Dartmouth Celebrates LGBTQ History Month

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This week marks the start of the nationally observed LGBTQ History Month, which Dartmouth is commemorating with a slate of events.

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“The variety of events, speakers, and films allows community members the opportunity to engage in these topics in a multi-faceted and holistic way,” says Assistant Dean and Advisor to LGBTQA Students Reese C. Kelly. (Photo by: Joseph Mehling ’69)

“Dartmouth LGBTQ History Month emerged from student interest in developing co-curricular programming that highlights the histories of LGBTQ figures, communities, and social movements that integrate components of pride, self-reflection, community building, and intellectual engagement,” says Assistant Dean and Advisor to LGBTQA Students Reese C. Kelly. “The variety of events, speakers, and films allows community members the opportunity to engage in these topics in a multi-faceted and holistic way.”

While there have been celebrations on campus in the past, this is the first year that Dartmouth will formally observe LGBTQ History month. Kelly says that most of the organizing, planning, and marketing for events was done by student interns Yejadai Dunn ’16, Yobiel Kelati ’15, and Therese Kienemund ’15.

Here is the lineup of events:

  • “LGBTQ Resource Room Grand Re-Opening: Ribbon Cutting and Dessert,” at 7:30 p.m. on October 1, in Room 107-109 Robinson Hall.
  • “Talk It Out: A Forum on LGBTQIA Life At Dartmouth” at 3:30 p.m. on October 11, (National Coming Out Day) in Fahey Hall Common Area.
  • The screening of the documentary In the Wrong Body, followed by a question-and-answer session with the filmmaker Marilyn Solaya at 4:30 p.m. on October 24, in 3 Carpenter Hall.
  • “Q’nnect With LGBTQ Alums” at 1:30 p.m. on October 26. The location of the event is to be decided.
  • A conversation over tea titled “Safety for the LGBT Community” at 5 p.m. on October 28 at the Center for Gender and Student Engagement.
  • The closing keynote address by author and activist Qwo-Li Driskill at 7 p.m. on October 31 in Silsby Room 028.
  • Ongoing: “Movie Night Hangout” will happen every Tuesday in October at 8 p.m. in the LGBTQ Resource Room in Robinson Hall 107-109.

For more information, visit OPAL’s website.