Queer History Month by Casey MacPhail

At a school like Emerson, where a large part of the student body identifies as LGBTQ+, it may seem like there’s no reason to make a big deal out of National Queer History Month. But it’s not just enough to know that LGBTQ+ students are here. We need to actively support and affirm those students, and educate everyone on campus about queer history to honor those who have fought and continue to fight for the right to exist.

Last Friday, Emerson’s Alliance for Gays, Lesbians, and Everyone (EAGLE) kicked off Queer History Month with Dragtoberfest, our fabulous annual drag competition packed with talented queens, kings, and a lot of glitter. We’ll be continuing the month with the following events:

October 11, 8:00-9:00 p.m. – It’s National Coming Out Day! We won’t be having any type of formal event, but all are welcome in the Cultural Center to chat about coming out and have some snacks.

October 14, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Come listen to activist and teacher Robyn Ochs give her talk, “Beyond Bisexuality 101” in the MPR in Piano Row.

October 20, 6:00-8:00 p.m. – How will you make history? Tell us your stories and ideas in the CoLab in the Iwasaki Library (Walker 3rd floor), and have your picture taken with your words.

Towards the end of the month EAGLE will be leading a field trip to the Lowes to see Rocky Horror, so keep an eye out!

Though we hope it would seem to be a given, everyone is welcome at these events—no matter how you identify. We look forward to celebrating our heritage with you.