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Trans Women Carmen Carrera and Laverne Cox Respond Flawlessly To Katie Couric's Bigoted Questions

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Katie Couric is a supreme fucking asshole. Also, I fucking LOOOOOVE Laverne Cox.

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On Monday, transgender model Carmen Carrera and Orange is the New Black actress Laverne Cox made a daytime TV talk show appearance on the ABC show Katie hosted by Katie Couric. What was advertised as a platform for these two talented and charming ladies to talk about the projects they are working on and transgender issues, quickly devolved into an awkward inquisition about their genitals led by the host. Both women stepped up to the challenge, though, and turned the interview into a triumphant verbal parade by both Carrera and Cox on what it’s like to be trans, what it’s like to have people ask you about your genitals on a regular basis and what issues are really important to the trans community.

Things started to seem a little odd when the viewers kept being reminded about Carrera’s transition by being shown pictures of her in bandages and mentions of her transition at every chance. Later when Couric introduced Carerra, she said that “she was born a man and that’s why she’s on our show,” making it very clear that she’s only interesting because of her transition. Couric continued to focus on that part of Carerra’s life when she said that after being on Rupaul’s Drag Race, Carrera “realized she was done acting like a woman and wanted to become one.” However, the real trouble started when Couric started to ask Ms. Carrera if transitioning was painful because of all the surgery that she had to go through. Carmen looked a little confused and responded by talking a little about her nose job and breast augmentation and that’s when Katie pounced. She immediately asked if Carmen’s “private parts” are “different now” and if she’s had that surgery yet. Carmen Carrera responded perfectly. First she literally shushed Katie Couric, trying to get her to stop asking such a private thing. Then she told her “I don’t want to talk about it, it’s really personal” and she told Katie that there’s a lot more to get than her genitals. She said, “after the transition there’s still life to live, I still have my career goals, I still have my family goals.”

After the break, Couric brought on Laverne Cox who, at first was talking about her role on Orange is the New Black. They talked about her character Sofia Burset and how her twin brother played pre-transition Sofia on the show. Cox was absolutely killing it, saying she doesn’t see herself as a “role model,” she prefers the term “possibility model” (a term I’m totally going to steal). She says that she’s not arrogant enough to think that people should model their life after her, but she likes the idea that she is showing other people that it’s possible to live your dreams.

Unfortunately, that’s when Katie got back on the surgery track. Couric explained that she just wants to be educated and that a lot of people are curious because they’re “not familiar with transgenders.” She told Cox that Carrera had “recoiled” when asked about surgery and said that cis people are preoccupied with “the genitalia question.” Couric wondered if Cox felt the same way about that question and about cis people’s attitudes towards trans women. As soon as Cox started telling her that, yes, she keeps her private parts private and that cis people do have an obsession with trans women’s genitalia, she really started picking up steam. Cox said that the preoccupation with genitalia and transition objectifies trans women and distracts us from the real issues.

Cox was absolutely brilliant as she brought up how trans women, and specifically trans women of color, disproportionately face violence and discrimination, even compared to other LGBTQ people. She brought up the case of Islan Nettles, a black trans woman who was brutally murdered after the men who were cat-calling her realized she was trans and beat her to death. There is still no justice for Nettles, as the charges against her murderer were dropped. Cox brought up the facts that trans women face absurdly high lives of homelessness, violent crime, discrimination and poverty. Then Cox hit it out of the park when she said, “by focusing on bodies we don’t focus on the lived realities of that oppression and that discrimination.”

Throughout all of this, both Carrera and Cox remained ridiculously charming. They both appeared to be so happy to be on the show and to be able to talk about the work that they do. They were completely tactful and kept on talking about how much they love each other and are proud of the things the other is doing. It was great seeing two successful and thriving trans women of color showing so much love for each other and then completely bringing it when they were asked inappropriate questions about their bodies. I’m extremely tired of every story about trans women focusing on their transition, so when both Carrera and Cox spoke out against that line of questioning, I was cheering at my TV. Hopefully, as more and more resources are available, people won’t feel so comfortable asking strangers about what surgeries they’ve had and what their genitals look like. Trans people are more than just our bodies, and these two women showed that in the absolute best way possible.

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First meeting of the semester

Hi everyone, our first meeting of the spring semester will be Monday, January 20th (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) at 5 pm in the mosaic lounge. Hope to see you there!

Anonymous said: i'm not certain of the pc way of phrasing my question.. but are there any feminine lesbians at tulane?

There are people of all different types of gender presentation at Tulane, just like at any college. If you’re worried about fitting in, or finding specific types of people to date, rest assured that there is a community for you no matter your presentation or desires! 

Anonymous said: Hi! I have recently been accepted to Tulane and I was wondering what its like to be an lgbt woman on campus? Is everyone fairly accepting? Is there a large amount of people that identify as lgbt?

Hi, and congrats on your acceptance to Tulane! 

I think we have a pretty large community and presence here at Tulane. In addition to SWEET, other groups oriented towards the lgbtq community include the Queer Student Alliance, a group for lgbtq students and allies of all genders, Queer Feminist Collective, which is more focused on academic discussion around these issues, Gender Exploration Society, a club for trans* students and their allies, and Gamma Rho Lambda, a progressive/lgbtq sorority. In addition, we have an office of gender and sexual diversity, which is part of the office of multicultural affairs. The office plans a variety of lgbtq-related events and gives our community a voice in the university’s administration. There is also an advisory council called GSAC that represents the lgbtq community in our student government.

We have our own space on campus where many of the lgbtq clubs and events take place, called the mosaic lounge. It’s really rainbow-y in there, and it’s definitely a fun place to hang out =P

I personally have found the overall campus culture to be accepting, but I do think everyone’s experience is different. For instance, while I don’t see obvious homophobia on campus I do hear transphobic comments from time to time. Also, I know lgbtq women with more non-normative gender presentations sometimes report getting weird looks around campus. However, it seems like in that type of situation the staring usually comes from curiosity and/or bad manners, not hostility. I do feel like the vast majority of people here are at least accepting, and we have a lot of great allies in our community. For instance, I remember last year my RA was very supportive and came to Pride Week events. 

I hope this was somewhat helpful. Wherever you decide to go to college, I wish you happiness! :)

Tulane LGBTQ events for the rest of the semester

Okay so this is really long but if you want to know about all the fun events going on for the rest of the semester, here’s the schedule:

Saturday, October 5th, 11:00am – 2:30pm in Champion Square: The O Homecoming Tailgate (Office of Multicultural Affairs and Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity)

Sunday, October 6th, 4pm-8pm in LBC G04: Titlaycanah, a weekly study session with free food sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity.

Monday, October 7th, 5pm-6pm in Mosaic Lounge: Student Women Embracing Equality at Tulane (SWEET) meeting—informal study break

Monday, October 7th, 6pm – 8pm in LBC 210: Safe Zone Training: LGBTIQA 101. In this training designed for all Tulane students, staff, and faculty, participants will gain introductory knowledge about how they can be an effective ally to LGBTIQA-identified individuals and those questioning their sexuality. Register online at: http://safezonetraining.eventbrite.com/#

Wednesday, October 9th, 12pm – 2pm in LBC G04: Wednesdays with the O, a weekly social with free food sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity

Sunday, October 13th, 4pm – 8pm in LBC G04: Titlaycanah, a weekly study session with free food sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity.

                   ****October 14th - 18th is Pride Week****

Monday, October 14th, 10am-5pm on the LBC quad: LGBTIQA Pride Week Kick-Off.Join LGBTQIA student organizations, the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity, and the Office for Multicultural Affairs for music, food, and merriment on the LBC Quad in celebration of Tulane University’s 2013 Pride Week. 

Monday, October 14th, 12pm-2pm on the LBC quad: BBQueer - Free BBQ on the LBC Quad in celebration of Tulane University’s 2013 Pride Week

Tuesday, October 15th, 1pm – 3pm in LBC 210: Workshop with bisexual activist Robyn Ochs

Tuesday, October 15th, 3pm in the OGSD (LBC room GO4, in the basement of the LBC): Intersexions, a time and space for LGBTIQA students of color to relax, meet one another, and discuss issues in a laidback atmosphere

Tuesday, October 15th, 6pm-8pm in Rogers Chapel: Pride Week Keynote Lecture: Robyn Ochs, bisexual activist

Wednesday, October 16th, 12pm-2pm in LBC G04: Pride at the O - Free food, music, and excellent company!

Wednesday, October 16th, 9pm-10pm in MOSAIC lounge (door in the side of Warren Hall): LOUNGE, a designated time & space for LGBTIQA or questioning students to get together and discuss issues or life in general in an informal and laidback atmosphere.  Free food and great company provided.  Sponsored by the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD).

Thursday, October 17th, 9pm-12am in the Rat (basement of the LBC): RHA and OGSD Karaoke

Friday, October 18th, 12pm-2pm in Bruff: Lavender Lunch at Bruff - Wear lavender, purple, or pink to Bruff to show your support of LGBTIQA students, faculty, and staff.

 

Friday, October 18th, 8pm-11pm in McAlister Auditorim: Miss Paul Tulane and Mr Sophie Newcomb amateur drag contest benefiting NO/AIDS Taskforce

 

Sunday, October 20th, 4pm-8pm in LBC G04: Titlaycanah, a weekly study session with free food sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity.

Monday, October 21st, 5pm-6pm in Mosaic Lounge: Student Women Embracing Equality at Tulane (SWEET) meeting

Monday, October 21st, 8:00pm – 9:30pm in Kendall Cram (LBC 2nd floor): Lecture by Jackie Sumell of Herman’s House

 

Wednesday, October 23rd, 12pm – 2pm in LBC G04: Wednesdays with the O, a weekly social with free food sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity

 

Wednesday, October 23rd, 6pm – 9pm, meet at Loyola horseshoe outside Marquette Hall: Take Back the Night, an event designed to raise awareness about sexual- and gender-based violence and to empower survivors

 

Thursday, October 24th, 9pm – 10pm in Mosaic Lounge (door in the side of Warren Hall): LOUNGE, a designated time & space for LGBTIQA or questioning students to get together and discuss issues or life in general in an informal and laidback atmosphere.  Free food and great company provided.  Sponsored by the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD).

Friday, October 25th, 12pm-12:45pm in Woldenburg Art Center: Fridays at Newcomb – “Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise” featuring Laura Ledet

Sunday, October 27th, 4pm-8pm in LBC G04: Titlaycanah, a weekly study session with free food sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity.

Monday, October 28th, 5pm-6pm in Mosaic Lounge: Student Women Embracing Equality at Tulane (SWEET) meeting

Tuesday, October 29th, 8pm-10pm in McAlister Auditorium: TUCP Cinema – Rocky Horror Picture Show

 

Wednesday, October 30th, 12pm – 2pm in LBC G04: Wednesdays with the O, a weekly social with free food sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity

 

Wednesday, October 30th, 7pm – 9pm in Kendall Cram (LBC 213): Diversity Convocation

 

Friday, November 1st, 12pm-12:45pm in Caroline Richardson Building: Fridays at Newcomb – “Motherhood in Patriarchy” featuring Dr. Mariam Irene Tazi-Preve

 

Sunday, November 3rd, 4pm-8pm in LBC G04: Titlaycanah, a weekly study session with free food sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity.

 

Monday, November 4th, 5pm-6pm in Mosaic Lounge: Student Women Embracing Equality at Tulane (SWEET) meeting

Monday, November 4th, 6pm-8pm in Freeman Auditorium of Woldenburg Art Center: Tim Wise Lecture

 

Tuesday, November 5, 3pm – 5pm in LBC G04: Intersexions – Social for LGBTIQA students of color

 

Wednesday, November 6th, 12pm – 2pm in LBC G04: Wednesdays with the O, a weekly social with free food sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity

 

Wednesday, November 6th, 6pm-8pm in Kendall Cram (LBC 213): Gender and Incarceration Panel, moderated by Melissa Harris-Perry

 

Wednesday, November 6th, 9pm-10pm in Mosaic Lounge (door in the side of Warren Hall): LOUNGE, a designated time & space for LGBTIQA or questioning students to get together and discuss issues or life in general in an informal and laidback atmosphere.  Free food and great company provided.  Sponsored by the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD).

Sunday, November 10th, 4pm-8pm in LBC G04: Titlaycanah, a weekly study session with free food sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity.

Monday, November 11th, 5pm-6pm in Mosaic Lounge: Student Women Embracing Equality at Tulane (SWEET) meeting

Tuesday, November 12, 6:00pm – 7:30pm: Sexuality and Society Roundtable Discussion. This roundtable series introduces students to faculty, staff, artists, and community organizations whose work focuses on issues of sexuality.

Wednesday, November 13th, 12pm – 2pm in LBC G04: Wednesdays with the O, a weekly social with free food sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity

 

Friday, November 15th, 12pm-12:45pm in Caroline Richardson Building: Fridays at Newcomb – “Leaning In, the Unwritten Chapters: Leading a High Growth Tech Company as a Female CEO” featuring Jen Medbury

 

Sunday, November 17th, 4pm – 8pm in LBC G04: Titlaycanah, a weekly study session with free food sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity.

*****November 18th – 22nd is Trans* Awareness Week*****

Monday, November 18th, 5pm-6pm in Mosaic Lounge: Student Women Embracing Equality at Tulane (SWEET) meeting

Monday, November 18th, 8pm – 10pm in Kendall Cram Room (LBC 213): Angela Davis Lecture

Wednesday, November 20th, 12pm-2pm in LBC G04: Wednesdays with the O, a weekly social with free food sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity

Wednesday, November 20th, 3:30pm-6:30pm on LBC Quad: Trans* Day of Remembrance Vigil – “We invite all faculty, staff, and students to participate in this healing vigil that honors the lives of trans* people who have lost their lives due to gender-based violence.  Join us in making luminarias (during the day on the quad) that will be lit at 5pm for the vigil.”

Wednesday, November 20th, 6:30pm-8pm in Freeman Auditorium of Woldenberg Art Center: Transgender Awareness Movie Night – Screening of Kate Bornstein: A Work in Progress

Thursday, November 21st, 7pm – 9pm, location TBA: Boy I Am presented by Sam Federer – “An important exploration of issues rarely touched upon by most films portraying female-to-male (FTM) transgender experiences…this groundbreaking film opens up a dialog between the lesbian, feminist, and transgender communities while also promoting understanding of transgender issues for general audiences.”

Saturday, November 23rd, 7pm – 11pm in Qatar Ballroom: LGBTIQA Prom presented by Gamma Rho Lambda. Everyone is welcome—LGBTIQA, questioning, and allies! The event benefits BreakOUT!, a local not-for-profit organization in New Orleans that advocates for and mentors LGBT youth.

Sunday, November 24th, 4pm – 8pm in LBC G04: Titlaycanah, a weekly study session with free food sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity.

Monday, November 25th, 5pm-6pm in Mosaic Lounge: Student Women Embracing Equality at Tulane (SWEET) meeting—informal study break

Tuesday, November 26th, 5:30pm – 8:00pm in LBC 203, 212, 213: Annual Thanksgiving Potluck sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity

Wednesday, November 27th, 12pm-2pm in LBC G04: Wednesdays with the O, a weekly social with free food sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity

Sunday, December 1st, 4pm – 8pm in LBC G04: Titlaycanah, a weekly study session with free food sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity.

Monday, December 2nd, 5pm-6pm in Mosaic Lounge: Student Women Embracing Equality at Tulane (SWEET)—last meeting of the semester

Wednesday, December 4th, 12pm-2pm in LBC G04: Wednesdays with the O, a weekly social with free food sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity

Wednesday, December 4th, 6pm – 9pm in LBC 208: Safe Zone Training: LGBTIQA 101. In this training designed for all Tulane students, staff, and faculty, participants will gain introductory knowledge about how they can be an effective ally to LGBTIQA-identified individuals and those questioning their sexuality. Register online at: http://safezonetraining.eventbrite.com/#

Wednesday, December 4th, 9pm – 10pm in Mosaic Lounge (door in the side of Warren Hall): LOUNGE – End of Semester Study Break, sponsored by the Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity

Thursday, December 5th, 5:00pm – 8:30pm in Stibbs 203: The O Ambassador Banquet

Sunday, December 8th, 4pm-8pm in LBC G04: Titlaycanah, a weekly study session with free food sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity.

 

Meeting tomorrow, 9/16

Hey everyone, just a reminder that we will have a meeting tomorrow at 5pm in Mosaic lounge (need help finding it? Feel free to email me for directions: cbrewer1 @ tulane.edu). 

We’re going to be doing “speed friending,” structured kind of like speed dating, but very low pressure! 

We will also have elections for Secretary, Freshman Rep, Historian, and Suite Manager at this meeting—anyone can run for these positions.

Meeting tomorrow

Hi everyone! Sorry this is kind of late but just a reminder that we will have a meeting tomorrow (Monday) at 5pm in Mosaic lounge. We will be discussing the LGBTQIA acronym and related terminology, and doing a fun craft project. Hope to see you there!

Tulane Campus Compass

The Tulane Campus Compass is a resource guide to gender and sexuality at Tulane University. It provides helpful information for LGBTQIA* students to navigate campus, the city, and life at Tulane as a gender/sexuality non-conforming individual. 

It’s available for free online in pdf format, so please feel free to share this link around to all incoming/current Tulane students!!!

Many thanks to the many students, staff, faculty, and The Office of Gender and Sexuality for working so hard on putting this amazing resource together!

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[USA]: Know Your Rights: LGBTQ Teens & Young Adults
If you’re young, LGBTQ and live in the USA this is designed by Lambda Legal to help you know your rights and make sure they’re respected.
Bullying
What to Do If You’re Bullied
Bullying and the Law
Proms, Dances & Dating
Same-Sex Dates and School Dances
What to Do If You Run Into Problems at Dances
Dress Codes
Your Speech Rights
Your Speech Rights at School
Limitations on Students’ Free Speech
Private Schools
Public Address Systems and Posters
Anti-Gay and Anti-Equality Speech
Gay-Straight Alliances
Your Legal Right To Form a GSA
Pointers on Starting a GSA
How Lambda Legal Can Help
Safe, Inclusive Schools
Ways to Raise LGBTQ Awareness at School
LGBTQ Safety & Awareness at School: A Checklist
Keeping LGBTQ-Friendly Websites Accessible
Transgender Youth
Info for Transgender Youth
Bullying and TGNC Youth
Bathrooms and Locker Rooms
The Law & LGBTQ Youth
How The Law Protects LGBTQ Youth
Legal Victories for Youth
Beyond Home & School
What You Should Know If You’re Living in Foster Care, a Group Home or Juvenile Justice
Working With Homeless LGBTQ Youth
Info For Congregate Care Providers
Info For Foster and Adoptive Parents of LGBTQ Youth
Info for Juvenile Justice Professionals
Working With Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Youth
For Family & Friends
Info For Families With an LGBTQ Child
Basic Facts About Being LGBTQ
How to Support LGBTQ Youth
How Family Members Can Help Gay-Straight Alliances
How to Support Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Youth
For Educators
How to Make Your School Safer for LGBTQ Students
What to Do When Harassment/Discrimination Occurs
Same-Sex Dates At School Dances
How Schools Can Support Transgender Students
How Educators Can Help Gay-Straight Alliances
How to Make Curricula LGBTQ-Inclusive
Teacher and Staff Speech Rights
Resources
Glossary of LGBTQ Terms
National Organizations by Focus Area
Regional Organizations By State
Click HERE to see full page
Lambda Legal is a national American organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

bisexual-community:

[USA]: Know Your Rights: LGBTQ Teens & Young Adults

If you’re young, LGBTQ and live in the USA this is designed by Lambda Legal to help you know your rights and make sure they’re respected.

Bullying

Proms, Dances & Dating

Your Speech Rights

Gay-Straight Alliances

Safe, Inclusive Schools

Transgender Youth

The Law & LGBTQ Youth

Beyond Home & School

For Family & Friends

For Educators

Resources

Click HERE to see full page


Lambda Legal is a national American organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

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Fall 2013 Schedule

Here’s a schedule of some LGBTQIA-related events at Tulane that are coming up in August, September, and October. We hope to see you at some of them!

Wednesday, August 28th, 3:30-5:30 in Pocket Park (on the other side of the LBC from the quad): Ice Cream Social hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD)

Thursday, August 29th, 3-5 on the LBC quad: Come visit SWEET’s table at the Fall Activities Expo! We will have delicious sweet treats for you, and you can sign up to be on our email list!

Tuesday, September 3rd, 7pm-9pm in MOSAIC lounge in Warren Hall: LGBTIQA Welcome (Back) Party for new and returning students

Thursday, September 5th, 5:30-7: LGBTIQA Welcome (Back) Reception for faculty, staff, and students (location TBA)

Wednesday, September 11th, 9pm-10pm in MOSAIC lounge in Warren Hall: LOUNGE, ”a designated time & space for LGBTIQA or questioning students to get together and discuss issues or life in general in an informal and laid-back atmosphere. Free food and great company provided.” (Recurring event)

Tuesday, September 17th, 3:30-5:30 in the OGSD (LBC room GO4, in the basement of the LBC): Intersexions: Meet and Greet for LGBTIQA Students of Color (Recurring event)

Wednesday, October 2nd, 9pm-10pm in MOSAIC lounge in Warren Hall: LOUNGE social group

Thursday, October 3rd, 6-7:30: History of LGBTIQA New Orleans (more info to come)

                   ****October 14th - 18th is Pride Week****

Monday, October 14th, 10am-5pm on the LBC quad: LGBTIQA Pride Week Kick-Off.Join LGBTQIA student organizations, the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity, and the Office for Multicultural Affairs for music, food, and merriment on the LBC Quad in celebration of Tulane University’s 2013 Pride Week. 

Monday, October 14th, 12pm-2pm on the LBC quad: BBQueer - Free BBQ on the LBC Quad in celebration of Tulane University’s 2013 Pride Week

Tuesday, October 15th, 3pm in the OGSD (LBC room GO4, in the basement of the LBC): Intersexions

Tuesday, October 15th, 6pm-8pm: Pride Week Keynote Lecture (more info to come)

Wednesday, October 16th, 12pm-2pm in LBC 204: Pride at the O - Free food, music, and excellent company!

Wednesday, October 16th, 9pm-10pm in MOSAIC lounge in Warren Hall: LOUNGE social group

Thursday, October 17th, 9pm-12am in the Rat (basement of the LBC): RHA and OGSD Karaoke

Friday, October 18th, 12pm-2pm in Bruff: Lavender Lunch at Bruff - Wear lavender, purple, or pink to Bruff to show your support of LGBTIQA students, faculty, and staff.

Incoming LGBTQIA Tulane Students

Incoming Tulane Students: 

If you have any questions about LGTBQIA life at Tulane, or are interested in getting involved in any of our many student organizations specifically for queer students and allies, you can ask us at SWEET!!! Our ask and submit is always open and anon is always on.

We are a student group for queer/LGBTQIA women!!! We have social meetings, do a lot of political organizing, have fun, and meet lots of new people. We are a safe space for queer and questioning students and allies. And we can also answer any questions about the other queer student orgs or queer life in general at Tulane. We love you and are excited to meet you!!

(Our name stands for Student Women Embracing Equality at Tulane)

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How to be an Ally to Queer People of Color (QPOC): A List by the Camp Pride 2013 QPOC Caucus

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A few words before we begin:

There are so many facets to the LGBTQ community. In order to be able to truly support the LGBTQ community in its entirety, it is our responsibility to ensure we are able to see the breadth of diversity that exists within this label in regards to race and ethnicity, in regards to class, in regards to ableness, religion, etc. At this year’s Camp Pride, we asked our Queer People of Color Caucus to brainstorm just a few things that white allies can do in order to better support people of color within the movement. What follows is a compilation of these points. As you read them, imagine how much closer we could be to a truly just and equitable world if we could see everyone in our community.

-J. Mason, Camp Pride 2013 Faculty Member
 

How to be an Ally to Queer People of Color (QPOC)

A List by the QPOC Caucus

1. Understand LGBTQ Stereotypes and how they often do not include people of color.

2. Be open to different types of communication (restricting to modern/standard English is in and of itself oppressive.)

3. Learn all of the terms of the Rainbow Spectrum (downe, stud, same gender loving (SGL), dom, etc…)

4. Understand Appropriation (twerking, two-spirit, sass/invoking of black womanhood stereotypes)

5. Just Listen (Defer until you understand)

6. Don’t apologize for your privilege or guilt; don’t thank me for sharing what POC folks have known to be true for years

7. Find other white folks to process your white guilt.

8. Understand how people of color have helped to pave the way for the work you do. (Inclusive LGBTQ History, Stonewall, etc…)

9. Don’t just know who’s missing from the room; invite those folks to create the space with you.

10.  Know that our community experiences regarding race are more complex than simply just  Black/White

11. Know that just because we do not discuss the impact of racism in our lives on a daily basis, that our everyday realities as people of color are in fact shaped by the continuous institution and perpetuation of racism especially when it goes unaddressed.

SHANNON + SEEMA | INDIAN LESBIAN WEDDING

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States Fight Discrimination Toward Gay Foster Kids

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This is a very important issue that often goes unnoticed. In your average rhetoric about LGBT issues and adoption, the focus is on adult queer people who are seeking to build families or gain custody of their partner’s children. Many people in the foster care system are queer and may have even wound up in the system due to parents inflicting homophobic and transphobic abuse and neglect upon them, yet many of the adoption and foster care agencies are run by religious organizations that are insensitive to actively hostile to our youth.

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