Programs

Spring 2022

Ram I Am: Queer Media from the Margins —  Tuesday, February 15, 2022, 12:00-1:00 pm in Sykes 252— To register for this event, please click here!

Representation matters! This one-hour guided discussion will provide participants with an opportunity to explore the limits of trans and queer presence within mainstream media. Participants will discuss LGBTQIA+ representation in media such as movies, television, comics, video games, cosplay as well as social media. For more information, check out our Ram Connect, ramconnect.wcupa.edu/CTQA, or contact us at transandqueer@wcupa.edu, or 610-436-3147.


Trans and Queer Mixer — Thursday, February 17, 2022, 12:00-1:30 pm in Sykes 252 — To register for this event, please click here!

We invite you to join us for a party/social gathering for trans and queer students! This is a chance to get to know and form some connection with other LGBTQIA+ students from around campus. For more information, check out our Ram Connect, ramconnect.wcupa.edu/CTQA, or contact us at transandqueer@wcupa.edu, or 610-436-3147.


Gender Fluidity and Radical Self-Compassion: A Conversation with Jeffrey Marsh — Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 6:00 pm on Zoom — To register for this event, please click here!

The Center for Trans and Queer Advocacy will be joined by Tik Tok and Instagram LGBTQ star, Jeffrey Marsh. Jeffrey is one of the world's foremost commentators on nonbinary identity and activism in America, with a message of positivity and inclusion and a deep knowledge of queer issues and history. Jeffrey has reported on LGBTQ topics for TIME, Variety, Dutch National News channel RTL-TV, NewsmaxTV and the BBC. As an author, Jeffrey was the first prominent public figure to use, and advocate the use of, they/them pronouns for trans and gender non-conforming people. Jeffrey Marsh’s spiritual and inclusive messages have received over 1 billion views on social media. Jeffrey will talk about the beautifulness of being nonbinary, the fluidity of gender, and how one can radically accept oneself. This event is co-sponsored by the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. For more information, check out our Ram Connect, ramconnect.wcupa.edu/CTQA, or contact us at transandqueer@wcupa.edu, or 610-436-3147.


Ram I Am: Being Queer in Fandom Spaces —  Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 2:00-3:00 pm in Sykes 252 — To register for this event, please click here!

Join CTQA for a discussion about the intersection between queerness and fandom spaces. Attendees will engage in a discussion about how queer people interact with fandom, and how they use fandom as means of expression. There will also be discussions of how some media and fanworks exploit queer people. For more information, check out our Ram Connect, ramconnect.wcupa.edu/CTQA, or contact us at transandqueer@wcupa.edu, or 610-436-3147.


LGBTQ+ Competence in Social Work: A Virtual Panel —  Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 7:00 pm on Zoom — To register for this event, please click here!

What does LGBTQ+ competency look like in the social work field, and in all helping professions beyond? How can we help create a world that provides inclusivity, equity, and justice for queer populations? All WCU students, staff, and faculty are invited to join us for a collaborative event between the Center for Trans and Queer Advocacy and the Chi Gamma chapter of Phi Alpha Honor Society. For more information, check out our Ram Connect, ramconnect.wcupa.edu/CTQA, or contact us at transandqueer@wcupa.edu, or 610-436-3147.


Queering the Conversation: Gender & Sexuality in Schubert's Erlkönig — Thursday, March 3, 2022, 11:00 am -12:00 pm in Sykes 254 — To register for this event, please click here!

Synopsis: In the 1990s, several prominent music historians took an interest in studying music with consideration to gender & sexuality. One famous example is that of musicologist Christopher Gibbs’ argument that composer Franz Schubert’s 1816 song Erlkönig is a reference to homosexuality. Though there is a great deal of evidence that supports this claim, my research offers a new interpretation of the piece – one that considers 19th-century gender roles instead of sexuality. This lecture will demonstrate that the problematic conflation of gender and sexuality is not a new phenomenon and in fact permeates the arts across time. Together, we will listen to the song, discuss both interpretations, and the audience will be able to decide for themselves which interpretation they believe to be true.

Bio: Steven Feldman (he/they) works as the Associate Director of the Center for Trans & Queer Advocacy at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. They currently hold a B.A. in Music and Gender & Sexuality Studies from Muhlenberg College, an M.A. in Music History & Theory from Stony Brook University, and an M.A. in Higher Education & Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut. Steven’s musical research interests primarily include examining gender and sexuality in German art songs and English ayres. Prior to coming to WCU, Steven has worked in undergraduate admissions, academic advising, and LGBTQIA+ services. They have presented research locally and nationally on social justice topics and have been published in the Educational Review, ACUI Bulletin, and NASPA Blog. They also have articles forthcoming in the Eastman Case Studies and Journal of Student Affairs. Outside of their work in higher education, Steven enjoys iced coffees from Dunkin’, performing and listening to music, and binge-watching shows on Netflix.

In the Queering the Conversation series, we invite guest scholars and community activists from a variety of disciplines to join us to share their expertise on specific topics related to the LGBTQ community. For more information, check out our Ram Connect, ramconnect.wcupa.edu/CTQA, or contact us at transandqueer@wcupa.edu, or 610-436-3147.


Ram I Am: Queer in Grad School Panel —  Friday, March 4, 2022, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm on Zoom — To register for this event, please click here!

Our panel will consist of three queer grad students at WCU. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about what it's like to be a queer grad student at WCU. For more information, check out our Ram Connect, ramconnect.wcupa.edu/CTQA, or contact us at transandqueer@wcupa.edu, or 610-436-3147.


Grab & Go Swag Bags —  Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 10:30 am -12:00 pm in Sykes Food Court — Register here or just come on by!

CTQA will be in the Sykes Food Court, tabling from 10:30am to 12:00pm! Come say hi and grab a free swag bag while supplies last! For more information, check out our Ram Connect, ramconnect.wcupa.edu/CTQA, or contact us at transandqueer@wcupa.edu, or 610-436-3147.


Queering the Conversation: The Future of Queer & Trans Spaces — Thursday, March 23, 2022, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm on Zoom — To register for this event, please click here!

Synopsis: From coded language to open displays of pride, from private gatherings to open group chats, the ways in which queer and trans people have found each other and formed communities have adapted with each new generation. Due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic, adolescents and young adults have increasingly turned to digital spaces to develop their identities and connect with those who share their experiences. This lecture will examine the ways in which adolescents and young adults are creating the future of queer and trans communal spaces, both digital and physical. Audience members will gain a greater understanding of the ways in which technology, necessity, and innovation are shaping the ways in which queer and trans youth connect.

Bio: Em Evans (she/they) is the current graduate assistant at West Chester University’s Center for Trans and Queer Advocacy and intern at the Adolescent Initiative at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. After receiving their associate degree from Delaware County Community College, they completed their bachelor’s degree in social work at West Chester University. They are expected to obtain their MSW from West Chester University this spring. They have presented locally on the unique experiences of adolescents who occupy marginalized identities and the evolving culture within the LGBTQ+ community.

In the Queering the Conversation series, we invite guest scholars and community activists from a variety of disciplines to join us to share their expertise on specific topics related to the LGBTQ community. For more information, check out our Ram Connect, ramconnect.wcupa.edu/CTQA, or contact us at transandqueer@wcupa.edu, or 610-436-3147.


Making Waves: A Conversation with Schuyler Bailar — Tuesday, March 29, 2022, 6:00 pm on Zoom — To register for this event, please click here!

Schuyler Bailar discusses his experiences being recruited by Harvard and swimming as the first transgender NCAA D1 men’s athlete in any sport. He explores the universal tensions of trying to "fit-in" in our media-saturated, caricature-driven culture while trying to live one's authentic self. Having lived on the margin (woman, Korean American, Gay, Trans) and now often perceived as a privileged elite ("Harvard white guy") Schuyler’s inspiring story is filled with unique and insightful perspectives. Schuyler will engage the group in an energetic conversation in topics ranging from his personal journey coming out trans as a D1 athlete, finding joy in being your best you; the spectrum of masculinity; competing at elite levels as an LGBTQ athlete; empowering youth through social emotional learning; the role of disordered eating, self-harm and therapy in his journey; and activism in our current political landscape. This event is co-sponsored by the Athletics department. For more information, check out our Ram Connect, ramconnect.wcupa.edu/CTQA, or contact us at transandqueer@wcupa.edu, or 610-436-3147.


Trans & Non-binary Solidarity Brunch —  Friday, April 1, 2022, 12:00 -1:30 pm in Sykes Ballroom A — To register for this event, please click here!

Folx of all identities are welcome to join CTQA for brunch and show solidarity with the trans and non-binary communities! We will gather in community with one another in Sykes Ballroom A on Friday, April 1st from 12-1:30pm. We hope to see you there! For more information, check out our Ram Connect, ramconnect.wcupa.edu/CTQA, or contact us at transandqueer@wcupa.edu, or 610-436-3147.


Queer Paint and Snacks —  Thursday, April 14, 2022, 3:30-4:30 pm in Sykes 252 — To register for this event, please click here!

We hope you will join us for Queer Paint and Snacks, an open creative space for LGBTQIA+ students to express themselves and make whatever art they want while enjoying some snacks and good company. For more information, check out our Ram Connect, ramconnect.wcupa.edu/CTQA, or contact us at transandqueer@wcupa.edu, or 610-436-3147.


Coffee, Tea, and Donuts —  Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm at the Sykes Front Patio — To register for this event, please click here!

CTQA will be giving out free coffee, tea, and donuts outside of the Sykes Student Union from 10:30am-12pm! For more information, check out our Ram Connect, ramconnect.wcupa.edu/CTQA, or contact us at transandqueer@wcupa.edu, or 610-436-3147.


Lavender Graduation —  Thursday, May 5, 2022, 3:00 pm in Sykes Ballrooms — Check back soon to register for this event.

Join the Center for Trans and Queer Advocacy in celebrating our trans and queer graduates. Lavender Graduation is a special ceremony for LGBTQIA+ graduating undergraduate and graduate students to acknowledge their achievements, contributions, and distinctive experiences at West Chester University. For more information, check out our Ram Connect, ramconnect.wcupa.edu/CTQA, or contact us at transandqueer@wcupa.edu, or 610-436-3147.


Queering the Conversation — Dates/Times/Speakers: TBD — Check back soon to register for this event.

In the Queering the Conversation series, we invite guest scholars and community activists from a variety of disciplines to join us to share their expertise on specific topics related to the LGBTQ community. For more information, check out our Ram Connect, ramconnect.wcupa.edu/CTQA, or contact us at transandqueer@wcupa.edu, or 610-436-3147.

 

In addition to the programs listed above, we also offer a selection of trainings that are open to the campus community. To see when our trainings are being offered this semester, click here!

 

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