Omelette you know about our great end of the semester event! We bacon you to come and join us for an eggcellent brunch. Doughnut miss this opportunity to come to the Center for LGBT Life one last time. Orange you excited to join us? You butter be!
We are still taking additional RSVPs for our annual Lavender Graduation Ceremony and Dinner. The Ceremony will be at 6:00 pm with dinner to follow at 7:00 pm. The Lavender Graduation Ceremony is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and honor the journey and accomplishments of graduating LGBTQA students. If you would like to attend, please visit the RSVP links below.
Join us for our annual Alumni/ae reception held in conjunction with Reunions weekend. All LGBTQ and Allied alumni/ae attending reunions, as well as alumni/ae living in the area are welcome. Current students are encouraged to attend to answer questions about LGBTQ Life at Duke and exchange stories with alums.
Did you miss our last Ally Training? Sign up for our second spring training! Perhaps you've heard of recent bias incidents on the Duke campus or have felt the effects of bias incidents directed toward members of the LGBTQ community here on Duke's campus or in the community. While so much progress is being made on this campus, nationally, and even internationally bias incidents still occur. What can you do to prepare yourself to address these issues or to make a positive difference?
The Ally Network provides an avenue through which straight-identified allies and LGBTQ people can actively express their affirmation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Ally Network members are identified by displaying the Ally symbol indicating that their space is safe to talk about LGBTQ issues and that students and employees can be "out" or reveal their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Our three hour Ally training session focuses on providing an avenue through which all people can actively show their support of LGBTQ individuals. The training has four main objectives:
*Knowing more about the LGBTQ Community.
*Recognizing what holds us back as individuals and as a society from being supportive and affirming.
*Speaking up in our everyday interactions to combat homophobia and heterosexism.
*Acting to make the lives of LGBTQ individuals better by working for change and continuing to engage in the community.
Every spring the members of the LGBTQA community at Duke gather in the Center to celebrate Lavender Graduation. Why should seniors, both undergraduate and graduate, participate in the ceremony? There are obviously many reasons a person might want to participate. I offer a few: 1) to celebrate your life on the Duke campus as a member of the LGBTQA community, however you participated; 2) to affirm pride in yourself as a member of the LGBTQA community; 3) to reminisce about fun times shared together; 4) to honor those who have walked this campus before you and to give hope to those who have yet to walk this campus openly. This year's ceremony is going to be held on Friday, April 19th beginning at 6:00 pm. This ceremony will be the last held in the current Center location where we have been housed since 2004. We plan a fond farewell to the "home" of so many of you at some point in your Duke career that night. I hope you will join us. If you are finishing your degree this spring and want to be recognized in the ceremony please RSVP at the link below. Allies are encouraged to participate too!
Are you Transgender? Are you Genderqueer? Do you consider yourself transsexual? Are you female, but do not conform to gender norms? Are you male, but do not conform to gender norms? Do you believe you are a different sex than the one you were assigned at birth? Are you not sure where you fall in the gender spectrum? Do you dislike the gender spectrum? Are you annoyed by being forced to check the M or F boxes on applications? Did you answer yes to any of these questions? Do you feel we should be asking more questions?
The Center for LGBT Life has formed a group for all individuals who do not conform to gender norms or embrace the sex they were assigned at birth, including those who identify as transgender, genderqueer, transsexual, intersex, gender questioning, or are reading this blurb and getting excited that there might be a place for you on campus. This group is for Duke students only.
This month's topic is Relationships and Sex! Open for discussion is everything from how to ask someone out to alternative (and safe!) sexual practices. We will be joined by our very own Dr. Janie Long as our guest speaker/discussion leader. In order to ensure the most complete information, please pre-submit your questions using the following form. Impromptu questions will also be welcomed.
There is no other venue like this for LGBTQ students and their allies on campus, where dialogue is completely open, and membership and topics discussed are confidential. The added dimension of having these talks in person allows us to interact and respond in a way that we wouldn't be able to in a blog post's comments section. Nothing LGBTQ is off-topic, and everyone is invited!
Students: Interested in joining the Center for LGBT Life as a student staff member for the 2013-2014 academic year? Visit the link below, or click HERE, to see our application. We are looking for students interested in helping to create a more inclusive campus community for LGBTQA students, staff and faculty.
Staff & Faculty: Know a student who would make a great addition to the Center for LGBT Life staff? Encourage students to apply by forwarding them the application link.