Event Archive

Academic Year 2016 - 17

Fall 2016

Date, time, and location
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Wednesday, September 14
4 - 6 p.m.
LGBT Center
LGBT Center Welcome Back Reception
Friday, September 16
12 - 1 p.m.
LGBT Center
QRUNCH: Queer and Latinx 

Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25

Team Q Provincetown Retreat
Thursday, September 29
7:30 p.m.
Granoff 155

Blaq(ueer) Magic: An Evening of Prose, Poetry, and Power with Tabias Olajuawon Wilson (A13)

Co-Sponsored with Africana Center 

Friday, September 30
8 p.m.
Balch Arena Theater 

After Orlando: A Performance and Remembrance on the Pulse Nightclub Shooting

Co-Sponsored with Drama and Dance, Latino Center, Latino Studies, Tufts University Chaplaincy, Community Health, Africana Center, Asian American Center, and Women's Center

Wednesday, October 12
12 - 1 p.m.
Lower Campus Center Patio
National Coming Out Day Celebration
Saturday, October 15
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Out on the Town: A Queer Tour of Boston


Friday, October 21
12 - 1 p.m.
LGBT Center
QRUNCH: Queer Mental Health And Self-Care
Thursday, October 27
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Alumnae Lounge
LGBT Center Queer Theory Lecture Series with Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora Studies:
Gayatri Gopinath: "Unruly Visions: The Aesthetic Practices of Queer Diaspora"
Friday, October 28
9 p.m.
Barnum 008
Team Q Presents the Third Annual
Rocky Horror Queer Halloween Extravaganza
Friday, November 18
12 - 1 p.m.
LGBT Center 
QRUNCH: Queer Sex
Academic Year 2015 - 16

Spring 2016

Date, time, and location Event
Tuesday, April 12
7:30 p.m.
Barnum Hall, room 104
The Year We Thought About Love: Film Screening and Q&A

This event is FREE and open to the public.

We will be screening "The Year We Thought About Love" in the Nelson Auditorium at Tufts University. Cast members from the film will be present at the screening and conducting a Q&A after!

This award-winning film has played 50 festivals around the world. The story follows a LGBTQ youth theater troupe in Boston as they create an original play about love. Everything begins with a kiss in the first act. Watch the trailer >

"Must-see film....this generation's love story!" -- Hollywood Progressive

Don't miss this amazing event! Co-sponsored by the Tufts Health Service, LGBT Center and Women's Center.

Friday, April 15
12 p.m.
LGBT Center
Qrunch — Queer Pressure

From bi erasure and ace exclusion to transphobia and white–centered groups, it is easy to feel like our sexual and gender identities aren’t taken seriously in LGBT spaces. How can queer communities be better at creating intentional spaces that are informed by the experiences of all queer people? Who is the queer community anyway, and what if you don’t feel queer enough to be a part of it?

Co–facilitated: Professor Stephan Pennington, Music
Chloe Perez (A16)
Wednesday, March 16
7 p.m.
Barnum Hall
Her Story: Movie Screening and Conversation with Stars Angelica Ross and Laura Zak

"Her Story" is about two trans women in Los Angeles who have given up on love, when suddenly chance encounters give them hope. Violet is drawn to Allie, a reporter who approaches her for an interview, while career–driven Paige meets James, the first man she’s considered opening up to in years. Will they risk letting what they are stand in the way of being loved for who they are?

Trans women in the media have long been punchlines, killers, indications of urban grit, pathetic tragedies, and dangerous sirens. Rarely have they been complex characters who laugh, struggle, and grow, who share strength in sisterhood, who seek and find love. Her Story depicts the unique, complicated, and very human women we see in queer communities, and explores how these women navigate the intersections of label identity and love.

Co–written by Jen Richards and Laura Zak, directed by Sydney Freehand (Drunktown’s Finest), with cinematography by Bérénice Eveno, and produced by Katherine Fisher/Speed of Joy Productions, Her Story features predominantly LGBTQ women, on and off screen. With this project we have the opportunity to positively shift cultural perceptions of trans and queer women.

Wednesday, March 2
7 p.m.
Cohen Auditorium
Activism and Social Change: An Evening with Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas takes audiences deeper into his story, sharing details of his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hadn't seen in person in over 20 years. With anecdotes from both his own story and the struggles of countless other undocumented immigrants in America, Vargas poignantly explores one of the most divisive questions facing our country today: how do you define “American”?

This is a FREE ticketed event! Reserve your spot starting February 15th via Check back here for updates, and email with questions.

Co-sponsored by the Social Justice Leadership Initiative, Office of the Chief Diversity Officer, and the Dean of Student Affairs.

Thursday., February 25
5 p.m.
LGBT Center
Audre Lorde Exhibit Opening

Join us for the final showcase of the Lesbian Herstory Archives' "Audre Lorde Traveling Exhibit" out of Brooklyn, NY. Lorde and Morgan Greenwald originally co-curated the exhibit, using Lorde's personal collection. This exhibit centers the Black Lesbian intellectual tradition, Audre Lorde, and Lesbian-Feminist activism of the late 20th century in light of Audre Lorde's vision and lifelong work. This will be the first of a series of events centered around the Audre Lorde Exhibit.

We invite you to join us for refreshments, a viewing of the exhibit, and a panel discussion with the exhibit's local curators. We hope you'll join us in celebrating Lorde's work and legacy in this showcase, for the last time before it is permanently archived. You can find and contact the Lesbian Herstory Archives at:

484 14th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11215 | (718) 768-3953

Co-sponsored by the Tufts LGBT Center, Women's Center, Africana Center, WGSS Program, Undergraduate Research Fund, Educational Studies, and AS&E Diversity Fund. Please send all inquiries and questions to the curators' email at

Friday, February 12
12 p.m.
LGBT Center
Qrunch — QUEER SEX: Your Questions Answered

Empowered yourself to take charge of your sexual health is an ongoing process and usually results in a lot of questions! Birth control, STIs, technical questions, and more. Should I be on PreP? What household products can be used as lube? Where can I get the morning after pill? Have your questions answered in an intentional, sex positive space!

Co–Facilitated: Ariel Watriss, Nurse Practitioner
Kailah Carden (GA 16). Sponsored by the Tufts LGBT Center
Wednesday, February 10
7 p.m.
Alumnae Lounge
Beyond Binaries: Identity and Sexuality a workshop with Robyn Ochs

This program explores the landscape of sexuality, and how we "map" sexual orientation. No two people are alike. Given that, how do we assign labels to our complicated and unique experiences? In this interactive workshop we will conduct an anonymous survey of those present, and look together at the data. Where do we fall on the sexuality continuum? How do we label? How old were we when we came to our identities and to our sexualities? In this fun and interactive program we explore different experiences of identity; the interplay between gender and sexuality; the complexities of attraction, and more.

Robyn Ochs is an educator, speaker, award-winning activist, and editor of the Bi Women Quarterly, the 42-country anthology, Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World and the new anthology RECOGNIZE: The Voices of Bisexual Men. Her writings have been published in numerous bi, women’s studies, multicultural, and LGBT anthologies.
February 4
5 p.m.
Granoff Music Center, Room 155
Black Gay Men under the Corporate Anthropological Lens: The Business of HIV and the Politics of Health

Funke Sangodeyi (PhD, History of Science, Harvard) studied the modern history of microbes before working for ReD Associates, a consulting firm that draws from across the social and human sciences. In this talk, Sangodeyi takes a critical look at a recent consulting project carried out for a major pharmaceutical company about "Black Men who have Sex with Men" and HIV.

Can Big Pharma use anthropological techniques effectively in the corporate sphere? How does the setting — corporate, academic, activist, etc — shape and inform a social inquiry?

Brought to you by Science, Technology & Society. Co–sponsored by the Anthropology Department, Community Health, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, LGBT Center, & Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department.

Fall 2015

Date, time, and location
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Friday, September 4
10 p.m.
Chosen Family Feud!
We asked 100 first-year students questions about sex, gender, identity, and sexuality and you may be surprised by their answers. Join us as 5 first-year students are picked to face off against 5 returning Jumbos for our version of this classic gameshow. Music, prizes, and more!
Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27 Annual Provincetown Retreat
This is an incredible opportunity to build relationships with fellow Jumbos (and meet some folks from MIT and Harvard!) and discuss gender, sexuality, and identity in a beautiful and historical queer town on Cape Cod. Limited availability; application required.
Wednesday, October 7 National Coming Out Day Rally
Join us at the lower campus center patio for a rally in celebration of NCOD. Students, faculty, and staff will share stories about their experiences of gender and sexuality at Tufts and beyond.
Saturday, October 10 Out on the Town: A Queer Tour of Boston
Eager to explore all that Boston has to offer? This National Coming Out Day field trip explores queer social, artistic, political, and community life in the Boston area! Limited availability; application required.
Friday, October 30 Rocky Horror
Do we even need to explain this? This annual Halloween celebration is not to be missed. Last year we were at capacity, so come early! Some props provided, but there is a costume contest, so get creative. If you are interested in performing in the Team Q Rocky Horror shadow cast, contact:
Academic Year 2014 - 15

Fall 2014

Date, time, and location
Wednesday, October 8
12 p.m.
Campus Center Patio (Talbot Ave.)
National Coming Out Day Rally
QSA sponsors this annual campus wide event. Come hear your fellow Jumbos talk about their relationship to queer identity and community at Tufts…and maybe even take the mic yourself!
October 11
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Out on the Town
In celebration of National Coming Out Day, join us for an LGBT tour of Boston:

  • A queer tour of contemporary art wing of the Museum of Fine Arts
  • A visit to the History Project, a non-profit LGBT organization
  • A tour of Fenway Health, a queer health resource
  • Shopping at Calamus, a queer book store
  • FREE LUNCH in the South End
There are a limited number of spots available. RSVP to
October 15
7 p.m.
Cabot Auditorium

PrEP and PEP and the State of HIV Prevention: A Conversation with Carl Sciortino
Recent advancements in pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylaxis have changed the way we think about safer sex and HIV prevention. The Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization have both endorsed Truvada (PrEP) for those at higher risk of HIV, but debates about the regimen are often fueled by misinformation. Join us for a vital community conversation with Tufts alumnus Carl Sciortino, the Executive Director of AIDS Action Committee, as we discuss address some of the questions people still have about PrEP and PEP: How do they work? Who should take them? What do they mean for the communities most impacted by HIV/AIDS?

Carl Sciortino is the Executive Director of AIDS Action Committee. Until early 2014, he was a state representative in the Massachusetts Legislature. There, he was the leading legislative advocate on HIV-related legislation. These include measures to increase funding for HIV-related services; a bill that would require health insurers to cover the costs of treatment of lipodystrophy; and a law that expands HIV testing in Massachusetts. Sciortino, who is living with HIV, has championed social justice issues throughout his career, including the right of same-sex couples to marry; banning discrimination against transgender people; expanding access to health care; and increasing resources for anti-poverty programs.

Co-Sponsored by the Tufts Health Service.
Thursday, October 16
6 - 8 p.m.
Cathedral Station, Boston, MA
Pride on the Hill: A Queer Alumni Event
Come meet other LGBT/queer Tufts alumni in a fun, social environment!
Friday, October 17
12 p.m.
LGBT Center
Qrunch: A Queer Brunch Convo.
Safer Sex at Tufts
Empowering yourself to make choices about sexual health can lead to a lot of questions! Should I be on PrEP? How do you use an internal condom? What STIs should I get tested for? Where can I get safer sex supplies on campus? Is it too late to get the HPV vaccine? Nurse Practitioner Ariel Watriss will answer all of your questions in a casual, sex-positive environment. Enjoy a delicious brunch of blueberry pancakes, eggs and ham, sausage, bacon, fresh fruit, English muffins, hash browns, juice and coffee!
Friday, October 31
9:30 p.m.
Barnum 008
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: A Queer Halloween Extravaganza!
Rose tint your Halloween with a traditional late-night viewing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, complete with shadow cast performances, audience participation, props, and, of course pelvic thrusts galore. Time Warp with Team Q as we celebrate this iconic work of queer cinema on the spookiest night of the year. No rice at this screening, but there will be a PRIZE for the best Halloween costume! Co-Sponsored by Film Series and Tufts Burlesque.
Friday, November 14
12 p.m.
LGBT Center
Qrunch: A Queer Brunch Convo
Race, Gender, and Cultural Appropriation
Conversation led by Renee' Vallejo (A15), Jonathan Moore (A17), and Chartise Clark (A10) and Nino Testa (Director of the LGBT Center).
While the controversy surrounding Sierra Mannie's article on white gay men and black gay women may have cooled since this summer, the issues she raised are still a pressing concern for queer folks. In the wake of Ferguson, it is more important than ever to think about the connection between cultural violence and physical violence. But what do we mean when we talk about appropriation? How is it different than appreciation? What can white gays do to check their race privilege? Join us for a conversation about this important topic! Enjoy a delicious brunch of blueberry pancakes, eggs and ham, sausage, bacon, fresh fruit, English muffins, hash browns, juice and coffee!
Tuesday, November 18

Life After Tufts: A Queer Alumni/Student Networking Event

Co-Sponsored by Pride on the Hill

Friday, November 21

Pride Shabbat

Co-Sponsored by JQuest and Hillel

Academic Year 2013 - 14

Spring 2014

Date, time, and location
Wednesday, January 22
7 p.m.
Metcalf Hall Lounge

Film and Panel discussion: Contextualizing Transfeminisms
Screening of Beautiful Daughters, a documentary looking at the lives of four transgender women intertwined with the casting, rehearsal and opening of Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues rewritten for a transgender cast. Panel discussion to follow with:

  • Shannon Weber - Tufts WGSS and Sociology Dept. and lecturer of Sexuality and Society
  • Laurie Wolfe - Tufts alum, actor and social activist
  • Lorelei Erisis - writer for the Rainbow Times
Sponsored by the Women's Center, LGBT Center, and the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. For more information please contact
Friday, February 7 Safe Zone Training
(For faculty and staff, brought to you by the LGBT Center's Team Q through CELT)

Contact for more information, or to RSVP.

Wednesday, February 12 Safe Zone Training
(For students, brought to you by the LGBT Center's Team Q)

Contact for more information, or to RSVP.

Wednesday, February 26 Choosing to Label: What's in a Name? Presented by Robyn Ochs.
Bi, lesbian, gay, straight, queer, questioning, choose-not-to-label. How do you decide which label to use? What do labels do? What don't they do? Is it possible to avoid labels? What is the difference between ascribed labels and chosen labels? How can we manage our identities in order to get the maximum benefit with the minimum cost? Let's think creatively and proactively about identity. This is a participatory workshop, and all are welcome.
Wednesday, March 12 GI/GE Training
(For faculty and staff, brought to you by the LGBT Center's Team Q through CELT)

Contact for more information or to RSVP.

April 2014 April is GAYpril at Tufts! Lots of events will be happening, and will be announced throughout the semester.
Saturday, April 12 QPOC Dance
Exact date/location to-be-confirmed.

For more information, contact QSOCA discussion group leader

Wednesday, April 30 Lavender Graduation


Fall 2013

Date, time, and location Event
Friday, August 30
10 p.m.
Gantcher Center
Orientation Event: Guess the Straight Person
Thursday, September 5
4:30 - 6 p.m.
LGBT Center Welcome Event
Dinner provided
Monday, September 9
5 - 6 p.m.
Being "Out" at Tufts
Presented by Team Q, pizza provided
Beginning week of September 16  Various LGBTQA Group Kick-off Meetings
(Men's, Women's, Bi/Pan, Trans, Queer Students of Color and Allies)
Beginning week of September 16  Confidential Questioning/Coming Out Support Group
Contact Center Director for details
September 20 - 22
Provincetown, MA
Team Q Retreat in Provincetown
Monday, October 1
8 p.m.
"Out" Former NFL Player Wade Davis
Brought to you by PBoard and the Social Justice Leadership Initiative
Week of October 7 National Coming Out Day Rally and Events
Wednesday, Oct 9: Rally at 12 p.m., Campus Center Patio
Tuesday, November 20 Transgender Day of Remembrance
Monday, November 25
5 p.m.
Thanksgiving "Family" Dinner
December 2 - 6
Tufts Health Service

World AIDS Day: Free HIV Testing

Academic Year 2012 - 13

Spring 2013

Date, time, and location
Tuesday, January 22
Braker 001
MA State Rep Carl Sciortino: Transgender Rights in MA, Tufts Dems
Wednesday, February 6 Last day to apply to live in the Rainbow House
Wednesday, February 15 Last day to submit Lady Gaga "Born This Way" Contest videos
Monday, February 25
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Remis Sculpture Court 
This is What a Queer Family Looks Like
(Student/Fac/Staff buffet dinner)
Wednesday, February 27
12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Alumnae Lounge
Gender, politics, and sexuality in contemporary Pakistan
Lunch-time conversation on gender, politics, and sexuality in contemporary Pakistan. Artist Faiza Butt talks to Tom Bourdon, director of the Tufts LGBT Center. Meets at the Alumnae Lounge. Lunch provided. Space is limited; RSVP required:
Co-organized with the Tufts' Women's Center and LGBT Center
March 16 - 23
(Overlaps with Spring Break)
National LGBT Health Awareness Week
Wednesday, March 27
7 - 9 p.m.
Barnum 008
Film screening and talk back session: The Invisible War with Congresswoman Niki Tsongas

Cosponsored by The Office of Intercultural & Social Identities Programs, The Women's Center, Health Services and The Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services (ALLIES)

Saturday, April 6
7 p.m. - Midnight 
The LGBT Center 20th Anniversary Celebration
Tufts University Campus Center Commons and Hotung Students, alumni, faculty and staff are invited to join us in celebrating 20 years!

Speakers, food, raffles, cash bar, dance party!

Fridays: April 5, 12, 19, 26
12 - 5 p.m.
Lavender Letter Campaign
What does being an Ally mean to you? Help us kick of the Lavender Letter Campaign by participating in the LGBT center's open photo-shoot, every Friday in the month of April from 12pm-5pm.

Each participant will be photographed wearing a Lavender Letter-a symbol illustrating your commitment to being an ally to the LGBTQ community.

Your photo message should answer the question: "How am I an Ally to the LGBTQ community?"

Photos from the 2012 Lavender Letter CampaignPhotos from the 2013 Lavender Letter Campaign

Fridays: April 12, 19, 26
12 - 4 p.m.
Creating Change @ Tufts
Join us for food and discourse as we bring Creating Change back to Tufts!
Saturday, April 13
12 - 4 p.m.
QSA Drag Show: "How to Train Your Drag Queen"
Come out for fun and performances by Jujubee, Goldie Peacock and students!
Wednesday, April 17 Stacy Vasquez Lecture: "Preventing LGBT Homelessness"
Tuesday, April 30 Lav Grad
Help us honor our graduating students!
Keynote speaker: HGBC's Corey Yarbrough
Wednesday, May 1 Free Chair Massages
Sign up for your ten-minute chair massage provided by Pathways Boston

20th Anniversary Celebration

Tufts LGBT Center - Celebrating 20 Years

The LGBT Center
20th Anniversary Celebratio
Saturday, April 6, 2013
7 p.m. - Midnight
Tufts University Campus Center Commons and Hotung
44 Professors Row

LGBT Center's Commemorative 20th Anniversary Video

Created by Jay Dodd, LGBT Center Intern

Photos from the LGBT Center's 20th Anniversary

Video of the 20th Anniversary Program

Fall 2012

Date, time, and location
Wednesday, August 29
3 – 4 p.m.
LGBT Center
LGBT Center Open House
Saturday, September 1
8 p.m.
Cohen Auditorium
Orientation Event: Guess the Straight Person
Wednesday, September 5
4:30 – 6 p.m.
LGBT Center 
LGBT Center Welcome Event
Thai dinner provided
Monday, September 10
5 – 6 p.m.
LGBT Center
Being "Out" at Tufts
Presented by Team Q, pizza provided
Beginning week of September 17 Queer Group Kick-off Meetings
(Men's, Women's, Bi, Queer Students of Color and Allies)
Beginning week of September 17 Confidential Questioning/Coming Out Support Group
Contact LGBT Center Director for details
Thursday, September 20
6 – 8 p.m.
LGBT Center
Graduate Student Wine and Cheese Social
We try to offer 1 graduate student social a month. Join the grad listserv or “LGBT Tufts Grad Students” on Facebook to stay connected!
Monday, September 24
7 p.m.
Cohen Auditorium
Kate Bornstein: World Peace, Gender Anarchy and Sex Positivity
Friday, September 28
12 – 1:15 p.m.
Women's Center
Toilet Training: A "Your Voice Matters" ISIP Program
September 28–30
Provincetown, MA
Team Q Retreat in Provincetown
Week of October 8 National Coming Out Day Rally and Events
Wednesday, October 10: Rally at 12 p.m., Campus Center Patio
Tuesday, October 16
6 – 8 p.m.
LGBT Center
Graduate Student Wine and Cheese Social
We try to offer one graduate student social a month, join the grad listserv or LGBT Tufts Grad Students" on Facebook to stay connected!
Thursday, October 18
5:15 – 6:30 p.m.
Robinson Hall 253
A Conversation with Founder and Tufts alum ('98), Joel SimKhai

Weekends of Oct 18 and Oct 25


Tuesday, October 30
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
LGBT Center

U.S. premiere of "Our Private Lives"
Tufts Drama Department presents the US premiere of "OUR PRIVATE LIVES," a play by Pedro Miguel Rozo and directed by Professor Laurence Senelick.  Rozo is a gay author who writes popular telenovelas; two of the main characters are gay and the play revolves around issues of sexual identity, homophobia, accusations, secrecy, and family relations.

Follow-up discussions:
Our Secret Lives Follow-up Discussion event: Hosted by Professor Laurence Senelick

Tuesday, October 30, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., LGBT Center

Intrigued by the Tufts' production, "Our Secret Lives?" Come participate in a post-show discussion, facilitated by the show's director, Professor Senelick! Pizza will be provided
Friday, November 9
12 – 2 p.m.
Metcalf Lounge
Boston's Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC) Presentation
Monday, November 19
5 p.m.
LGBT Center
Thanksgiving "Family" Dinner
Tuesday, November 20  Transgender Day of Remembrance
November 26 - 30 

World AIDS Day/ Free Rapid HIV testing
Tufts Health Service
124 Professors Row
Medford, MA 02155

Free HIV testing for students all week in Health Services (by appointment)
Call (617) 627-3350

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