Out and Proud week at Western Oregon University will take place Monday, Feb. 3 through Thursday, Feb. 6 2014. Members of the Multicultural Student Service and Programs (MSSP) are offering events in respect to the LGBTQQIA (Acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Ally) community.
The Out and Proud events vary from discussions about the need of gender-neutral restrooms and a panel discussion of people of color who identify queer. Wednesday, Feb. 5 will be the Out and Proud dinner with keynote speaker Emily Newberry, who will share her story of identifying as a transsexual woman.
The weeklong event celebrates and explores the various cultures and ethnic backgrounds that are within the LGBTQ community and recognizes their challenges as well as celebrates their achievements and success.
Toilet Talk: Why should we have gender-neutral bathrooms?
Monday, Feb 3
Willamette Room 12:30-1:30 p.m.
The Game of Life: Queer Edition
Tuesday, Feb. 4
Willamette Room 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Queer Students of Color panel: People of culture talk about their coming out story.
Wednesday Feb. 5
Willamette Room, 10-11 a.m.
Out and Proud dinner: Keynote speaker Emily Newberry will share her story.
Columbia Room 5:30 p.m.
Tickets $5 – purchase at the MSSP office
A day in their shoes: Will be reversing the roles. As if we lived in a homosexual rather than heterosexual society.
Thursday, Feb 6
Willamette Room 12:30-1:30
Red and Black Ball: Annual semi-formal dance.
By donation – Proceeds will be separated equally to help fund the Cascade AIDS Project and the WOU Drag Show
Events are free to attend, except for the commemorative dinner with keynote speaker. For questions or more information, please visit the MSSP website flyer or call 503-838-8373.
By Jo Bruno