Welcome back to school everyone!

I know it’s been quite some time since you’ve heard from us here in LGBTQ Studies, but we’re back! Just in time for some fantastic events!

First off:

On September 26th, at 12:15pm, we will be hosting our first workshop of the year: Trans* 101. Location TBA.


We’re starting an online zine! In this, various members of the queer community on campus (queer identified or allies) can submit any art they have relating to their gender and sexuality: poetry, short stories, art – however you express yourself. We already have many people interested, and we’d love to hear from anyone else willing to participate!

I look forward to seeing you all around campus!


Skills to Change the World Boot Camp: Exploring Non-Profit & Social Impact Careers for Students at Brooklyn College

Are you passionate about the environment, your community, human rights or other social issues? Do you desire to make a difference in the world but are not sure where to start or how to get there?

The Magner Career Center is pleased to offer a leadership and skills-building boot camp on Tuesday, June 25 where students will explore non-profit and social impact career paths.

Boot Camp participants will:

· Increase awareness of exciting career paths within fields that have social impact including non-profit, social entrepreneurship, government, and philanthropy, among others.

· Participate in interactive and skills-building trainings with Echoing Green’s Work on Purpose <http://www.echoinggreen.org/our-programs/work-purpose> and Dale Carnegie Training <http://www.dalecarnegie.com/> .

· Hear from Keynote Speaker Tammy Tibbetts, founder of the organization She’s the First <http://www.shesthefirst.org/> .

· Better understand terminology, job functions, and skill sets valued by employers in non-profit and social impact areas.

· Expand networks with Brooklyn College alumni professionals and learn how to leverage these relationships.

· Learn how to become competitive for opportunities after graduation while also making a difference.

Skills to Change the World Boot Camp: An inside look at non-profit & social impact career paths

This exciting full day career exploration workshop includes leadership trainings facilitated by Brooklyn College external partners, job and career building activities, and networking opportunities with alumni and professionals.

Date and Location: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at the Brooklyn College Student Center

Time: 9am to 5pm (Full day participation is required)


Please register here: http://tinyurl.com/BC-STCTWBootCamp 
Priority registration deadline is May 20. When you register, please say you learned of the event from the LGBTQ Studies FB page. 

Space is limited to 50 students only! We will notify you within 3 to 4 business days if you are accepted into the program. Please do not register to attend if you are unable to commit to the full day. For students with classes, internships or jobs that may conflict, we are happy to write a letter of acceptance to the program to your supervisor or instructor for consideration. If you have any questions about eligibility or other aspects of the program, please email Suzanne Grossman at suzanneg@brooklyn.cuny.edu. When you contact Suzanne, please say you learned of the event from the LGBTQ Studies’s WP page.

Out on the Quad! May 7th, 2013

Out on the Quad! May 7th, 2013

Over the course of the past year, Brooklyn College has made huge strides towards making our campus a safe, affirming, welcoming home for LGBTQ identified students. While there is still much to be done, the enormous accomplishments of the LGBTQ community on campus this year deserved a celebration by the students and for the students!
Many thanks to Jen MacGregor in Brooklyn College Admissions for some of these pictures!

Juntos Construyendo’s Healthy Identities Leadership Institute

Healthy Identities Leadership Institute

Program Overview

In the last five years, a positive movement towards achieving equal rights for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community has taken place at a local, regional, and national level. From the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to the passing of marriage equality in several states, including New York is what the community may call progress! However, many of the realities of young gay and bisexual men remain the same. Homophobia, HIV, stigma, lack of support, depression, and substance abuse are some of these unchanged realities.

The Healthy Identities Leadership Institute is a Juntos Construyendo community mobilization initiative that aims to foster healthy identities through the empowerment of Latino Gay men throughout New York State. The 4 month program was developed to reflect the realities that potentially serve as barriers for the Latino Gay community throughout the different regions of New York State (NYS); and as such to have program participants address these barriers through the mediums of film and photography (who are community members themselves).

There are two components to the leadership institute: a skills building component and the project initiative component. The skills building component consists of face-to-face trainings, webinars, and
online tutorials which are intended to raise awareness and increase knowledge among participants on issues such as Homophobia, Stigma, the coming out process, Identity (Latino, Gay etc.), and Health. In
addition, participants will critically analyze how these factors play a role in the development of a Healthy Identity among Latino Gay men. During the program’s initiative component, participants will create a project addressing a barrier facing the Latino gay men in their respective region through film or photography.

The program is open to self-identified Latino Gay or bisexual men residing anywhere in New York State. Each participant will be paired with a Juntos Construyendo network member, who will serve as the participant’s mentor throughout the program. The mentorship pairing will be done according to region and shared experiences of the mentors and participants. (For mentor responsibilities please see the mentor responsibilities description below)

Target Population:

Healthy Identities Leadership Institute is targeting NYS Latino Gay Men through media to foster healthy identities and empowerment within the Latino Gay Community through photography and film.

Eligibility criteria:

Those with a commitment to the Latino Gay community are encouraged to apply for the Healthy
Identities program. The program is open to anyone who:

  • Self-identifies as a Latino Gay or Bisexual cis-man.
  • Is between 18 and 29 years of age.
  • Resides anywhere in New York State.
  • Desires to be part of the Leadership Institute and displays a commitment to the Latino Gay community.
  • Has access to a computer and internet to fulfill the online skills building components.
  • Applicants must also have the ability to:
  • Effectively communicate both written and verbally.
  • Self-motivate and feel comfortable working independently as well as in groups.

Program Participant:

Those chosen to participate in the program can expect to attend three face-to-face meetings, along with a series of online webinars and how-to tutorials. Participants will also undertake a community mobilization
project to address and bring about change on a particular issue which represents a barrier in achieving a healthy Latino Gay Identity. This project will be created using either traditional or new media, including
film, photography, social marketing campaigns, etc. Participants will be given complete autonomy in choosing the type of media and message they wish to convey for their community mobilization project.

Participant Requirements:

  • Committed to attending 3 face-to-face meetings over the program cycle
  1. The Welcome meeting – May 4th in NYC
  2. Healthy Identities midpoint meeting
  3. The unveiling event for the Healthy Identities Project
  • Access to a computer to fulfill the webinar and tutorials aspect of the skills building component
  • IMPORTANT: For those applicants outside of New York City, the institute includes 3 face‐to‐face meetings thus requiring travel time for those who are outside of the NYC. We anticipate the first face to face for Saturday, May 4th, 2013 in New York City. Will you be able to travel if selected as a participant in the Healthy Identities Leadership Institute?Upon completing the Healthy Identities program, participants will:
  • Have an increased knowledge of the realities faced by Latino Gay Men.
  • Maintain a leadership role within the community through the sustainability of their projects.
  • Be able to identify measurable results within the community.
  • Use the content of their community mobilization project to empower members.

Program Mentors:

Mentors for the Healthy Identities program will be chosen from existing members of the Juntos Construyendo network. Mentors will be paired with applicants according to region, shared experience and program goals. In serving as a mentor, individuals will be expected to support Healthy Identities participants by serving as a resource of expertise.

Mentor Requirements:

Mentor’s main role is to be a source of expertise around the realities of Latino Gay Men for program participants. Mentors do not need to be Latino themselves, but have experience in working with the Latino Gay Male population.

This role may include:

  • Serving as a source of information that will provide the participant with context for their social marketing initiative
  • The participant shadowing the mentor through at least 1 workday to gain a better understanding of the realities that Latino Gay Men in the area face on a daily basis
  • A meeting where the mentor and participant exchange experiences about the realities of Latino Gay Men that would be beneficial in the creation of their media projects
  • Collaboration on the project initiative component of the Healthy Identities program is not required, but is also a possibility.

In participating as a mentor, full scholarship for Reunion Latina 2013 will be provided

Upon completion of the program, mentors will:

  • Enhance their leadership competencies.
  • Improve management skills.
  • Share in the design and implementation of short-term project goals.

Application Process:

A completed application.

Applicants will be required to submit a 250 – 500 word essay as to why they would like to participate in the Institute. The essay should include prior experience they have had with working with this population, be it personal or professional, and how that would serve as an asset in the participation of the program. Applicants should also include what, in their opinion, constitutes a healthy identity and what is essential in its formation. Please keep in mind that this is subjective and were are looking for different perspective based on one’s reality. Furthermore, and most importantly, we are looking for one’s ability to think critically and independently. The letter of recommendation should be between 250-500 words from someone who has worked alongside the applicant in a professional or academic setting. In the letter of recommendation we ask that it be specified why the applicant would be a good fit for the program, their professional and/or academic experience with the applicant, and what qualities would make the participant an asset to the program, as well as a leader in the community.

If you have any inquiries about the program and/or application process please feel free to contact:

Héctor L. Torres III
212-675-3288 ext. 348




Brooklyn College LGBTQ Studies Month


April is Brooklyn College’s LGBTQ Month! Check out our FINAL UPDATED list of scheduled events! The events started this past week and continue up until our first workshop on April 30th! Please note that the Introduction to Intersectionality Workshop is now being held 1141 Ingersoll! Make sure you mark your calenders!

Trans Politics: Scholarship and Strategies for Social Change

Trans Politics: Scholarship and Strategies for Social Change

Check out the Rutgers University’s Institute for Research on Women Spring Colloquium! The theme is Trans Politics: Scholarship and Strategies for Social Change. The confirmed keynotes are Dean Spade (Seattle University), Pauline Park (New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy), Sue Rankin (Rankin & Co.Consulting), and Genny Beemyn (University of Massachusetts-Amherst). The colloquium will be held on Thursday & Friday, April 18-19. It is free and open to the public. For more information on the events and speakers, click the link!