National Coming Out Day

National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is held annually on the UC Berkeley campus on or around October 11th - National Coming Out Day itself.  This is a dedicated time for all of us to increase our knowledge about LGBTQ+ communities and identities, and for LGBTQ+ communities to come together and celebrate!

If you don't identify as LGBTQ+, what does it look like to "come out" as an ally?

See below for a sample of previous years' event line-up!

National Coming Out Day 2015

National Coming Out Day 2015 Banner

Monday, October 12, 2015
10 AM - 2 PM
Sproul Plaza
Berkeley, California 94720

Hello lovely LGBTQIA+ folks!

Happy National Coming Out Day! While Oct. 11th is the official historical date, we’ll be celebrating when campus is in full swing. Join GenEq’s #InYourOwnWordsUCB photo campaign as we celebrate the LBGTQIA+ community in supporting one another in who we are and also remembering the folks who made this day in history (anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights) as it’s LGBTQIA+ history month.

Our hashtag is #InYourOwnWordsUCB because coming out is unique to everyone. Whether you’re coming out queer, transgender, demisexual, non-binary, bisexual, etc, it is your story and we want to empower you to tell it your way. And that also includes not telling it since coming out might not be something all want to do or can access.

But if you can and would like, come get your picture taken with lots of rainbow stuff and share your story with us on Sproul Savio Steps Monday 10/12 from 10am-2pm. Look for the table and a bunch of rainbow balloons! (We’re calling it Coming Out, Coming UP, haha :) ) It’ll be cute, fun and a good time!

Photos & Stories will be posted on the "Coming Out #InYourOwnWordsUCB"page: www.facebook.com/inyourownwordsucb

---> If you can’t or don’t want to get your picture taken, but still want to share your story --we can take a picture of anything else, or just have a black background to accompany your words.

--->If you can’t make the photo-shoot/hangout time but still want to participate, feel free to take a selfie or post a picture of yourself with your story to and make sure to hashtag it #InYourOwnWordsUCB or post to www.facebook.com/inyourownwordsucb

(photos taken will only be posted on facebook with your explicit consent)

Wheelchair Accessible
Sponsored by UC Berkeley Gender Equity Resource Center
Questions? Contact Airin Chen at chen.ey@berkeley.edu

National Coming Out and Ally Weeks 2013

October 7th-18th, 2013

A Calendar of Events about Gender, Sexuality and LGBTQ Identities.  

Sponsored by the Gender Equity Resource Center (GenEq), the Queer Alliance and Resource Center (QARC) and the many organizations hosting the events listed below!

Calendar of Events

Ongoing

Pick Up Your Rainbow Ribbon or Rainbow Bear UC Berkeley Sticker at GenEq or QARC!

Both GenEq and QARC are excited to distribute stickers of the lovely rainbow bear design that has been on t-shirts for a year!  Look on the resource table in QARC (A15 Hearst Annex) or the front table at GenEq (202 Cesar Chavez) for the stickers, perfect for water bottles and laptops!  In GenEq you’ll also find rainbow ribbons, perfect for backpacks!  Pick them up and show your pride!

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Demand More All-Gender Restrooms at the University of California!

UC Student-Workers Union (UAW 2865) Petition

Sign the petition here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/gender-neutral-bathrooms

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT), gender non-conforming and queer-identified students and workers face discrimination at the University of California every day due to the lack of a sufficient number of all-gender restrooms on every UC campus. People who vary in gender/sexuality—trans* people, trans-masculine and trans-feminine people, intersex people, two-spirit people, butch lesbians and women, femme men and gender non-conforming people—often are met with hostility and violence when they use single-gender public restrooms. Moreover, people with disabilities who need personal assistants of a different gender and parents with children of differing genders often face harassment when accessing gender-specific public restrooms.

All people have the right to be respected and affirmed in their gender identities and expressions. Nobody should experience disability- or gender-related harassment when using the restroom, a basic health need. As students and workers, people with disabilities and trans* and gender non-conforming people at the UC have the basic right to study and work in an environment that is not detrimental to their health. Ensuring that all UC students and workers have access to a restroom that is free of hostility, harassment, intimidation and violence is a necessity.

We demand that the University of California respect the sexual and gender diversity of its student body and workforce by providing at least one all-gender, wheelchair accessible restroom in every campus building.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Trans*Action Meeting

4-5:30pm

QARC (A-15 Hearst Annex)

Trans*Action is a student run collaborative organization that works to increase equity, inclusion, and awareness of transgender and gender non-conforming identified students on campus.

Contact Trans.ActionBerkeley@gmail.com for questions, and more meetings dates and times.

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oSTEM: Queer Social Games

7-8:30pm

120AB Bechtel

Come join oSTEM (Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as we celebrate Coming Out Week with a games social!  We'll be playing queer-themed versions of awesome games like Cards Against Humanity, Bananagrams, and more! 

Contact jamiecai@berkeley.edu with questions.

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T-Cal: A Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Space

5-6:30pm

Email tcalatberkeley@gmail.com for locations

T-Cal is a group that seeks to address the spectrum of gender and gender expression, especially for students, staff and faculty who may identify across the transgender spectrum at UCB. Join us for conversation, community, and resources!

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

QSA: Elections and Shared Stories

7:30-9pm

234 Dwinelle

Want to get more involved in QSA or the queer community at Cal? Come participate in our elections! Vote, run for a position, or make suggestions for how you would like to see the club run - we’d love to hear your thoughts.

Also, come celebrate National Coming Out Week with us! Whether you’re coming out, staying in, or letting others in, join us as we share our stories and experiences.*

*Obvi this is all confidential, and you are by no means obligated to share anything - you do you!

ADA Accessible | ASUC Sponsored

Contact qsaberkeley@gmail.com with questions.

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Queer Storytelling Circle

7-9pm

MCC/ Hearst Annex D-37

In honor of National Coming Out Week, join the Gender Equity Resource Center in our queer storytelling circle for an intimate space where folks can share their life narratives, and coming out stories.  Whether you’re coming out or staying in, the act of storytelling provides a space to heal and to be vulnerable.  Coming out looks different for everyone.  We hope to create a space for open dialogue from different backgrounds, stories, and to address the intersectionality many of us face. Whether you’re part of the queer community or an ally, come check it out!

Contact adelynauza@berkeley.edu with questions.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Zawadi at Black Wednesday

12-2pm

Golden Bear Café (GBC)

Zawadi will be hosting Black Wednesday from 12-2pm on Wednesday, October 9 in front of GBC on Sproul. Come hang out and be yourselves. We'll just be tabling and giving out flyers and candy. That week is National Coming Out Week so come out and show some pride!

Questions? Contact  zawadi.cal@gmail.com

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Q-Tips: Advice Service for LGBTQIA Student Community (Free!)

5-7pm

Gender Equity Resource Center (202 Chavez)

LGBTQ-tips Consultation Service.   It’s a one-on-one, professional, supportive relationship & stress advice service designed specifically for the LGBTQIA student community at Cal.  

If you are experiencing difficulties with:

  • Coming out to family, friends, or co-workers

  • Transitioning to a new, healthier and more authentic YOU

  • Dating,  body image or emotional and sexual intimacy issues

  • Integrating multiple, intersecting identities (i.e., gender, sexuality, race, class, disability, immigration status, national origin, religion/spirituality etc.)

  • Coping with and addressing discrimination or isolation

then “Q-tips”  wants to help you!   Come check us out!

However, if these drop-in hours do not work for you, you may set-up an initial free and confidential 30-minute appointment, contact Dr. Don Capone Psy.D. by e-mailing
dcapone@uhs.berkeley.edu or calling 510-642-4853.

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Women’s Chat Circle

6-7pm

Gender Equity Resource Center (202 Chavez)

In celebration of National Coming Out and Ally Weeks, Gender Equity Resource Center's Women's Empowerment Cohort will be hosting a conversation around women's issues in relation to issues of homophobia and heterosexism.

Contact we@bspace.berkeley.edu with questions

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Cal Q&A: Coming Out Storytime

7:30-9pm

123 Wheeler

Are you out to your friends or family? How difficult was it to come out? Were you ever in denial about your sexual orientation? Have you ever been outed by somebody else? If you are out, why did you choose to come out to some people and not to others?

If you have the answers to these questions (and even if you don’t), come to this week’s meeting! It’s National Coming Out Week, so in celebration we’ll be having a coming out discussion and storytime. Be prepared to laugh, cry, and bond over the cathartic and sometimes heartbreaking and difficult and funny process of coming out to yourself and the people in your life

Contact vincent.yinbox@gmail.com with questions.

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Young Queers United for Empowerment (YQUE!) General Meeting

7-9pm

QARC/HFA A15

The purpose of YQUE is to provide a safespace for dialogue, to create a social environment for networking and community building, and to be active on campus and the community at large.  We do this by having weekly meetings based on democratic principles of participation and collaboration where respect and confidentiality are fostered, by building community within the group as well as the other student and community groups , and by conducting workshops and other educational forums around topics relevant to the group, such as age, race, and sexuality.

Contact yqeu_atucb@yahoo.com with questions.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Zawadi: Black LGBT Community at Cal Discussion

6pm

GenEq

The next event is a discussion on Black Queer Identity Development - conversations about our stages of identification. Come and feel free to share and listen. Come through if you can, even if its late :)  

Zawadi’ is Swahili for ‘gift.’ This name was chosen in recognition of the fact that each of us is a precious gift to our families, our communities, and to the world

This group is a social, academic and political networking organization for LGBT and Same Gender Loving students, alumni, faculty, staff and post-docs of African Ancestry* at UC Berkeley. We are interested in increasing visibility and understanding of the Black LGBT experience at Cal (UCB) and beyond.   Allies of Afircan Ancestry Welcome.

*African Ancestry (African American, Multi Racial, Afro Caribbean, Black, bi racial,….you get the picture..the diaspora)

Questions? Contact  zawadi.cal@gmail.com

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Big Queer Event

7:30-9:30pm

Anna Head Hall, 2347 Haste St 

It’s coming….It’s BIG….It’s definitely gonna be cozy…It’s our BIG QUEER EVENT!!! Come join us for a night of performances, speeches, laughs, and FREE FOOD.  EVERYONE WELCOME!!  We hope to see new faces and familiar faces!

http://queer.berkeley.edu

*Sponsored by the Queer Alliance and Resource Center and the Gender Equity Resource Center.

*ASUC Sponsored/ADA accessible.

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Friday, October 11, 2013

ASUC & Queer Womyn @ Berkeley

Queer Womyn Coming Out Potluck Friday

11am-1pm

Memorial Glade

Questions? Contact queerwomynatberkeley@gmail.com

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Q-Jew: Coming Out Shabbat,

6pm

Berkeley Hillel, 2736 Bancroft Way

–  Honor the “coming out” of the Berkeley Hillel building with a rainbow dedication ceremony

–  Learn about important Queer Jews throughout history

–  Engage in discussion about Queer Jewish identity with Q-Jew

–  Learn about upcoming Q-Jew events, meetings, groups, and more!

Contact bgrush@berkeley.edu with questions.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Jac Asher: Re-evaluating and Renewing Allyship

5-630pm

Gender Equity Resource Center (202 Chavez)

Allyship means much more than being pro-samesex marriage.  In honor of Ally Week, join us at Gender Equity Resource Center where Jac Asher, a faculty member of UC Berkeley’s Gender and Women Studies Department, will be giving a talk on what it means to be an ally. Being an ally is a commitment and practice that never ends and must constantly be re-evaluated and renewed.  An ally has to be ready to apologize, to be quiet, to listen, to do things that most people typically associate with passivity.  But it is a practiced, and very deliberate "passivity" that must also be coupled with queer, trans, and feminist activism.

Contact adelynauza@berkeley.edu with questions.

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T-Cal: A Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Space

5-6:30pm

Email tcalatberkeley@gmail.com for locations

T-Cal is a group that seeks to address the spectrum of gender and gender expression, especially for students, staff and faculty who may identify across the transgender spectrum at UCB. Join us for conversation, community, and resources!

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White Allyship and Anti-Racism 101: Intro to "ENVISION - The White Anti-Racist Network @ GenEq

CANCELLED

The ENVISION team regrets to inform you that this meeting has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. We hope to see you at one of our future events - see http://geneq.berkeley.edu/envision for more information!

Questions or concerns?  Feel free to contact the ENVISION facilitators:

Marisa: mboyce@berkeley.edu

Casey: caseyenglish@berkeley.edu

Travis: tdunlop@berkeley.edu

To join the ENVISION listserv to get reminders sign up here: https://calmail.berkeley.edu/manage/list/listinfo/envision@lists.berkele....

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oSTEM (Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics): Salesforce Infosession with Outforce

7-8:30pm

122 Barrows

Salesforce is a global cloud computing company headquartered in San Francisco, California that builds the next generation of social, mobile, and cloud technologies.  They will be coming to speak with us about their company as well as talk about Outforce - their LGBTQA Employee Resource Group - and being out in the workplace. Don't miss out on this amazing networking opportunity!

Contact jamiecai@berkeley.edu with questions.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

QSA: Spoken Word and Self Care (feat. CalSLAM)

7:30-9pm

234 Dwinelle

Come join QSA as we participate in a spoken word and self care workshop - facilitated by the beautiful and amazing folks from CalSLAM (Cal's spoken word and slam poetry group). We hope to see you there, and hear your thoughts and work (if you are comfortable, o' course!).

ADA Accessible | ASUC Sponsored

Contact qsaberkeley@gmail.com with questions.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Q-Tips: Advice Service for LGBTQIA Student Community (Free!)

5-7pm

Gender Equity Resource Center (202 Chavez)

LGBTQ-tips Consultation Service.   It’s a one-on-one, professional, supportive relationship & stress advice service designed specifically for the LGBTQIA student community at Cal.  

If you are experiencing difficulties with:

  • Coming out to family, friends, or co-workers

  • Transitioning to a new, healthier and more authentic YOU

  • Dating,  body image or emotional and sexual intimacy issues

  • Integrating multiple, intersecting identities (i.e., gender, sexuality, race, class, disability, immigration status, national origin, religion/spirituality etc.)

  • Coping with and addressing discrimination or isolation

then “Q-tips”  wants to help you!   Come check us out!
However, if these drop-in hours do not work for you, you may set-up an initial free and confidential 30-minute appointment, contact Dr. Don Capone Psy.D. by e-mailing
dcapone@uhs.berkeley.edu or calling 510-642-4853.

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Asexuality 101

5-7pm

TBA, contact vincent.yinbox@gmail.com for more info!

Ever heard of asexuality and want to learn more?

Never heard of asexuality and want to know what the heck we're talking about?

We'll be featuring a short presentation about Asexuality 101, including some basic terms and concepts from the ace community, followed by discussion of some of the big issues facing the ace community and plenty of time for questions and answers.

This event is ADA accessible and open to anyone interested in learning more about asexuality and how to be an ally to the ace community.

Contact vincent.yinbox@gmail.com for more info!

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Young Queers United for Empowerment (YQUE!) General Meeting

7-9pm

QARC/HFA A15

The purpose of YQUE is to provide a safespace for dialogue, to create a social environment for networking and community building, and to be active on campus and the community at large.  We do this by having weekly meetings based on democratic principles of participation and collaboration where respect and confidentiality are fostered, by building community within the group as well as the other student and community groups , and by conducting workshops and other educational forums around topics relevant to the group, such as age, race, and sexuality.

Contact yque_atucb@yahoo.com with questions.

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Cal Q & A: Game Night Social

7:30-9pm

123 Wheeler

Contact calqanda@gmail.com for details!

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Thursday, October 17, 2013  

LGBTQ Allyship Webinar

12-1pm

Website URL TBA

So you think you're an Ally? Come check it out with our interactive webinar! Learning the difference between being an ally and being an active ally.

Check out the UCB LGBTQ Ally Webinar Facebook page for more information.

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Friday, October 18, 2013  

LGBTQ Allyship Webinar

5:30-6:30pm

Website URL TBA

So you think you're an Ally? Come check it out with our interactive webinar! Learning the difference between being an ally and being an active ally.

National Coming Out and Ally Weeks 2012

National Coming Out and Ally Weeks are October 7th - 18th, 2012.  See below for a compilation of the various LGBTQ events happening on-campus during that time.  If you have an event you would like to add, please email Marisa at mboyce@berkeley.edu


National Coming Out and Ally Weeks
A Calendar of Events about Gender, Sexuality and LGBTQ Identities

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Monday 10/8
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T-Cal: A Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Space Meeting
5–6:30pm
Email mboyce@berkeley.edu for location

T-Cal is a group that seeks to address the spectrum of gender and gender expression, especially for students, staff and faculty who may identify across the transgender spectrum at UCB. Join us for conversation, community, and resources!

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YQUE! Indigenous People’s Day Event
12pm
Sproul
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YQUE!/Raza Caucus on Objectification and Sexualization
5-7pm
242 Chavez
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Unity House 101
7:30-9pm
Unit 3 APR

A fun and informative presentation on the LGBTQ+ live-in theme program and queer identities! Snacks and unicorns provided.  Contact Jasmine jverret@berkeley.edu with questions!

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Tuesday 10/9
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LGBT Pre-Med Event: Admissions and Navigating Issues of Identity (c)
5-7pm
251 Wheeler Hall

Are you a LGBT Pre-Medical Student? Interested in learning more about the
Medical School admissions process and how to navigate around issues of
identity? Join us on Tuesday, October 9th from 5-7 PM to hear Joel Maurer,
M.D. and the Assistant Dean of Admissions for the College of Human
Medicine at Michigan State University, speak about the admissions process,
issues of identity, and more on. Professor Robert Beatty from the
Department of Molecular and Cell Biology will also be present. Light
refreshments will be provided.

This event is ADA accessible. For more information regarding disability
access, please visit access.berkeley.edu.

Questions? Please contact Marisa Boyce at mboyce@berkeley.edu or Paul
Williams at pewilliams13@berkeley.edu.

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Hudson Taylor - "Athlete Ally:" Three-Time All American NCAA Wrestler (c)
7:30-9pm
155 Dwinelle

Why is being an ally to members of the LGBTQ community important when on the court, on the field, in the pool, on the track, etc?  How can creating a more inclusive environment, where LGBTQ athletes know their teammates support them, and help create a stronger team dynamic?  
Hudson Taylor will talk about the importance of athlete allies – allies to LGBTQ people in an athletic context.  Hudson is a three-time NCAA All-American wrestler, is ranked among the top five pinners in NCAA wrestling history, and is a straight ally who has been working with "athletes, coaches, parents, fans and other members of the sports community to respect all individuals involved in sports".  (athleteally.org)

Presented by Cal Student-Athlete Gay-Straight Alliance (SAGSA) and the Gender Equity Resource Center; supported by Cal Athletics and the Athletic Study Center.
Questions? Contact Marisa at mboyce@berkeley.edu
For disability-related accommodations see http://access.berkeley.edu

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Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) Meeting
7:30-9pm
223 Dwinelle

QSA strives to provide a “safe space” where every individual can be free of harassment, discrimination, isolation, judgment, and/or violence that occur because of who they are. We will achieve these results by empowering and motivating students and student/community leaders to end inequalities that exist at Cal and in our society.

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Wednesday 10/10
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Queering the Gospel Sound (c)
12:15-1pm
Hertz Concert Hall

Sponsor: Department of Music
University Gospel Chorus, D. Mark Wilson, director
In recognition of National Coming Out Month, the University Gospel Chorus honors the influence and contribution of the LGBTQ Community on Gospel Music. Tickets not required: Donations appreciated
Event Contact: concerts@berkeley.edu, 510-642-4864

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LGBTQ Drop-In Counseling
4-7pm
GenEq

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Rapid HIV Testing
5-7pm
GenEq

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Be You
5-6pm

Be You! is a safe discussion space in the residence halls where LGBTQ residents and allies can discuss what it means to have conversations about gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, ability and the various ways in which we become ourselves. ALl residents are welcome to come through, with no expectations but our own of how we choose to identify while in the space.

Email sbijlani@berkeley.edu for meeting locations and other questions. For access-related accommodations, please visit http://access.berkeley.edu

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Cal Queer and Asian Trivia Night Social
7:30-9pm
175 Barrows

Hello lovely community! We are having our super exciting, super competitive, Trivia Night Social! Do you know how tall the Campanile is? Or what you call those little plastic things on the ends of shoelaces? How about how many of the 50 states have legalized same-sex marriage? This Wednesday night, bring your thinking caps and your A-game, and try your best not to be stumped by our questions! There will be good times, good people, and good prizes!!!


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Thursday 10/11
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Coming Out, Letting In, Claiming Self: A Story-Telling Circle (c)
5-7pm
Multicultural Community Center - Hearst Field Annex

Celebrate National Coming Out Day through storytelling!

Cosponsored by Multicultural Community Center, Queer Alliance and Resource Center and the Gender Equity Resource Center

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Queer Grads Happy Hour
6-8pm
Bear’s Lair

Hello Queer Grads! Come join us again for drinks and FREE PIZZA at the Bear's Lair!
Sponsored by the Graduate Assembly. Wheelchair accessible. Everybody 21+ welcome, including faculty and staff.

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YQUE! Migrating Sexualities Discussion
7-8:30pm
QARC Hearst Field Annex

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oSTEM (Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Meeting
7-8:30
240 Bechtel

oSTEM aims to unite the LGBTQQIA students within the fields of science,
technology, engineering, and math to foster a strong professional and social network as well as to promote awareness of their presence in all communities.

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Friday 10/12
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T-Cal: A Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Space Lunch
11am-12:30pm
Email mboyce@berkeley.edu for location

T-Cal is a group that seeks to address the spectrum of gender and gender expression, especially for students, staff and faculty who may identify across the transgender spectrum at UCB. Join us for conversation, community, and resources!

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Big Queer Meeting
6-7:30pm
Location TBD

Get updates on the survey results for the Queer Advocacy Agenda.  

Questions?  Contact Felipe (felipe.flores7144@gmail.com) or Nolan Pack (nolanpack@gmail.com).

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Saturday 10/13
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Cal Ally Workshop
at Stern Main Lounge, Unit 4 (2700 Hearst Ave.)
3-5pm

Join us for a workshop that will first examine various LGBTQ+ identities before opening dialogue about heterosexual and cisgender privilege, as well as racism, sexism, and other systems of oppression. In addition, this workshop will seek to equip participants with the skills necessary to help make Cal a safer and more inclusive campus.

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QSA’s Masquerade Ball
9pm-1am
Oscar Wilde House (2410 Warring St.)

Come join us for a masquerade party in honor of the LGBT+ community and coming out! Wear a mask (if you would like to) for a ticket discount, and get ready to take it off at midnight (if you want) to represent the coming out process.

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Monday 10/15
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Film Screening of Pariah and discussion
6:30-9:00pm
Goldman School of Public Policy Room 250

Snacks provided.  Sponsored by Queer Issues in Public Policy, Women in Public Policy, Students of Color in Public Policy and Latinos in Public Policy

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Tour and Dinner of Oscar Wilde House
6:15-8:00pm
2410 Warring St.

Cal’s very own low-cost LGBTQ themed student Co-op.  See where the Wildebeests
call home and enjoy a scrumptious meal!  No cost, but donations accepted.



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Tuesday 10/16
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LavenderCal 2nd Tuesday Discussion
12–1pm
GenEq 202 Chavez

Chris Atwood, Doctoral Candidate in Italian Studies, and the inaugural recipient of  the Philip Brett LGBT Fellowship for Graduate Student Research will discuss perspectives on being out as a student  and conducting queer-themed research in the academy.

Contact Sharon sharonpm@berkeley.edu with questions.

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LGBT Ally Workshop at QSA Meeting
7:30-9pm
223 Dwinelle

In this interactive seminar, participants will become a visible part of the Cal Ally program, which seeks to create and maintain a safer and more inclusive campus environment for all. During this workshop, participants receive knowledge, insight, and an opportunity to discuss the implications of homophobia and heterosexism. This workshop addresses heterosexual privilege, as well as the intersections of racism, sexism, and other systems of oppression. Participants receive a packet of LGBT resources, which contains information such as a list of websites, and a list of basic definitions of commonly used terminology within the LGBT community. The objective of this workshop is to equip allies with the knowledge and resources that enable them to assist LGBT or questioning persons. This workshop encourages dialogue regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Questions?  Contact qsaberkeley@gmail.com.

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Wednesday 10/17
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LGBTQ Drop-In Counseling
4-6pm
GenEq

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Thursday 10/18
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OUT Faculty Panel
12-1:30pm
Location: MCC Hearst Field Annex

Come listen to a panel of Cal faculty talk about their experiences being openly LGBTQIA in academia.  Refreshments provided.  Contact Travis at tdunlop@berkeley.edu or Raymon at raymonst@ischool.berkeley.edu for questions.

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Two Spirits:  Gender, Sexuality and the Murder of Fred Martinez
5:30-7:30pm
Spens Black Lounge - Unit 3 - 2400 Durant Ave between Dana and Telegraph

TWO SPIRITS interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and female and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders.

Fred Martinez was nádleehí, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. But the place where two discriminations meet is a dangerous place to live, and Fred became one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at sixteen. Between tradition and controversy, sex and spirit, and freedom and fear, lives the truth—the bravest choice you can make is to be yourself.

Note that while this event is listed in National Coming Out and Ally Weeks, we must pay close attention to how each person describes their experiences with gender and sexuality, and not place labels on them.  

Collaboration with the Gender Equity Resource Center, the American Indian Graduate Program, Native American Student Development and the Unity House Theme Program.

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QPOC Together: Queer People of Color
7:30-9pm
Gender Equity Resource Center (202 Chavez)

A monthly community forum and chill space for queer-identified students of color at UC Berkeley. No matter how you identify: Same-Gender Loving, Queer, Butch/Femme, Fluid, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Downe, etc.
Questions?  Contact geneq@berkeley.edu

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ENVISION: White Anti-Racist Network at GenEq
7:30-9pm
(room close to GenEq, TBD)

ENVISION is a discussion space designed to equip white* students, faculty and staff with the tools to analyze white privilege and to challenge racism within and beyond our campus’ women's and queer communities. ENVISION supports the development of anti-racist practices and serves as a supplement to social justice work in other spaces on campus. Come ready to engage!
*ENVISION focuses on white students, faculty and staff for three reasons: 1) it shifts the burden off of people of color to educate white people about racism and oppression; 2) white people can play an important role in supporting each other to challenge racism; and 3) it creates an atmosphere that allows white people to share more openly and honestly about race, creating more opportunities for growth and learning.
Questions? Email Marisa at mboyce@berkeley.edu

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oSTEM (Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Meeting
7-8:30
240 Bechtel

oSTEM aims to unite the LGBTQQIA students within the fields of science,
technology, engineering, and math to foster a strong professional and social network as well as to promote awareness of their presence in all communities.

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YQUE! (Young Queers United for Empowerment) Meeting
7-8:30pm
QARC space Hearst Field Annex

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Two Spirits, One Heart
a book showcase, featuring a reading and discussion by Marsha and Aiden Aizumi

7 – 9 pm
@ the Badé Museum, Pacific School of Religion

1798 Scenic Avenue, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA 94709

In  Two Spirits, One Heart, Marsha Aizumi shares her compelling story of parenting a young woman who came out as a lesbian, then transitioned to male.  This inspiring memoir chronicles Marsha’s personal journey from fear, uncertainty, and sadness to eventual unconditional love, acceptance, and support of her child who struggled to reconcile his gender identity.  Told with honesty and warmth, this book is a must-read for parents and loved ones of LGBT individuals everywhere.

Sponsored by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies

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Friday 10/19
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An API Family Conversation
building faith, family ties and support for our LGBT family members

6 – 9 pm
An intimate dialogue about how API parents, elders, and church leaders can better equip ourselves and others to support our LGBT family members.  This dialogue will focus on the role of faith, family ties, and the faith community in this process.
 
moderated by:
Belinda Dronkers-Laureta (API Family Pride) and
Jess Delegencia (API Roundtable Coordinator, CLGS)

The October 19 event will be much more low key than the book launch. What it is essentially is a dialogue bringing together families, faith leaders and community leaders of API LGBT folks. In addition to hearing our stories and journeys of parents like Marsha Aizumi, Donna Agraviador, and Belinda and John Dronkers-Luareta, the dialogue will ask the following questions:

What are the issues?

What are existing resources and spaces that serve API LGBTQ people and their families and faith communities?

What new resources and spaces do we need to create and produce to serve API LGBTQ people and their families and faith communities more effectively?

The dialogue is the first of a series of several national convenings of the API Roundtable, designed to harness the stories and wisdom of API LGBTQ individuals, parents, community leaders, academics and faith leaders for the generation of needed resources and spaces that serve and empower the API LGBTQ faith community.

Participants in the dialogue will be influential in guiding the production of future resources for the API LGBTQ faith community.

Sponsored by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies

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Details TBD:
Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin Screening

During his 60-year career as an activist, organizer and "troublemaker," Bayard Rustin formulated many of the strategies that propelled the American civil rights movement. His passionate belief in Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence drew Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders to him in the 1940's and 50's; his practice of those beliefs drew the attention of the FBI and police. In 1963, Rustin brought his unique skills to the crowning glory of his civil rights career: his work organizing the March on Washington, the biggest protest America had ever seen. But his open homosexuality forced him to remain in the background, marking him again and again as a "brother outsider." Brother Outsider: the Life of Bayard Rustin combines rare archival footage — some of it never before broadcast in the U.S. — with provocative interviews to illuminate the life and work of a forgotten prophet of social change.  

Sponsored by Zawadi.  Contact billyc@berkeley.edu