LGBT Heritage Month 2010
Get Fruity

Highlights at Foothill College

Wednesday, June 2
Opening Ceremony Cultural Celebration (College Hour)
Join us for our "Get Fruity" campaign! Enjoy rainbow flag cake, then pick your favorite custom tie-dye shirt. Learn what each purpose of the iconic rainbow flag means while eating them. Additional activities include a balloon toss, face painting and hands-on mural making. Free refreshments.
Time: Noon–1 p.m. (College Hour)
Location: Campus Center Plaza
Free Admission

Thursday, June 3
Lecture Series I: Homosexuality in the Arts
Foothill College Language Arts Instructor Simon Pennington and his ART 2C class invite you to a discussion about homosexuality in the arts. The class will specifically address homosexuality and the coded discourse in mid-19th-century art. Learn how difference and diversity were discussed within the context of a highly regimented conservative society with explicit cultural and sexual norms.
Time: 10–11 a.m.
Location: Appreciation Hall (Room 1501)
Free Admission

Friday, June 4
Film Festival I: Girls Will Be Girls
Life's a Drag, so join Evie, Coco and Varla–all played by men–as they tear up the screen and each other in this hilarious romp reminiscent of the classic Valley of the Dolls. A campy blend of melodrama and comedy and mystery, that's guaranteed to make you laugh. Free refreshments.
Time: Noon–2:30 p.m.
Location: Hearthside Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

Thursday, June 3
Learn How to Be an Active Ally
If you're not sure what the LGBTQ acronym stands for or you want to learn how you can support friends and family, join us for this important workshop to understand the impacts of homophobia, transphobia and discrimination, and how you can get involved as an ally. Showing up is the first step to creating safer living and learning environments on campus and in our community. Bring an open mind and questions. Presented by Outlet Program Coordinator Jun-Fung Chueh-Mejia.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Hearthside Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

Tuesday, June 8
Author's Series I: Jay Leibold
San Francisco author Jay Leibold, best known as the president of the San Francisco Mystery Writer's Association, presents an in-depth reading and discussion of his new avant-garde experimental novel, The Woman on the Train, a passionate psychological thriller which explores the depths of gay and lesbian relationships from the perspective of a straight, white male author. The discussion will be co-hosted by Foothill College Language Arts Instructor Scott Lankford and Foothill College Language Arts Instructor Jordanna Finnegan's English 1B classes.
Time: Noon–1:30 p.m.
Location: Hearthside Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

Wednesday, June 9
Carmen "Chiquita Banana Lady" Miranda Look-A-Like Contest
The LGBT Heritage Month "Get Fruity" theme comes to live as contestants dress and dance their fierceness in the Carmen Miranda look-a-like contest. This is your opportunity to strut and sashay in full Carmen Miranda dress: Fruit hats, make up, flamboyant samba dresses, and maracas. The best look-a-likes will win cash prizes–$200, first place; $150, second place; and $100, third place. To be eligible for the contest, men and women contestants must be enrolled or employed by Foothill College. Free refreshments.
Time: Noon–1 p.m. (College Hour)
Location: Campus Center Plaza
Free Admission

Thursday, June 10
Author's Series II: Yosimar Reyes
Local poet, artist of the spoken word and future author Yosimar Reyes will discuss his own works, which will include For Colored Boys Who Speak Softly. Audiences include students enrolled in Foothill English 1A and 1B classes and other Foothill students and employees.
Time: 10–11 a.m.
Location: Toyon Room (Room 2020)
Free Admission

Author's Series II: Yosimar Reyes & Middle College Program
Students enrolled in Foothill's Middle College Program team up with visiting author Yosimar Reyes for a reading and discussion of his written works. Discussion topics will include how are gay and lesbian issues brought forward in today's media? How do nationality and cultural influences affect the way we see ourselves and how does it influence the way others see us? Facilitated by Language Arts Instructor Scott Lankford.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Toyon Room (Room 2020)
Free Admission

Friday, June 11
Memorial Service
Pay tribute to the victims of homophobia by attending this short, on-campus memorial service. In addition to learning more about hate crime legislation, this activity will provide you with the opportunity to get to know the stories of victims of homophobia, honor their memory, and pay your respects to the youth lost to senseless violence. Free refreshments.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Hearthside Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

Wednesday, June 16
Author's III: Greg Sarris
Among the most celebrated Native American authors of his generation, producer/director/playwright/author Greg Sarris's work places LGBT identity within the wider web of contemporary cultural, social and spiritual issues. Join Language Arts Instructors Jordanna Finnegan's and Scott Lankford's English 1B classes for an in-depth discussion of Sarris's newest novella, Citizen, detailing the epic journey of a mixed-heritage Mexican-American Indian youth who crosses the border to reach Northern California in search of his family, his heritage and his home. In a rare South Bay appearance, Sarris will read excerpts from his work and take questions from the audience.
Time: 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Location: Hearthside Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

Ongoing LGBTQ Heritage Month Events

Bay Area Pride Celebrations
  • San Francisco, June 25–27
  • San Jose, Aug. 21–22


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