Kicking off GAYpril at Walker Wall
Every year The Claremont Colleges community celebrates a month of LGBTQQIAA Pride in April. Pride month is a once-a-year opportunity for LGBT individuals to enjoy visibility and support from a wide community, while celebrating our allies and promoting awareness about issues surrounding the diverse intersections of queer identity. The Gaypril calendar represents the combined efforts of students, staff, and faculty from organizations across The Claremont Colleges. In April we come together to celebrate pride and advocate for queer and allied college communities (and beyond) with events that range from social, to supportive, to educational, to just plain incredible!
Thanks to all for a fantastic GAYpril 2014! Check out the calendar to the right for information on all of the amazing events of GAYpril 2014 (or, for an even larger version of the calendar click here [pdf] ).Don't forget to check back in Spring of 2015! In the meantime, here are some highlights from this year's programs:
The following descriptions represent just a few of the many events sponsored by student organizations and administrative offices across the 7Cs in GAYpril 2014. Special Thanks to all of the organizations creating and sponsoring events in order to make this the best GAYpril possible: AARC’s Q&A, CLSA, OBSA, SCORE, IWS, I-Place, HEO, Family, QGU, QQAMP, Scripps & Pomona Advocates, AdBoard, Pomona Dean of Students Office, Pitzer Dean of Students Office, CMC Dean of Students Office, HMC's Office of Institutional Diversity, LGBTA Alumni Affinity, The Athenaeum, the CGU Grad Student Council and Office of Student Life and Diversity, and more!
Feministing: Offline & Unfiltered
Talk & Workshop with Jos Truit, transgender writer, printmaker, B activist, who discussed her work as executive editor of Feministing, an online community for feminists and their allies, then students joined her afterward for a workshop on blogging and feminist organizing online.
Thursday, April 3rd @ SCORE, SCR
Painting Walker Wall: Un-Official Gaypril Kickoff
Paint, music, picnic games, community BBQ food, & more!
Saturday, April 5th @ Walker Beach, POM
Billie Jean King
World class professional tennis player, and author of "Lessons I've Learned from Life and the Battle of the Sexes" and "Pressure is a Privilege and Champions Adjust" spoke to students about her experiences.
Monday, April 7th @ The Athenaeum, CMC
Re-Inventing "Gay? Fine By Me!" T-shirts
The Harvey Mudd OID helped the campus community re-invent the "Gay? Fine By Me!" t-shirts with a public art project. Students, faculty, and staff used markers and paint to re-create t-shirts 1.) challenging the heteronormative nature of the t-shirt message and 2) demonstrating more inclusive slogans.
Friday, April 11th @Hoch-Shanahan, HMC
Family hosted folks in a fun afternoon of making and eating fabulous rainbow cupcakes.
Friday, April 11th @ GJW Dorm Kitchen, SCR
Are you kinky? Are you interested in kink but don't think you know how? HEO and the QRC facilitated a fun event to learn more about kink open to all students.
Tuesday, April 15th @ HEO, Tranquada Student Services
LGBTQ Faculty &Staff Social & Mixer
Libations, appetizers, and of course a queerly good time! Dean Janice Hudgings hosted LGBTQ faculty and staff for an evening of community.
Wednesday, April 16th
Wrong Is Not My Name: Black Queer Speaker Arts Series
Started as a part of Laura Harris' Black Queer Theory class at the Claremont Colleges, the BQSAS invited artists working to affect radical changes in Los Angeles supporting organizing efforts which put community and community needs first to host a series of events/ conversations on coming out, active resistance, the prison industrial complex, Blackness, science fiction, class, gender ambiguity, racial ambiguity, and more.
Warriors and Darryl King: April 18th @ Benson Auditorium, PTZ
Art and Resistance: Edxie Betts & Channing Martinez: April 24th @ Broad Performance Space, PTZ
Crafting the Visual: Film Screening and Talk with Maxwell Addae: April 29th @ the QRC, POM
Queers of Faith Presents: An Evening of Queer Mormon Film
An evening of short documentary, interview and art films exploring some varieties of LGBT Mormon experiences. A discussion followed the event.
Tuesday, April 29th @ McAlister Center
The QRC was excited to invite the Brown Boi Project, a community of people working across race and gender to eradicate sexism, homophobia and transphobia and create healthy frameworks of masculinity and change, to join the 7Cs for two workshops where participants learned tools to create healthy frameworks of masculinity to promote cross racial and gender alliance building and reduce oppression.
Friday April 25th & Saturday, April 26th @ The QRC, PO
LISTEN: Complexities of Outness in API Communities
In honor of Gaypril and Asian Pacific Heritage Month, join us for a panel discussing being out as queer in Asian/Pacific Islander Communities.
Wednesday, April 30th @ SCORE, SCR
An annual celebration of the accomplishments of this year's graduating seniors and graduate students. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Van Bailey, Director of BGLTQ Student Life at Harvard College and active member of The Brown Boi Project. For more information about Dr. Bailey, watch this vid! FMI about Lavender Graduation, check out the featured page on the website here.
Friday, May 2nd @ “Little Bridges” Theater, PO
Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Students joined The QRC for the 3rd Annual LGBTQIA Alumni Luncheon. The Lunch also featured an exhibit of the Queer [Their/His/Her]Story Project. FMI about alumni events, check out our alumni page.
Saturday, May 3rd, @ The QRC, PO
LGBTQ Student and Alumni Mixer
A swanky soiree celebrating the end of the year for current students, graduating seniors, and alumni from across the 7Cs. 21+ Event.
Saturday, May 3rd, @ The QRC, PO