HISTORY MONTH, 2016
Calendar of Events
Wednesday, June 1 (Noon - 1 p.m., Library Quad)
COLLEGE HOUR: OPENING CEREMONY
Make your own tie-dye T-shirt, hear a live performance by the Foothill College Glee Club and sign up for "AIDS WALK SAN FRANCISCO," a 10K fundraising walk. This kick-off event benefits Project Inform, Ward 86 at SF General Hospital, Project Open Hand and other Bay Area HIV-AIDS programs and services.
Complimentary T-shirts and Food -- Jamba Juice, ice cream, sliders -- while supplies last!!
Thursday, June 2 (Noon - 2 p.m., Hearthside Lounge, Room 2313)
OUTLET PANEL: QUEER MOVEMENT
Look beyond the binary concept of gender and hear panelists discuss resources and advocacy for the transgender community. Event presented by OUTLET, a youth-centered organization that strives for social justice and respects people while honoring their differences. OUTLET youth centers located in Mountain View, Redwood City and San Mateo.
Monday, June 6 (Noon - 1 p.m., Library Quad)Library Quad)
LECTURE SERIES 1: THE HUMAN LIBRARY featuring author JIM VAN BUSKIRK
Don't Judge a Book By Its Cover. "The Human Library" is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudice through dialogue. "The Human Library" gives you an opportunity to "check out" a real person instead of a book. Van Buskirk is an established author penning titles including "Gay by the Bay: A history of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area. His essays and articles have been features in books, newspapers, magazines, radio and websites.
Bring cash to purchase food from Bacon Bacon and Crepe food trucks.
Tuesday, June 7 (12:30 - 2 p.m., Toyon Room, Room 2020)
FILM FESTIVAL I: THE YEAR WE THOUGHT ABOUT LOVE
With wit, grace and attitude, a diverse troupe of LGBTQ youth transforms their personal struggles into theater for social change. The 68 minute documentary celebrates the powerful work of the Boston LGBTQ troup, True Colors: OUT Youth Theater, as they write a play about love.
Wednesday, June 8 (11 a.m. - Noon, Campus Dining Room)
CLOTHESLINE T-SHIRT PROJECT
Read messages that fellow students and members of Foothill's Gay Straight Alliance have painted on T-shirts to call attention to issues facing the LGBTQ community.
Wednesday, June 8 (Noon - 1:45 p.m., Appreciation Hall, Room 1501)
FILM FESTIVAL II: MAJOR I
Miss Major is a black transgender woman, activist and elder. A former sex worker and community leader, she survived being incarcerated and participated in the Stonewall Riots. She is a legend and helped countless transgender women of color over the last 40 years.
Thursday, June 9 (Noon - 1:20 p.m. Room 6306)
LECTURE SERIES II: ANDREW LAM
Andrew Lam will read from his latest collection of short stories which feature a full range of LGBTQ characters and situations. A Vietnamese American author, NPR commentator and PBS documentarian, Lam's previous collection of short stories, Birds of Paradise Lost, won a nationally prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award in 2014 and will be the featured selection for San Francisco's One City/One Book Festival this year.
Monday, June 13 (Noon - 1 p.m., Campus Center Plaza)
CLOSING CEREMONY: CARNIE ASADA
Carnie Asada, drag queen extraordinaire, delivers a powerful theater-like experience to her audience. Watch her show on campus or see My So Called Night, her one-women show, and be captivated by her looks, vocals and physical performance.
Free Admission to all LGBTQ Heritage Month Events.
LGBTQ PRIDE MONTH, 2016
- - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Since our founding, America has advanced on an unending path toward becoming a more perfect Union. This journey, led by forward-thinking individuals who have set their sights on reaching for a brighter tomorrow, has never been easy or smooth. The fight for dignity and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people is reflected in the tireless dedication of advocates and allies who strive to forge a more inclusive society. They have spurred sweeping progress by changing hearts and minds and by demanding equal treatment -- under our laws, from our courts, and in our politics. This month, we recognize all they have done to bring us to this point, and we recommit to bending the arc of our Nation toward justice.
Last year's landmark Supreme Court decision guaranteeing marriage equality in all 50 States was a historic victory for LGBT Americans, ensuring dignity for same-sex couples and greater equality across State lines. For every partnership that was not previously recognized under the law and for every American who was denied their basic civil rights, this monumental ruling instilled newfound hope, affirming the belief that we are all more free when we are treated as equals.
LGBT individuals deserve to know their country stands beside them. That is why my Administration is striving to better understand the needs of LGBT adults and to provide affordable, welcoming, and supportive housing to aging LGBT Americans. It is also why we oppose subjecting minors to the harmful practice of conversion therapy, and why we are continuing to promote equality and foster safe and supportive learning environments for all students. We remain committed to addressing health disparities in the LGBT community -- gay and bisexual men and transgender women of color are at a particularly high risk for HIV, and we have worked to strengthen our National HIV/AIDS Strategy to reduce new infections, increase access to care, and improve health outcomes for people living with HIV.
Despite the extraordinary progress of the past few years, LGBT Americans still face discrimination simply for being who they are. I signed an Executive Order in 2014 that prohibits discrimination against Federal employees and contractors on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. I urge the Congress to enact legislation that builds upon the progress we have made, because no one should live in fear of losing their job simply because of who they are or who they love. And our commitment to combatting discrimination against the LGBT community does not stop at our borders: Advancing the fair treatment of all people has long been a cornerstone of American diplomacy, and we have made defending and promoting the human rights of LGBT individuals a priority in our engagement across the globe. In line with America's commitment to the notion that all people should be treated fairly and with respect, champions of this cause at home and abroad are upholding the simple truth that LGBT rights are human rights.
There remains much work to do to extend the promise of our country to every American, but because of the acts of courage of the millions who came out and spoke out to demand justice and of those who quietly toiled and pushed for progress, our Nation has made great strides in recognizing what these brave individuals long knew to be true in their hearts -- that love is love and that no person should be judged by anything but the content of their character. During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, as Americans wave their flags of pride high and march boldly forward in parades and demonstrations, let us celebrate how far we have come and reaffirm our steadfast belief in the equal dignity of all Americans.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2016 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.
Excerpt from Presidential Proclamation. Source: The White House, Office of the Press Secretary.