A Taste of Pace Pride

November is Transgender Awareness Month. Join Pace’s LGBTQA and Social Justice Center in a month of events, including a panel on coming out as trans*, relationships and dating, violence, transgender day of remembrance, and more!

Tuesday, November 12
LGBT Panel on Travelling Abroad
3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
One Pace Plaza, W605
Pace LGBTQ and Ally students, staff and faculty share their experiences travelling abroad. Sponsored by the LGBTQA and Social Justice Center and International Programs and Services for International Awareness Week.

Wednesday, November 13
Stonewall Coalition Meetings

12:10 p.m.–1:15 p.m.
One Pace Plaza, 3rd Floor Room E320
Pace’s Gay Straight Alliance, Stonewall Coalition, hosts weekly meetings about various topics related to the LGBTQA community, as well as planning social events and movie nights.

International Education Week Fair
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Student Union
This year’s International Education Week Fair is all about the exploration of international opportunity! We will go on a tasting journey with a free international buffet lunch, witness timeless Chinese cultural traditions, and become inspired by this year’s keynote speaker, Susan Maxam, EdD. We’ll also learn the key to relaxation by participating in a Tai Chi demonstration. Come feast your senses on international education and get ready to see the world!

Thursday, November 14
Coming Out as Trans*

12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
Student Union, Meeting Room A
Join us for a panel discussion about trans* individuals’ experiences in relation to coming out.

LGBTQA Center Open House
3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
41 Park Row, 9th Floor, Room 903
Stop by the LGBTQA Center to learn about resources, chat with staff, and enjoy snacks!

Friday, November 15
Cisgender Privilege

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
41 Park Row, 9th Floor, Room 903
What is cisgender supremacy? What does it means to have cisgender privilege? Come and explore these concepts and how we can be better allies to trans* people.

QPOC Discussion: Gender(full)
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
41 Park row, 9th Floor room 903
This discussion explores the ways in which we experience gender roles within our communities and cultures. Who gets to claim femininity? Masculinity? Is there room for ambiguity? What are the consequences of our failure to conform?

Tuesday, November 19
Just B! Discussion Group

3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
41 Park Row, 9th Floor, Room 903
JUST B!, a discussion group for people who identify as bisexual, pansexual, fluid, and other forms of non-monosexual, returns for another semester of discussion, exploration, and affirmation.

Into the Grey: Relationships and Dating
7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Room E316
Join us as we discuss the navigation of relationships for transgender people.

Wednesday, November 20
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
One Place Plaza Main Lobby
TDOR is a day to remember transgender people who, in the last year, have lost their lives due to transphobic violence. We will be tabling all day and encouraging the Pace Community to make signs to commemorate their lives.

Stonewall Coalition Meetings
12:10 p.m.–1:15 p.m.
One Pace Plaza, 3rd Floor, Room E320
Pace’s Gay Straight Alliance, Stonewall Coalition, hosts weekly meetings about various topics related to the LGBTQA community, as well as planning social events and movie nights.

Thursday, November 21
You Are Beautiful
12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Student Union
The Center and Stonewall team up with Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT) to raise awareness of suicide amongst young people and to educate the Pace Community of the potential sings of suicide and intervention methods.

Into the Grey:  Violence Against the Transgender Community
7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Room E316
Join us as we discuss various forms of violence against the transgender community. Hear from the trans* community, learn to listen, and learn to advocate.

Monday, November 25
HIV/AIDS Testing

11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Student Union
Know your status! Get tested! Free HIV/AIDS testing from the Stonewall Coalition.

Thanks and Giving Potluck
12:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
106 Fulton Street, 2nd Floor
Join the LGBTQA and Social Justice Center and International Office at our annual potluck. We will give thanks and give back. Enjoy food, friends, and family. Sign up to bring a dish of your choice by e-mailing lgbtqacenter@pace.edu.

Pace Pride

The LGBTQA and Social Justice Center is prepping for their annual Ally Week, but that’s not all. Rainbow and Religion, the Breaking the Silence Fair, and Lavender Awards Ceremony coming up this month!

Thanks for Being an Ally—The LGBTQA Center celebrates Ally Week with a series of programs and discussions all week long!

Bathroom Equity Workshop
Monday, April 15, 2:30 p.m.
W402, One Pace Plaza
This workshop will explore gender equity in relation to equal and safe access to public restrooms and accommodations. Register here.

Ally Discussion
Monday, April 15, 12:00 p.m.
Room 903, 41 Park Row,  9th floor
Let’s talk! Stop by the LGBTQA Center for a discussion on the various experiences of being an ally.

Safe Zone Training
Tuesday, April 16, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
106 Fulton 2nd floor lounge
Be a safe zone for LGBTQ Setters. Safe Zone training is an interactive and exploratory workshop that provides a foundation of knowledge to be an effective ally to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students, faculty, and staff.  Participants will have opportunities to share and learn from each other as well to ask questions throughout. Register here.

Queer People of Color (QPOC) Focus Group
Wednesday April 17, 2:30 p.m.
Room 903, 41 Park Row, 9th floor
Join Pace Psychology Professor Christopher Godfrey at the LGBTQA and Social Justice Center for a discussion that will focus on the experiences of LGBTQA people of color.

For more info on being an Ally, click here.

Shhhhh: National Day of Silence Tabling
Thursday, April 18, 11:00 a.m. –4:00 p.m.
In front of the Library, One Pace Plaza
The National Day of Silence is a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools. Stonewall members will be tabling and handing out flyers, stickers, t-shirts, and taking pictures with signs of why people are staying silent throughout the day to inform and raise awareness within the Pace community. Sign up in Room 901, 41 Park Row, if you’re interested in helping with tabling.

The Rainbow and Religion
Friday, April 19, 2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Room W614, One Pace Plaza
Explore faith identities in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity at this panel. Join the Center for a panel that will consist of LGBTQA-identified students, faculty, staff, community members, and religious leaders who will talk about how they navigate their identities, their beliefs, and their place both in the LGBTQA community and in their own faith community. Share experiences, ask questions, and learn in a safe, judgment-free environment. If you identify as LGBTQA and believe in or practice some kind of faith and would like to be a part of this panel, please contact Denarii Monroe at dm70910n@pace.edu.

Breaking the Silence Fair
Monday, April 22
11:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
Come break the silence with Pace Stonewall Coalition and the LGBTQA and Social Justice Center as we celebrate LGBTQA leaders and activists while connecting and creating solidarity among students, faculty and staff. Together we will speak up against LGBTQA and social justice issues and continue to advocate for equality. Through speech, spoken word, music, and art, the University’s LGBTQA community will be seen and heard. Performances begin at 12:30 p.m. Free food and prizes.

The First Annual Lavender Awards
Wednesday, April 24, 6:00 p.m.
Multipurpose Room
The LGBTQA and Social Justice Center will host its first annual Lavender Award Ceremony to recognize Pace students, staff, faculty, and alumni who have made lasting contributions to the LGBTQA community. The ceremony will include a networking cocktail hour from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., followed by a special film screening depicting the building of the Center, a presentation of the esteemed Trailblazer Award to Pace Professor Karla Jay, PhD, for her lifetime of leadership, education, advocacy, and service to the LGBTQA community in and outside of Pace, and an award ceremony. Leadership and Advocacy Awards will be given away, and accompanied with cash prizes. You may nominate individuals by clicking here. The evening will conclude with a dessert and coffee hour. Graduating students are encouraged to register to receive a rainbow tassel! Register to attend here.

Win $1,000: Submit to the Kelly Herbert Writing Award
This year’s topic: Your story. Your stories around lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, asexual, or ally experiences and realities are powerful and important. Whether your story is about love, loss, battling for equality, or inner contemplation, the LGBTQA Center would like you to submit a story (non-fiction or fiction) of your choice that you believe has the power to educate and evoke the diverse range of LGBTQA and ally experiences. Submissions are due by April 15. Learn more.

For more on LGBTQA Center events, visit their website.

Pace Pride

The queen of lesbian pulp fiction. Dancing away oppression. A multi-gender approach to masculinity. Bi-phobia. The LGBTQA and Social Justice Center is bringing you a week of programs before spring break!

Beebo Brinker author Ann Bannon
Monday, March 18
1:30 p.m.
Room W628, One Pace Plaza
Join Ann Bannon, author of a series of five lesbian pulp novels known as The Beebo Brinker Chronicles, for a conversation on Lesbian Pulp Fiction. Written from 1957 to 1962, the books were bestsellers when they were first released, and have had remarkable longevity, especially for genre fiction. The books’ popularity and impact have earned Ann Bannon the title of “Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction,” as well as numerous awards for pioneering gay and lesbian literature. A play based on her books has been produced twice in New York and now all over the country, from Boston to Seattle. A TV series is currently under development.

OUT! Workshop: Connecting Art, Social Movements, and Each Other
Monday, March 18
4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Student Union
The LGBTQA and Social Justice Center proudly presents the OUT! workshop, an experiential and interactive exploration of oppression through a variety a performance and dance exercises. Explore the connections between art and social movements, art and who we are, and our connection to each other using improv, dance, group connection, and meditation. Pizza will be served.

Bi the Way Film Screening
Tuesday, March 19
3:30 p.m.
Room 903, 9th floor, 41 Park Row
Rejection. Tolerance. Testing the boundaries of gender roles. The “whatever generation.” Premiering at the SXSW Film Festival in 2008, Bi the Way follows the lives of several young bisexual people in the US, exploring how people view bisexuality in the 21st century, bi-phobia, and the diverse ways that bisexuals experience bisexuality. Following the documentary screening will be a discussion of the film. Watch the trailer here.

Patriarchal Rites: A Multi-Gender Approach to Masculinity
Wednesday, March 20
7:00 p.m.
Multipurpose Room
What does it mean to be a man and where did we learn it from? How do our social views of masculinity inform the ways we interact with each other? Join the LGBTQA and Social Justice Center for an evening of performance poetry and monologues by straight/gay/queer/cisgender men and trans individuals about the complexities of masculinity. Sad, funny, poignant, and empowering. J Mase III, Sam LaRoche, Miguel Huerta, and Brian Dillon will be performing and food will be served.

Safe Zone Training
Thursday, March 21
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
106 Fulton Street, 2nd floor lounge
Is your zone a safe one? Safe Zone Training is an interactive and exploratory workshop that provides a foundation of knowledge to be an effective ally to LGBTQA students, faculty, and staff.  During the training, participants will become familiar with Pace policies and resources, learn terminology, confront stereotypes, explore the ways in which stereotypes are supported through institutional and cultural structures, and develop personal and departmental ally action plans.

For more info on these events, visit the Center’s website.

On April 24, the Center will also host the first annual annual Lavender Award Ceremony to recognize Pace students, staff, faculty, and alumni who have made lasting contributions to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Ally Community. The event will feature a special film screening depicting the building of Pace’s LGBTQA and Social Justice Center and a presentation of the esteemed Trailblazer Award to Pace Professor Karla Jay, PhD, for her lifetime of leadership, education, advocacy, and service to the LGBTQA community in and outside of Pace.  Leadership and Advocacy Awards will be given out to students, faculty, staff, and alumni and nominations are being sought through the first week of April. Nominate by clicking here. Graduating students will also receive a rainbow tassel and walk in the award ceremony. E-mail LGBTQAcenter@pace.edu to register. For more information or to register to attend, click here.

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.

Thank You For Being an Ally

From a film screening and Q&A with a filmmaker to a potluck to panels and even a prom, Pace’s LGBTQA and Social Justice Center presents its first ever Ally Week on April 9-13.

Do you want to be an ally to your LGBTQ friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors?  Then check out some of the LGBTQA and Social Justice Center and Allied Organizations’ Ally Week programs.

On Tuesday, April 10, join the Pace Community and the LGBTQA Center for a multicultural potluck from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room. Share food (homemade or store bought!) and stories of identity while discussing the many intersecting issues impacting all of our communities. Make posters to demonstrate allyship across genders, sexualities, races, ethnicities, and all of our social identities.

Want to learn how to be an ally to the LGBTQ community? Stop by the Ask an Ally Panel on Wednesday, April 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Room W612 to hear from a panel of allies about some of the barriers involved in being an ally, as well as some of the ways allies have overcome those barriers. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and all participants will be given ally packets.

Proud to be an ally but don’t know how to show it? On Thursday, April 12, stop by the LGBTQA Center from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for a discussion on coming out as an ally. Later in the afternoon, trained mental health practitioners will provide information about working with LGBTQ clients in a clinical setting. Learn about LGBTQ issues and best practices, and ask questions from 3:30 pm. to 5:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall South. Brought to you by Psi Chi, the Counseling Center, and
the LGBTQA and Social Justice Center.

Finally, that evening, Pace presents a prom for everyone! Stonewall Coalition hosts an LGBTQA Prom for couples across the rainbow, gay, lesbian, transgender, and straight. Bring a date or your friends and head on over to the Student Union from 9:00 p.m. to midnight. Dress to impress!

Ally week comes to an end on Friday, April 13, with two events. Genderqueer feminist poet and teacher TC Tolbert will lead a workshop on transgender issues from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in E332.  Space is limited so registration is required. Finally, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Lecture Hall North, filmmaker Selena Blake will present her film, Taboo Yardies, which examines homophobia and LGBT individuals in Jamaica. Following the film, Selena will lead the group in a discussion to explore positive changes in Jamaica since the making of the film and the work that lies ahead.

The LGBTQA and Social Justice Center will also be tabling on April 9, 10, and 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. near the Kiosk at One Pace Plaza. Learn more about Ally Week, mane an ally pledge, take a photo with the “I am an Ally because” sign for the LGBTQA Center’s Ally Wall, and get connected to volunteer opportunities!

Click here for more info on all of the events.

If you attend three or more events, you will be eligible to enter into a raffle. Bring this checklist to each event and then to the LGBTQA Fair on April 23 to enter.