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LGBTQ Student Center’s Food For Thought on April 26


Join the LGBTQ Student Center for its final Food For Thought of the academic year at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, at the University Center, room Biscayne 1220, where there will be free lunch, great company, and a presentation by Claire Oueslati-Porter, a professor in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department, who will speak about LGBTQ Middle-Eastern queer refugees. For more information contact Shannon Casey at s.casey2@umiami.edu.

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Showing Our Colors for Pride


By Meredith Camel
UM News

The University of Miami is celebrating Campus Pride Month with a colorful collection of events throughout April, including Sunday’s spirited stroll down Ocean Drive in the annual Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade.


(Parade photos by Aaliyah Weathers)

More than 60 UM students, alumni, and employees represented the U with a Candyland-themed float, handing out bags of rainbow-colored jelly beans to spectators who gathered at the ninth annual parade celebrating the culture of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) community and allies. This was UM’s fourth consecutive year as a parade participant.

“Pride is about belonging, which is something we strive for every day here at the U,” says Van Bailey, director of the UM LGBTQ Student Center, which co-sponsored the parade entry along with the Women’s and Gender Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences. “Not only is it about visibility, it’s about advocacy as well—standing up for those who can’t and celebrating those who have been fighting for LGBTQ equality for decades.”

The parade came on the heels of Pride Awareness Week (PAW), the signature program hosted each spring by SpectrUM, the University’s LGBTQ undergraduate student organization. PAW activities this year included a bandana tie-dye booth on the Foote Green, a “what are U proud of?” photo shoot at the U Statue, an excursion to the Pérez Art Museum Miami with a screening of the Oscar-winning film Moonlight, and a Pride Shabbat at UM Hillel.

Also last week, the University lit up the Shalala Student Center in rainbow colors as part of Pride Lights the Night, a Miami-wide tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando last year. More than 40 structures throughout the city displayed the rainbow in lights or on a flag to demonstrate support and solidarity for the LGBTQ community.

Upcoming Campus Pride Month events hosted by the LGBTQ Student Center include a “Queering the American Dream” lecture by Associate Professor Steven Butterman on Wednesday, April 12 and Rainbow Rager, a glow-themed extravaganza at the Lakeside Patio on Thursday, April 13.

 

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LGBTQ Student Center’s Food for Thought Luncheon April 12


The LGBTQ Student Center’s next Food for Thought Luncheon will feature Steven Butterman, the former director of Women’s and Gender Studies and a professor in the Modern Languages and Literature Department, who will discuss  “Queering the American Dream: LGBT Latin America in South Florida” on Wednesday, April 12, at 1 p.m. in the University Center, Biscayne 1220. This event is free and open to everyone in the UM community. Lunch will be served. For more information contact Shannon Casey at s.casey2@umiami.edu.

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LGBTQ Student Center Hosts ‘Food for Thought’ Luncheon March 31


Faculty and staff are invited to the LGBTQ Student Center’s Food for Thought Luncheon on Friday, March 31, in the University Center’s first-floor Biscayne 1220 room from 1 to 2:30 p.m., when Sarah Shreeves will speak about lesbian activism and zines from the 1990s through today. The center also will celebrate Trans Day of Visibility and lunch will be served.

To RSVP or for more info email Shannon Casey at s.casey2@umiami.edu.

 

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Glee Star Alex Newell Sings Praises of Self-Acceptance


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Alex Newell kicked off the U’s commemoration of LGBTQ History Month.

By Meredith Camel
UM News

Stepping onto the stage in 6-inch heels and a long, silken weave flipped over his left shoulder, actor and singer Alex Newell captivated the audience at the Shalala Student Center with his sultry voice and soulful heart. Presented by the UM LGBTQ Student Center, Newell’s visit on Monday, October 18, is among several campus events commemorating LGBTQ History Month.

After singing “I Know Where I’ve Been,” a tune from the musical Hairspray that Newell also performed on the hit TV show Glee as the transgender character Wade “Unique” Adams, Newell sat down for a conversation with freshman musical theatre major Lexi Thammavong and to answer questions from the audience. Newell, who grew up singing in church every day, responded to a question about his identity as a gay man within a religious community by emphasizing the importance of “loving the skin you’re in.”

“If I have to sew in 27 inches of hair and wear 6-inch heels to tell people to love themselves, I will do it,” Newell said. “You’re doing the world a disservice by not letting people get close to you and by not being yourself.”

 

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