Strategic Activism: Fighting on All Fronts

Student with fist raised and head down at rally

The theme of this year’s GLBT History Month, “Strategic Activism: Fighting on All Fronts,” focuses on the various modes of activism, resistance, advocacy and solidarity within intersectional social justice.

Recognizing that social change occurs through a multi-pronged approach, the theme highlights the various tactics that people can use to embody resistance. From education to organizing to direct action, art and policy reform, “strategic activism” strives to honor the ways in which people challenge systems and fight injustice daily.

Workshops and Lectures

Events throughout the month will examine various forms of utilizing your voice to advocate for social change, such as:

  • Art, Advocacy and Resistance workshop on Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the African American Cultural Center Gallery;
  • Social Movements, Social Change workshop on Monday, October 29, 2018 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in Talley 4280;
  • Advocating through Narrative: A Conversation with Comic Artist Sophie Labelle on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in Talley Student Union, Room 3210.

National Coming Out Day

In honor of National Coming Out Day on October 11, 2018, the GLBT Community Alliance (GLBTCA) student organization will paint the Free Expression Tunnel on Sunday, October 7, 2018 and host Navigating the Coming Out Process on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Talley Student Union, Room 3210.

Even More Events

Additional GLBT History Month events include the Trans 101 workshop on Monday, October 1, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Talley Student Union, Room 4280, Supporting Queer Undocumented Students workshop on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in Talley Student Union, Room 4280, and Out in the Night: Film Screening and Discussion on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in Witherspoon Student Center, Room 126.

The GLBT Center will also collaborate with the African American Cultural Center for the exhibit Artivism: Advocacy and Activism Through Art. The exhibit will feature work from local artists Gemynii and Jade Wilson and will showcase resistance, justice, activism and radical self-love through the medium of art. This exhibit will be displayed in the African American Cultural Center Gallery from October 15-October 27, 2018, with an opening reception to meet the artists on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 PM.

Preston Keith is assistant director of the GLBT Center.