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LGBTQ History Month & NCOW

Join the LGBT Campus Center in celebrating LGBTQ histories and identities for LGBTQ History Month & National Coming Out Week in October. From film screenings and lectures to a photo exhibit and open house, there will be something for everyone!  All events are free, held in wheelchair-accessible venues, and open to the public.

Click an event below to see more details or contact us at or 608-265-3344.

October 6th: Brother Outsider screening

Monday October 6 5:30pm | Elvehjem L150

Bayard Rustin is best remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. But Rustin was also seen as a political liability. He was openly gay during the fiercely homophobic era of the 40s and 50s; as a result, he was frequently shunned by the very civil rights movement he helped create. The compelling new film Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin chronicles Rustin's complex life story, a tale of race, prejudice, and idealism at the heart of 20th century America.

See the film at this screening and then attend the lecture by Walter Naegle, Bayard Rustin's partner, on October 7. See below for more details.

October 7th: An Evening with Walter Naegle

Tuesday October 7 6:00pm | Elvehjem L140

Walter Naegle, Bayard Rustin’s partner for the last 10 years of his life, shares his reflections on the work of Rustin, his relationship with the Civil Rights leader, and his experience receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Rustin’s behalf. Walter is also the founder of the Bayard Rustin Fund, Inc. Attend this evening to hear more from this influential figure.

October 8th: Trans Studies Colloquium: Elspeth Brown

Wednesday October 8 5:30pm | Red Gym: On Wisconsin C

Associate Professor of History at the University of Toronto, Dr. Elspeth Brown will be presenting on her TransPartners project, which collects oral histories of partners of trans men. She also works on the LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory. Refreshments will be served!

Read more about the Trans Studies Colloquium on our Scholarly Projects page.

October 10th: National Coming Out Day Open House

Friday October 10 11:30am-5:00pm | Red Gym: LGBT Campus Center

Come get a cupcake, make a coming out button, and sign the big purple door in celebration of National Coming Out Day! Meet all the staff and bring your friends to this festive open house. Don't miss the kickoff of the photo project exhibit on the second floor gallery of the Red Gym!

October 10th-29th: lgbtq@uw photo exhibit!

Friday October 10-Friday October 29 | Red Gym: LGBT Campus Center

Come see the photos submitted by students across campus and the Madison community! Following the prompt "Show us LGBTQ at UW!", participants are adding their voices and faces to what UW looks like. Alongside the National Coming Out Day Open House, this exhibit kicks off on Friday, October 10 and runs through October.

lgbtq@uw photo project! on Facebook

October 13th: Resume Mythbusters

Monday October 13 11:30am-1:00pm | Red Gym: LGBT Campus Center

Join Career Services and the LGBT CC for a workshop on what it's really like to build a resume. Bring your questions about applying for jobs, what to include, and how to frame your work and experiences. We want to support you finding the job you want in any field!

October 16th: LGBTQ Ally Training

Monday October 16 3:30-6:30pm | Red Gym: TITU

This ally training is designed to increase your capacity to build and sustain inclusive environments for LGBTQ people. The training builds on our natural ally behaviors towards learning how we can make durable, sustainable change in our communities by being proactive bystanders, recognizing the wide array of homophobia in our own lives, and reflecting on our power and privilege. Everyone is welcome!

See our Trainings & Workshops page for more information or register for the training here.

October 16th: Gender Identity & Expression Training

Monday October 16 12-1:30pm | Red Gym: TITU

This training aims to educate the UW campus community about what gender is and how we express it in our daily lives. Participants will leave with a toolkit of how to make their classrooms, residence halls, and other community spaces more inclusive of a variety of gender identities and expressions. 

See our Trainings & Workshops page for more information or register for the training here.

October 16th: 3x5: Grad students present their research

Thursday October 16 5:30pm | Plan B, 924 Williamson St.

Come see fabulous graduate students present their research in three fast-paced minutes using five slides. Support student scholarship and your peers and colleagues! All ages are invited and welcome. 

Plan B is one block from the 3, 4, 7, 10, and 38 bus lines. The front entrance of Plan B is wheelchair-accessible.

October 23rd: Drawn Together: Comics and Identity with Phil Jimenez

Thursday October 23 6:00pm | Elvehjem L140

Phil Jimenez is a comic book artist and writer, having pencilled for both DC and Marvel on titles such as Wonder Woman, Teen Titans, The Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men, and many others.

Don't miss this lecture from the artist who drew the first gay Archie character! Come hear his reflections and bring your questions. Jimenez will reflect on his creative process, his favorite drawings, and the influence his identities has had on his artwork.

Event Accessibility

All events are in wheelchair-accessible venues!  To request or inquire about other accommodations, call us at 608-265-3344 or email

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