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 to register. For more information or to register to attend, click here.