Gender and Sexuality Center

National Coming Out Day

promotion of National Coming Out day with three faculty members' photos

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 11
GSC in Usdan

Since 1988, LGBTQ+ people have come out to friends, family and co-workers to raise awareness of diversity of gender and sexuality. Join faculty for teach-ins and interactive learning experiences. Sponsored by the Gender and Sexuality Center.

11:00 am: Mouths Changing Shape: Queer Poetry

How can poetry, and voicing the poems of those who came before us, provide opportunities to consider the past, present, and future of queerness? We will collaborate on analyzing and reading poems out loud, reading "out" poems aloud.

Presenter: Thomas "TK" King, Associate Professor of English

12:00 pm: Queer Romcom

This session is a meet between romcom and queer studies. Romcom has always been queer, and in the past few years has finally come out. We'll explore how the playful rules of the romcom game have been useful for exploring queer gender, sexuality and storytelling.

Presenter: David Sherman, Associate Professor of English, co-director of Brandeis Educational Justice Initiative and co-founder of The Elegy Project

1:00 pm: Sexuality and AIDS Activism in India

Learn about the ethnographic research across India and Kenya showing how activist groups of sex workers and LGBTQ people engaged, and often challenged, corporate donors, state agencies and biomedical experts; became central to India's AIDS response; and transformed themselves in the process.

Presenter: Gowri Vijayakumar, Director of Graduate Studies and Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGS)