QUEER PRIDE DAYS: WEEK 2

Queer Pride Days is an annual series of discussions, performances, and events that encourage the entire Williams Community to learn about and celebrate queer identities.

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Monday:
Noon-1pm Queer Lunch Discussion: Asexuality, Abstinence, Celibacy, and Virginity (Paresky 112)
Come discuss the different–and often elided–practices of choosing not to have sex. This lunch table will offer a safe space to talk more about abstinence, asexuality, celibacy, and virginity.

5:30pm Japan Relief Coalition Meeting (Paresky 220)
Help guide our responses to the catastrophes in Japan. The Japan Relief Coalition – formed last week, uniting many campus groups and individuals for learning, solidarity, and humanitarian outreach – meets again to coordinate events and fundraising. If you’re planning a program or looking for a way to get involved – please join us.

6-7pm QSU Board Meeting (Jenness House)
Board meetings are open, feel free to drop by or email Gabrielle (gmj1) and Mike (ms2) if you’d like to help out with Queer Pride Days.

Tuesday:
8pm QSU General Meeting: Activist Self-Care (POSTPONED to encourage attendance at Elizabeth Povinelli’s lecture)

8pm Elizabeth Povinelli: “What Remains Queer about Queer Theory Transnationally?” (Griffin 7)
Brought by the program for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Elizabeth Povinelli, Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Columbia University, will deliver a lecture entitled “What Remains Queer about Queer Theory Transnationally?” Povinelli is the author of a number of influential books in the fields of anthropology and feminist/queer studies, including The Empire of Love: Toward a Theory of Intimacy, Geneology, and Carnality and her new book, Economies of Abandonment: Social Belonging and Endurance in Late Liberalism, both from Duke University Press. Here’s a link to her website: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/anthropology/fac-bios/povinelli/faculty.html

Wednesday:
11-3pm Rapid HIV Testing with Tapestry Health (Outside Paresky)
Tapestry Health will be conducting free, rapid HIV tests. Get tested, grab lunch, and get the results in only 20 minutes! Any questions? Email Mike (ms2).

9pm ABS discussion: LGBTQ & Allied in Athletics (Jenness 2nd Floor)
The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center & Anything But Straight in Athletics is hosting a meeting for LGBTQ and allied students involved in athletics at Williams. This discussion will be confidential and no one is required to identify their sexual orientation or gender identity, but everyone is invited to do so. Questions? Contact: justin adkins, justin.adkins@williams.edu

Thursday:
Lunch/Dinner: “Day of Silence” Info Table
Stop by Paresky at lunch or dinner today to find out more about Day of Silence at Williams (Friday) and how to participate. Held on campuses nation-wide as a non-violent protest, “Day of Silence” is an opportunity to stand in solidarity with those who are silenced and discriminated against because of their sexual orientation/gender identity. This years focus at Williams is: International LGBTQ Rights.

5:30-7pm First-Year Pizza Dinner, Jenness
The second of four dinners hosted by the QSU for all first-year students interested in queer issues and queer life at Williams. This week’s discussion topic: Coming Out At Williams.

Friday: Day of Silence
6am-6pm Day of Silence
Held on campuses nation-wide as a non-violent protest, “Day of Silence” is an opportunity to stand in solidarity with those who are silenced and discriminated against because of their sexual orientation/gender identity. This years focus at Williams is: International LGBTQ Rights. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. Stop by Paresky on Thursday for more information.
6pm Break the Silence/Follow-up Dinner Discussion (Paresky 220)

Saturday:
4-6pm Loesje International Queer Issues Workshop (Paresky 114)
This workshop is modeled off the format used by Loesje International, a free speech organization that addresses problems in our society through group workshops to generate text-based posters. We’ll think creatively and collaboratively about the word QUEER, queer life at Williams and the greater community, and anything else queer-related and design awareness-raising posters.

10pm-1am Queer Bash: Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (at the Log)
Queer Bash is going commando this Spring! The QSU wants YOU to come down to the log this Saturday and have a blast dancing the night away.

Sunday:
7pm William Sloan Coffin Contest in Passionate Public Speaking (First Congo Church)
Finalists include: Emanuel Yekutiel, ’11: “Perceptions” // Christopher Holland, ‘11: “The Queer Silences of Faith” // Chandler Sherman, ’11: “Out of Many, One”
Earlier this year the members of the Williams College undergraduate community submitted essays in one of two categories: Social Justice/Activism or Faith/Spirituality. A team of community judges selected the six top essays (three in each category) and on Sunday, April 17, at 7:00 pm in the First Congo sanctuary, the finalists will deliver their speeches to the public and to another panel of judges. Join with us in calling the next great Voice from out of Williams College!

8pm Keeping the Faith, Chaplains Office (Paresky 2nd Floor)
Keeping the Faith is a new open discussion space for spiritually-oriented queers and their supporters to explore, affirm and seek to integrate the totality of who we are. Confidential drop-in meetings will occur 8-9pm every Sunday in the Chaplain’s office. People of all faith backgrounds and sexual orientations/gender identities are more than welcome to attend. Contact ccl2 or gmj1 for more information.