The Johns Hopkins Gazette: April 1, 2002
April 1, 2002
VOL. 31, NO. 28


DSAGA: ‘Celebrating a Decade of Diversity’

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

The 10th anniversary Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Awareness Days program--“Awareness Days 2002: Celebrate a Decade of Diversity”--will bring to the Homewood campus throughout April individuals at the forefront of the queer rights movement, including Pulitzer Prize--winning playwright Tony Kushner, Candace Gingrich of the Human Rights Campaign and award-winning director and Baltimore native John Waters.

A Decade of Diversity is organized by the Johns Hopkins University Diverse Sexuality and Gender Alliance, an undergraduate group. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, go to:

Monday, April 1, 8 p.m.
Great Hall, Levering Hall
Tony Kushner--gay, Jewish, socialist and a catalyst for social change--garnered the Pulitzer Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for drama and other honors for his groundbreaking play Angels In America. Kushner will talk about his work and its relationship to life, death and faith.

Wednesday, April 3, 8 p.m.
AMR Multipurpose Room
The Rev. Irene Monroe was recently featured in the PBS documentary series In The Life and writes about African-American gay and lesbian culture and the treatment of women and homosexuals by religious institutions. She will offer new insight into and inspiration for the lives of queer people of faith.

Thursday, April 4, 8 p.m.
Donovan Room, 110 Gilman Hall
Aimée and Jaguar is a film that tells the true story of a love between an unlikely pair of women in Nazi Germany during World War II. It was adapted from the Lambda Literary Award--winning book by Erica Fischer.

Saturday, April 6, 2 p.m.
Location TBA
The Baltimore Chapter of the National Organization for Women leads a discussion and workshop concerning the role of lesbians in the feminist movement and feminists in the queer movement.

Monday, April 8, 8 p.m.
Great Hall, Levering Hall
The Maryland Anti-Discrimination Act of 2001 is the topic of discussion for Blake Humphreys, the director of the advocacy group Free State Justice, and Carrie Evans, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s national field organizer.

Wednesday, April 10, 8 p.m.
Great Hall, Levering Hall
Candace Gingrich, manager of the Human Rights Campaign’s Coming-Out Project and sister of Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House, will talk about her experiences in politics and activism along with the importance of being out.
In a National Day of Silence, Hopkins students will join others in universities across the nation in refraining from speaking in order to honor gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and members of other minority groups who have been silenced by oppression.

Thursday, April 11, 8 p.m.
Donovan Room, 110 Gilman Hall
Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a film written and directed by and starring John Cameron Mitchell, was adapted from the critically acclaimed off-Broadway rock theater hit. The film won the audience award at Sundance.

Monday, April 15, 8 p.m.
Glass Pavilion, Levering Hall
Margarita Lopez, whose work to develop low-income housing on Manhattan’s Lower East Side was documented in the PBS film The Broken Mind, will discuss her experiences as the first openly lesbian Puerto Rican elected to public office.

Wednesday, April 17, 8 p.m.
Great Hall, Levering Hall
Baltimore director John Waters will share his unique approach to filmmaking and his wickedly ironic sensibilities during a discussion of his films such as Pink Flamingoes, Hairspray and Cecil B. DeMented.

Thursday, April 18, 8 p.m.
Donovan Room, 110 Gilman Hall
Following John Waters’ talk the previous night, his films Pink Flamingoes and Pecker will be shown.

Friday, April 19, 9 p.m.
E-Level, Levering Hall
The Drag Show and Dance, a DSAGA tradition, will feature well-known drag queens and kings as well as Hopkins students. Prizes will be awarded to the best performers.

Monday, April 22, 8 p.m.
160 Mattin Center
Del. Maggie McIntosh, majority leader of the Maryland House of Delegates and associate for federal relations in the university’s Office of Government Relations, will speak about her experiences as a lesbian in Baltimore politics.

Wednesday, April 24, 8 p.m.
Clipper Room, Shriver Hall
Magdalen Hsu-Li, a pioneering Asian-American musician, promises a high-energy, consciousness-raising performance featuring piano, vocals, drums, stand-up comedy and theater.

Thursday, April 25, 8 p.m.
Milton S. Eisenhower Library Quad
Hate Crimes Rally, a candlelight vigil to show unity against crimes fueled by discrimination, wraps up the month’s events.