Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion
Celebrate LGBTQIA+ History Month
For the month of October, the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community which also includes October 11th, National Coming Out Day. The LGTBQIA+ community and its history are unfortunately not taught in many academic settings, which prompted Rodney Wilson, a high school teacher to dedicate an entire month to those who identify as LGBTQIA+ in 1994. CMEI hopes to create space to share, educate, celebrate, bond, and continue the fight for equality of those who identify as LGBTQIA+ with our partners, such as the LGBTQ Student Resource Center and the Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy (GITA), through programming and events for our community members at MSU Denver.
LGBTQIA+ History Month encourages our MSU Denver community to reflect and consider what we have learned from our history to help inform our future. Nationally, the theme, “What Have We Learned?” reflects on the multi-generational impact of political legislation which prevented education and awareness about LGBTQIA+ issues in academia, have silenced teachers in the past, and left many young people without resources and support. We take this opportunity to bring forth awareness and celebrate the steps taken to create opportunities and audacious commitments in moving forward.
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Open to the Auraria Campus and Community
Monday, October 5th | 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Join The Phoenix Center at Auraria and The LGBTQ Student Resource Center for a discussion of consent from a queer perspective! In our first discussion, we will talk about common myths when it comes to LGBTQIA folks and the transformative power of writing your own scripts.
The Power of Boihood: A Film Screening and Poetry Reading
Tuesday, October 13th | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Join CMEI, GITA, the LGBTQ Student Resource Center, The Phoenix Center, The University of Colorado Denver’s Women & Gender Center, and The University of Colorado Denver’s Center for Identity & Inclusion in hosting The BOI DOC. Me&MyBois is a collective of masculine of centered people creating media outlets for LGBTQ people of color. With the increase in suicide attempts, particularly among young LGBTQ people of color, along with the increase of violence towards Trans Women and Men of color, it is the goal of Me&MyBois to provide visibility and resources for this community to combat the negative stereotypes perpetuated in households, workplaces, classrooms, public restrooms as well as mainstream media. The BOI DOC utilizes dialogue to break the silence created by racism, sexism, gender expression insensitivity, heterosexism, homophobia, and transphobia.
THE BOI DOC utilizes dialogue to break the silence created by racism, sexism, gender expression insensitivity, heterosexism, homophobia, and transphobia. It is our belief that when people are shown images of people they can relate to or see positive and productive members of society who look or live like them, they will aspire to do the same, but even more they’ll see the humanity of the people whose story they’re hearing and see their own humanity reflected back. Furthermore, we believe when people see themselves reflected in the media, whether someone looks like them or is experiencing a similar situation, they not only feel accepted, but also affirmed and empowered. It is the goal of Me&MyBois to empower and motivate the marginalized people of the LGBTQ community and people of color through documentary style narrative interviews curated in THE BOI DOC.
Me&MyBois has been working diligently and independently gathering the stories of Masculine or Masculine of Center identified LGBTQ people of color who have very different experiences but share similar stories of survival and success in an effort to motivate, affirm and redefine masculinity. Me&MyBois has built their social network presence and interactions facilitating a global “boi” community, THE BOI DOC has connected bois from Vancouver to New Orleans and London to Seattle. THE BOI DOC is an artistic manifestation of our desire to add our honest, uniquely provocative, and eloquent narratives about gender and gender expression through the Masculine and Masculine of Center queer voice of the people of the African diaspora to the world.
Monday, October 19th | 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Join The Phoenix Center at Auraria and The LGBTQ Student Resource Center for a follow-up discussion on Queer Consent featuring a local expert. More details to come!
International Pronouns Day
Friday, October 21st
International Pronouns Day is observed on the third Wednesday of October each year to “make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace.” This year, we are offering resources and video materials to promote wider awareness of gender pronouns, and to encourage conversation about how to share your own pronouns and invite others to share their pronouns with you. Consider downloading one or more of our background images for your Zoom / Teams calls and using those images to initiate conversation about pronouns!
The British Museum Virtual Tour: "Desire, Love, Identity: Exploring LGBTQ Histories"
Thursday, October 22nd | 7:00 PM
Join the University of Colorado Denver Lynx Crossing and the LGBTQ Student Resource Center in a virtual and audio tour of the British Museum LGBTQ exhibit. LGBTQ figures and traditions in various cultures will be explored as well as the ancient history of LGBTQ identities in society.
MSU Denver Events: Open to MSU Students, Faculty, and Staff
Celebratory Book Reading with Dr. Anahi Russo Garrido and The Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy
Wednesday, October 21st | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Join us for a celebration with Author, Dr. Anahi Russo Garrido, in honor of the release of Tortilleras: Love, Friendship and Sex in Queer Mexico City. Tortilleras is the first ethnography in English to focus primarily on women’s sexual and intimate cultures in Mexico. The book shows the transformation of intimacy in the lives of three generations of women in queer spaces in contemporary Mexico City, as their sexual citizenship changes. Copies of the book are available upon request to MSU Denver students. Copies of the book are available upon request to MSU Denver students. To receive a free copy of the book, please contact Eneri Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sex Café with The Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy
Friday, October 30th | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
The GITA Sex Café is a monthly virtual meetup exploring different topics related to sex, sex positivity, sexuality and queerness. October’s topic is reclaiming our sex as survivors in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and LGBTQIA+ History Month.