Gender Liberation 2011

Programming that celebrates gender identity, gender expression, and the transgender and intersex communities

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14

FILM SCREENING: MISS REPRESENTATION

Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, this documentary exposes how mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.

Time: 6:00pm
Location: ICC 115
Presented by: Women's Center, Women in Public Policy Initiative
Audience: All

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15

THE VIEW FROM BOTH SIDES: SELF, GENDER, AND LIFE

Donna Rose is a nationally recognized speaker, author, and advocate for and about the transgender community. She was the first and only openly transgender member of the Human Rights Campaign and the GLAAD boards of directors. She remains involved in national workplace equality efforts.

As a young boy, David Rose began questioning his gender identity and society’s pressure to conform. It wasn’t until his 40s that the journey and transformation to Donna began.

“People want simple definitions, one-word answers to very complicated questions. Things like your sense of yourself can’t be diluted to your gender, ethnicity, spirituality, any one component of yourself. I’ve reclaimed my life, and I’m living in a way that is very comfortable to me.”

Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Location: ICC 101
Presented by: LGBTQ Resource Center, Diversity Action Council, The Lecture Fund, Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action, GU Pride, Men of Strength, GU Minority Association of Pre-Health Students
RSVP & Learn More: here
Audience: All

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16

STUDYING EACH OTHER: GENDER, ETHNOGRAPHY & TRANSGENDER KIDS

Popular news media, physicians, politicians and parents are all talking about transgender children. They are puzzling out what makes some small minority of very young boys and girls depart, sometimes radically, from the type of gender behaviors other children seem to engage in naturally and automatically. They are describing and explaining and analyzing. They are wondering whether transgender children represent the eradication of gender as we know it, or continued capitulation to patriarchal notions of gender difference. The recent emergence of transgender children provides sociologists with a unique opportunity to watch an emergent social category in formation. Fieldwork with families and clinicians reveals both how individuals engage in the process of making new social categories, and the myriad ways that gender structures relationships in the ethnographic field. Tey Meadow is a Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Princeton University. She focuses on the intersection of law, politics, family, sexuality and gender.

Time: 2:00-3:30pm
Location: Leavey Program Room
Presented by: Department of Sociology, Women's & Gender Studies Program, LGBTQ Resource Center
RSVP & Learn More: here
Audience: All

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17

Film: She's a Boy I Knew
Using interviews, animation, old home videos, and voice mail, She's a Boy I Knew documents filmmaker Gwen Haworth's male-to-female gender transition. Haworth focuses on the relationships between herself and her family, best friend, and wife in order to break away from marginalized depictions of transsexuals and document her loved ones' exploration of their conceptions of gender and sexuality.

Time: 7:00pm
Location: Maguire 104
Presented by: GU Pride
Audience: All

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18

MAN NIGHT

What makes you a man's man? Explore the impact of gender norms and the gender binary not only on Men but people of all gender identities and expressions. Eat like a man with lots of pizza and wings. Watch as we explore masculinity in movies...by watching things get blown up. Compete in an arm wrestling tournament or one of the many trivia quizzes with over $150 in door prizes! Man Night is bigger and manlier than ever.

Time: 10:00pm-1:00am
Location: Alumni Lounge
Presented by: Residence Life, LGBTQ Resource Center
Audience: Undergraduate Students

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, THE MUSICAL

Bette Midler proudly presents this outrageously fun musical. Priscilla tells the story of three drag queen best friends on a wild road trip across the Australian Outback. With over the top costumes and a hit parade of disco favorites including “It’s Raining Men” and “I Will Survive," Priscilla promises the two happiest hours on Broadway! It’s a great story about standing up for your friends and being true to yourself.

We will be traveling informally as a group to see the show. Car, bus, train, its your call but this promises to be a fun time! If you are interested contact Matt.

Location: New York City
Presented by: LGBTQ Resource Center
Audience: All
RSVP & Learn More: ML555@georgetown.edu

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20

TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE SERVICE

Transgender Day of Remembrance is an occasion in the LGBTQ and Ally communities to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 has yet to be solved. This year’s program will feature special tributes to those lost to violence in the District of Columbia.

Time: 5:00pm, Meet at the Front Gates at 4:00 to travel together to MCC.
Location: Metropolitan Community Church, 474 Ridge Street NW
Audience: All
Film Screening: Southern Comfort

After being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Robert Eads struggled to find a doctor willing to treat him until learning that his cancer is too advanced to be treated. In his final months, Eads surrounded himself with his "chosen family" highlighting the social and medical barriers that transgender individuals face, as well as the personal acceptance that all people must wrestle with. A facilitated dialogue with Dana Luciano, Associate Professor in the English Department to follow.

Time: 8:00pm
Location: Nevils Hall Underground
Audience: All