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Johns Hopkins University
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Baltimore, Maryland 21218-3843
Phone: (410) 516-7160 | Fax (410) 516-5251

March 6, 2001
CONTACT: Amanda Corby,
Public Relations Director
JHU Diverse Sexuality & Gender Alliance
(410) 516-4088

Johns Hopkins Queer Awareness Days 2001

This year's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Awareness Days Program at The Johns Hopkins University hopes to set a new standard for inspiring the public and spurring them to activism, awareness and action. The month-long series, titled SpeakOUT, brings to Baltimore individuals in the forefront of the queer rights movement including Lambda Literary Award-winning transgender activist Leslie Feinberg, and Danny Roberts of MTV's The Real World. SpeakOUT is organized by The Johns Hopkins University Diverse Sexuality and Gender Alliance (DSAGA), an undergraduate group. All events will take place on the university's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

For event information, contact DSAGA at (410) 516-4088, or email dsaga@jhu.edu. Following is a schedule of events. Admission to all events is free and open to the public.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, March 28, 8 p.m.
Great Hall, Levering Union
Leslie Feinberg, transgender activist and author of the 1994 Lamba Literary Award-winning book, Stone Butch Blues, Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to RuPaul, and Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue, will speak about her work as an activist for transgender rights, and as a trade unionist, anti-racist and socialist who fights for the rights of women and oppressed nations.

Saturday, March 31, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Garrett Room, Eisenhower Library
"Gendertopia, a Gender Revolution in America" Genderqueer youth and allies from YouthPride in Atlanta, Ga., will lead an open discussion covering current trends in Queer Identity Politics and the growing numbers of queer youth who identify themselves as transgendered or genderqueer. An educational experience for anyone interested in gender fluidity and the roles of traditionally gendered LGB people and their genderqueer allies within the struggle for equality in mainstream society and the queer community.

Monday, April 2, 8 p.m.
Garrett Room, Eisenhower Library
Dan Savage, nationally syndicated columnist of "Savage Love," author of the books, Savage Love and The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant, will offer his hilariously irreverent views on sex, parenting, and gay culture.

Wednesday, April 4,
7 p.m. Donovan Room, Gilman Hall
Accompanied by schools and universities across the nation, Hopkins students will observe the National Day of Silence. Students will refrain from speaking during the day in honor of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and individuals from other minority groups who have been silenced by oppression.

8 p.m. Donovan Room, Gilman Hall
The inspirational story of three openly gay and lesbian workers is chronicled on film in the inspiring documentary Out At Work. Nat Keitt, whose struggle to obtain domestic partner benefits is followed in the film, will join us to discuss his experience.

Thursday, April 5, 8 p.m.
Garrett Room, Eisenhower Library
Alison Bechdel's comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For has become a cultural institution for lesbians and discerning non-lesbians all over the planet. Bechdel, the recipient of four Lambda Literary Awards, has also been featured in Ms., Slate, The Village Voice, Out, and The Advocate.

Friday, April 6, 10 p.m.
E-level, Levering Hall
Enjoy complimentary coffee and inspiration at DSAGAs annual poetry reading. Open mic to follow.

Monday, April 9, 8 p.m.
Glass Pavilion, Levering Hall
Controversial gay icon Danny Roberts, whose relationship with a closeted military officer was followed on MTV's The Real World, will discuss his experience as a newfound media darling.

Wednesday, April 11, 8 p.m.
Donovan Room, Gilman Hall
James Dale, who was dismissed from a 12-year history with the Boy Scouts after coming out, challenged the Scouts definition of being morally straight and took his battle to the Supreme Court. Dale will speak about his ground- breaking battle against discrimination.

Thursday, April 12, 8 p.m.
Garrett Room, Eisenhower Library
Joo-Hyun Kang is the executive director of The Audre Lorde Project, the nation's only Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit and Transgender People of Color center for community organizing. Kang will deliver an impassioned speech on the connection between racial and economic justice and LGBT rights.

Friday, April 13, 10 p.m.
E-Level, Levering Hall
A DSAGA tradition, the Drag Show and Dance, will feature well-known drag queens and kings as well as Hopkins students. Prizes will be awarded to the best performers.

Monday, April 16, 8 p.m.
Donovan Room, Gilman Hall
A representative from Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE) will lead a discussion about growing up with lesbian or gay parents. Followed by a screening of Our House, a movie that profiles children in five families from various backgrounds growing up in a LGBT family.

Tuesday, April 17, 8 p.m.
Garrett Room, Eisenhower Library
Staceyann Chin, a half-Chinese, half-Jamaican, lesbian poet will read from and discuss her work. Chin is an acclaimed slam poet and winner of the 1999 People of Color Slam and the runner-up in the 1999 Outright Poetry Slam.

Wednesday, April 18, 7 p.m.
Donovan Room, Gilman Hall
The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, followed by the film's star and director, David Drake.

Monday, April 23, 8 p.m.
Garrett Room, Eisenhower Library
One of the gay community's greatest triumphs in recent years was the legalization of civil unions in Vermont. Join a discussion with James Morse, the judge who signed this historic piece of legislation.

Wednesday, April 25, 9 p.m.
Garrett Room, Eisenhower Library
A dynamic speaker, Margarita Lopez will discuss her experiences as the first openly lesbian Puerto Rican elected to public office. Her work to develop low-income housing in Manhattan's Lower East Side was documented in a PBS film The Broken Mind.

The Johns Hopkins University
Diverse Sexuality and Gender Alliance
Student Activities/Mattin Center
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218


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