The University of Alabama at Birmingham Multicultural and Diversity Programs – Office of Student Life will celebrate OUT Week Oct. 7-11, 2013, to recognize Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) History Month. Organizers plan to highlight the LGBTQ community, as well as offer education on the diversity within the group. The week will feature speakers, an artist, trainings, a spoken-word performance, classroom lectures and consultation meetings by local and national experts.
Events are free and open to the public:
Tuesday, Oct. 8 – Tribute to Bayard Rustin, a revered leader in civil and gay rights
Watch the documentary “Brother Outsider” followed by a panel discussion with community leaders. The event takes place at 6 p.m. at the Carver Theater, 1631 Fourth Ave. North.
Wednesday, Oct. 9 – Transcendence, an art exhibit and lecture by Jess Dugan
See featured photographs that explore issues of gender, sexuality, identity and community. The exhibition and reception begin at 5 p.m. Dugan will give a lecture and Q&A at 6 p.m. The event will take place at the Edge of Chaos, 1700 University Blvd., 4th floor.
Thursday, Oct. 10 – Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: “How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?”
LGBT activist Mandy Carter will give a lecture from noon to 1:30 p.m. The event will take place in the Edge of Chaos, 1700 University Blvd., 4th floor. Lunch will be provided.
Friday, Oct. 11 – National Coming Out Day Reception
The community is invited to come be “Out and Proud” during an evening of networking, food and fun. Joe Openshaw, author of “Those Others: Navigating the ‘Riddle of Homosexuality’ in 1965,” will speak. Business attire suggested. The event will take place at the center court of the UAB Recreation Center, 1501 University Blvd.