Check out the upcoming events for QPenn!
Series description: “QPenn is an annual week-long celebration of LGBTQA culture at Penn: an inclusive pride event meant for EVERYONE. This year, we’re celebrating the various “shades” of identity within the LGBTQ and allied community with our theme: “50 SHADES OF GAY.” Members of the LGBTQ and allied community escape a single definition, coming together in various shapes, sizes and colors to form a unique group of individuals. Each “shade of gay” has a different connotation, definition, and meaning to everyone.”
SUNDAY MARCH 17
QPENN OPENING EVENT
5-6pm at International House (Africa Room)
3701 Chestnut St
Even if you can’t make it to see Keynote Speaker Janet Mock, be sure to stop by International House an hour early for some delicious free food and refreshments. We’ll also be distributing our FREE QPenn Tshirts
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: JANET MOCK
6-7pm at International House (South America Room)
3701 Chestnut St
The former staff editor of People.com, Janet is a writer and fierce activist for transgender rights. She uses her online presence to fight for equality and strengthen the voice of trans women all over the world. A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Janet has been featured on many radio programs and her commentary has been included in various magazines. She founded the Twitter campaign #GirlsLikeUs in order to raise the diverse visibility of trans women and in 2012 was honored by the Sylvia Rivera Law Project for her activism.
Cosponsored by The Greenfield Intercultural Center, SPEC, Africana Studies Department, Gender and Women’s Studies Department, Penn LGBT Center, United Minorities Council, UMOJA, PCUW, Tangible Change, Intercultural Fund, Asian Pacific Student Coalition
*MONDAY MARCH 18*
OUT IN THE WORKPLACE
By: Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs and the LGBT Center
12-1pm at Penn Bookstore, 2nd Floor
LOVE DOESNT HURT
By: Queer People of Color and QSP2
6:30-8:30pm at W.E.B. Du Bois Colllege House MPR
QSP2 and QPOC bring an informative and interactive event examining the complexities of intimate partner violence in queer communities of color. Refreshments will be served.
LAURENCE ANYWAYS FILM SCREENING
By: QPenn in collaboration with Jeffrey Johnson, the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Department, and the Cinema Studies Department
7:30-10:30pm at Harrison Sky Lounge
The film centres on the tortured, on-again, off-again relationship between Laurence (Melvil Poupaud), a writer and teacher, and his girlfriend Fred (Suzanne Clément), a line producer on film productions. Devout bohemians who have little interest in conventional mores, they lead a charmed existence buoyed by their contempt for virtually everyone else on the planet. That is, it’s a charmed existence until Laurence breaks down in tears and confesses that he believes he’s a woman trapped in a man’s body.
*TUESDAY MARCH 19*
ZISTORY: TRANS* HISTORY THEN AND NOW
By: Penn Non-Cis
5-6pm at the LGBT Center
Join Penn Non-Cis for an educational and visual talk on transgender and gender non-conforming figures throughout history. We will analyze the invisibility of such figures and there erasure from mainstream LGBT history as well as how current trans* activists are making their voices heard.
Solo Performance by Dan Fishback (FREE)
7pm at the Rotunda
In his solo performance, thirtynothing, Dan Fishback juxtaposes tales from the terrifying dawn of the AIDS epidemic with stories from his own more innocent childhood in those same years. As he unearths forgotten work by gay artists who died in the 80s and 90s, Fishback weaves stories from his own life through stories from theirs. Searching for role models and father figures amongst artists like Mark Morrisroe, David Wojnarowicz, David B. Feinberg, Essex Hemphill and many more, Fishback interacts with their work, dramatizing the generation gap between older and younger gay men. With insight, wit, and his characteristic dark, neurotic humor, Fishback tears open issues of sexual intimacy, mass death and cultural memory, creating an abstract theatrical landscape where the living and the dead can co-mingle and collaborate.
Co-Sponsored by The Rotunda, Kelly Writers House, the LGBT Center, the Theater Arts Program and the Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies Program
*WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20*
THE SUCCESSES AND FAILURES OF RIGHTS-BASED CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENTS
By: Philomathean Society
6pm-8pm at Philo Halls, 4th Floor College Hall
*THURSDAY, MARCH 21*
“REAL WOMEN”: BODY IMAGE, STEREOTYPES, AND MEDIA PRESSURE
By: Queer Ladies at Penn
5-6pm at LGBT Center
Join Queer Ladies at Penn and Mental Wellness Week for a discussion on body image, femininity, sexuality, and the presentation of women in the media.
By: QPOC / J-Bagel
Time: 6-8pm at TBA
GALA AND GRADS AT TAP (UNDERGRADS WELCOME)
By: Penn GALA, Lambda Grads, and the LGBT Center
9-11pm at Tap House”
Join Penn’s LGBTQ alumni and graduate student organization for drinks at Tap House! The first 50 people there will receive a complimentary drink ticket. 21+ Event.
*FRIDAY MARCH 22*
HEALTHCARE CAREER MENTORSHIP EVENT
By: LGBT Center
1-2pm in the LGBT Center
Interested in a career in healthcare and/or medicine? Stop by the LGBT Center to meet out students in medical school and talk about being out in medicine.
By: Campus Health
3:30-4:30pm at LGBT Center
Join Campus Health along with APSC, LC, PCUW, UMC, and UMOJA to learn about sexual health through a fun, interactive game of Sex Jeopardy presented by Campus Health Educator Ashlee Halbritter and Campus Health Outreach Coordinator Emily Panik.
QSA PRESENTS… UNLEASH YOUR DRAG-ON (ANNUAL DRAG SHOW)
By: Queer Student Alliance
7-9pm at Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) Chapter House”
*SATURDAY MARCH 23*
NEEDING IT: PERFORMANCE IN THE QUEER COMMUNITY WORKSHOP
By: Dan Fishback
1-3pm in the LGBT Center
In this single-session performance art workshop, students will develop solo performances based on their personal obsessions and political impulses, while exploring the recent history of queer performance in New York City. Performance artist and ArtsEdge Resident Dan Fishback will work closely with students to move beyond conventional notions of “self-expression” and “autobiography” to something more primal and satisfying. Using traditional queer performance as a reference point, students will be encouraged to find new artistic language to stage their most vital urges.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 20th. Maximum 10 students.
Co-Sponsored by Kelly Writers House
THE CHILDREN’S HOUR
Written by Lillian Hellman
Directed by Rory Pelsue
Produced by Russell Abdo and Layla O’Kane
8pm at Harold Prince Theater in the Annenberg Center
Set in an all-girls boarding school in the 1930s, The Children’s Hour revolves around the themes of deception, slander, and the power of sexual repression. When student Mary Tilford escapes from school and tells her grandmother that the school’s headmistresses are having a lesbian affair, the lie grows and contaminates the lives of principals Karen and Martha. Hellman’s intelligent play strikes the perfect balance between psychological melodrama and political allegory.
GREAT GATSBY PARTY
By: Queer Student Alliance / Wharton Alliance
9pm-1am at the LGBT Center
*SUNDAY MARCH 24*
By: Penn Athletes and Allies Tacklign Homophobia
11am-3pm at Penn Park
PASSING THE TORCH: A CLOSING/OPENING CEREMONY
By: QPenn/Festival Latino
Location: Cohen Hall Terrace Rm