Show Your Pace Pride

Come out and celebrate as the LGBTQA and Social Justice Center, Stonewall Coalition, and GSA host National Coming Out Day festivities this week on both campuses.

On October 11, stop by the front of One Pace Plaza from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as the LGBTQA and Social Justice Center, Stonewall Coalition, Dean for Students, Counseling Center, Res Life, International Programs and Services, and Women and Gender Studies host the annual Coming Out Day Fair, featuring poets, performers, and passionate people speaking up and out! Check out art tables, competitions, and raffles; get connected to campus organizations and meet the LGBTQA Center staff; and enjoy some free food. The poets and speakers kick off at 12:30 p.m.

Also on October 11, GSA will be tabling from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Kessel Well on the PLV Campus, so stop by to hear more about Coming Out Day, sign printed letters in support of LGBT Homeless Youth that will be mailed out to a center in NYC, and purchase GSA’s popular “Whatever” t-shirts and GSA bracelets.

And this is just one in a series of events to celebrate LGBT History Month. Pace Professor and author of Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo Michael Schiavi will commemorate the month with a reading from his new book in the Birnbaum Library’s Collaborative Reading Room from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on October 10. The book, which is a biography of gay rights activist Vito Russo, paints a portrait of the man who wrote The Celluloid Closet, the first major study of LGBT characters in film.

Keeping up with the films, the center will host two screenings: Brother Outsider, which documents the life and work of Bayard Rustin, the openly gay visionary strategist and civil rights activist who organized the the 1963 March on Washington, on October 16 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room; and Prayers for Bobby, which tells the true story of a mother whose teenage son took his own life due to his mother’s and community’s homophobia, on October 17 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room.

Interested in writing and poetry? Get your creative juices flowing at the LGBTQA Center in NYC as they host workshops for wordsmiths. Join them as they create, share, and provide feedback on various literary and spoken word works. Selected pieces will be chosen and published in Pace Queer Magazine so bring some pieces you may be interested in using! Next workshop will be held on October 16 at 2:30 p.m.

The Center will also host Safe Zone training on October 17 and Art and Advocacy with Aiden on October 25. And if you need more, you can stop by the Center every Friday to talk about topics like dating, family, multiple identities, and more at their weekly discussions from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Check out the LGBTQA and Social Justice Center website for more info on campus happenings and resources.