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LGBTQ Center plans two event series

The LGBTQ Center has two exciting upcoming event series.

The first is a film series focused on faith and identity and is sponsored by the LGBTQ Center and the Office of the Chaplain. Each film will be followed by a moderated discussion, meant as an opportunity to create dialogue around deeply personal aspects of identity: religion and sexual orientation / gender identity.

The second is a brown bag lunch series called “Out to Lunch,” a series of lunchtime seminars on LGBTQ-related subjects that are free and open to everyone, but that are designed for faculty and staff. Each month will feature a different topic and different speakers from the community to answer questions and provide more in-depth information.

Film Series

A Jihad for Love

  • Summary: Documentary on gay, lesbian, and transgender Muslims across the Muslim and Western worlds
  • Tuesday, Feb. 14 (7-9:30 p.m.); ZSR Library Auditorium
  • Featured Speakers: Mustafa Abdullah, 2010 WFU graduate and recipient of the 2010 MLK Building the Dream Award, and graduate student Stephanie Yep, who studies gender in Islam in the Department of Religion

Switch: A Community in Transition

  • Summary: Documentary that explores the impact of a gender transition not on the individual going through transition but on the surrounding community of family, friends, co-workers and others
  • Tuesday, March 6 (7-9:30 p.m.); ZSR Library Auditorium
  • Featured Speakers: Dave and Joan Parker, founders of PFLAG’s transgender network, TNET, which focuses on support for transgender people and their parents, families, and friends

Trembling Before G-d

  • Summary: Cinematic portrait of various gay Orthodox Jews who struggle to reconcile their faith and their sexual orientation
  • Thursday, March 22 (7-9:30 p.m.); Pugh Auditorium
  • Featured Speaker: Rabbi Michael Gisser, Associate Chaplain for Jewish Life at Wake Forest

In Good Conscience: Sister Jeannine Gramick’s Journey of Faith

  • Summary: Documentary about Sister Jeannine Gramick, an American nun who ministers to gay and lesbian Catholics
  • Tuesday, April 18 (7-9:30 p.m.), ZSR Library Auditorium
  • Featured Speaker: Sr. Jeannine Gramick, SL, a Roman Catholic nun who ministers to LGBTQ Catholics, co-founder of New Ways Ministry, and the subject of the documentary

“Out to Lunch” seminars

Legal Challenges for LGBTQ People

  • Feb. 21, noon-1 p.m., Benson 410
  • Featured Speaker: Local attorney and Wake Forest School of Law alumnus Rick Rutledge

Finding an LGBTQ-Affirming Faith Community

  • March 27, noon-1 p.m., Benson 410
  • Featured Speakers: Reverend Angela Yarber of Wake Forest Baptist Church, Rabbi Josh Brown of Temple Emanuel, and Reverend Roger Hayes of Church of the Holy Spirit Fellowship

Healthcare and Medical Services for LGBTQ People

  • April 25, noon-1 p.m., Benson 410
  • Featured Speakers: Local medical professionals Nancy Frye, MSN, FNP-C, and Aimee Lischke, MD, of Total Family Care

For more information, visit lgbtq.wfu.edu or email us at lgbtq@nullwfu.edu.

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