Free Events Open to All
Come to Highline for a weeklong series of educational events and activities exploring LGBTQIA* identity and social justice issues. Scheduled to coincide with National Coming Out Day (Oct. 11), LGBTQIA Week also serves to celebrate and remember the history of the gay rights movement.
New to this year’s celebration is the LGBTQIA Resource Fair, Oct. 11. Community organizations from across the region are coming to Highline to provide information and resources. A DJ will provide live entertainment while visitors explore more than 40 booths.
Dominique Austin: (206) 592-3256, firstname.lastname@example.org
Angie Hunckler: (206) 592-4036, email@example.com
All events are free and open to the public and will be held on the college’s main campus. Find full event descriptions at LGBTQIA Week 2017.
Monday, Oct. 9, 2017
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Dr. Qwo-Li Driskill: “En-storying Resistance”
Using poetry, history and personal story, Driskill will address how by telling their stories, indigenous and LGBTQ+ peoples can contribute to social transformation, resistance, healing and imaginings of a decolonized future.
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017
Building 8, Mt. Constance Room
PFLAG Panel and Discussion
Coming out can be challenging for anyone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. PFLAG Tacoma members will talk about their experiences with the coming out process. PFLAG is a volunteer organization with a mission to meet people where they are and to collaborate with others
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
LGBTQIA Resource Fair and Entertainment
Highline and its community partners support the health and wellness of the LGBTQ community. In the first resource fair of its kind at the college, visitors can explore more than 40 campus and community resources to connect with caring and affirming resources. Entertainment provided by Reverend Dollars, aka Renee Jarreau Greene.
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017
Dean Spade: “Fight to Win! Critical Trans Resistance in Scary Times”
In his talk, Spade will raise questions about how increased mainstream visibility of trans people relates to on-the-ground struggles for trans survival.
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
Building 25, Room 608
Syd Emmanuel Arrojo: “Butterfly: Una Transformacion, Una Ascencion”
A multi-talented artist, Syd Emmanuel Arrojo will share creativity through spoken word art, creative writing, colorful sketches, vocal performance and wooden instruments.
*What do the letters in LGBTQIA stand for?
L = lesbian
G = gay
B = bisexual
T = transgender or two-spirit
Q = questioning or queer
I = intersex
A = ally (a friend of the cause) or asexual
Other initialisms you may see are LGBTQGNC, where “GNC” stands for “gender non-conforming,” LGBPTQIA, where the “P” stands for “pansexual,” and LGBTQ+, where the plus sign encompasses all those who identify with the LGBTQ community.