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LGBTQ History Month

The Student Life Multicultural Center celebrates October's LGBTQ History Month. There are multiple ways that the Ohio State University celebrates LGBTQ history month including programming, general visibility and educational efforts of LGBTQ figures in history. LGBTQ month is focused on both developing a sense of community within the LGBTQ and allied groups as well as reaching out to the entire campus and Central Ohio community to educate about current issues that bridge all communities and bring us all together as one University.

National Coming Out Day also takes place in October. It is an internationally-observed civil awareness day for coming out and discussion about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) issues. It is observed by members of the LGBTQ communities and their supporters (often referred to as "allies") on October 11 every year.

As we begin October, and our celebration of LGBT History Month, the Student Life Multicultural Center will be presenting a series of films, panel discussions and skill building workshops framed around the theme of “Telling Our Stories.”

For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (and those whose sexual or gender identity falls somewhere else along the spectrum) openness and authenticity has been an especially powerful tool in telling our stories -- both to others in the LGBT community and to allied audiences.

The programs and events planned for LGBTQ History Month, as well as the upcoming Transgender Awareness Week in November are framed to move us, to make us think, to make us remember, to make us reconsider our assumptions, to change our minds, to introduce us to people and places and communities we want to learn more about.

Here are the 2015 LGBTQ History Month offerings:

Throughout October:  Identity Project Photo Display in Ohio Union Great Hall Art Showcases

September 30:  History Month Kick Off: Faculty, Staff and Alumni Networking Event

September 30-October 4: Standing on Ceremony

October 7: The Persecuted Church and LGBTQ Human Rights Abroad

October 8: Keynote Jim Obergefell

October 9-11: BRAVO Youth Safety Summit

October 10: Scarlet and Gay Homecoming Tailgate

October 11: LGBTQ Student Suicide Prevention Training **Moved to the Rosa Alabouno Room in the Ohio Union**

October 11: Family Pride Network Resource Fair

October 11: Puffin Collaborative Film Festival: Boy Meets Girl

October 11: Milk & Cookies

October 12: What's Your Story?

October 14: Imaginary Activism

October 26: What's Your Story?

October 27:  Celebration & Activation

October 28: Screening of Reel in the Closet

October 30: New Queer Cinema & Beyond

October 30-31: Central Ohio LGBTQ Health Equity Conference