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Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC)

Oakland Center, Room 47
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-4336

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours "by appointment only": 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC)

Oakland Center, Room 47
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-4336

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours "by appointment only": 5 - 6:30 p.m.

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Pride Month

Be empowered. Celebrate our diverse community at OU through progressive events and boundary-pushing opportunities.

OU Pride Month is a university-wide collaboration, presenting opportunities to learn from and about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning and asexual (LGBTQIA) community.

In the U.S., Pride Month is traditionally celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall uprising in Manhattan, a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement. Today, Pride Month events attract millions of participants worldwide. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that LGBTQIA individuals have had on history on local, national, and international levels.

2019 Events
Pride Book of the Month
Life is Wonderful, People are Terrific by Meliza Banales
Pride Month Syllabus
The syllabus is available upon request. Contact or call the GSC at (248) 370-4336.
LGBTQIA Books for Children and Young Adults
April 1 – April 26
Pawley Hall, Room 350
Hosted by: Educational Resources Lab

The Educational Resources Lab (ERL) presents a large display of books, featuring LGBTQIA characters, history and issues, available for check-out to anyone with an OU Grizz ID.
Bulletin Board Display: LGBTQ+ Health Disparities
April 1 – April 26
O’Dowd Hall, Office of Medical Student Services
Hosted by: OUWB Queers and Allies

The displayed information will be related to LGBTQ+ healthcare disparities in medicine, risk factors, resources etc.
Pride Month 2019 Opening Ceremony
Tuesday, March 12 Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Oakland Center, Gold Rooms A and B
Hosted by: Gender and Sexuality Center

Join us as we kick-off Pride Month 2019 with a performance by J Mase III, a Black/trans/queer poet & educator based in Seattle, by way of Philly. He is the author of “If I Should Die Under the Knife, Tell my Kidney I was the Fiercest Poet Around”, as well as “And Then I Got Fired: One Transqueer’s Reflections on Grief, Unemployment, and Inappropriate Jokes about Death”.

As an educator, J Mase has worked with thousands of community members in the US, the UK, and Canada on the needs of LGBTQIA youth and adults in spaces such as K-12 schools, universities, faith communities, and restricted care facilities among others.

As a performer, he has shared stages with world renowned artists like Chuck D and the Indigo Girls. His work and musings have been featured on MSNBC, NBC OUT, Essence Live, Atlanta Black Star, GO Magazine, Believe Out Loud, Everyday Feminism, Black Girl Dangerous, Upworthy, the New York Times, Buzzfeed, the Root, the Huffington Post and more.
An Evening with Comedian Jen Kober
Thursday, March 14
7 p.m.
Oakland Center, Habitat
Hosted by: Student Program Board

Jen Kober's powerful performances weave together a southern-style tale of love lost at the buffet, road trip adventures at The Waffle House and midnight mishaps at Wal-Mart. Originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, Kober has taken her southern-style sassiness to Los Angeles, where she has quickly become a nationally-recognized headliner. Kober commands the stage and dares you not to laugh as she takes you through an hour-long ride that is sure to leave you humming the tunes and buying the t-shirts! See her on TV on “HBO,” “Showtime” and “FX,” on the shows “The Real Husbands of Hollywood” with Kevin Hart and “The Middle,” and in movies including “Grudge Match,” “Paranoia” and “American Pie Reunion.”
Sex, Love and Gender: A Kantian Theory
Friday, March 15
4 p.m.
Elliot Hall, Room 242
Hosted by: Philosophy and Women & Gender Studies

Despite evidence of evolving social norms in contemporary sexual politics, such as the acceptance of same-sex marriage, our society is still marked by gender-based violence and continued oppression of groups and individuals who do not fit into the traditional cis, heterosexual paradigm of a gender binary. To understand and respond to these issues, we need a comprehensive theory of sexuality that captures both the moral psychology of sexuality and its place within a broader respect for human rights. Dr. Helga Varden (Associate Professor of Philosophy and Gender & Women's Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign) develops such a comprehensive theory by engaging a seemingly unlikely ally: Immanuel Kant (1724-1804). This talk — based on Dr. Varden's forthcoming book from Oxford University Press — rethinks Kant’s work on human nature and makes space for sexuality within his moral accounts of freedom, by integrating into one coherent, philosophical account Kant’s analyses of ethics, right, and human nature.
“Please Don't Gender Me!” Strategies for Gender-Neutral Language Instruction in a Gender-Diverse Campus Community
Monday, March 18
4 – 5:30 p.m.
Oakland Center, Gold Room C
Hosted by: Department of Modern Languages and Literature

Foreign language instructors increasingly face challenges in the classroom that arise through highly gendered structures inherent in many languages. This event will focus on bringing awareness to and identifying challenges for gendered language instruction and outline the experiences of trans- and non-binary students in language classrooms, discuss linguistic perspectives on grammatical and social gender, and suggest practical strategies for gender awareness in the foreign language classroom.
LGBTQ Healthcare Inclusivity Workshop
Tuesday, March 19
Oakland Center, Room 126
Hosted by: LGBTQ Healthcare Education Organization/ECLIPSE

This event will provide healthcare professionals, and all others who attend, with the knowledge and skills to do their part in reducing LGBTQ healthcare disparities. Specific issues to be addressed include low rates of healthcare utilization in the transgender population, education about sexual health, and religious/spiritual objections to providing care for LGBTQ-identifying persons. By the end of this 90-minute interactive workshop, participants will have real life examples of how they can be more inclusive in their practice to best support the health of members of the LGBTQ community.
Social Science for Queer Times
Thursday, March 21
Oakland Center, Gold Rooms A and B
Hosted by: Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Criminal Justice; Sociology Club

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice and the Sociology Club presents a panel of social scientists to discuss what social science can tell us about the LGBT+ community experience in today’s U.S. society. We will have experts who will be discussing the LGBT+ social movement and the dynamic demographic landscape of the LGBT+ community. Further, topics will include current social issues influencing the LGBT+ community such as queering criminology, the LGBT+ experiences within religious organizations, and contemporary social policy.
Pride Prom
Saturday, March 23
7 – 11 p.m.
Oakland Center, Gold Rooms A, B and C
Hosted by: Gay-Straight Alliance

Join the Gay-Straight Alliance for Pride Prom! This event is positioned to be a fun and meaningful event for all, whether one wants to relive the prom experience or just join in on the fun. Pride Prom consists of a buffet-style dinner, dancing and games, such as a lip-sync battle.
Jeopardy! PRIDE Edition
Monday, March 25
1 – 2 p.m.
North Foundation Hall, Room 103 (Admissions Welcome Center)
Hosted by: Undergraduate Admissions

Jeopardy! PRIDE Edition will be styled similarly to Jeopardy! with categories such as history, important events, important people, vocabulary, etc., with questions and answered centered around the LGBTQIA community. People or teams will be able to compete against each other and can even go in to double jeopardy! A prize will be given to the winner at the end of the game.
LGBT Rights in a Time of Turmoil
Tuesday, March 26
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Oakland Center, Banquet Room A
Hosted by: Dr. Mark Navin and Timothy G. Larrabee, SOGI Equity and Inclusion Award

It can be easy to take LGBT rights for granted. Backlash or retrenchment may seem especially unlikely if we focus only on recent history, from the decriminalization of same-sex activity (Lawrence v. Texas) to the recognition of same-sex marriage (Obergefell v. Hodges). But current political realities and the broader history of struggles for LGBT rights provide reasons to think that LGBT rights are less secure than they may seem to be. This event includes short lectures from three experts, followed by a Q&A session. The event will start with a talk by Dr. Erin Dwyer (Oakland University), about the history of struggles for LGBT rights, emphasizing the non-linearity of progress. It will be followed by a presentation from Equality Michigan about current and likely future threats to LGBT rights, especially in Michigan. Our keynote address, delivered by Dr. John Corvino (Wayne State University), will focus on how people committed to LGBT rights can think about their role in ongoing and future struggles. Light refreshments will be provided.
Slam 4 Solidarity
Tuesday, March 26
6 – 11 p.m.
Human Health Building, Room 1005
Hosted by: Gay-Straight Alliance

Join the Gay-Straight Alliance for their Poetry Slam! Poetry Slam allows students to perform their own poetry pieces, or those of another author, in a private setting. Poetry Slam consists of sign-up and open-mic portions.
Lesser Known Gender and Sexual Identities
Thursday, March 28
11:30 a.m.
O’Dowd Hall, Room 110
Hosted by: American Medical Student Association

This event will focus on bringing awareness and understanding to some of the lesser known gender and sexual identities. The event will have individuals who identify with some of these identities and will follow a question and answer format in order to allow the panelists to share their stories with the group.
7th Annual Lavender Graduation Celebration
Sunday, March 31
1 – 3 p.m.
Oakland Center, Banquet Room A
Hosted by: Gender and Sexuality Center

Lavender Graduation Celebration serves to congratulate and celebrate the achievements of Oakland University’s LGBTQIA and ally graduates of all levels. All are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided. Register to attend the event by March 18th.
Documentary Film: “Treasure: From Tragedy to Trans Justice, Mapping a Detroit Story
Tuesday, April 2
Kresge Library, Room 225B
Hosted by: OU Libraries

Treasure: From Tragedy to Trans Justice, Mapping a Detroit Story - This documentary tells the story of Treasure, a nineteen year old, African American, transgender woman who was murdered in a case involving police coercion, the criminalization of sex work, racism, and transphobia. This film shares her story, and how her life and death impacted her family, friends, and the transgender communities in Detroit. The director also shows affirming safe spaces within Detroit, such as the Ruth Ellis Center, where trans justice advocates and outreach workers teach classes and rally around each other to promote healing in the aftermath of a tragedy. 63 min.
LGBT Rights and Culture in Japan
Wednesday, April 3
3 p.m.
Oakland Center, Lake Huron
Hosted by: Japan Club

A panel discussion about the current status of LGBT rights in Japan along with exploring how the culture has influenced a shift in opinion though works such as Yaoi (Boys’ Love) and Yuri (Girls’ Love) along with music and movies in comparison with other Asian countries.
Pride Month Book Club
Monday, April 8
Noon – 1 p.m.
Oakland Center, Room 129-130
Hosted by: Center for Multicultural Initiatives

Join us in reading the 2019 Pride Month Book Club selection - Life is Wonderful, People are Terrific by Meliza Banales. During our Book Club event we will discuss the book and the history/intersections it is immersed in. Check out the OU Library if you would like to borrow a copy, Check out the Kresge Library or the CMI office (104 NFH) if you would like to borrow a copy, and also enter for a chance to win a copy of the book during our other Pride Month events.
Tie Dye in the Moonlight
Tuesday, April 9
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Oakland Center, Habitat
Hosted by: Student Program Board and Student Congress

Join SPB and OUSC in the Habitat to celebrate Pride Month. Make tie dye shirts and leave them to dry while you watch the movie "Moonlight" and decorate cupcakes, all sorts of snacks will also be provided!
Science or Stigma?: Red Cross Blood Drive Policy on Gay Blood
Wednesday, April 10
3 – 4 p.m.
Oakland Center, Room 158 (Ambassador A)
Hosted by: University Human Resources

The Red Cross currently has a policy that bars gay men from donating blood unless they've been celibate for one full year, even those in long-term monogamous relationships. This has been the policy since 2015; previously the Red Cross had a lifetime ban for men who have had sex with men ever. This panel discussion will investigate the science behind this policy and its associated unintended consequences such as reinforcing negative stereotypes about gay men and undermining America's need for potential blood donors.
16th Annual Drag Show
Thursday, April 11
7 – 11 p.m.
Oakland Center, Ball Rooms
Hosted by: Gay Straight Alliance

The 16th Annual Drag Show is a major aspect of Pride Month. The drag show is the Gay-Straight Alliance’s largest event, with hundreds of spectators each year. This drag show will consist of both professional and student-auditioned performers.
2019 Committee
  • William Alexander, University Housing
  • Joan Carleton, University Communications and Marketing
  • Gabriel Dumbrille, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
  • Flavio Di Stefano, Student Program Board
  • Amy Joa, Center for Multicultural Initiatives
  • T.J. Jourian, Department of Organizational Leadership
  • Stephanie Jurva, Office for Student Involvement
  • Grace Kummerfeld, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
  • Dallas Lacrosse, Gay-Straight Alliance
  • Jessica Quandt, Gender and Sexulaity Center
  • Caryn Reed-Hendon, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
  • Destinee Rule, Oakland University Student Congress
  • Laurel Schaaf, Corporate and Foundation Relations
  • Sarah Sedgewick, Gay-Straight Alliance
  • Lacey Story, Women and Gender Studies
  • Courtney Todd, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
  • Grace Wojcik, Gender and Sexulaity Center
2019 Sponsors
  • Gender and Sexuality Center
  • School of Business Administration
  • OU Libraries
  • The Honors College
  • Women and Gender Studies Program
  • Division of Student Affairs and Diversity
  • Oakland University Bookstore