This month, USC is celebrating National Coming Out Month, which included National Coming Out Day on Thursday, October 11th to celebrate all identities on campus. On this day, the Queer and Ally Student Assembly sponsored the “National Coming Out Day Extravaganza” where students were able to come out as anything and share their identities by posting them on the base of Tommy Trojan. In addition to the National Coming Out Day Extravaganza, rainbow banners were placed on the lightpoles along Trousdale to symbolize USC’s vibrant LGBTQ community and the banners will remain up for most of the month.
As Coming Out Month continues, there is a wide array of events for students to attend and continue to embrace their own identity while learning about others. Below are some highly recommended events to consider.
Models of Pride 2012!
Saturday, October 13th 8AM – 9PM (Check in at Tommy Trojan)
The USC LGBT Resource Center will be hosting Models of Pride again! Models of Pride is a free one-day conference that focus on the concerns and interests of LGBTQ youth up to the age 24, and their allies. It is a conference that is filled with workshops, a resource fair, food, entertainment, and even a dance! Last year was the first time that USC opened up its campus to MOP and tomorrow the fun will begin all over again with new workshops, including some put on by our very own students. Visit modelsofpride.org for more information.
QuASA Empowerment Series
Gay (Sunday, October 14th 11:30AM – 4PM THH 212)
Bisexual (Sunday, October 21st 10AM – 4PM THH 212)
Transgender (Sunday, October 28th 10AM – 4PM THH 212)
The QuASA Empowerment Series continues! The Empowerment Series is a new intercollegiate initiative meant to bring people of all identities together and reflect on their own communities while learning more about their identities and share a discussion relating to each acronym. Last Sunday, QuASA had their Lesbian Day and as part of National Coming Out Month, each Sunday continues to be a day for empowerment of each community.
QuASA Screening of Mosquita Y Mari with Director Q&A
Wednesday, October 17th 6PM – 8PM THH 101
QuASA will be co-sponsoring with the Latino/a Student Assembly (LSA) to bring you a very special screening of Mosquita Y Mari, an independent queer film directed by Aurora Guerrero. The film is about two teenage Chicanas living in Huntington Park while discovering their own identities and this film was an official selection this year of the Sundance Film Festival. The director will be present for a Q&A segment following the film, so you wouldn’t want to miss this event!
These are a few of the events for this month. Please visit our full calendar of October events on the LGBT Resource Center’s website.