April 2012 lbgt@MIT Newsletter

April LBGT Newsletter:

  1. Intro Letter
  2. This Month's Events
  3. Upcoming Events
  4. Opportunities for Students, Faculty, and Staff

Hello Everyone -

After coming back from a hopefully relaxing and enjoyable Spring Vacation, remember that the Rainbow Lounge is a great place to catch up on studying or to hang out with friends you havenít seen since before break. This month we have a ton of great events happening, including:

  • Safe Sex = Healthy You: Men, Sex, & HIV (4/3)
  • How to Make Your Fraternity More LBGTQ-Friendly (4/5)
  • Sex Positivity Discussion (4/11)
  • National Day of Silence (4/20)
  • CPW LBGTQ Open House (4/20) aand Family Brunch (4/21)
  • Fierce Forever 9: MIT Drag Show Spectacular! (4/26)

This April newsletter contains the details on all these great events, AND it's chock-full of opportunities to volunteer, plan, organize, and have fun.

Read all about it!

This April newsletter contains the details on all these great events, AND itís full of additional opportunities to volunteer, plan, organize, and have fun. Ė check it out! Also, the new Living Pink Survey is ready Ė please remember to fill it out!


  • The Staff of lbgt@MIT

April Events

Safe Sex = Healthy You: Men, Sex & HIV
Tuesday 4/3
6:00p Ė 7:00p in 50-005
February = Valentine's Day. March = post lovey dovey Valentine high. April = what's that itch all about? What was I thinking? This workshop, hosted by the Rainbow Lounge, brings together two of our favorites: the AIDS Action Committee and Dr. Howard Heller, Chief of Medicine and infectious disease guru. They are here to talk to our guys about risks particular to the MSM community. Of course this workshop is open anyone who's interested whether you identify as MSM or not. Stop by for some dinner and frank discussion about risks, facts, and the realities of STDs, including HIV.

Living Pink Survey
All Month Long ONLINE!
The Living Pink Survey should take about 5 minutes to complete and is designed to investigate how welcoming each of the dorms, fraternities, sororities, and ILGs at MIT are toward lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender (LBGT) individuals. It is sponsored by G@MIT, MITís LBGTQ student group, with support from the UA Finance Board and consultation from LBGT@MIT, the Department of Residential Life, the FSILG Office, and the Office of Institutional Research. This survey is for undergraduate and graduate students, both living on and off campus.
Take the survey here: http://tiny.cc/livingpink.
For more information, contact the Living Pink Team.

Late Night in the RL
Wednesdays during April: 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, and 4/25
6p-12a (drop by anytime) in 50-005
Can't get enough Rainbow Lounge in your day? Want to pset/watch movies/play games/eat delicious (FREE) food with your favorite LGBTQ-identified friends and allies? Come to Rainbow Lounge Late Night, Wednesday night! The Rainbow Lounge will be open for extended hours, from 6pm-midnight. Brought to you by G@MIT and the UA Finboard

How to Make Your Fraternity More LBGTQ-Friendly
Thursday 4/5 All are welcome!
5p-7p W11 Main Dining Room -- Dinner provided!
LBGT@MIT is partnering with the FSILG Office and the IFC to start a new initiative at MIT to make all fraternities more LGBTQ-friendly. To that end, LGBT@MIT will be hosting a training on how to make our fraternities more LBGTQ-friendly. Cat Sohor from the FSILG Office and Abigail Francis from LBGT@MIT will be administering this two-hour training that will enable us to bring a new skills set back to our house to make it a more LGBTQ-friendly place. We are hoping to have at least 1 executive member from each fraternity attend, but ALL interested students are welcome. Also, if we have a positive-enough response set on this year's version of the Living Pink Guide (the survey will be sent out soon), then those fraternities will be placed on a new page in the Rush Booklet that will highlight all fraternities that are welcoming, affirming, and accepting of the LGBTQ community. For more information, please contact Cat Sohor (sohor@mit.edu) or Abigail Francis (afran@mit.edu).

Queer People of Color Brunch
Monday 4/9
12p-2p (drop in anytime) in 50-005
All self-identified queer people of color from the MIT community are welcome to attend this Queer People Of Color Brunch Series. Come by yourself or bring your crew, QPOC Brunches are casual, friendly, community building for everyone.

LGBT Issues Group
Tuesday 4/10
5:00p Ė 6:00p in 50-005
The LBGT Issues Group is a committee of faculty, staff, students, and alumni(ae) who are lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, or just plain friendly seeking to foster a safe and welcoming environment for LBGT students and to ensure that the educational mission of MIT is upheld for all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Meetings are once a month and address specific projects dealing with the concerns of the LBGT community. Anyone affiliated with MIT and LBGT-friendly is welcome to join and to participate.

LBGTQA "Family" Dinners
Tuesdays: 4/10 and 4/24
6pm-7pm in 50-005
We're hosting a dinner event for the LBGTQ and ally community called 'Family Dinner' (a reclaiming of several terms ie. framily, the family, we are family, etc.) This event will take place about twice a month on Tuesday evenings from 6-7 pm. All LBGTQ and Ally folks from MIT welcome!

Sex Positivity Discussion
Wednesday 4/11
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM in 1-242
What is sex positivity? Do you want to talk about the intersectionality of sex, sexuality, gender, disabilities, race, and many other characteristics? Do you want to talk about slut-shaming, asexuality, fetishism, S&M, and other issues related to sex positivity? Come to a roundtable discussion led by G@MIT, VPR, and the Sexpert Kate McCarthy, to find some answers to the above questions, as well as any others you may have.
Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/313953291999677/.

National Day of Silence - PLEASE wear RED!!!
Friday 4/20
10a-4p, sit-in in Lobby 7; 4p-6p Breaking the Silence Party in 50-005
For those who are willing and able, G@MIT will be hosting a sit-in in Lobby 7 where we will have signs that make it apparent that we are silent for the Day of Silence, a national event that brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in their schools. There will also be duct tape and sharpies available for those who are interested in wearing a "NO H8" piece of tape across their mouth. For everyone--whether you are staying silent or not--you can participate! Wear RED on April 20 to show your solidarity and allyship with the LBGTQ community! For more information on Day of Silence, check out dayofsilence.org.

CPW LGBTQ Open House
Friday 4/20
3:00pĖ6:00p in 50-005
Tour the Rainbow Lounge with Burritos, Pinatas, Salsa Dancing, and lots of great people...what a great way to spend a Friday afternoon! Please join us to celebrate and welcome new MIT pre-frosh into the LBGT and LBGT-Ally community at MIT.

National Day of Silence - Breaking the Silence Party
Friday 4/20
5p-7p in 50-005
There will also be a Breaking the Silence Party at 5pm-7pm in the Rainbow Lounge for people to discuss their experiences staying silent and/or wearing red throughout the day.

Julia Weldon Concert
Friday 4/20
8p in 32-141
LGBT singer/songwriter Julia Weldon will play the guitar and sing a few songs for us. This will be a great afterparty to breaking the silence! Light refreshments will be served.

Friday 4/20
7p-830p in 6-120
MIT Program in Women's and Gender Studies presents a film screening of... GUN HILL ROAD. After three years in prison, Enrique returns home to the Bronx to find the world he knew has changed. His wife, Angela, struggles to hide an emotional affair, and his teenage son, Michael, explores a sexual transformation well beyond Enrique's grasp and understanding. Unable to accept his child, Enrique clings to his masculine ideals while Angela attempts to hold the family together by protecting Michael. Still under the watchful eye of his parole officer, Enrique must become the father he needs to be or, once again, risk losing his family and freedom. Can a father's fierce love for his family overcome his street-hardened ideas about manhood and end the vicious cycle controlling his life? Q&A with director Rashaad Green to follow.

LBGT Family and Friends Brunch for CPW
Saturday 4/21
10a-12:30p (drop in anytime) in 50-005
'Bring the 'rents and your buddies down for this LBGT Family and Friends Brunch. Take a tour of the Rainbow Lounge, grab some yummy homemade waffles, and learn all about LBGT events, community, and services at MIT. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, families, and friends are encouraged to attend! If you think this includes you, or the topics (or waffles!) interest you, swing by: all friendly faces are welcome!

Fierce Forever 9: MIT Drag Show Spectacular!
Thursday 4/26
8p-10p in W20 La Sala
Fierce is one of the largest student-run drag shows in the world! Now in its ninth installment, Fierce has been recognized for its benefits and contributions to the LGBTQ community. Fierce Forever is run by undergrads, grads, and staff members who are dedicated to educating and entertaining the community. Fierce Forever is put on for entertainment and awareness purposes, and as a charity. This year, Fierce will be donating ticket proceeds to the AIDS Action Committee. Also, volunteers are greatly appreciated for the time they can give to the show!

Calling All Lavender Graduates!
Lavender Graduation is a celebration of the end of the year and recognition of our distinguished graduates from the LBGT and ally community. All are welcome to attend. This year's Lavender Graduation Celebration will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2012 @ 5:30 pm in the Emma Rogers room (10-340). Right now we are looking for volunteers, planners, and most importantly a list of graduates. So if you or someone you know is graduating (active in LBGT@MIT or not) who identifies as LBGTQ/Ally or who has been important to the LBGTQ community, please send your (their) name(s) to Abigail (afran@mit.edu).

Upcoming Events - Save the Dates!

Awards Convocation - Come Celebrate this year's John S. W. Kellet '47 Awardees!
May 9, 2012 4p-6p in 10-250

Lavender Graduation Celebration
May 10, 2012 530p in Emma Rogers Room

Opportunities for Students, Faculty and Staff

Women@MIT Retreat
Conversations You Canít Have On-Campus. Begins with dinner on Friday, April 6th and continues throughout the day at the Sloan School on Saturday, April7th. More information here. Deadline to apply is March 30th.

2012 NGLTF Academy for Leadership and Action Fellowship
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday April 30, 2012. Decisions will be made and communicated by June 29. Placement dates are July 30-November 9, 2012. The Task Force's Academy prepares leaders to fill the staff, board, and volunteer roles critical to the success of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement. TheAcademy for Leadership and Actionís ultimate goal is to build movements, leaders and organizations that transform society. This isnít your average fellowship ó this is your chance to create change! The Academy Fellowship is a paid social justice fellowship that's furiously intense. The program provides the first-hand real-world experience working for social justice that is necessary for becoming a professional organizer. Want to apply and find out more? Questions can be sent to cwollerman@thetaskforce.org.

Victory Congressional Internship is accepting applications for Fall 2012
The Victory Institute will bring outstanding LGBTQ college students to Washington, D.C., for an intensive leadership program, including a Congressional internship with an LGBT-friendly member of Congress. Applications for Fall 2012 are due Monday, April 30. To find out more or apply visit here.

LGBTQI Mindfulness Meditation Retreat
Held April 13-15, 2012 in Garrison, NY. Full description can be found here.

Participants Needed for Research Study
Researchers at SHSU are asking that you complete a 30 minute questionnaire to aid in a study aimed at learning more about mental health and relationship beliefs among sexual minority individuals. The questionnaire and more information can be found here

Participants Needed for Research Study
Researchers are asking that you conduct an online survey related to college studentsí experiences in same sex relationships. Ten participants selected at random will win $100 AMAZON GIFT CARDS. To be eligible you must be at least 18 years old and currently in a same-sex dating/romantic relationship. Survey found here.

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