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Penn State To Host LGBTQ+ History Month Events Throughout October

Penn State’s Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (CSGD) is set to host a number of activities throughout the month of October for LGBTQ+ History Month.

LGBTQ+ History Month is an observance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer rights movement as well as a celebration of the community’s history.

At 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4, in Foster Auditorium, the CSGD will host a screening of the film “Memories of a Penitent Heart” in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and LGBTQ+ History Month. The documentary recounts the life of a gay, Latino man who passed away due to AIDS.

Additionally, the CSGD will hold a trivia night themed around queer history from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 6, in the CSGD’s room, HUB LL011. Winners of the trivia competition can win copies of Madeline Miller’s “The Song of Achilles” and as some CSGD merch.

Penn State Centre Stage’s production of “Hit the Wall” will run from October 3 to 12 at the Pavilion Theatre and explore the story of the Stonewall Uprising and its impact on the LGBTQ+ community. Wednesday, October 11, is National Coming Out Day, and the CSGD will host a celebration with snacks and activities in HUB LL011.

From 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, October 16, graduate student Gabriel Pulido will host a talk about queer theory and intersectionality in HUB LL011. The Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development will also host a talk from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17, in the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center. Later that day, CSGD will partner with the Department of Kinesiology for a discussion about physical activity resources on campus at 6 p.m. in HUB LL011.

International Pronouns Day is Wednesday, October 18, and the CSGD will be seated from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at HUB Information Table 2 to educate others about the importance of pronouns. Those interested can learn more about the CSGD staff members online and in person in honor of LGBTQ+ Center Awareness Day from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 19.

The annual “Out and Engaged” trip will take students to Baltimore, Maryland on October 27, to learn about the LGBTQ+ community in an immersive setting. Students interested in attending the trip should pay close attention to the CSGD Instagram for a registration link, as the limited seats fill up quickly.

More information on the events and activities being held for LGBTQ+ History Month can be found here.

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