IUN Connectionz Club to celebrate ‘Week of Silence’

2014-04-06T00:00:00Z IUN Connectionz Club to celebrate ‘Week of Silence’Times Staff nwitimes.com
April 06, 2014 12:00 am  • 

GARY | The Indiana University Northwest student club Connectionz will host a “Week of Silence” promoting equality and education of the LGBT+ community on campus Monday through Thursday. Discussion events are free and take place in Savannah Center, Room 205/206.

On Monday, The Aliveness Project will offer free HIV/AIDS testing from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Dunes Medical/Professional health clinic.

Also, Graham Brinklow from Indiana Youth Group, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit, will lead a discussion from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. about Transgender Issues and Etiquette towards GBLT/Gender variant individuals, and Abuse and Sexual Assault in LGBT+ relationships.

JJ Maria Gufreda will discuss her book “Left-Hander in London: A Field Guide to Transgenders, Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals - In the Family, on the Job and in the Pew” from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Wednesday's event has Professor of English Anne Balay, Ph.D. speaking about her book, “Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers,” from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Thursday brings Brandon Wagman, founder of Rainbow Serenity, Northwest Indiana’s LGBT center, to discuss the local organization, its mission and what it hopes to accomplish, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Connectionz is hosting the “Week of Silence” to precede the April 11 “Day of Silence,”  a student-led national event that brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students take a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior.

Contact Kaden Sowards at ksowards@iu.edu or (219) 299-3088.

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