It’s National Coming Out Week and Ally Week – Check out this week’s events

National Coming Out and Ally Weeks
A Calendar of Events about Gender, Sexuality and LGBTQ Identities

This week has another amazing line-up of events!  Check them out below!

Monday 10/15

Film Screening of Pariah and discussion
Goldman School of Public Policy Room 250

Snacks provided.  Sponsored by Queer Issues in Public Policy, Women in Public Policy, Students of Color in Public Policy and Latinos in Public Policy

Tour and Dinner of Oscar Wilde House
2410 Warring St.

Cal’s very own low-cost LGBTQ themed student Co-op.  See where the Wildebeests
call home and enjoy a scrumptious meal!  No cost, but donations accepted.

Tuesday 10/16

LavenderCal 2nd Tuesday Discussion
GenEq 202 Chavez

Chris Atwood, Doctoral Candidate in Italian Studies, and the inaugural recipient of  the Philip Brett LGBT Fellowship for Graduate Student Research will discuss perspectives on being out as a student  and conducting queer-themed research in the academy.

Contact Sharon with questions.

LGBT Ally Workshop at QSA Meeting
223 Dwinelle

In this interactive seminar, participants will become a visible part of the Cal Ally program, which seeks to create and maintain a safer and more inclusive campus environment for all. During this workshop, participants receive knowledge, insight, and an opportunity to discuss the implications of homophobia and heterosexism. This workshop addresses heterosexual privilege, as well as the intersections of racism, sexism, and other systems of oppression. Participants receive a packet of LGBT resources, which contains information such as a list of websites, and a list of basic definitions of commonly used terminology within the LGBT community. The objective of this workshop is to equip allies with the knowledge and resources that enable them to assist LGBT or questioning persons. This workshop encourages dialogue regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Questions?  Contact

Wednesday 10/17

LGBTQ Drop-In Counseling

Thursday 10/18

OUT Faculty Panel
Location: MCC Hearst Field Annex

Come listen to a panel of Cal faculty talk about their experiences being openly LGBTQIA in academia.  Refreshments provided.  Contact Travis at or Raymon at for questions.

Two Spirts:  Gender, Sexuality and the Murder of Fred Martinez
Location TBD

TWO SPIRITS interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and female and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders.

Fred Martinez was nádleehí, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. But the place where two discriminations meet is a dangerous place to live, and Fred became one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at sixteen. Between tradition and controversy, sex and spirit, and freedom and fear, lives the truth—the bravest choice you can make is to be yourself.

Note that while this event is listed in National Coming Out and Ally Weeks, we must pay close attention to how each person describes their experiences with gender and sexuality, and not place labels on them.

Collaboration with the Gender Equity Resource Center, the American Indian Graduate Program, Native American Student Development and the Unity House Theme Program.

QPOC Together: Queer People of Color
Gender Equity Resource Center (202 Chavez)

A monthly community forum and chill space for queer-identified students of color at UC Berkeley. No matter how you identify: Same-Gender Loving, Queer, Butch/Femme, Fluid, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Downe, etc.
Questions?  Contact

ENVISION: White Anti-Racist Network at GenEq
(room close to GenEq, TBD)

ENVISION is a discussion space designed to equip white* students, faculty and staff with the tools to analyze white privilege and to challenge racism within and beyond our campus’ women’s and queer communities. ENVISION supports the development of anti-racist practices and serves as a supplement to social justice work in other spaces on campus. Come ready to engage!
*ENVISION focuses on white students, faculty and staff for three reasons: 1) it shifts the burden off of people of color to educate white people about racism and oppression; 2) white people can play an important role in supporting each other to challenge racism; and 3) it creates an atmosphere that allows white people to share more openly and honestly about race, creating more opportunities for growth and learning.
Questions? Email Marisa at

oSTEM (Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Meeting
240 Bechtel

oSTEM aims to unite the LGBTQQIA students within the fields of science,
technology, engineering, and math to foster a strong professional and social network as well as to promote awareness of their presence in all communities.

YQUE! (Young Queers United for Empowerment) Meeting
QARC space Hearst Field Annex


Two Spirits, One Heart
a book showcase, featuring a reading and discussion by Marsha and Aiden Aizumi

7 – 9 pm
@ the Badé Museum, Pacific School of Religion

1798 Scenic Avenue, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA 94709

In  Two Spirits, One Heart, Marsha Aizumi shares her compelling story of parenting a young woman who came out as a lesbian, then transitioned to male.  This inspiring memoir chronicles Marsha’s personal journey from fear, uncertainty, and sadness to eventual unconditional love, acceptance, and support of her child who struggled to reconcile his gender identity.  Told with honesty and warmth, this book is a must-read for parents and loved ones of LGBT individuals everywhere.

Sponsored by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies

Friday 10/19

An API Family Conversation
building faith, family ties and support for our LGBT family members

6 – 9 pm
An intimate dialogue about how API parents, elders, and church leaders can better equip ourselves and others to support our LGBT family members.  This dialogue will focus on the role of faith, family ties, and the faith community in this process.

moderated by:
Belinda Dronkers-Laureta (API Family Pride) and
Jess Delegencia (API Roundtable Coordinator, CLGS)

The October 19 event will be much more low key than the book launch. What it is essentially is a dialogue bringing together families, faith leaders and community leaders of API LGBT folks. In addition to hearing our stories and journeys of parents like Marsha Aizumi, Donna Agraviador, and Belinda and John Dronkers-Luareta, the dialogue will ask the following questions:

What are the issues?

What are existing resources and spaces that serve API LGBTQ people and their families and faith communities?

What new resources and spaces do we need to create and produce to serve API LGBTQ people and their families and faith communities more effectively?

The dialogue is the first of a series of several national convenings of the API Roundtable, designed to harness the stories and wisdom of API LGBTQ individuals, parents, community leaders, academics and faith leaders for the generation of needed resources and spaces that serve and empower the API LGBTQ faith community.

Participants in the dialogue will be influential in guiding the production of future resources for the API LGBTQ faith community.

Sponsored by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies


Details TBD:
Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin Screening

During his 60-year career as an activist, organizer and “troublemaker,” Bayard Rustin formulated many of the strategies that propelled the American civil rights movement. His passionate belief in Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence drew Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders to him in the 1940’s and 50’s; his practice of those beliefs drew the attention of the FBI and police. In 1963, Rustin brought his unique skills to the crowning glory of his civil rights career: his work organizing the March on Washington, the biggest protest America had ever seen. But his open homosexuality forced him to remain in the background, marking him again and again as a “brother outsider.” Brother Outsider: the Life of Bayard Rustin combines rare archival footage — some of it never before broadcast in the U.S. — with provocative interviews to illuminate the life and work of a forgotten prophet of social change.

Sponsored by Zawadi.  Contact



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Marisa Boyce

Program Coordinator, Gender Equity Resource Center (GenEq)*

202 Cesar Chavez Center, MC2440

Berkeley, CA 94720-2440

(510) 643-5730

*GenEq is a department within the Division of Equity and Inclusion,

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