Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Awareness Days Begin
This year's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
Awareness Days at Johns Hopkins — called Smile if
You're LGBTQIPPIQA — will bring to Baltimore
individuals at the forefront of the queer rights movement,
including director Chi Chi La Rue, author and activist
Wayne Besen and actor George Takei of Star Trek.
The monthlong program is organized by the
and Gender Alliance, an undergraduate group at
A barbeque and picnic from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the
Beach will kick off Awareness Days on Saturday, April 1. On
Sunday, April 2, Donna Rose, a well-known educator, author
and advocate of transgender issues, will speak about the
challenges posed by gender transition and her memoir
Wrapped in Blue: A Journey of Discovery. Her talk begins at
1 p.m. in the Glass Pavilion, Levering Union.
The following is a schedule of events in the upcoming
weeks. For details, see The Gazette's
weekly calendar or
contact DSAGA at 410-516-4088 or email@example.com.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
Schedule of Events
April 4: The Gay Baltimore Panel, with
representatives from the GLCCB, Equality Maryland and Chase
Brexton, and a local LGBT community entertainment leader,
will speak about events in Baltimore, getting involved with
Baltimore Pride and what to do if you find yourself LGBT,
young and in Baltimore.
April 8: Director Chi Chi LaRue, one of the few
directors who has achieved "above the title" name
recognition within the gay erotic film world, will talk
about his role in creating a culture of safe sex within the
April 11: George Takei, who played Sulu in the
original Star Trek, will speak about his experience as a
gay actor and politician.
April 13: Irene Monroe, recently featured on
the PBS documentary series In the Life and author of works
on African-American gay and lesbian culture and the
treatment of women and homosexuals by religious
institutions, will offer new insight into the lives of
queer people of faith.
April 18: SEED — Students Educating and
Empowering for Diversity — will present a workshop on
homophobia intended to increase dialogue and set goals for
April 20: Spring Fair and DSAGA will present a
humorous version of The Dating Game.
April 21: A DSAGA tradition, the Drag Show and
Dance, will feature local drag queens and JHU students.
April 22: Wayne R. Besen, a former spokesman
for the Human Rights Campaign, will speak about his book
Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies
Behind the Ex-Gay Myth.
April 23: Faisal Alam, founder of Al-Fatiha, a
U.S.-based organization dedicated to Muslims who are
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and
questioning, will explore the complex diversity within the
April 30: A town hall meeting features Equality
Maryland and the Human Rights Campaign in a rally for equal
rights for those in the LGBT community.
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