wasn’t enough recognition of the value of queer programming and visibility on campus. The founders described the students selected as Queer Caps as individuals who advocated for queer rights, working to tear down traditions and establishments that perpetuate systems of oppression.

April 22: Lavender Graduation & Reception
Ceremony, Stern Great Room, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Reception, Stern 102, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Join us for this inspiring and affirming ceremony that celebrates the achievements of graduating students in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and ally (LGBTQ+) community from Dickinson College. We also take the time to recognize members of the LGBTQ+ community with our OUTstanding Service Award for students and faculty, administrators, and staff and allies with our Ally Recognition Awards.

April 23: Drag Show
ATS

 

Fall 2021 Events & Programs

September

September 2: Office of LGBTQ Services' Welcome Back Event
Morgan Field, 5:00-7:00pm

The Office of LGBTQ Services invites all LGBTQ+ Dickinsonians to attend the Fall 2021 Meet & Greet! Learn more about queer life at Dickinson while you eat, mix, and mingle with students, faculty, staff, & administrators.

September 13: QTPOC Welcome Back Event
Mermaid/Quarry Trellis, 5:00-7:00pm

The Office of LGBTQ Services welcomes students, faculty, staff, and administrators who identify as queer & trans people of color to attend this event!

September 22: Di(ne)alogue
Landis House, 5:00-6:30pm

Are you transgender (binary or non-binary), GNC, genderqueer, or questioning? Join Di(ne)alogue, a private, confidential dinner and discussion group! Share your thoughts and experiences as we build a close-knit community of trans friends and family.

September 23: Bisexual Visibility Day
Bi-ce Cream Social, Britton Plaza [HUB rain location], 12:00-2:00pm
Bisexual Mixer, Landis House, 5:00-7:00pm

Bisexuality Visibility Day was first observed on September 23rd, 1999 by the Lesbian and Gay Association in Johannesburg, South Africa. The day acknowledges and celebrates bisexual identities that would otherwise often be ignored or invalidated within the LGBTQ community. It is not uncommon for the identity to be written off as “fake” by both queer and non-queer identities. On this day we recognize bisexual people and educate ourselves on what bisexuality really means.

Everyone is invited to stop by our table on Britton plaza for information, trivia, and some delicious treats celebrating bisexuality! If you identify as bisexual, join our Bisexual Mixer, a private, confidential dinner and discussion group!

September 28: Queer Caps Gathering
Landis House, 4:30-5:30pm

September 30: RAISE Training for FAS
Stern 102, 12:00-1:15pm

Please join the Office of LGBTQ Services for R.A.I.S.E. (Red Devils Advocating for Inclusive Spaces for Everyone) Training for FAS! R.A.I.S.E.  focuses on allowing Dickinsonians to engage more deeply and personally in issues related to the LGBTQQIA+ community. During the training, participants will gain a better awareness of concepts related to gender and sexual orientation, their own personal biases, and how to be an effective ally to the LGBTQQIA+ community.

 

October

October 11: Out on Britton
Britton Plaza, 3:00-6:00pm

Join the Office of LGBTQ Services for this year's "Out On Britton," which takes place in honor of National Coming Out Day! There will be food, giveaways, activities, music, and more! Let's come together and celebrate LGBTQ+ identified folks!

October 12: Di(ne)alogue
Landis House, 5:00-6:30pm

Are you transgender (binary or non-binary), GNC, genderqueer, or questioning? Join Di(ne)alogue, a private, confidential dinner and discussion group! Share your thoughts and experiences as we build a close-knit community of trans friends and family.

October 14: Decolonizing Mental Health: An Alumna’s Journey
12:00-1:15 pm
HUB side rooms 204 and 205

Alison Gerig, LCSW, Class of 1994, will discuss her journey after Dickinson and discuss her practice of decolonizing mental health by applying anti-racist and anti-oppression lenses to psychology. From 2007-2018, Alison was the executive director of Therapy Center of Philadelphia that provides affordable therapy to low-income women and trans communities. As an historically white feminist organization, Alison laid the framework for the agency to strive for trans and racial equity and they continue on this journey today. Pick up your lunch in the Caf and join us! Cosponsored by Sociology, the Office of LGBTQ Services, and the Women’s and Gender Resource Center.

October 14: Screening of Changing the Game
Althouse 106, 7:00-9:00pm

Join the Office of LGBTQ Services and Athletics for a screening of the 2019 documentary Changing the Game. The film journeys into the lives of three high school athletes at different stages of their athletic seasons, personal lives, and their unique paths as transgender teens. Their stories span across the U.S.; from Sarah, a skier and teen policymaker in New Hampshire, to Andraya, a track star in Connecticut openly transitioning into her authentic self, and to Mack Beggs, who made headlines last year when he became the Texas State Champion in wrestling. 

October 20: International Gender Pronouns Day
Britton Plaza, 11:30am-1:30pm

International Pronouns Day seeks to make asking, sharing, and respecting personal pronouns commonplace. Join the Office of LGBTQ Services on Britton Plaza to learn more about pronouns and to find out how to share your own.

October 21: LGBTQ Spirit Day
Britton Plaza, 11:30am-1:30pm

Spirit Day is a means of speaking out against bullying and standing with LGBTQ+ youth, who disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities. Pledging to "go purple" on Spirit Day is a way for everyone to visibly show solidarity with LGBTQ+ folks and to take part in the largest, most visible anti-bullying campaign in the world. Join us on Britton Plaza wearing your purple to show support for LGBTQ+ youth!

October 21: Bisexual Mixer
Landis House, 5:00-6:30pm

Join us for bisexual camaraderie in our private, confidential dinner and discussion group! Come to learn more about the bisexual community, share your experiences of being bisexual on and off campus, and to plan future programming specific to bisexual identity.

October 22: Pride Shabbat
Asbell Center for Jewish Life, 6:00-7:30pm

For LGBTQ History Month, join the Asbell Center for Jewish Life and the Office of LGBTQ Services for an affirming, inclusive, and creative Shabbat. We’ll uplift the ways in which queer people have always been present in the Jewish world throughout history and explore how we can reclaim religious ritual practices in a way that honors our multitude of selves.

October 23: Queer Peers 
Carlisle Sports Emporium (Campus pick-up), 5:00-9:00pm

RSVP on EngageD starting October 11 

LGBTQ community please join us at the Carlisle Sports Emporium for a night of mini golf from 5:30- 9pm. Transportation will be provided, but make sure to RSVP through EngageD (registration opens October 11). This will be a wonderful time to socialize and meet other members of our community! 

October 25: A Night at the LGBTQ Archives

Archives & Special Collections, Library, 6:00-8:00pm

Join us at the library to learn about LGBTQ History at Dickinson through interacting with archival materials. Then, create your own colleges and mini-zines about your own identity, inspired by the LGBTQ objects in the library! 

October 27: Ace/Aro Awareness Day
Britton Plaza, 11:30am-1:30pm

Join us on Britton Plaza for a celebration of asexual and aromantic identities! Take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about ace identities or to celebrate your own ace/aro identity. Sweet treats and educational information will be available. Let's come together and celebrate asexual and aromantic identified Dickinsonians!

October 27: RAISE Training for Students
Althouse 207, 5:00-6:30pm

Please join the Office of LGBTQ Services for R.A.I.S.E. (Red Devils Advocating for Inclusive Spaces for Everyone) Training for Students! R.A.I.S.E.  focuses on allowing Dickinsonians to engage more deeply and personally in issues related to the LGBTQQIA+ community. During the training, participants will gain a better awareness of concepts related to gender and sexual orientation, their own personal biases, and how to be an effective ally to the LGBTQQIA+ community.

October 28: Campus Sustainability Day
Britton Plaza, 11:30am-1:00pm

 

November

November 8: Reception for "Con Corazón y Brazos Abiertos" Exhibit and Film Screening
Location and Time TBD

From April through October 1980 approximately 125,000 refugees fled their homes in Cuba and traveled by American ships and boats to Key West in the United States. Among those who left from the Cuban port of Mariel (and thus have become known as Marielitos) were a sizable number of LGBTQ Cubans.These new residents of the United States were assisted in their resettlement by dedicated members of the LGBTQ community, including many from Pennsylvania who assisted at the resettlement camp in Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, or helped those who settled in Pennsylvania. This exhibit explores the circumstances surrounding the exodus and resettlement, focusing on the personal stories of LGBTQ Cuban immigrants who have since made their lives in this country.

The reception for the exhibit, housed in the library, will be followed by a screening of Julian Schnabel’s Before Night Falls.  

November 9: RAISE 2.0
Stern 102, 5:00-6:30pm

Want to grow as an ally to the LGBTQ+ community? Join us for our new training to engage with other members of the campus community to discuss the implementation of your ally action plans and take the next steps in the RAISE process! This training supplements the prior RAISE training, deepening our discussion and exploring conversations that started during the first training.

N.B. - Only individuals who have completed the ally action plan and the first RAISE training at least 6 months ago are eligible for this event.

Register on Totara

November 11: Queer Peers Trivia Night
Social Hall West, 7:00-8:30pm

LGBTQ+ Dickinsonians are invited to join the Office of LGBTQ Services for a night of fun queer-centered Jeopardy! Prizes will be available to winners, so brush up on your LGBTQ+ facts! Categories include pride flags, LGBTQ+ celebs, queer TV shows & movies, and many more!

November 16: Virtual Reading with Alejandro Heredia '16
Zoom, 4:30pm

Alejandro Heredia ‘16 is a queer Afro-Dominican writer and community organizer born in Santo Domingo and raised in The Bronx. He is a 2018 VONA/Voices fellow and 2019 Dreamyard Rad(ical) Poetry Consortium Fellow. Published in the summer of 2021, his book was the winner of the 2019 Gold Line Press Fiction Chapbook Contest. An English major and creative writing minor while at Dickinson, he is now an MFA candidate at Hunter College. Join us at the Zoom link to hear him read from You're the Only Friend I Need.

The Office of LGBTQ Services is glad to cosponsor this event.

November 20: Trans Day of Remembrance
Social Hall, 5:00-7:00pm

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. TDOR publicly mourns and honors the lives of individuals who might otherwise be forgotten. Join us as we read the names of individuals who lost their lives over the past year due to anti-transgender violence and hatred.

If you have a piece of poetry/art work you want to share on Transgender Day of Remembrance? Email LGBTQ@dickinson.edu If you are also interested in helping us read the names of folks who lost their lives in 2021, please email LGBTQ@dickinson.edu.

Date TBD: Di(ne)alogue
Landis House, 5:00-6:30pm

Are you transgender (binary or non-binary), GNC, genderqueer, or questioning? Join Di(ne)alogue, a private, confidential dinner and discussion group! Share your thoughts and experiences as we build a close-knit community of trans friends and family.

Date TBD: Bisexual Mixer
Landis House, 5:00-6:30pm

Join us for bisexual camaraderie in our private, confidential dinner and discussion group! Come to learn more about the bisexual community, share your experiences of being bisexual on and off campus, and to plan future programming specific to bisexual identity.

 

December

December 1: World AIDS Day
Britton Plaza, 11:00AM-2:00PM & Nighttime

Started in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first-ever global health day. World AIDS Day, observed each year on December 1, is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people with HIV, and remember those who have died from an HIV-related illness. Join us and the Wellness Center as we commemorate the lives lost to HIV/AIDS and celebrate the resilience of communities most effected by the virus.

December 8: Pansexual/Panromantic Pride Day
HUB Side Rooms 204-205

Join us to learn more about pansexual/panromantic identities and to celebrate your own identity with cookies and hot drinks!

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The events and programs offered by the Office of LGBTQ Services are expanding and changing each year. Please sign up for our weekly newsletter for the most up-to-date information about our offerings using our sign-up form. We offer the following events each year, often in collaboration with other centers, offices, and departments on campus:

LGBTQ History Month
Bisexual Awareness Day
Out On Britton – Celebration of National Coming Out Day
Asexual and Aromantic Pride and Awareness Day
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)
World AIDS Awareness Day
Transgender Day of Visibility
Love Your Body Week
Campus Pride Week
Lavender Graduation