LGBTQ+ Pride Celebration
Wednesday, June 5 at 2:00 p.m., Flag Plaza + MAC Gym
Save the date! Join the Western community for a celebration of LGBTQ+ people and LGBTQ+ artistic and intellectual endeavors at Western. Details to follow!
Spending Time with Family as an LGBTQ+ Person: a conversation for students
Thursday, June 6 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Bond Hall 103
Being with family of origin can be many things, including both wonderful and challenging. Sometimes, spending time with family brings unique challenges for LGBTQ+ people. Join us for a conversation before the quarter ends.
Past Workshops & Events
Healthy Queer Relationships
Wednesday, May 8 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Bond Hall 419
What is awesome about queer relationships? What do supportive, fun, and safe relationships look like? Come explore these questions and more in a CASAS-led workshop for students! Snacks provided! Organized by LGBTQ+ Western and CASAS. Download a flyer for the workshop here.
Talks and a Reading by Eli Clare
Tuesday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 15
The Disability Outreach Center is bringing Eli to campus; LGBTQ+ Western is excited to co-sponsor. Schedule as follows:
“At the Intersection of Disability and Queerness,” May 14 at 4:30 p.m., Viking Union 565A/B
Reading from Brilliant Imperfections, May 14 at 7:00 p.m.
“Listening to the Freaks: a History of Circus Tents and Everyday Gawking,” May 15 at 5:00 p.m., Fraser 102
50 Years Since Stonewall: a series of public events with Western faculty
Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 23
This June will mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. Three events on May 22 and 23 for students, staff, faculty, and the community offer multidisciplinary explorations of the Stonewall riots and ongoing struggles towards queer liberation. Details are here.
Navigating Conversations About Sex, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation in the Classroom
Tuesday, April 30 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Viking Union 462B
Language about sexuality and gender is often contested. In this guided conversation, faculty will explore strategies for navigating classroom discussions about LGBTQ+ people and topics in ways that are respectful and inclusive of students in the class and LGBTQ+ communities more broadly, while also helping students understand complex histories and cultural contingencies of language related to sexuality and gender. This discussion is intended for faculty. Please register in advance here.
Kay Ulanday Barrett
Poetry reading Thursday, April 18 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Fraser 201
Ableism 101 (intro to disability justice) workshop Friday, April 19 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., CF 225
Kay is a poet, performer, and cultural strategist, navigating life as a disabled pilipinx-amerikan transgender queer in the U.S. with struggle, resistance, and laughter. Organized by the Queer Resource Center. LGBTQ+ Western is excited to co-sponsor.
Natalie Cisneros, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies at Seattle University
Tuesday, April 16 at 4:30 p.m., Communications Facility 226
Dr. Cisneros will be giving a guest lecture titled “How Does It Feel to be a Problem? Racism and the ‘Immigration Crisis.'” Her visit is sponsored by Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, LGBTQ+ Western, and the Department of Philosophy. As described by Dr. Cisneros: What should be done about the “problem” of immigration? What do we mean when we talk about the “immigration crisis”? The perceived problem of immigration and debates about how to solve it have taken center stage in national discourse. In my talk, I interrogate and critique this conception of immigration as a crisis that must be resolved. That is, instead of asking what can and should be done about the problem presented by “illegal aliens,” I suggest that we must ask where and through what means immigration has come to be understood as a problem in the contemporary United States. I show how the problem of immigration and criminalization of migrants are constructed by functions of biopolitical racism. Ultimately, I argue that resisting racist oppression surrounding immigration means resisting biopolitical racism itself.
Social Gathering for LGBTQ+ Students, Faculty, and Staff
Tuesday, April 9 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Viking Union 565
Join LGBTQ+ Western and the Queer Resource Center for a casual event to build community and make connections! There will be food and fun for all! More details here. For purposes of planning refreshments, RSVPs are welcomed (but not required) via https://www.wwuevents.com/rsvp/social/index.html.
Spending Time with Family as an LGBTQ+ Person: a conversation for students
Thursday, April 4 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Bond Hall 103
Being with family of origin can be many things, including both wonderful and challenging. Sometimes, spending time with family brings unique challenges for LGBTQ+ people. Join us for a conversation about what it was like to be home, on vacation, or wherever you spent spring break.
Facilitated by L.K. Langley, LGBTQ+ Director; Nichole Vargas, QRC Community Engagement Coordinator; Valeria Pedraza, QRC Educational Programming Coordinator
Understanding and Respecting Personal Pronouns
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Viking Union 567
This workshop discusses why respecting people’s personal pronouns is important, and looks at ways attention to personal pronouns can help create learning, work, and social environments that are respectful of people with diverse gender identities. Participants will build comfort sharing their pronouns and inviting other people to share theirs, and discuss how to constructively address mistakes. The workshop is open to students, faculty, and staff. Please register in advance here.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Viking Union 462A
Do you want to know more about the letters in the LGBTQ+ acronym? Are you curious about the “+” and the queer identities beyond LGBTQ? Through exploration of relevant terminology, this workshop provides an introduction to learning about the diversity of sexual orientation and gender identity. Participants will develop knowledge and learn resources to increase respect for LGBTQ+ students and colleagues. The workshop will also address common misperceptions related to LGBTQ+ identities and share LGBTQ+ resources in Bellingham and beyond. The workshop is open to students, faculty, and staff. Please register in advance here.
Community conversation about possible federal action to define sex
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Bond Hall 103
LGBTQ+ Western will hold a community conversation to talk about the possible federal action to define sex as binary, determined at birth, and immutable (background here). The conversation is intended to provide an opportunity for people who are transgender, non-binary and intersex, and allies, to talk about how they are feeling and to build community. Contact L.K. Langley, LGBTQ+ Director, with questions.
International Pronouns Day Lunch & Learn
October 17, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Viking Union 462
Have you heard people sharing their pronouns when introducing themselves and wondered why? Do you want to respect people’s pronouns but worry about making mistakes? Students, faculty, and staff are invited to this Lunch & Learn conversation to learn more about why respecting people’s pronouns is important and practice strategies for incorporating respect for people’s pronouns into your classes and daily interactions. Bring your lunch and join the conversation!