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Queer & Trans Empowerment Month

Queer & Trans Empowerment Month (nationally known as LGBT History Month) is celebrated every October at Northwestern University and recognizes the lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, and queer community. The university community host a variety of programs and events which aim to educate on LGBTQ issues and build community on campus.

Previous events have featured Janet Mock, Dark Matter, faculty film screenings, and community discussions on a variety of topics. We hope you will take part in this year's Queer & Trans Empowerment Month events. 

In this month we turn to community and connectedness as we honor the nests that nurture us and the nests we build. Each nest unique and comprise of parts of the environments we are apart of. This year will include a mix of on-campus, off-campus and asynchronous activities.


Queer & Trans Empowerment Month 2022 Events 


AIDS Diva: The Legend of Connie Norman
October 1st 3pm-5pm
Leather Archives & Museum, 6418 N Greenview Ave, Chicago, IL 60626

Join Gerber/Hart and the Leather Archives and Museum for a very special film screening and discussion of AIDS Diva: The Legend of Connie Norman.  Filmmaker Dante Alencastre will be in conversation with Sarah Schulman and members of ActUpChicago after the screening of the film.

To learn more about the event and register for free tickets, click here.

Nest Highlight: Leather Archives and Muesum and Gerber/Hart Library and Archives

Paint and Pride
October 4th and 6th 11am-3pm
Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, Norris University Center

Join the GSRC as we paint to decorate the space for National Coming Out Day and you have the chance to paint something to take home! Painting supplies provided by the GSRC! 

Nest Highlight: MSA's GSRC

Feminist Performance: Protests in Latin America
October 6th 3pm-5pm
Kresge 1515

Join Marcela Fuentes (Performance Studies) and Maria Ines La Greca (Visiting Scholar from National University of Tres de Febrero, Argentina) for a rhetoric and polictics of protest and social mobilization workshop.

Nest Highlight: Center for Global Culture and Communication

Center on Halset Art Opening
October 7th 6:30pm-8:30pm
3656 N Halsted Chicago, IL 60613

Join the Center on Halsted as they celebrate a new art exhibit in the space by artists Adolfo Santos, Gene Skala, Kent J. Smith, Frank Connet, and Doug Stapleton 

For more details, click here.

Nest Highlight: Center on Halsted

RSL Hours in the GSRC 
October 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th 11am-3pm
Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, Norris University Center

Take a break from your week by meeting with Eric Budzynski from Northwestern's Religious and Spiritual Life Office every friday in the GSRC. Chats about LGBTQIA+ faith, fun, music and more are encouraged! Drop-ins welcome! 

Nest Highlight: Religious and Spiritual Life

Gender and Sexuality Studies Fall Reception
October 7th 12pm-2pm
Kresge/Crowe Courtyard

Meet faculty, staff and graduate students of the GSS program at Northwestern over refreshments! 

Nest Highlight: Gender and Sexuality Studies Program


Gerbert/Hart Book Sale
October 8th 11am-3pm
Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, 6500 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL

The Gerber/Hart Fall Booksale will take place on Saturday, October 8th, from 11 AM – 3 PM! 

This year, the booksale is themed – get ready for a SPINE-tingling good time and prepare for cozy season by stocking your shelves! All proceeds benefit Gerber/Hart (Pricing: Paperback: $1, Hardback: $2, Bag: $15, Box: $25, DVD: $2, Art books: separately priced starting at $5 and not included in box or bag sales)!

Find more details here.

Nest Highlight: Gerber/Hart Library and Archives

Kink Klass with Leather Redux - Flogging 101
October 9th 3pm-4:30pm
Leather Archives & Museum, 6418 N Greenview Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
Leather Redux (LR) is just your friendly neighborhood Dominant leather lesbian from the 90s. She is probably the most romantic sadist you will ever know. She left kink and recently came back which is what "redux" means - - a return or rebirth. She has come back to kink and is not turning back.
As part of the leather tradition, service to the community is important to her and she does this by sharing and educating people where she can. If she's not teaching how to use floggers, she is sometimes teaching others about things such as meditation, knife play or fisting. LR loves teaching fisting so much that Master Lola Smiles gave her the moniker of the Mayor of Fist City - - if such a city existed, she would surely rule.
Kink education classes are free and open to everyone over the age of 18. Donations to support this work are always welcome. All genders, sexual orientations and experience levels are enthusiastically welcomed! Learn more here.

Nest Highlight: Leather Archives and Muesum

Beyoncé Mass
October 9th 5pm-7pm
Cahn Auditorium

On October 9, Northwestern University will welcome the “Beyoncé Mass,” a ground breaking Christian worship service featuring Beyonce’s music that celebrates the spirituality of Black women. Created and curated by Rev. Yolanda Norton, the worship service uses the music and life of Beyoncé as a tool to cultivate an empowering conversation about Black women—their lives, bodies, andvoices—and create an experience of story, scripture, and song that calls forthe liberation of all people.

This is a free, ticketed, event. Claim tickets here. 

Nest Highlight:Religious and Spiritual Life, The African American Studies Department


Womanist Talkback: A Conversation on Being and Belonging
October 10th 1:00pm-2:30pm
Alice Millar Chapel

Join the office of Religious and Spiritual Life and For Members Only for a student-moderated discussion with worship curator Rev. Yolanda Norton, and a panel of Black women from an intersection of communities, including, but not limited to: Northwestern University, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, and the Greater Chicagoland area. 
Nest Highlight: Religious & Spiritual Life and For Members Only

Gays and Gospel
October 11th 7:00pm-8:30pm
Alice Millar Chapel

“Gays and Gospel”pays homage to Black LGBTQ+ people who played an integral role in the creationof gospel music. Drawing on their personal, scholarly, and performance expertise, Dean E. Patrick Johnson and Assistant Professor of Instruction, KentR. Brooks take audiences on a journey from gospel music’s roots to thecontemporary moment, acknowledging how Black queer artists helped shape amusical genre that transformed the world.
Nest Highlight: One Book Northwestern, Religious & Spiritual Life and Northwestern School of Communication

An Evening with Andrew Solomon
October 13th 7pm-9pm
Annie May Swift Hall, Helmerich Auditorium

Andrew Solomon‘s memoir, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, won the National Book Award, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and was a worldwide bestseller – published in more than twenty languages. It is included in the London Times One Hundred Best Books of the Decade, and it is widely considered the definitive text on depression. Acclaimed as a revolutionary feat of journalism, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & the Search for Identity, is an examination of the means by which families accommodate children with physical, mental and social disabilities and how these unusual situations can be invested with love. 

Andrew is an outspoken activist and philanthropist for many causes in LGBT rights, mental health, family, disability issues, education and the arts. He is the founder of the Solomon Research Fellowships in LGBT Studies at Yale University and is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University. He holds a PhD degree in Psychology from Jesus College, Cambridge and is the former President of PEN American Center. In 2021, Andrew became a lecturer at Yale Medical School.

More about Andrew at

RSVP required 

Nest Highlight: Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, ISGMHOffice of the Provost, OIDI, SPAN

Conversation about Abortion Rights and the Roe Reversal
October 14th 12:30pm-2:00pm
Kresge Hall 2-415

Joanna Grisinger (Legal Studies) and Kate Masur (History) will lead a conversation about the historicalcontexts of the Roe v Wadereversal; the stakes and limits of different types of Constitutional interpretation; the intents and complex afterlives of the 14th Amendment's dueprocess protections; and the different ways in which post-Dobbs state-level billsare being designed and resisted. 

Nest Highlight: Gender and Sexuality Studies Program

NCA in the GSRC
October 18th 1:30pm-4:00pm
Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, Norris University Center

Northwestern Career Advancement has many LGBTQIA+ affirming staff members to help you navigate career exploration and applying for internships/jobs! Swing by the GSRC for Drop-in opportunitties to meet with an NCA staff member to review your resume, review your linkedIN, how to make the most of your Handshake profile and any personal quesitons you might have about applying for jobs or interships! Snacks will also be provided!

Nest Highlight: Northwestern Career Advancement

GSRC Movie Night
October 20th 7pm-9pm
Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, Norris University Center

Join us for a casual night in the GSRC as we watch a LGBTQIA+ movie together! Movie nominations are currently being accepted!

Nest Highlight: MSA's GSRC


CARE Sexual Health Coaching Drop Ins
October 25th 1pm-3pm
Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, Norris University Center

It's no secret that K-12 sexual health education varies across the US, most of which continues to be medically inaccurate, stigmatizing, and shame filled. In our continued effort to create a culture of healthy sexuality at Northwestern where sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking are not tolerated, CARE offers Sexual Health Consults. As stated by the CDC's Sexual Health Education, “Effective sexual health education curriculum are programs that include: Medical accuracy, culturally relevant content, and skills that target key behavioral outcomes & promote healthy sexual development,” all of which this service encompasses. Drop-in to speak with a CARE staff member about an array of topics under the vast umbrella of sexual health/wellness. 

Learn more about sexual health consults here.

Nest Highlight: Center for Awareness, Response and Education


Intersex Awareness Day Tabling
October 26th 11am-3pm
Norris West Entrance Tables

Join MSA's GSRC as we share information to increase intersex awareness and pass out intersex swag! 

Nest Highlight: MSA's GSRC


Transgender Athletes: A Status Report

October 28th 11:30-11:45

This evolving and critically important topic will be covered in an approximately 10-minute video in partnership with WTTW-Ch. 11 and will include transgender athletes’ personal stories, as well as the science and politics involved.

More details about this and the entire title IX series of events can be found here

Nest Highlight: Medill School of Journalism, Media, and Integrated Marketing Communications

Legal Walk Selfie Contest
Submission by Oct 31st
North Halsted Neighborhood


Talk a walk down to the Halsted streed and tour Chicago's legacy walk. Take a selfie with your facorite person and submit your photo here by October 31st to be entered into a raffle for 3 chances at a $50 amazon giftcard.

Selfie Submision Form 

Nest Highlight: The Legacy Project, MSA's GSRC



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