LGBTQ+ History Month

Fitchburg State celebrates LGTBQ+ History Month in October with a series of gatherings, film screenings and events based on the theme “We Are Here.”  
Pride Flags at Hammond Hall
Poster for LGTBQ+ History Month events in October 2021

In addition to the events listed below, be sure to check out the selection of LGBTQ+ titles in the first floor of the Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library, as well as its digital LGBTQ+ ebookshelf.

Friday, Oct. 1

Rainbow Reception, Falcon Hub, 4-6 p.m.

LGBTQ+ Alumni and Allies are invited to help kick off LGBTQ+ History Month. Come celebrate at the Rainbow Reception! Photo booth, DJ, appetizers and cash bar. Event starts at 4PM, speaking program and parade of flags at 4:45PM. Join us in the Falcon Hub in Hammond Hall. $10 per person. Register online. This event is also part of our Homecoming and Reunion Weekend.

Monday, Oct. 4

Monday Movie: Moonlight, Ellis White Lecture Hall, 7 p.m.

Based on the unpublished play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by Tarell Alvin McCraney, this film tells the story of a young black man coming to grips with his homosexual feelings. It was the first film with an entirely African-American cast and the first with a homosexual main character to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Admission is free and open to the public. Face coverings are required indoors in all campus buildings.

Friday, Oct. 8

National Lesbian Day

We will observe National Lesbian Day with a social media campaign. Follow the Gay Straight Alliance on Instagram and Facebook to participate.

Monday, Oct. 11

National Coming Out Day

Every year on National Coming Out Day, we celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ.) This year, we will mark the 32nd anniversary of National Coming Out Day through social media posts with heartfelt stories of coming out.

Monday Movie: Saturday Church, 7 p.m., Ellis White Lecture Hall

Damon Cardasis' feature film debut "Saturday Church" is a fictionalized depiction of the "ballroom" scene in New York, and how it operates as a safety net in a cruel and indifferent world. In the opening scenes a family is distraught and dazed with grief as their patriarch was killed in combat. Admission is free and open to the public. Face coverings are required indoors in all campus buildings.

Wednesday, Oct. 13

LGBTQ+ History BINGO, 7 p.m., Falcon Hub

Join GSA as we learn about LGBTQ+ history while having a chance to win some great prizes!  

Monday, Oct. 18

Monday Movie: The Miseducation of Cameron Post, 7 p.m., Ellis White Lecture Hall

In 1993 after teenage Cameron is caught in the backseat of a car with the prom queen, she is sent away to a treatment center in a remote area called God's Promise. While she is being subjected to questionable gay conversion therapies, she bonds with some fellow residents as they pretend to go along with the process while waiting to be released. Admission is free and open to the public. Face coverings are required indoors in all campus buildings.

Wednesday, Oct. 20

International Pronouns Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hammond Hall G-Lobby

International Pronouns Day seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace. All are encouraged to pick up your pronoun pin as a way to support the usage of proper pronouns on campus and everyday. This event is sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusiveness and Gay Straight Alliance. Admission is free and open to the public. Face coverings are required indoors in all campus buildings.

Thursday, Oct. 21

Outside the XY Queer, Black and Brown Masculinity, 3:30 p.m., online

Cover of Outside the XY book

Join us as we commemorate LGBTQ+ History Month with Bklyn Boihood's "Outside the XY Queer, Black and Brown Masculinity." The session will cover Outside the XY, an anthology of more than 50 stories, memories, poems, ideas, essays and letters--all examining what it looks like, feels like, and is like to inhabit masculinity outside of cisgendered manhood as people of color in the world. Join the discussion over Zoom or by phone at +13017158592,,87381321987# US (Washington DC)
or +13126266799,,87381321987# US (Chicago). This event is sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusiveness. 

Monday, Oct. 25

Monday Movie: PARIS IS BURNING, 7 p.m., Ellis White Lecture Hall

“Paris Is Burning” is a 1990 American documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities involved in it. Admission is free and open to the public. Face coverings are required indoors in all campus buildings.

Wednesday, Oct. 27

A Night of Voguing, 7 p.m., Weston Auditorium

Join us for a night of Voguing.  The House of Escada, from HBO Max’s Legendary, will have you gagging with their Grand March followed by a workshop that will teach the audience the five elements of Voguing/Ball Culture: Face, Runway, Duck Walk, Hands, and the famous Drops and Spins. A second Grand March between the House of Escada and Fitchburg State will culminate the evening with trophies being awarded. This event is sponsored by Leading for Change and the Gay Straight Alliance. Face coverings are required indoors in all campus buildings.

Saturday, Oct. 30

Second Chance Dance: Your True Colors, 7 p.m., Hammond Main Lounge

A second chance dance is a do-over dance for those who didn’t get a chance to attend their high school prom as their true authentic selves, to attend with who they wanted to, or who felt as though they weren’t allowed to. The goal is to allow everyone to present the way they want in a safe place with a masquerade theme and have fun.  All are encouraged to dress in their favorite color that expresses who they are!  Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni, and local GSAs are invited to attend. Admission is free with university OneCard and $5 for external guests, who can purchase tickets online. This event is sponsored by the Gay Straight Alliance and Student Government Association. Face coverings are required indoors in all campus buildings. 

Beyond the events above, there will be art and flag displays in Hammond Hall throughout the month.