Center for Diversity & Inclusion


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LGBT History Month

CDI - LGBT History Month 2012

Photo by Patrick Bradley.

Please join the AU community as we celebrate LGBT History month every October. There are many events including workshops, discussions, presentations, and movie viewings. Please see the most current list of events below and previous LGBT History Month offerings at the bottom of the page.

If you are an office, department, or organization at AU and would like your event to be added to the below list of events for LGBT History Month, please submit your event here.

2013 List of Events

FUK!T Kit Packing Party!
October 1st | 6pm | Tavern | Sponsored by Queers and Allies

Allies' Initiative will be meeting at the Tavern to grab something to eat before heading over by metro to the HIV Working Group for a FUK!T kit packing party! They will volunteer their time to help fight HIV in the DC area by putting together safe sex kits to be distributed in LGBT spaces in DC. For more information about the organization click here! Or, check out the Facebook event here!

Coffee Break with TAP
October 2nd | 6:30pm | The Dav | Sponsored by Queers and Allies

Come to the Dav to learn more about what the Trans* Advocacy Project has in store for the semester! They will discuss planned events and how you can get involved. Feel free to come and stay for the entire event or just stop by to say, "Hi!". Check out the Facebook event here!

Rainbow Wonk Experience
October 2nd | 8pm | Perch (Anderson Hall) | Sponsored by the Center for Diversity & Inclusion and Queers & Allies

The Rainbow Wonk Experience will include a panel of students talking about LGBTQ experiences at AU and beyond! It’s all the questions you’ve always wanted answered but were afraid to ask… Tweet your questions to @auCDI #rainbowWONK or write them on the FB event.

Q&A Mixer with GW Allied in Pride!
October 3rd | 7pm | Georgetown Waterfront | Sponsored by Queers and Allies

Q&A is excited to announce that they will be having a mixer with GW's LGBTQ organization, Allied in Pried, as well as students from Georgetown and Catholic University! The mixer will take place at the fountain at the Georgetown Waterfront. Interested students should meet at the Kogod shuttle stop at 7pm. Come out and play with Q&A and Allied in Pride! Check out the Facebook event here!

Coffee with QWAC
October 6th | noon | Le Pain Quotidien | Sponsored by Queers and Allies

Coffee with QWAC will be the Queer Women's Advocacy Committee's first outing! Meet in front of MGC on Sunday at noon. They will walk over together to Le Pain Quotidien Bakery. Check out the Facebook event here!

Coming Out Monologues
October 9th | 8pm | Perch (Anderson Hall) | Sponsored by the Center for Diversity & Inclusion

National Coming Out Day is held on October 11th each year. In honor of this day, we will be holding the `The Coming Out Monologues.` Loosely based on Eve Ensler's `The Vagina Monologues`, `The Coming Out Monologues` celebrates the diverse and unique experiences of coming out in the LGBTQA community.

We are currently looking for performers. Performers can choose to read an already written monologue or read their own story. Additionally, you can submit your own monologue to be performed if you would like to remain anonymous. Anyone and everyone is welcome to participate. Please email to sign up!

Coming Out on the Quad
October 10th | 11am-3pm | AU main quad | Sponsored by Queers and Allies

Q&A will be celebrating National Coming Out Day with a day of queer pride on the quad! This event will create a safe space for anyone who wants to come out as any identity. There will also be representatives from organizations that act as resources for queer individuals on AU's campus and in the DC community.

Valentine Road
October 10th | 5:30pm | Katzen Arts Center | Sponsored by the Center for Media & Social Impact and WCL's Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law

On February 12, 2008, in Oxnard, California, eighth-grade student Brandon McInerney shot his classmate Larry King twice in the back of the head during first period. When Larry died two days later, his murder shocked the nation. Was this a hate crime, one perpetrated by a budding neo-Nazi whose masculinity was threatened by an effeminate gay kid who may have had a crush on him? Or was there even more to it? Looking beyond all the copious news coverage of this tragic event, Valentine Road tells the story of two victims: the deceased and the murderer. With keen insight, the film connects the human wreckage of Larry's and Brandon's troubled lives-both physically abused, both from broken homes, and both searching for a sense of belonging.
This film is part of the 14th Annual Human Rights Film Series. More information about the film series, visit

LGBT Roundtable Discussion
October 10th | 6pm | MGC 200 | Sponsored by Queers and Allies & the AU Student Government Department of LGBTQ Advocacy

This event is for all American University members of the LGBTQ community to discuss what issues they would like Student Government to address and give feedback on current initiatives on campus. For further details, please see the Facebook Event.

Trans 101
October 11th | 1pm | RSVP Here

The Laramie Project
October 15th | 8pm | Ford's Theater | Sponsored by Queers and Allies & AU Players

Q&A, along with AU Players, will be making a trip on October 15th to see the Laramie Project performed at Ford's Theater! The show depicts the reactions produced by the murder of Matthew Shepard and gives insight into hate crimes, which are one of the most serious issues facing the LGBTQ+ community. They will be selling 40 non-refundable tickets for $5 each. Tickets will be sold via tabling on October 8th from 11am-3pm in MGC and on October 9th from 11am-3pm in Katzen Art Center.

Safe Space Workshop
October 17th | 5pm | RSVP Here

Sexual Freedom, Secular Democracy, Queers & Human Diversity
October 18th | 5pm| MGC 247 | Sponsored by AU Rationalists and Atheists

Anti-LGBT religious groups threaten the freedom of us all, not only sexual minorities, according to progressive sex therapist, political activist, and author of "America's War on Sex: The Attack on Law, Lust, and Liberty," Dr. Marty Klein. Dr. Klein is dedicated to defending and promoting sexual freedom as a key dimension of human diversity and individual freedom. As part of LGBT History Month at AU, please join the AU Rationalists and Atheists, AU Queers and Allies, AU Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Humanist Chaplaincy at AU, as we explore how LGBT equality has become part of the cutting edge of advocacy for civil rights and secular democracy.

Q&A General Body Meeting
October 22nd | 6:30pm | Butler Conference Room | Sponsored by Queers and Allies

Q&A will be discussing events held thus far, and what is still in store for the rest of the semester. There will also be a discussion about the Stonewall Riots, including how history has portrayed them as initiated by white gay men and the role played by trans* and gender non-conforming individuals. See the Facebook page for more details!

Safe Space Workshop
October 23rd | 1pm | RSVP Here

Q&A Halloween Party and Rocky Horror Show
October 25th | 9pm | Butler Board Room | Sponsored by Queers and Allies

Put on your fishnets and heels and join Queers and Allies for a Rocky Horror Halloween Party! They will have costume contests, Taro card readings, Rocky Horror trivia, and mummy wrapping. Of course, they will also be dancing to the Time Warp complete with an instructional poster! Afterwards they will head to the Greenberg Theater, where Q&A will be selling prop bags with DPA's production of the Rocky Horror Show midnight showing. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here. Make sure to check out the Facebook event page for more details!

October 26th | 7am | Freedom Plaza

Q&A will be heading to the AIDS Walk with the AU contingent, AU Fights AIDS, which is head by Women's Initiative. Students will be able to register at their Coming Out on the Quad event. Find out more at the Facebook event!

History of the LGBT Movement
October 28th | 6pm | Letts Formal Lounge | Sponsored by the Center for Diversity & Inclusion

Bob Connelly, Adjunct Professor in WGSS & Research Manager for the National Geographic Channel, presents the half hour documentary "Gay Pioneers" about the first homosexual pickets at the White House in the 1960s. After the documentary viewing, there will be a Q&A period.

QPOC Goes to the Smithsonian!
October 27th | 11am | Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian | Sponsored by Queers and Allies

Join QPOC on the field trip to the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian to celebrate this year's Dia de los Muertos: Day of the Dead. Come view traditional altars and other special programming provided by the Smithsonian to commemorate loved ones and experience a culture's rich tradition with Queers and Allies' Queer People of Color! Check out the Facebook event here!

Grab a Scoop and Shop with QPM
October 27th | 6:30pm | Ward Circle Building and DuPont Circle | Sponsored by Queers and Allies

Grab a Scoop and Shop is QPM's first social outing of the year! Come on a trip to the Human Rights Campaign Store and Larry's Ice Cream to enjoy some delicious ice cream and get resources from the HRC. Come learn what Queer and Progressive Men and Queers and Allies have planned for the semester and find out how you can get involved. QPM and Q&A will meet in front of the Ward Circle Building at 6:30pm and will take the bus down to DuPont Circle. Check out the Facebook event here!

Off Campus Events

'Heroes Latinos LGBTQ' Photo Exhibition
September 15- October 15 | Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library

The Latino GLBT History Project will host the breathtaking Heroes Latinos LGBTQ exhibition, which showcases 30 LGBTQ Latino/a community members through black and white photographs by Kevin Kenner and their brief biographies. the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library is located at 3160 16th St. NW, Washington, DC. For more information, click here.

Rainbow History Project Panel Discussion
October 21st | 6pm | Thurgood Marshall Center, 1816 12th St. NW

Rainbow History Project announces a panel discussion on discrimination within Washington's LGBT community directed at African-American members of the community. The presentations will take a historical perspective, focusing on the 1970s and 1980s. The panel discussion takes place Monday, October 21st in the Thurgood Marshall Center at 1816 12th Street, NW Washington, DC 20009. Doors open at 6pm and the discussion will begin at 6:30pm. Light refreshments will be served. Audience members will be encouraged to ask questions after the panelist presentations.