A month-long version of previous years’ OutWeek, OUTtober will run from October 1st through October 30th, 2017.
Sunday, October 1st: Chalk the Quad
We will be gathering in 24 College St. at 7:30pm, then scattering to write messages of affirmation, positivity, and pride in chalk on the sidewalks of campus.
Tuesday, October 3rd: “The Hub Must Hold:” Intersectionality and Coalition-Building with Louis Mitchell
Thursday, October 5th: Movie Night
Wednesday, October 11th: A Walk in the Woods
Wednesday, October 11th: Coming Out Stories
Friday, October 13th: Men’s Dinner
Do you identify as a man who likes other men? Come to dinner at 5:30pm in 24 College St.!
Co-sponsored by the Sexuality Women and Gender Center
Saturday, October 14th: Maine Youth Summit and Queer Trans Conference
Hosted by Bates College, this is “a full day event dedicated to the radical exploration of topics impacting LGBTQIA+ young people.” Learn more about the conference from their website, or email Ari Mehrberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up.
Thursday, October 19th: Faculty/Staff/Student Queers and Allies Dinner
Meet faculty and staff from the Queers and Allies group at a casual, relaxed dinner. 6pm in 24 College St.
Thursday, October 19th: The Laramie Project Discussion
Come to Burnett House at 7:30pm for a discussion about Masque and Gown’s production of The Laramie Project and the connections between the play’s subject matter and current events.
Co-sponsored by Masque and Gown and Burnett House
Sunday, October 22nd: The Q: Collaborative Poetry
Come by Smith Union any time between noon and 4pm to participate in a collaborative creation for the Q, BQSA’s upcoming queer literary and art publication.
Tuesday, October 24th: Yellow Shirt Day
Every October, students, faculty, and staff from all areas of campus wear yellow shirts provided by BQSA for one day in support of the LGBT community on campus. This annual tradition began in 2005, when Michael Heath came to campus to speak about his efforts to overturn a state law banning sexual orientation discrimination. Students protested his views by wearing yellow to his talk, and since then, the yellow shirts, which now read “Respect All Genders and Sexualities,” bring together athletes, activists, faculty and staff, LGBT community members, and allies.
For those who have received shirts through a student group or sports team, or who have signed up to buy one, there will be a photo op at the Polar Bear statue at 4pm.
Thursday, October 26th through Saturday, October 28th: The Laramie Project
A play about the reaction to the 1998 murder of University of Wyoming gay student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. Learn More
7pm in Wish Theater.
Presented by Masque and Gown
Monday, October 30th: Babashook: Queering the Horror Genre
In the spirit of Halloween, Professor of English and Cinema Studies Aviva Briefel will be speaking about queer interpretations and reclamations of horror movies and horror movie monsters, such as the Babadook. 7pm in Howell House.