Queertober: the Happiest Month of the Year! October 2015

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This month long celebration in October features educational, informative, and social events that raise awareness and provide support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and heterosexual allied communities at UIS.

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Laci Green: Best Sex Ever!
Queertober Opening Event & Reception
Friday, October 2, 7PM, Brookens Auditorium

What makes for the best sex ever? Come find out! In this upbeat program, students get a sex positive crash-course about the safe and healthy exploration of their sexuality while in college. Brace yourself for lots of laughs, useful info you never knew you needed, and a fun night that always draws a crowd. Laci’s presentation is interactive so be prepared for a fun dialogue on sex between all genders with a sex positive question and answer period! Download the Laci Green Flyer.
Sponsors: Student Activities Committee, Health Services, Student Government Association, LGBTQA Resource Office, Women & Gender Studies. More about Laci at or on YouTube at

Soup and Conversation: MARCHING to Social Justice
Tuesday, October 6, 4-6PM, Diversity Center Lounge SLB22

This discussion event is in conjunction with the MARCH series of books produced by Congressman John Lewis. We invite thoughtful and respectful discussion as to how we, as a nation can utilize the tactics and strategies of the Civil Right Movement, to continue to MARCH into social justice for all social identity groups in the 21st century.

Closet Door on the Quad – Recognizing National Coming Out Day
Wednesday, October 7, 4-6PM – Free t-shirts available at SLB22

National Coming Out day is held annually to encourage people to take the next step in their coming out process, and commemorates the 1987 National March on Washington for LGBTQ equality. UIS celebrates with the Closet Door on the Quad. Participants are encouraged to walk through the door and tell their coming out stories or why they are allies to the LGBTQA population. Wear your t-shirt!

One Book, One UIS: MARCH: The Struggle for Racial Equality and Social Justice 1965/2015
Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
Monday, October 19, 7PM, Sangamon Auditorium

MARCH, a graphic memoir about the life of civil rights icon John Lewis is the campus community read for the 2015/2016 academic year’s One Book, One UIS.  Congressman Lewis, co-author Andrew Aydin and Illustrator Nate Powell will speak to our campus and Illinois communities about MARCH. More info at

The Legacy Wall: First Interactive Traveling LGBT History Exhibit
Illinois State Library (Free). Thursday Oct 15,  Campus shuttle leaves from the LGBTQA Resource Office, Student Life Building, at 3PM. Watch This Video!   Windy City Times Article.

The Legacy Wall will feature the stories of LGBT people from all walks of life throughout history who have contributed in over 20 distinct fields. The content is international and multicultural, and has been substantially vetted and sourced. This wonderfully positive and inspiring exhibit will tell the stories behind such figures as social justice pioneer Jane Addams, civil rights organizer Bayard Rustin, British mathematician Alan Turing, U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, astronaut Sally Ride, iconic artist Michelangelo, and Fr. Mychal Judge – the “Saint of 9/11” – over 100 “mini-biographies.”
In addition to a broad spectrum of historical content, the installation also highlights the challenges faced by LGBT youth with data culled from the 2013 GLSEN National School Climate Survey about the effectiveness of LGBT content-inclusion for substantially lowering the incidence of bullying in our schools. The goal of the Legacy Wall is to use the powerful lessons of history to raise cultural awareness, to promote a feeling of safety and belonging in the classroom, and to give our children hope by improving their outlook on life. The installation is endorsed by the Illinois Secretary of State, Illinois Department of Human Rights, Illinois Department of Tourism, and the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance.

Cultural Code Switching in America
A Reading from Slow Lightning – Eduardo C. Corral
Thursday, October 29. 7PM, LRH Great Room, ECCE Speaker Series

Co-sponsored by UIS Department of English, UIS LGBTQA Resource Office, UIS College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Vachel Lindsay Association

Eduardo C. Corral will present poems from his collection, Slow Lightning, a text that breaks taboos in embracing minority voices, using bilingualism and lyricism to explore the limitations individuals like him face. As Carl Phillips, however, notes in the forward to Corral’s book: “a cage implies all the rest that lies outside it; any frame frames a window through which to see other possibilities unfolding” (2012).  Corral’s poetry addresses these possibilities as he provides a direct way of engaging with an anti-immigrant and heteronormative society to bring about positive social change.

Eduardo C. Corral is a CantoMundo fellow. He holds degrees from Arizona State University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2012, Beloit Poetry Journal, Huizache, Jubilat, New England Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, and Quarterly West. His work has been honored with a “Discovery”/The Nation Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry, and writing residencies to the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. He has served as the Olive B. O’Connor Fellow in Creative Writing at Colgate University and as the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. Slow Lightning, his first book of poems, was selected by Carl Phillips as the 2011 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. The recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, he currently lives in New York City.

Rocky Horror Picture Show – Live!
Friday, October 30, 8PM. Hoogland Center for the Arts

Limited number of free student tickets. Write to reserve a ticket. Shuttle leaves from the Student Life Building at 7PM.

* If you anticipate needing reasonable accommodations, contact us at least three days in advance at 217-206-8316 or

* All people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are welcome to attend all programs. Allies are welcome! Free and open to the public.