Upcoming Events

Fall 2017:


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

​​Louis Mitchell is a black trans reverend who has been deeply involved with activism since the 1980s. He will be hosting a talk in Kresge Auditorium at 7:30pm to discuss intersectionality, coalition-building, and the power of privilege.
Co-sponsored by Student Activities, the Sexuality Women and Gender center, and the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Thursday, October 5th: Movie Night

Come watch a queer movie at 7pm in 24 College! (Actual movie TBD)


Wednesday, October 11th: A Walk in the Woods

Part of the Sexuality Women and Gender (SWAG) center’s Wellness Wednesday, and BQSA/Bowdoin Outing Club’s Out in the Woods. Meet in 24 College St. at 4pm for an hourlong nature walk/hike.

Wednesday, October 11th: Coming Out Stories

​​In celebration of National Coming Out Day, come to 24 College St. at 8pm for an informal storytelling event.  Desserts will be provided.

Thursday, October 12th: Queer Disabled Femme of Color Magic

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer femme sick and disabled Sri Lankan/Irish/Roma writer, educator, and disability and transformative justice organizer.  She will be performing slam poetry at 7:30pm in Kresge Auditorium.
Co-sponsored by DisAbled Students Association, Peer Health, Sexuality Women and Gender Center, the Office of Gender Violence Prevention, Slam Poetry Society, and MacMillan House

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 (amehrber@bowdoin.edu) 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.