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LGBTQ+ Pride Month Resource Guide

Proud & Safe: LGBTQIA+ Candid Forums About Safety

Proud & Safe: LGBTQIA+ Candid Forums About Safety 

Proud & Safe is a series of candid conversations about safety on campus. Hosted by the Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion (SCDI) and Dr. Giuseppe Salomone, our goal is to openly and safely talk about the struggles that our LGBTQIA+ community faces on campus. 

We want to work together to create and improve all our spaces. Our mission is to support our LGBTQIA+ community, build a sense of belonging and safety, and show that Drexel University is a place where EVERYONE can be their true selves. The June 1, 2023 conversation will focus on "Gender Expression & Gender Identity: Why a Respectful Environment Improves Our Safety."

Drexel May Pride (2023)

Drexel May Pride, dates outlined on graphic with rainbow colors.Drexel May Pride [EIC Blast 5/22/23]

Presented by Drexel Student Center for Diversity & Inclusion (SCDI). For more information, email inclusion@drexel.edu.

5/1: Pride Month Kick-Off (12pm Lancaster Walk)

5/3: Real Talk Panel (5pm Rush 209)

5/8: Poetry Reading by Moncho Alvarado (12pm Stern Room 3rd Floor W. W. Hagerty Library)

5/10: LGBTea+Coffee (12pm Rush 213)

5/11: Suit Yourself: Navigating Gender Affirming Clothing (5pm URBN Annex)

5/18: Drexel Drag Show (8pm Main Building)

5/22: OUTfit: Free Pride Ball Closet (12pm Rush 205)

5/25: The Ball (7pm Behrakis Grand Hall)

Spotlight on Dr. Randy Sell

Cover of a pamphlet guide to library selection policies for the non-librarian.“We’re Here, We’re Queer, Get Used to it”: Struggles and Stories to Be Heard for Today and Tomorrow [Circulating Now interview with Drexel’s Randy Sell!]

Dr. Sell was recently interviewed by Circulating Now: From the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine as part of promotion for a live-streamed talk happening on June 8, 2023

Starting with two documents in the archival collections of the NLM, Dr. Sell will examine how early sexual and gender minority (SGM) Americans worked to normalize the presence of SGMs in society. Ralph Werther (1874-?) hoped that his writings might render “nature’s step-children” lives more tolerable and he “offered no apology” for their publication. Specifically, he hoped to repeal laws under which SGMs were incarcerated, put a stop to a continuous string of murders of these stepchildren, and save “hundreds” of these “melancholy sexual intermediates from suicide.” In addition to these objectives, Allen Bernstein (1913-2008) gives further justification for his writings stating that “travelers returning from strange adventure in far ends of the world owe civilization a report.” But Werther and Bernstein struggled, often unsuccessfully, to get their writings published and into libraries such as the Army Medical Library, the predecessor institution of the NLM. In this talk, Dr. Sell will examine their struggles and stories, and those of other SGM writers, including those working today.