IU Northwest Club to Celebrate the “Week of Silence”

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April 3, 2014 — The Indiana University Northwest student club Connectionz is set to host a “Week of Silence,” to promote equality and education of the LGBT+ community, on campus from April 7 — 10.

Events for the week are detailed below.

Monday, April 7
The Aliveness Project will be offering free HIV/AIDS testing from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Dunes Medical/Professional health clinic.

Also, Graham Brinklow from Indiana Youth Group, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit, will lead a discussion about Transgender Issues and Etiquette towards GBLT/Gender variant individuals, and Abuse and Sexual Assault in LGBT+ relationships. This discussion will take place from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Savannah Center, room 205/206.

Tuesday, April 8
JJ Maria Gufreda will discuss her book “Left-Hander in London: A Field Guide to Transgenders, Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals – In the Family, on the Job and in the Pew.” This discussion will take place from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in Savannah Center, room 205/206.

Gurfreda is president of GEI, Inc., the first transgender-owned company certified as a LGBT business enterprise by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

Wednesday, April 9
Professor of English Anne Balay, Ph.D. will speak about her book, “Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers” from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in Savannah Center, room 205/206.

Thursday, April 10
Brandon Wagman, founder of Rainbow Serenity, Northwest Indiana’s LGBT center, will discuss the local organization, its mission and what it hopes to accomplish for the community. The discussion will take place 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Savannah Center, room 205/206.

All events taking part in the “Week of Silence” are free.

Connectionz is hosting the “Week of Silence” to precede the national “Day of Silence” on Friday, April 11. “The Day of Silence” is a student-led national event that brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Nationally, students from middle school to college take a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior by illustrating the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBT students and those perceived to be LGBT.

Connectionz is an IU Northwest-based GSA (gay straight alliance) student organization. Connectionz has three goals: to provide support, acceptance and friendship; to raise awareness about LGBT+ issues; and to educate the public on LGBT+ issues.

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs.

Source: IU Northwest

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