In celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender History Month, Lafayette College is sponsoring numerous programs during the month of October with gay-rights advocate and professor John Corvino presenting “’Haters,’ ‘Sinners,’ and the Rest of Us: The Gay Debate Today” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 in Colton Chapel.
Chairman of the philosophy department at Wayne State University in Detriot, Corvino draws on decades of speaking experience as “The Gay Moralist” to promote a better understanding of LGBT issues. Using his trademark combination of logical rigor, sensitivity and humor, he challenges people from all sides to rethink easy assumptions in the increasingly divisive culture wars.
First celebrated in 1994, LGBT History Month encourages individuals to stop and reflect upon how individuals from these identity groups as well as their allies have contributed to the nation’s collective history.
Other highlights of the month include:
- David L. Sr. and Helen J. Temple Visiting Lecture by playwright and performer John Dayo Aliya at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17 in Hugel Science Center, room 100;
- Film screening and discussion of Brokeback Mountain at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18 in Hugel Science Center, room 100;
- Film screening of Before Stonewall at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 21 in the Kirby Hall of Civil Rights auditorium, room 104, followed by a discussion led by Gene Kelly, associate dean of intercultural development and director of gender and sexuality programs;
- Film screening and discussion of Kissing Jessica Stein at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25 in Hugel Science Center, room 100;
- Panel discussion on Marriage Equality Update: Post-DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29 in the Marlo Room, Farinon College Center.
All programs are free and open to the public.
LGBT History Month at Lafayette College is co-sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Development; the departments of Africana studies, women’s and gender studies, religious and spiritual life, religious studies, philosophy, film and media studies; the offices of career services, dean of the college, student leadership and involvement, and ALF, COEXIST, QuEST, interfaith living-learning community, the Ethics Project, Hillel.