Free Events During LGBTQIA Month*

LGBTQIA Month at Highline College will include free workshops, discussions and a film exploring LGBTQI identity and social justice issues. United by the theme “Finding Your Voice: Past, Present and Future,” the October events coincide with National Coming Out Day (October 11). The goal of LGBTQIA Month is to celebrate and remember the history of the gay rights movement while examining contemporary issues.

All events are free and open to the public and will be held on the college’s main campus.

Contact Adam-Jon Aparicio at (206) 592-3353 or or Barbara Talkington at (206) 592-3869 or

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Queer Religion Panel

Moderated by Dr. Allison Lau, Associate Dean for Conduct & Counseling
Building 7
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

The topic of sexuality is often included in today’s discussions of religion. Why is that? Join us as we host a panel of religious leaders who are working to unlink the two topics within their communities and beyond.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Safe Sex and Healthy Relationships

Highline Student Union (Building 8, Mt. Constance)
10–11 a.m.

Have you ever had questions about your health or relationships, but were afraid to ask? Now is your chance. Join us for a Q&A session with some of the Puget Sound’s most trusted providers among the LGBTQIA community. Representatives from the following organizations will be on hand: Public Health, Planned Parenthood, Hilltop Regional Health Center, and Dr. Peter Shalit’s HIV/STI clinic. Co-sponsored by Highline College Women’s Programs.

Monday, October 12, 2015

LGBTQIA Student, Staff and Faculty Social

Highline Student Union (Building 8, Mt. Constance)
12–2 p.m.

Come meet faculty, staff and students who support LGBTQIA inclusion at Highline College and beyond. Learn about ways to get involved in making Highline a more welcoming community for all.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Gender 101 Workshop

Presented by Harper Rainflower-O’Sullvan
Highline Student Union (Building 8, room 204, Inter-Cultural Center)
1–2 p.m.

Harper Rainflower-O’Sullvan is a Master of Social Work candidate at the University of Washington, where one focus is LGBT concerns. During her workshop, Rainflower-O’Sullvan will demystify gender identity by addressing several key questions: What is gender? How is it different from sexual orientation? What does it mean to be “gender-variant” or transgender? How can we respect each other’s gender identities?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Somos Familia: Supporting LGBTQI Latin@ Students

Highline Student Union (Building 8, Mt. Constance)
12–1 p.m.

The LGBTQI community faces greater challenges to success due to bigotry and discrimination. Learn about these challenges and how to support our LGBTQI friends, family and fellow students to create a stronger community. Co-sponsored by the Latin@ Center for Higher Education at Highline College.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Roses of War: The Effects of Militarization on Women and the LGBTQ Community

Highline Student Union (Building 8, Mt. Constance)
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

The organization Pinay sa Seattle will conduct a workshop on the intersection of gender violence and the LGBTQIA community. Join us as we examine relationships with militarization and the violence that LGBTQGNC communities face here in the U.S and the impacts on Filipino Women and the LGBTQGNC community in the Philippines.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Intersex Documentary

Building 7
11 a.m.–12 p.m.

If you have ever wondered what the “I” is in LGBTQIA, then join us for the movie screening of “Intersexion: A Documentary About Being Intersex.” The first question any new parent asks is often, “Is it a boy or a girl?” What if it’s neither?

One in 2,000 babies is born with genitalia so ambiguous that doctors cannot easily answer this question. In this groundbreaking documentary, intersex individuals (formerly called hermaphrodites) reveal the secrets of their unconventional lives and how they have navigated their way through this strictly male/female world, when they fit somewhere in between.

*What do the letters in LGBTQIA stand for?

L = lesbian
G = gay
B = bisexual
T = transgender
Q = questioning or queer
I = intersex
A = ally (a friend of the cause) or asexual

Another initialism you may see is LGBTQGNC, where “GNC” stands for “gender non-conforming.”