Celebrate Queer Awareness Week

The week of April 23-28 will be celebrated by the Queers and Allies student group as Queer Awareness Week. The group has a number of events planned for this week.

All the events will be held in the Smith Center Browsing Lounge unless otherwise noted.

Monday, April 23 starts the week off with “Guess the Straights,” which will discuss what straight people “look like.” It will be in the Smith Center commons at noon.

This event will be followed by the “Safe Space Network Reception” at 5 p.m. This will be an open floor to read poetry, view art work and eat.

Tuesday, there will be a film screening and discussion of “Hermaphrodites Speak!” The discussion will be in Smith Memorial Center 290 from 3 to 5 p.m. At 7 p.m., a panel will talk about the myths and movement of trans people.

Wednesday, there is a Heterosexual Privilege Workshop that will discuss the privileges of heterosexual married couples. Later a discussion of how it feels to be queer and a minority, will be held at 1809 S.W. 11th Ave. at 5 p.m.

Thursday, there will be a “Brown Bag Luncheon” for faculty and staff, but students are also invited.

A sex toy workshop will top off the evening from 5 to 7 p.m.

Friday will bring a round table discussion of “Queers of Color,” which will be held at noon.

That evening, at 7 p.m., author Leslea Newman will talk about censorship, homophobia and family values in the 21st century.

Saturday, there will be a porn writing workshop from 3 to 5 p.m.

Closing the week will be Queer Prom, which will take place in the Smith Center commons north. The dance will start at 7 p.m. Tickets for the dance are $5 in advance, or $8 at the door.

For more information contact the Queer and Allies office at (503) 725-5681.