LGBTQ History Month
Every October, the Student Life Multicultural Center recognizes LGBTQ History Month and sponsors a month-long series of events that highlight and celebrate LGBTQ+ communities of the past and the present through programming, visibility campaigns, and educational events. LGBTQ History Month focuses on developing a sense of belonging and empowerment for the LGBTQ community. We highlight and celebrate the vast history of LGBTQ communities across campus and globally.
Call for Programs:
At Ohio State, there are many interesting programs and presentations throughout the month, and every year we compile these events in a University-wide calendar. We welcome you to participate in LGBTQ History Month celebrations.
You can now submit your event proposal. Final deadline is September 30 at 11:59 PM. Submit your proposal today!
Calendar of Events:
Pride Plant Sale
Thursday, September 30, 2021, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Veterinary Medical Center
OSU College of Veterinary Medicine Pride will be fundraising with a plant sale, with a portion of the funds being given to Kaleidoscope Youth Center.
LGBTQ History Month: Kick-Off Brunch
Friday, October 1, 2021, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Curl Viewpoint North
To kick-off LGBTQ History Month, join the Student Life Multicultural Center for our brunch social! This event is open to LGBTQ Buckeyes and allies to connect and celebrate. RSVP at go.osu.edu/lgbtqbrunch.
Softball Diversity and Inclusion Game
Sunday, October 3, 2021, 1 p.m.
Join Buckeye Spectrum and the Ohio State Softball team for OSU Softball’s very first Diversity and Inclusion Game. Admission into the game is free and food will be sold in the stadium.
An Evening with Saeed Jones
Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
The Morrill Scholarship Program and ODI present an evening with author Saeed Jones for LGBTQ+ awareness month. Register here.
Open Workshop: Safe Zone
Thursday, October 7, 2021, 12 - 2 PM
The Safe Zone Training aims to create a more welcoming and safe campus for individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities. This 2 hour workshop is recommended for faculty, staff, and students. Registration is required. To register, go to: go.osu.edu/opensafezone. Participants who fully complete this workshop can receive a Safe Zone sticker or magnet.
Open Workshop: LGBTQ 101 (DICE)
Friday, October 8, 2021, 2 - 3 p.m.
This workshop provides an overview of LGBTQ identities, terminology, and history. Registration is required. To register, go to: go.osu.edu/lgbtq101
Community Pride Festival
Saturday, October 9, 2021, 12 - 7 p.m.
Mayme Moore Park
Join Columbus Community Pride at Mayme Moore Park for a full day of FREE festivities and merriment by and for us! Learn more. Festivities include:
- Live music and performances by local LGBTQ+ bands and artists!
- Vendor booths by local LGBTQ+ artists and entrepreneurs!
- Info fair for local LGBTQ+ organizations!
- Kids activities! (Masks required in the youth activity zone)
- Food trucks!
- Beautiful queer people and our love!!!
Pride Night for Women’s Field Hockey
Sunday, October 10, 2021, 1 p.m.
Field Hockey Field
Join the Student-Athlete Support Services Office (SASSO) and Women's Field Hockey for Pride Night.
National Coming Out Day: Out & Fabulous Photo Op
Monday, October 11, 2021, 1 - 5 p.m.
Multicultural Center - What’s Your Story Lounge
Happy National Coming Out Day! Whether you're coming out for the first time or the millionth, celebrate NCOD with the Student Life Multicultural Center. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to come to the front lounge of the MCC to have an “out & fabulous” photo taken that can be shared on social media, including in a digital collection to be shared during the keynote later this month, or simply as a token of personal pride. All participants will receive a “History Maker” t-shirt to commemorate LGBTQ History Month
National Coming Out Day: The Coming Out Monologues
Monday, October 11, 2021, 7 - 9 p.m.
Whether you are out to everyone, a few friends, or only yourself -- everyone has a coming out story! The Coming Out Monologues is an opportunity for LGBTQIA+ students at Ohio State to share their stories of coming out and living authentically. Stories may be funny or serious, heart-breaking or heart-warming, or all of the above. Join us to share or just to listen. Registration is required. Register at go.osu.edu/ncod. If you are interested in speaking, please complete the following form by October 7 at 11:59 PM: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_etXevJGV37e8YK2.
The Coming-Out Narrative in Latinx Media (DICE)
Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 3 - 4 p.m.
Ohio Union, Ohio Staters Inc. Traditions Room
This presentation explores how through the creation of a global experience that subverts social norms and attempts to challenge the Latinx familial cultural schema in the US and Mexico, streaming services have been critical in opening the door to queer and non-conforming audience to cognitively and emotionally connect with their characters, and what lessons from these characters can be taken to the real-world.
LGBTQ History 101 (DICE)
Monday, October 18, 3 - 4 p.m.
Join LGBTQ Initiatives for this starter workshop on modern LGBTQ history in the US. From World War II to the legalization of same-sex marriage, we will explore important events and figures in queer and trans history. This virtual 1-hour workshop is open to students, faculty, and staff. This workshop is eligible for one DICE credit. Registration is required. Register at https://go.osu.edu/lgbtqhistory101.
"Hello, My Pronouns Are . . . "
Monday, October 18, 2021, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Stillman Hall, room 115
Join the College of Social Work and Student Life Multicultural for this hybrid workshop on LGBTQ identities, the importance of pronouns, and the history of LGBTQ folks in the social work profession. This 1.5-hour workshop is recommended for all students, staff, and faculty, especially those involved in social work. Attend in person, or join us over Zoom! Check back for the Zoom link.
Documentary and Discussion: MAJOR!
Monday, October 18, 2021, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Ohio Union, Brutus Buckeye Room
MAJOR! explores the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years. Miss Major is a veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion and a survivor of Attica State Prison, a former sex worker, an elder, and a community leader and human rights activist. Join Women and LGBTQ Student Initiatives for the screening and a discussion about queer and trans women of color, intersectionality, and how to be allies and advocates for all our sisters, not just our cisters.
Queering SFL: LGBQ+ Identities in Sororities and Fraternities
Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 1 - 2 p.m.
Ohio Union - Great Hall Meeting Room 2
This presentation features perspectives on how LGBQ+ students experience their sexual orientation identity in sorority and fraternity life (SFL). We will explore the various ways these members experience SFL and what influence these contexts have on their sexual identity development. Lastly, we will provide ways that practitioners and organizations can best support LGBQ+ members.
Learning the Lessons of the Marriage-Equality Movement: LGBT History Month
Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 5 - 6 p.m.
Authors and educators Sasha Issenberg and Timothy Stewart-Winter will discuss the history of the gay marriage movement and the lessons we can all learn and apply towards social change in the future.
This virtual LGBT History Month event is being held in conjunction with LGBTQ student organizations. If your organization would like to be involved, please contact Mary Krause at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is required and you can find more information and register here.
Open Workshop: Creating LGBTQ Inclusive Classrooms
Friday, October 22, 2021, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
The Student Life Multicultural Center offers this training to facilitate faculty and staff in creating more inclusive spaces for LGBTQ students. This workshop focuses on best practices for supporting LGBTQ students in the classroom as well as strategies for navigating challenging conversations and interrupting bias. Registration is required. To register, go to: go.osu.edu/inclusiveclassrooms
What's in the Plus: Beyond the Basics of the LGBTQ+ Community
Monday, October 25, 2021, 12 p.m.
Hosted asynchronously by the Equitas Health Institute. This training is intended as an introduction to sexual and gender minorities that are typically grouped together in the “plus” of LGBTQ+, including but not limited to intersex folks, asexual and aromantic individuals, and pansexual people.
As this event occurs asynchronously via the Equitas Health Institute’s Facebook page, registration is not required for this event, and the video will be retained on their page throughout the duration of Ace Week 2021. You can access the Facebook event here.
Finding Community: LGBTQ Speed Friending
Monday, October 25, 7 - 9 PM
Great Hall Meeting Room 1 & 2
Are you LGBTQIA+ and looking for ways to connect with OSU's queer community? Join the Student Life Multicultural Center for a night of LGBTQ speed friending! Have some snacks and make some new connections! This event is open to all LGBTQIA+ students at Ohio State. RSVP today!
Complicating the Split Attraction Model
Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 12 p.m.
Hosted synchronously by the Ace and Aro Alliance of Central Ohio. In this workshop, attendees will learn 1) what the split attraction model is, 2) what it does well in relation to better understanding identities in the broader asexual community, and 3) how we can expand our knowledge beyond it.
As this event occurs synchronously via Zoom, registration is required for this event. You can register here.
Asexual Social Hour
Thursday, October 28, 2021, 7 p.m.
Hosted by the Ace and Aro Alliance of Central Ohio. Please note that this event is reserved for people who either 1) identify in the broader asexual community or 2) are questioning whether or not they are in the broader asexual community.
As this event occurs synchronously via Zoom, registration is required for the event. You can register here.
Open Workshop: Trans 101 (DICE)
Friday, October 29, 2021, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
This workshop explores best practices for engaging with and supporting transgender and gender non-conforming students and communities at The Ohio State University. Registration is required. To register, go to: go.osu.edu/trans101