Out Week highlights LGBT history and equality

Dan Savage"Savage Love" sex columnist Dan Savage will speak at UAB as part of LGBT History Month.October is LGBT History Month, and UAB has a number of events lined up to promote equality. Speakers, artists, trainings, academic classroom lectures, consultation meetings by local and national experts, and more will help educate our campus on the diversity within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community.

Several of the planned events are centered around National Coming Out Week, celebrated by university campuses and community organizations across the country each year in leading up to National Coming Out Day on October 11.

Here's a lineup of events and activities.

October 1
LGBT History Month Kick-Off
Blazer Hall Concourse, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Celebrate LGBT History Month and culture with food, UAB and community groups.
Sponsored by The Multicultural Council

October 7
OUT for Justice: Organizing a Collective Vision for Change at UAB
RLC Blazer Hall, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Ashley Jackson from the Southern poverty law Center and Sarah Young from Equality Alabama are coming to train students to be strategic and inclusive. RSVP at uab.edu/outweek.
Sponsored by: SafeZone

October 8
Equality Alabama
Rojo, 6 p.m.
Join Equlaity Alabama to kico off the Birmingham Regional Steering Committee. Visit facebook.com/equalityalabama for more information.
Sponsored by: PFLAG Birmingham

October 8
Tribute to Bayard Rustin
Alabama Jazz hall of Fame - Carver Theater, 6 p.m.
Celebrate the life of Bayard Rustin as we explore the film "Brother Outsider" with a panel discussion with community leaders from around the state. Shuttles leave from Blazer Circle at 5:30 p.m.
Sponsored by: SafeZone and The Multicultural Council

October 8
PFLAG Monthly Meeting
Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham, 7 p.m.
PFLAG Brimingham hosts their monthly, confidential support group meeting for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Visit pflagbham.org for more information.
Sponsored by: PFLAG Birmingham

October 9
Transcendence - Art Exhibit and Lecture with Jess Dugan
The Edge of Chaos, 5 - 5:45 p.m. (Exhibit and Reception, 6 - 7 p.m. (Lecture with Q&A)
Join us for a night with photographer Jess Dugan and "Transcendence," a collection of portraits within the transgender and gender variant community.
Sponsored by: SafeZone

October 10
"How Does It Feel to be a Problem?" - Brown Bag Lunch Lecture with Mandy Carter
The Edge of Chaos, noon - 1:30 p.m.
As a black lesbian woman, Mandy understands the pluralism that exists amongst these two identities and will challenge participants to think critically about their own identity intersections. RSVP at uab.edu/outweek.
Sponsored by: Free Food for Thought

October 11
National Coming Out Day Reception
Campus Recreation Center - Center Court, 5:30 p.m.
Celebrate being Out and Proud with the community. Join us for an evening of celebration, networking, and food. RSVP at uab.edu/outweek. Business casual attire suggested.
Sponsored by: SafeZone and Gay Straight Student Alliance (GSSA) at UAB

October 12
Monthly Service Project
Lobby of Campus Recreation Center, 9 a.m. - noon
Sign up will be on BSync. The volunteer site has yet to be determined, but participants will meet in the lobby of the Campus Rec Center to carpool to the location.
Sponsored by: Leadership and Service Council

October 17
Dan Savage: Keynote Lecture
Alys Stephens Center - Jemison Hall, 7 p.m.
Topic: Savage Love Live! The lecture is free and open to the public. Meet and greet immediately to follow. More details on Dan Savage's lecture.
Sponsored by: Office of the Vice-Provost of Students and Faculty Success, Office of Student Life, and the Lecture Series Committee

October 22
The Alliance for LGBT Equality at UAB Meeting
Doubletree Hotel Restaurant, noon - 1 p.m.
The Alliance is an employee-resource group at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the UAB Health System, and the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation.

October 22
XXY - International Film Series
Heritage hall 121, 6 p.m.
As Alex explores her sexuality, she meets a 16-year-old boy named Alvaro. This attraction adds another level of complexity to their personal search for identity. More details on the movie.
Sponsored by: The Multicultural Council

October 23
Student SafeZone Training
Heritage hall 102, 5 p.m.
This is an open training that helps create safe spaces for LGBTQ students. RSVP at uab.edu/safezone.
Sponsored by SafeZone

For more information on these and other events and services, visit uab.edu/diversity, email diversity@uab.edu, or call 205-934-8225.