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Pride Days Activities

Academic Presentations

All presentations are in the Fireside Room unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, November 4

  • 8:00am Dayle Smidt
    “Growing Up with Two Moms” A personal look at lesbian culture on the west coast in the post-World War II era. Dark beginnings, happy endings.
  • 9:30am Brian DiSarro, Sac State Government Professor
    “Heteronormativity” A thought experiment regarding a flipped world.
  • 11:00am Dennis Mangers, Former California Legislator and Lobbyist
    Memoir of his life and legacy.
  • 12:30pm LGBT Community Center; Mandy Taylor
    "Queer Perspectives: Understanding Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in the LGBT Community."
  • 2:00pm Shaun-Adrian Choflá, Human Development Professor 
    “Exploring gender identity development and expression during early childhood” Gender identity issues in childhood development: gender identity development and influences on young children's gender identity formation.
  • 5:30-7:30pm "An Evening of One Acts" presented by Closet Door Theater and directed by Matt Burlingame

Wednesday, November 5

Tabling in the quad

  • 8:00am Johnnie Terry, Philosophy and LGBT Studies Professor
    The most common objections to LGBT Equality are moral arguments. This presentation evaluates those common moral arguments.
  • 9:30am Tina Reynolds
    “Equality…when will we get there?” Activism from Stonewall (1969) to the recent Supreme Court decisions regarding marriage.
  • *11:00am Joe Medeiros, Biology Professor
    “Against Nature? Sexual Diversity in the Animal Kingdom” 
    A graphic and hilarious exposé of raw nature itself. The realities of nature and the evolutionary reasons for sexual diversity in the world.
    * contains content more suitable for a mature audience
  • *12:30pm Patricia Wood, Painting Professor
    "LGBT images and artists throughout art History"
    Representations of LGBT images and themes throughout art history including a brief history of artists who identify and working today.
    *contains content more suitable for a mature audience
  • 2:00pm Tricia Lord, English Professor
    “Queer Tattoos: Body Graphic Narratives.” Tattoos tell stories. Outsider stories in tattoo images.
  • 5:30-7:30pm Ridley Gallery—Ron Williams, Photographer.
    An Artist’s talk regarding his “Genderly Speaking” show.

Thursday, November 6

Tabling in the Quad

  • 8:00am Mary Moon, Counseling Faculty, and the LGBTIQ Peer Advocates
    Facilitated discussion about mental wellness and the impact that being LGBT+ has on their lives and as students
  • 9:30am Joanna Michaels
    “Decades of Transition” A Memoir of life in a homophobic/transphobic society.
  • *11:00am Panel—“Living with/alongside HIV” 
    Stories of lives that intersected with HIV.
    * contains content more suitable for a mature audience
  • 12:30pm Slam Poetry facilitated by Lehma Sawez. Quad outside of J7.
  • 2:00pm George Raya
    Latino and LGBT Community Activist—A Memoir of living at the intersection

Key note and Faculty Drag Show: Dietrich Theatre, 6pm

  • Patti Miller-Opening song
  • Willy Duncan-Welcoming address and introduction of presenters attending.
  • Key note: Cleve Jones: Cleve Jones is an American AIDS and LGBT rights activist. He conceived of the NAMES Project AIDs Memorial Quilt which has become, at 54 tons, the world’s largest piece of community folk art. In 1983, at the onset of the AIDS pandemic, Jones co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation which has grown into one of the largest and most influential “People with AIDS” advocacy organizations in the United States.
  • Faculty/Student Drag show featuring a 15 year old singer/performer, Pacific Islander, from Homer Alaska who has sang before Governors: “Falcom.”

Ridley Gallery Art Exhibit

The photography of Ron Williams
A Retrospective Photo Exhibit from 1989 to 2013
In Conjunction with Sierra College Pride Days
November 4-6, 2014
Ridley Gallery, Sierra College LR102 (Library) 
5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin, CA 95677

November 3-20, 2014
(the gallery exhibit will continue through Nov 20th.)
Gender expression has always fascinated me, since my first experience seeing “female impersonators” at world famous Finocchio’s, San Francisco’s infamous, popular nightclub during the 50s and 60s. Whether it’s masculine or feminine, I believe people passionate about their gender expression, in radical and creative ways, are the bravest of souls.

Drag queens were the true pioneers and trailblazers in the LGBTQ community’s struggle for civil rights. In the 1960’s, they were the heroes that stepped forward and fought back against oppression, at Stonewall in New York and the Compton Riot in San Francisco. At the time, in the early 1960s, a man wearing a dress or a woman expressing the opposite gender could be arrested for impersonating a person of the opposite sex.

These dramatic images capture the unique aesthetic of individual pride and gender expression as society evolves toward full equality for the LGBTQ community. The majority are candid portraits, some are staged, some performance art. The close-up textures of the radical make-up, the saturated colors of costumes, the joy and sometimes sadness of one’s expression, are captured in this retrospective of images going back 25 years or more. Many were captured on the streets in San Francisco’s Castro district during various Halloweens of the 1990s, fundraising events of the Sister of Perpetual Indulgence, Royal Court events, Sacramento’s and San Francisco’s annual Pride events. Also included are recent images from Sierra College’s recent Pride Days, drag show and fundraising calendar from 2013.

Community Sponsors:

Wells FargoAssociated Students of Sierra CollegeCloset Door Theatre CompanyLavender LibraryPFLAGRainbow Alliance

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