Third Week of LGBT History Month Events Takes Place

The third week of LGBT History Month, presented by the Office of Campus Life and GLBT Services, is underway at IIT. The month of October is filled with numerous events and activities. The following is a list of events scheduled for this week:

IIT Movie Night – Codebreaker: The Alan Turing Story
Monday, October 13, 8 p.m., Siegel Hall, Room 218
Sponsor: Humanities Department
In 1954, Alan Turing, one of the key pioneers in the history of computing, took his own life after being convicted of homosexual acts by the British government. Turing had been a war hero, cracking German codes during World War II, and was poised to become a critical part of postwar British computing. His achievements and his memory live on – not just as a computing pioneer but as an icon for gay rights. A discussion on the history of computing and sexuality will follow.

81 Words: Homosexuality and the DSM
Wednesday, October 15, 5 p.m., Wishnick Hall, Room 116
Sponsor: Student Health and Wellness Center
Join the listening session of public radio’s This American Life, on the story of how the American Psychiatric Association decided in 1973 that homosexuality was no longer a mental illness. A brief discussion will follow.

Queer Terminology 101
Thursday, October 16, 1 p.m., McCormick Tribune Campus Center Executive Conference Room
LGBTQQIAAP… Feeling like the acronym has gotten a bit too long? Not sure what they all mean? Join student Jamie Eastling for her presentation and discussion. Eastling will give you a basis for understanding what important terms there are and how to have conversations about queer identities. Whether you’re a queer-identifying person, longtime ally, or just wanting to find out more, this presentation is meant to engage everyone. A discussion and question and answer session will follow.

LGBTea Time Discussion with DWIIT
Friday, October 17, noon–2 p.m., Siegel Hall, Room 202
Sponsor: Doctor Who at IIT
An open discussion encompassing all aspects of LGBT sexuality and gender identities, allowing participants to share their stories and experiences in a safe space – with a few Doctor Who tie-ins. Lunch will be provided.

This event reflects the values expressed in IIT’s Diversity Statement and is intended to promote diversity at IIT.