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Out & About Month

Join the LGBT Campus Center and the UW-Madison community for a month of vibrant events celebrating LGBTQ lives and experiences!

From social events and performances to film screenings and Janet Mock's keynote, there will be something for everyone!  All events in wheelchair-accessible venues and open to the public.

Click an event below to see more details or visit our Out & About Month Facebook page.

April 3rd: Rev. Malcolm Himschoot on social justice

Thursday April 3 7-8:30pm | The Crossing, 1127 University Ave.

Join The Crossing for this talk on social justice and gender diversity in faith communities from Reverend Malcolm Himschoot about his experiences as a transgender man and pastor. 

Rev. Himschoot has served wide and local church settings since being featured in the 2005 documentary Call Me Malcolm. He has since traveled to promote gender dialogue and transgender diversity education. Malcolm is a steward for GenderFold Action Alliance, a network by and for transgender and gender variant people in the United Church of Christ building potential and affirming intersections.

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April 8th: The Wedding Banquet screening

Tuesday April 8 5:30-7:30pm | Red Gym: Masley Media Room

Join International Student Services and the LGBT CC for a screening and discussion of the 1993 film The Wedding Banquet. This comedy follows the story of a gay immigrant who stages a marriage with a mainland Chinese woman to satisfy his Taiwanese family. His plans backfire, however, when his parents arrives in the U.S. to help with the wedding banquet! Refreshments provided.

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April 16th: #RedefiningRealness with Janet Mock

Wednesday April 16 7-9pm | Union South: Varsity 3

Janet Mock is a writer, an advocate, and the New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, released by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster 2014. In 2012, she launched #GirlsLikeUs, a movement that encourages trans women to live visibly. She currently writes and speaks about her experience of living at the intersections of identities.

Her visit is sponsored by the LGBT Campus Center and Multicultural Student Center, the Chadborne Residential College, and the Wisconsin Union Directorate-Distinguished Lecture Series.

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April 17th: UW Drag Spectacular

Thursday April 17 | doors 6pm, event 7-10pm | Memorial Union: Great Hall

Join RuPaul's Drag Race Superstar Manila Luzon, local acts and student talent for an evening of performances across the glorious spectrum of gender identity and gender expression! Cosponsored by Plan B and the Ten Percent Society.

Free admission for UW students- pick up a wristband in advance or at the door; $5 at the door without. Don't miss out, or you'll lip sync for your life!

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April 18th: Queer Prom

Friday April 18 8pm-12am | University Club

Queer Prom is an opportunity to celebrate the prom that many in the LGBTQ communities were denied in high school. This event is a chance for us to come together and celebrate our love, truth, beauty, and freedom. Every- one is welcome! Sponsored by University Housing and the D-Squad.

For more information, email Kevin Guererro at kevin.guererro@housing.wisc.edu.

April 21st: Queer Emerging Leaders Program Reception

Monday April 21 5:30-7pm | Red Gym 106

Come see QUELP participants present the community projects that they have been working on this semester. These students have been working with campus and community organizations to help them better reach out to and serve LGBTQ populations. Don't miss the refreshments and community building!

For more information, email uwquelp@gmail.com.

April 22nd: LGBTQ Ally Training

Tuesday April 22 4-7:00pm | Union South: 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.

April 24th: Gender Identity & Expression Training

Thursday April 24 9-10:30am | 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.

April 24th: Out on Wall Street: Working for LGBTQ equity

Thursday April 24 12:15-1:30pm | Wisconsin School of Business: Executive Dining Room

Greg Reed (BA, Political Science ’83; MS, Real Estate ’88) currently serves as Senior Analyst and Vice President at Moody’s Investors Service based in New York. He is the co-chair of the LGBT and Allies Employee Resource Group at Moody's Corporation and serves on the Best Practices Subcommittee of a OPEN Finance (fka the IRC or Interbank Roundtable Committee), a group of over 30 affiliated financial services firms in NYC. 

Join us as Greg shares his experiences making positive change for LGBTQ employees in the financial sector!

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April 30th: Reel to Real: Pick Up the Mic screening

Wednesday April 30 5:30-7:30pm | CCE, Witte Hall

Join us for Reel to Real, a Crossroads Initiative film series featuring LGBTQ people of color. Pick Up the Mic is an explosive 2006 documentary on the world of queer hip hop. Don't miss out on this screening and discussion! Refreshments provided.

For more information, email smccoy@studentlife.wisc.edu.

Event Accessibility

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

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