LGBTQ+ History Month Events at SU

All photos courtesy of Kaitlyn Briselli, unless otherwise noted.

As October is LGBTQ+ History Month, various Salisbury University organizations, clubs, and departments are hosting fun and informative events. All events will focus on the importance of inclusivity, diversity, and thoughtful conversations. Whether you’re a part of the LGBTQ+ community, or just an ally, we hope to see you there!

1. AIDS Quilt 

SU Libraries is collaborating with SU Public Humanities Committee and student organizations LGBTQ+ Alliance, Sexual Health Advocacy Group (SHAG), and Sexuality and Gender Awareness (SAGA) to host a section of the historic AIDS Memorial Quilt from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31 across from the library service desk in GAC.

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2. Day of Silence Tabling

Pick up a free pride ribbon while taking a vow of silence in support of LGBTQ+ people who are silenced everyday by hatred, violence, and bullying on Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Commons Table.

3. Chalking: What's your story?

Chalking event for LGBTQ+ students and staff regarding their experiences, as well as a reflection on Day of Silence. Free pizza for everyone! Oct. 8 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Red Square.

4. Here and Queer

Here and Queer is an opportunity to provide more information about different sexual orientations and genders, how to be a good ally, and suggestions on having educational and respectful conversations around LGBTQ+ topics on Oct. 10 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Link of Nations.

5. Coming Out Day Event and Bake Sale

SU’s LGBTQ+ Alliance will be hosting a motivational bake sale and event in support of the LGBTQ+ community. Students will be able to leave motivational notes and positive messages on Oct. 11 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Red Square.

6. Drag Show and Tell

SU’s LGBTQ+ Alliance is collaborating with the Zeta Pi Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Sorority to present a drag ‘Show and Tell.’ The event will be both educational with information on the history of drag and drag culture, as well as entertaining with performances and demonstrations on Oct. 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Henson 243.

7. Tie dye Event

Free tie dye event for all students on Oct. 15 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Quad.

8. Paragraph 175

Free screening of the documentary Paragraph 175, which contains interviews with the last few gay and lesbian survivors of the holocaust (1hr 20 min) on Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. in Fulton 111.  

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9. LGBTea

This program gives students, regardless of orientation, a chance to have a conversation about LGBTQ+ issues in a comfortable and facilitated environment on Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

10. Major! Film Screening

Free screening of Major!, a documentary exploring the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated black transgender elder veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion, former sex worker and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years, (1hr 35 min) on Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Fulton 111.

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11. Celebrate You!

An event to celebrate individuality and uniqueness in students and staff at Salisbury’s campus on Oct. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Wicomico Room.

12. Free HIV Testing

SU’s LGBTQ+ Alliance is hosting the Wicomico County Health Department, who will be providing quick, free, and confidential HIV testing on Oct. 19 from noon to 4 p.m.

13. Kill Your Darlings Screening

Free screening of the film Kill Your Darlings, described as the murder of a gay man in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William Burroughs (1hr. 45 mins) on Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. in Fulton 111.

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14. Stigma in the Fabric of Society Panel

An academic panel featuring guest speaker, Dr. Tamar Carroll from RIT, and SU faculty members Drs. Michele Schlehofer and Brandye Nobiling, and SU graduate assistant Mr. Ken Forest; moderated by Dr. Diane Illig will discuss various perspectives on the stigma and danger of being queer in America, particularly during the 80’s and 90’s.

15. Philadelphia Screening

Free screening of the film Philadelphia, a story of a lawyer who hides his homosexuality and HIV status at a powerful Philadelphia law firm, only to have his secret exposed when a colleague spots the illness’s telltale lesions. Fired shortly afterwards, he resolves to sue for discrimination, teaming with the only lawyer willing to help him (2 hrs 6 min) on Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Fulton 111.

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