Weekly Feminist Happenings October 6th-12th


Tuesday, October 6th

Queer Research Across the Disciplines: Queer research spans academic disciplines, and many faculty at the University of Utah are producing high-quality scholarship in disciplines such as history, medicine, English, psychology, education, and law, for example. In spring 2016, a graduate seminar on Interdisciplinary Issues in Gender and Sexuality will be taught by faculty from disciplines across campus. This PRIDE Week panel will feature three faculty who will share their scholarship and engage attendees in a discussion about queer research. Details: Starts at noon in the Union Collegiate Room in the Univeristy of Utah Union.

The New Masculinity: B. Cole has such a sophisticated analysis and vision for healthy, transformative masculinity. She is the Executive Director of the Brown Boi Project. The Brown Boi Project is a community of people working across race and gender to eradicate sexism, homophobia and transphobia and create healthy frameworks of masculinity and change. They work for Gender Justice, which means they are not satisfied with the traditional expectations of masculinity and femininity; which tend to box us in and make embodying femininity negative in our culture. Details: Starts at 6 p.m. in the University of Utah College of Social Work (395 S. 1500 East #111, Salt Lake City).

Screening of The New Black: The New Black is a documentary that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar—the black church and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda. The New Black takes viewers into the pews and onto the streets and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it tells the story of the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland and charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community. Details: Screening from 3-4:20 with a discussion from 4:20-4:50  to follow in the Union Theatre at the University of Utah.

Screening of Out in the Night: Out in the Night is a documentary that tells the story of a group of young friends, African American lesbians who are out, one hot August night in 2006, in the gay friendly neighborhood of New York City. They are all in their late teens and early twenties and come from a low-income neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey. Two of the women are the focus – gender non-conforming Renata Hill, a single mother with a soft heart and keen sense of humor, and petite femme Patreese Johnson, a shy and tender poet. As they and their friends walk under the hot neon lights of tattoo parlors in the West Village, an older man sexually and violently confronts them. He says to Patreese “let me get some of that” as he points below her waist. When she says that they are gay, the man becomes violent and threatens to “fuck them straight”. He spits and throws a lit cigarette. Renata and Venice defend the group and a fight begins, captured by security cameras nearby. The man yanks out hair from Venice’s head and chokes Renata. Then, Patreese pulls a knife from her purse and swings at him. Strangers jump in to defend the women and the fight escalates. As the fight comes to an end, all get up and walk away. But 911 has been called and the man involved has a puncture wound from the knife. Police swarm to the scene as their radios blast out warning of a gang attack. The women are rounded up and charged with gang assault, assault and attempted murder. Details: Screening from 5-6:30 with a discussion from 6:30-7:00  to follow in the Union Theatre at the University of Utah.

Wednesday, October 7th

Know Your Employment Rights: Do you know your rights in the workplace? Many people don’t know that LGBTQ people still don’t have federal workplace protections against discrimination. Join Career Services and U of U law professor Cliff Rosky, who helped to write Utah’s LGBTQ employment nondiscrimination protections, to learn about recent changes in nondiscrimination policies, and be empowered to enter your career as an LGBTQ professional. Details: Starts at noon in the Student Services Building Room 350.

Angel Haze Concert: Angel Haze is a critically acclaimed singer and rapper. The Detroit native uses their music to describe the struggles of physical and sexual abuse, suicide and depression. Describing themselves as pansexual, Angel Haze challenges the heterosexual-male dominated rap world, and their raw honesty and musical creativity has earned them notoriety among their peers. Details: Tickets are available at the Union front desk. Two free tickets for U students with a student ID and $10 per ticket for all others. Doors open at 8, concert starts at 9:30 in the Union Ballroom at the University of Utah.

Thursday, October 8th

Race & Policing with Mychal Denzel Smith: Mychal Denzel Smith is a contributing writer for The Nation. His work on race, politics, social justice, pop culture, hip hop, mental health, feminism, and black male identity has appeared in various publications, including The Guardian, Ebony, The Grio, The Root, Huffington Post, Feministing, and GOOD. Follow him on Twitter @mychalsmith. Details: Starts at 7 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Library. Reserve your seat here.

U Swap: Spring cleaning? Have clothes to donate or swap? Or just looking for a new outfit and a chance to meet new folks? For people of all sizes, shapes, and gender expressions, this is an all-ages event for trans* folks and allies. Details: From 5-7 p.m. at the LGBT Resource Center, 409 in the Union Building.

Headwater Streams and the Hidden Histories of Environmental Law: Professor Dave Owen teaches courses in environmental, natural resources, water, and administrative law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  His research focuses primarily on water resource management, and some recent projects have addressed policies to expedite dam removals and hydropower upgrades, the intersection of groundwater use regulation and the takings clause, implementation of the Endangered Species Act, and the real-world impact of California’s public trust doctrine.  He also contributes frequently to the Environmental Law Prof Blog. Details: From 12:15-1:15 at the S.J. Quinney College of Law.

Friday, October 9th

Pizza and Politics w/CeCe McDonald: CeCe McDonald African American trans woman and LGBTQ activist from Minneapolis, Minnesota. McDonald was released in January 2014 after serving 19 months. She was profiled in Rolling Stone among other publications and included as part of Advocate’s annual “40 Under 40” list. FREE CeCe, a documentary about McDonald’s experiences told through interviews by Laverne Cox, is in production since December 2013. The film centers on the attack on McDonald and her friends including the stabbing, her imprisonment, and violence experienced by trans women of color. In August 2014 she was awarded the Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Award by the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club. Details: Starts at 12-1 in the Hinckley Institute of Politics (260 S Central Campus Drive).

Policy at the Podium: Family Violence Across the Life Course: Family violence is a threat to public health and can include multiple forms of maltreatment across the life course for children, teens, and young adults as well as those in mid and later life.  Basic societal conditions exist to encourage or discourage this behavior, such as cultural norms of family privacy, isolation, public policy and enforcement. Details: From 12-1:20 in the Nora Eccles and Richard A. Harrison Building (CVRTI) Room 216.

Drag Show featuring the Alter Egos: PRIDE Week Drag Show will feature the Alter Egos and Chloe Summers. U of U students and community members will also be performing. Details: Starts at 8 p.m. at the Post Theatre.

Saturday, October 10th

QSA Summit featuring Mia Mingus: The QSA Summit will be serving four main groups of people: High School Student Track(transitioning to college, growing a QSA, laws and rights); College Student Track(activism on campus/community, sustaining and growing organizations); Advisor Track(supporting QSA, laws and rights); Parent/Community Member Track(supporting a QSA, laws and rights)

Mia Mingus is a writer, community educator and organizer working for disability justice and transformative justice responses to child sexual abuse. She is a queer physically disabled Korean woman transracial and transnational adoptee, born in Korea, raised in the Caribbean, nurtured in the U.S. South, and now living in Northern California. She works for community, interdependency and home for all of us and longs for a world where disabled children can live free of violence, with dignity and love. As her work for liberation evolves and deepens, her roots remain firmly planted in ending sexual violence. Details: From 9:30 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. at Rowland Hall (843 Lincoln St. SLC, UT 84102.

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