LGBTQIA Week explores diverse topics
By Mila Hector - Staff Reporter
Highline will explore the intersections of culture, tradi- tion and sexual identity during LGBTQIA Week Oct. 8 to 12.
"LGBTQIA Week is a pro- gramming series through Multicultural Affairs and the LGBTQIA Taskforce that con- tinues to educate, highlight and celebrate our diverse queer communities," event co-chairs Doris Martinez and Angie Hunckler wrote in an e-mail.
"LGBTQIA communities continue seeking human rights and social justice. It's an inter- section of identities that tran- scends humanity," said Marti- nez and Hunckler.
The community should take this week not only as a learning period but as a growing period as a whole, they said.
"In this challenging polit- ical climate, we as a culturally responsive community have a responsibility to educate and elevate our communities. Rep- resentation Matters symbolizes that we all matter and deserve recognition," the pair wrote.
Martinez and Hunckler en- courage everyone to attend the events and noted that every event is open and free to the public. They said they hope these events will bring the campus together and make the community more engaged as a whole.
The week begins with artist and activist Sonj Basha speak-
ing on Islamahomophobia, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Building 7 on Monday, Oct. 8.
Following the next morn- ing, bright and early, will be family medicine practitioner -- Dr. Elizabeth Eaman -- talking about "Queer and Trans Health," 9 to 10:30 a.m. in Building 7 on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
Finishing up the day will be Filipinx femme street-styles dancer Angel "Moonyeka" Al- viar-Langley and Mikey Xi who will talk on "BB! Ballroom Basics, Recentering QTPOC Movement Resistance History," 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Building 8 on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
Wednesday starts with a W, or more specifically Whitney Archer, director of the Hattie
Redmond Women and Gender Center at Oregon State Universi- ty, who will speak on "De-Whit- ening the LGBT Experience," from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in Building 7 on Wednesday, Oct. 10.
"It is my hope to talk with, not at, those who attend the dis- cussion," Archer said. "Broadly we will be discussing and de- constructing the whitewashing of queer movements, histories and issues."
Archer said she will encour- age participants to examine the ways whiteness and white su- premacy operate within queer spaces and movements, she said.
"We will interrogate what we think of as queer and trans is- sues and to challenge ourselves to see beyond movements for
marriage equality," Archer said. Thursday Oct. 11 will feature a Resource Fair from 11 a.m.
until 1 p.m. in Building 8. "The LGBTQIA Resource Fair will highlight more than 50 campus and local communi- ty partners who will be sharing various resources and is open to the general public," wrote Mar-
tinez and Hunckler. Entertainment will also be
provided by Allison Masangkay and DJ Phenohype throughout the resource fair.
Assistant Director of Cen- ter for Student Engagement and Leadership Dennis Denman will conclude the week with a "LGBTQIAA 101 Workshop" taking place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Building 2 on Friday, Oct. 12.