PhilaU Celebrates LGBT History Month

Philadelphia University will celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month with a series of events during the month of October.

“For a community deprived of its history, LGBT History Month teaches our heritage, provides role models, builds community, and recognizes our extraordinary national and international contributions,” said Malcolm Lazin, executive director of the Equality Forum, an international civil rights organization.

LGBT History Month was first celebrated in 1994. October was chosen as the month for the celebration because National Coming Out Day was first held in October, and October commemorated the first march on Washington by LGBT people in 1979.

The PhilaU series of LGBT History Month events include:

31 days. 31 icons.
Sponsored by the Equality Forum
Beginning Oct. 1, a LGBT Icon will be presented daily at Each day viewers have access to the icon’s video, bio and resources, along with information on all the preceding Icons.

Safe Zone Program
Tuesday, Oct. 6
11 a.m.
Downs Hall, Room 2
Come learn about issues facing the LGBT community and how to be an ally.  Participants completing this workshop are also provided with Safe Zone stickers that can be displayed expressing support for LGBT students, faculty and staff.  If interested, please contact Aurelio Valente.

GLBT Jeopardy and Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) General Meeting
Friday, Oct. 9
3 p.m.

Kanbar Campus Center, Room 312
Come and play gay Jeopardy and find out about LBGT history in a fun and interactive game. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team! GLBT Jeopardy will be followed by a GSA general board meeting.

Sunday, Oct. 11
Meet at NOON at the intersection of School House Lane and Henry Avenue
Participate in the world’s biggest National Coming Out Day festival. Located in the “Gayborhood” section of Philadelphia, this street party includes booths, performances and vendors celebrating LGBT History Month. Sign-up at in the Office of Student Development for FREE Tokens.

Film For Thought screening of The Laramie Project for LGBT History Month
Wednesday, Oct. 21
6 p.m.
Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space
Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board
Laramie, Wyo., is a small town which became infamous overnight in the fall of 1998, when Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was found tied to a fence after being brutally beaten and left to die, setting off a nationwide debate about hate crimes and homophobia. A month after the crime, Moises Kaufman, a writer and director with the New York City theater troupe the Tectonic Theater Project, traveled to Laramie with a handful of actors to interview people who lived in and around Laramie in preparation for an upcoming production; Kaufman’s goal was to create a play that focused not on the assault on Matthew Shepard, but on the community where such an attack could happen, and how many of the citizens reacted to the crime. The result was The Laramie Project, which was first performed in early 2000, and was performed in Laramie in the fall of that year, two years after Kaufman and his associates first arrived in the city.

“Boo at the Zoo” – LGBT History Month Service Project
Sunday, Oct. 25
Join members and supporters of the PhilaU Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) and volunteer at “Boo at the Zoo.”  If you are interested, please contact Maura Kirk.  Boo at the Zoo is a masquerade party for the whole family at the Philadelphia Zoo.  Come out for plenty of treats and sweets, and play Pumpkin Toss Across and other cool games for great prizes.  Storytelling, music and games make Boo at the Zoo one of Philadelphia’s most festive Halloween destinations!

For more information on the PhilaU LGBT History Month series of activities, visit the Office of Student Development web page.

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