Saturday, November 22, 2014

Recap Week of 11/17

Hey Bearcats!

I hope you are all enjoying your Saturdays. I know you are excited at we at GLASS are about Thanksgiving and a short school week!

To recap this past week, Baruch GLASS observed Transgender Day of Remembrance. On Wednesday evening, members of GLASS as well as our advisors traveled to historical Christopher Street to St. John's Lutheran Church to attend the Audre Lorde Project's observance of Trans Day of Remembrance, a day before the nationwide day of remembrance. According to their site, the Audre Lorde Project is a "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color community organizing center… committed to struggling across differences, we seek to responsibly reflect, represent and serve our various communities." At the event, various speakers from multiple organizations presented short stories, spoken word pieces, and even a rap to portray the importance of both mourning and celebrating the lives lost of trans people to hate violence. 

Next, on Thursday during Club Hours, GLASS hosted our own observance of Trans Day of Remembrance by watching the MTV documentary "Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word" which follows the story of a handful of trans youth who explain the struggles they face each day. We hope that another episode is released because it was a great, eye-opening, and touching show! See the link below to watch for yourself.

Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word

That evening, we all joined for a GLASS Family Thanksgiving Dinner. It was an event of great food, and mushy gushy love. Personally, it was a prequel for all the food I am excited to scarf down next week.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving all!  

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Goal to Be Straight But Not Narrow-Minded

Good afternoon Bearcats and Friends,

To recap, this past week was Ally Week, hosted by Baruch's Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Society (GLASS). On Thursday during Club Hours we had the event Straight But Not Narrow II: LGBT+ Terms and Definitions

As aforementioned, SBNN II was a continuation of an event we had during LGBT History Month back in October. At the first event we learned in a safe space the definition of what it means to be an Ally- one who is not necessarily in the community but is a supporter or activist for the LGBT+ community. On Tuesday and Wednesday of this past week, members of GLASS asked students passing by on the 2nd floor of the Newman Vertical Campus to write on a whiteboard a reason why they are Allies. Please refer to the lovely video of this experience in the link below to see the great things people said.

 I am an Ally Because… video

At Straight But Not Narrow II we indulged in Popeye's fried chicken (a crowd favorite) and GLASS member and Co-Creative Director Gabe Roman led a presentation on how we as Allies or as members of the LGBT+ community can appropriately address others without being accidentally offensive or making someone feel small. Gabe also drafted an LGBT+ Pocket Dictionary for us which lists Gender Expressions, Pronouns, Gender Identities, Sexual Orientations, Romantic Orientations, and some other General LGBT+ Terms we should all be aware of. Our guest, Christina Chala, also joined the discussion and helped to clear up some common misconceptions that have arisen. Christina is an Honors Advisor at Baruch and is employed with Dare2Engage, "a network of teachers and practitioners in 16-19 education who share a common aim to develop new and innovative resources for religious education and spiritual development." Later, in addition to further explaining to the crowd which terms some of us did not fully understand, Gabe also asked that we pair up and engage in an exercise where we pretended we did not know our neighbor, and we had to have a conversation with that person in an effort to avoid offending them by making any assumptions about their sexuality, gender identity, etc. I think I speak for everyone that attended when I say that I learned many new terms there and that I have more of a confidence now in how I can interact respectfully with others in the future. Please refer to this key resource whenever you feel it necessary, or stop by the LGBT Resource Room (VC 3-241) and chat with us.

GLASS's first ever Ally Week was very successful and we hope to make it an annual tradition. Stay tuned for upcoming events and have a great weekend!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Happy Monday!

Good evening Bearcats and friends,

Thank you to everyone in Baruch GLASS and to our guests who joined us for a discussion accompanied with coffee and donuts at our T-Time last Thursday. It was great to catch up with everyone on what they enjoyed about LGBT History Month.

October is not the only time GLASS makes a splash! We have many great events that we will both host and co-sponsor this fall semester alone, not to mention the many events we are excited to plan for the spring semester.

With that being said, happy Ally Week! This Thursday, the 13th, we are hosting Straight But Not Narrow 2: Terms and Definitions, the second part of an ally event we had during LGBT History Month. The goal is to create a safe zone for LGBT people and their allies to have an informative discussion about the appropriate terms we all should be using in our vocabulary. As always, we strive to make each person feel included and to know that his or her feelings should be respected and voiced. Please join us for a one of a kind event in Room VC 4-190 during Club Hours.

Hope to see you all there!

Monday, October 27, 2014


Hey Bearcats and Friends,

Tuesday starts the final week of Baruch's celebration of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender History Month. Baruch GLASS would like to thank everyone who attended our events and all the clubs and organizations who co-sponsored with us. This has been one of our most successful and eventful years. As promised, the month will go out with a bang.

Tuesday during Club Hours Baruch GLASS is hosting 
Rainbow Cinema
For the past 50 years, media depictions of LGBT people have not been accurate. Gay men are shown to be effeminate; lesbians and bisexual women are objectified; the transgendered community gets treated like clowns; and cross-dressers and drag performers are labeled gay, regardless of their orientation. At Rainbow Cinema we will view clips from a few movies from different time periods and have someone provide some background about them (how they were received in their time). Then we will watch a film that focuses on the problems of the LGBT community. A discussion of its time context, cultural impact and how mainstream audiences view LGBT people will follow.

Thursday during Club Hours is our Closing Ceremony. 
It will be held on the ROOM 2-125 in the Vertical Campus building (room number still pending). The ceremony is going to be a wrap up of LGBT History Month which will include a guest speaker and a recap video showing photos and videos from all of our events. We will be presenting all of the clubs who have cosponsored the month with us certificates of appreciation, as well as our guest speaker, and the members of the committee.

Thursday evening from 6pm to 9pm is the event you have possibly all been waiting for: Fright Night. Baruch GLASS's 8th annual Halloween Party 
It will serve as an evening of fun where the entire Baruch community can celebrate the LGBTQIA community and LGBT History Month, all free from discrimination. The theme is Haunted Carnival and guests and encouraged to come as they are and feel free to be themselves (or to put together an amazing costume of course!). There will be many fun activities including a photo booth and two costume competitions, one for the scariest costume and one for the best representation of an LGBT icon. 

Hope to see you all there! Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 25, 2014


Good afternoon all,

Yet another awesome week has passed in Baruch's celebration of LGBT History Month. On Tuesday, we had the event Global OUTrage: The Fight for LGBT Rights. The aim of that event was to learn about how counties besides the United States deal with inequality. We had a Skype session with journalists from The New York Times ​who described LGBT communities overseas, including those of Russia and Nigeria. 

On Thursday, Baruch GLASS co-hosted with the Star Career Developmemt Center for the event Queer People of Color in the Workplace. There, GLASS's Vice President had questioned prepared for the five panelists that came to speak about the companies they work in, and how growing up as an LGBT person and a member of another minority group has impacted their professional lives. Our guests were from Viamcom, McCann, Moody's, GLAAD, and Bloomberg. Each panelist was able to offer viable advice to us college students (who all stress about jobs) such as: research a company's culture before you commit to working there; establish a level of credibility in your company to get your voice heard; and, always stay true to your personal values. We also had the great opportunity to ask them our own questions and to do a little networking afterwards. 

This week is the last week of LGBT History Month! Please join us for Tuesday's event during club hours, Rainbow CinemaThursday's event during Club Hours, 
Closing Ceremony, and our annual Halloween Party, Fright Night (formerly known as Freak Fest), which is scheduled for Thursday night from 6pm to 9pm.

See you all soon! Thanks for your continued support and attendance!