Pride Week kicks off Sept. 21
Social activities, performance and educational opportunities are planned for the 2009 Pride Week celebration at the University of Louisville.
Transgender activists and business partners Calpernia Addams and Andrea James will give the week’s keynote address Thursday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m., in Room 100 of the Bingham Humanities Building.
Addams and James own Deep Stealth Productions, a company that creates educational material on transgender issues. They also have consulted on and appeared in films, performances and documentaries.
Other highlights include:
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m. “Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South,” a one-man performance by E. Patrick Johnson based on stories collected for his book “Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South,” an oral history of black gay men who live in the southern United States. Johnson is a professor of African-American studies and professor, chairman and director of graduate studies in the performance studies department at Northwestern University. The talk will be in Room 101, Strickler Hall.
Tuesday, Sept. 22, noon. Brown Bag Lunch: “Why Gender Neutral Restrooms Matter,” Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice, second floor, Ekstrom Library.
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 3 p.m. “Rude gon Batty: The Paradox in Dancehall Masculinity,” presented by Yaba A. Blay, adjunct professor of women’s and gender studies, as part of the Women’s and Gender Studies Fall Lecture Series, Chao Auditorium, lower level, Ekstrom Library.
Friday, Sept. 25, “Contemplatively (Re)Visioning the Transsexual Self: Gender as Transformative Exercise in Calpernia Addams’ ‘Mark 947’,” the Women’s and Gender Studies Maddox Prize Lecture, presented by Brice Nordquist, graduate student in the English department, Chao Auditorium.
Tuesday, Sept. 29, “Keys to the Door: ENDA, Transgender Identity and Community,” a panel discussion, Room 275, Brandeis School of Law.
Pride Week is an annual celebration of LGBT contributions to the campus and greater community. It is sponsored primarily by commonGround, the Office for LGBT Services, Information Technology, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity.