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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 the earth and its elements to center grounding as our power source to be nurtured, held, loved and grow. Our theme focuses on queer and decolonial approaches to environmental justice that strives to forefront healing as a process of finding kinship with the earth. The aim for QTEM is to showcase how our empowerment is rooted in grounding ourselves in the environments we exist in. 


Queer & Trans Empowerment Month 2021 Events 

October 4, 2021 | Get Wet and Stay Wet Tabling
October 8th, 2021 Plant Exchange
October 11, 2021 | LGBTQIA+ Faculty/Staff/Student Social
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October 21st, 2021 | Plant Dye & Upcycling Workshop jada-2.png
     All dye supplies will be provided by MSA, limited quantities and t-shirt sizes (small-3XL) will be available             for students to participate in the tutorial. Reserve your t-shirt at:

October 25, 2021 | Thrifting 101 and Sustainabilityizzy-2.png

Asynchronous Engagement


Microbial Love Letter Instructions


Queer Ecologies & Climate Justice Video

How did we get here? Video and Transcript

Queer Resilience in the Era of Climate Change Video

Queer Ecologies: Reimagining Nature Through Queer Experience

Climate Change Will Displace Millions Here's how we prepare (TedTalk) - Colette Pichon Battle 


IN CONVERSATION Podcast: An Episode on Climate Justice & Queer and Trans Liberation

Eco Justice Podcast: Advancing Eco-Mindfulness through Queer Ecology with Miles Lewis

For the wild podcast: QUEER NATURE on Reclaiming Wild Safe Space

This Land Podcast: The Case (Season 1 Ep. 1)


Queer Ecologies Project Reading List

Indigenous Feminisms: Disturbing Colonialism in Environmental Science Partnerships

Queer Nature Reading List

Hazel M. Johnson, "Mother of Environmental Justice"

Chicago Public Library, People for the Community Recovery Archives: Hazel M. Johnson biography 

Black Perspectives - Black Ecologies Series 

Environmental Justice / Environmental Racism / Organizing Principles Platform


Campus and Community Events
One Book Events