This week, Denison University’s Outlook will host its annual Coming Out Week. I am lucky enough to get the opportunity to interview and receive very interesting and thorough perspectives from Brian Allen ‘14 – the President of the organization, on Outlook in general and this special event in particular.
First off, let us start with a rough overview of Denison University’s Outlook. In 1973, Dean Hansell – the president of DCGA at the time – worked to provide opportunities for Denison’s closeted gay and lesbian students to meet for support.
The International Studies Department in Denison University is hosting the 10th Human Rights Film Festival which showcases films and documentaries on pressing human rights issues around the world. I had the opportunity to sit down with Professor Isis Nusair, the chair of the department, to chat about this exciting event.
Chau Nguyen: Could you tell us about the history behind the Human Rights Film Festival? When did this program start at Denison and what was the inspiration behind it?
Professor Nusair: This is the 10th festival at Denison, which means we have been offering the films for ten years.
The Young Black Gay Men’s Leadership Initiative (YBGLI) is an initiative of the National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition (NBGMAC) and will be supported by NBGMAC and with additional support from numerous national and local organizations. The YBGLI is a collaborative collection of committed young Black gay, bisexual, same-gender loving and other men who have sex with men from around the country that work towards addressing the HIV epidemic in the United States.
The Young Black Gay Men’s Leadership Initiative (YBGLI) is excited to announce its third Policy & Advocacy Summit (PAS) on March 26-29, 2015.
In the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community, visibility is critical. LGBTQ individuals (or open allies) may remain in the metaphorical closet for a variety of reasons, to name a few:
fear of violence threat of being disowned by family
reprisal in employment
general homophobic attitudes
No one can say that these issues aren’t real, but that is exactly why being “out” and visible is so important. Being openly LGBTQ or allies lets us gauge the climate as the community reacts to our presence.