Women’s Studies Faculty & Grad Colloquium: Farid Muttaqin

download flyerFarid Muttaqin “Observing the Islamic Theological Context: Contemporary Indonesian Muslim Feminist Agendas toward Recognition of Gay and Lesbian Rights”
Friday, November 2, 2007, 4-6 PM
Baker Center 233
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

This month’s colloquium will feature Farid Muttaqin leading a discussion on his paper. Muttaquin, currently an OU Southeast Asian Studies student, graduated from the State Islamic University of Jakarta in philosophy.

The Muslim feminists in Indonesia have an important position among the efforts to uphold gay and lesbian rights. Indeed, the involvement of Muslim feminist groups in homosexual movements is crucial in terms of strengthening the endeavors of reconstruction of biases in Islamic interpretations. Some groups such as GAYa Nusantara, Koalisi Pelangi, and Koalisi Perempuan Indonesia, who promotes gay rights in Indonesia, focus on the internal empowerment among gay communities and still abandon the problem of theology and religion. It is hard for the “secular groups” to deal with the controversial issue of homosexuality in the country in where Islamic religious belief plays the significant roles for the society. It is important to begin the recognition of homosexual rights in Indonesia by observing the theological context and reinterpreting the verses of the Koran. In this regard, this feminist effort to provide a new interpretation of Islamic teaching on homosexuality will be a crucial contribution to gay and lesbian rights.

Part of the Ohio University Women’s Studies Program Colloquium for faculty and graduate students. Refreshments will be served.

To facilitate discussion, please request a copy of the paper from Women’s Studies: godby -at- ohio.edu or 740-593-4686.


Rev. Bradley Schmeling on The Church, Society, and Homosexuality

Rev. Bradley Schmeling on The Church, Society, and Homosexuality
Wed, Oct 17, 2007, 7 pm

Christ Lutheran Church
69 Mill St, Athens, Ohio

Rev. Bradley Schmeling will give a public talk in the church sanctuary, open to all interested people. The session will review some of the theological and social issues in church and society regarding homosexuality.

Rev. Schmeling, a graduate of Ohio University and a peer minister at Christ Church during that time, was at the center of discussion at the recent national convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (August, Chicago). Because he has a spouse who is male, a former Lutheran pastor himself, Bradley was put on trial and removed from the list of approved clergy by his bishop and the national church. He remains the pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Atlanta because his congregation supports him whole-heartedly and Lutheran bishops have been encouraged to refrain from further action against gay pastors in committed partnerships.

St. John’s Lutheran Church “Trial Update,” an information-rich page.

Contact: 740 593 3144 or clchurch -at- frognet.net

LGBT Dine & Discuss

LGBT Dine & Discuss: Balancing Careers and Long Term Relationships
Wednesday, October 17, 2007, Noon-1 pm

LGBT Center, 354 Baker Center
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Meet a couple who have been together for 21 years, and have gone through several moves and career changes together. Harvey Ballard, an associate professor of environmental and plant biology, and Andrew Stuart, assistant head of the reference and instruction department at Alden Library, will share their stories and wisdom.

A pizza lunch will be served. Skills for a Queer Life is the theme for 2007-2008 Dine & Discuss series.

Contact: LGBT Center, st195902 -at- ohio.edu

OUTWRITE latest issue now available

The latest issue of OUTWRITE, Ohio University‘s LGBTA journal, is now available for download as a pdf from the LGBT Center!

This issue (No. 3, October 2007), is the OUT Week edition.

– Looking Back, Moving Forward: Stonewall
– 4 Our Health: HPV
– Queer News: Out in the World
– Queer Confusion: LGBT Labels explained
– Out of the Closet: Faculty Spotlight
– Out in the World: China
– Entertainment & Meeting Calendar
– LGBT Student Affairs Commissioner update
– Leading the Way: Student Leaders
– Poetry
– And more!

OUTWeek 2007

OUTWeek 2007: Come OUT! Get OUT! Stay OUT!
Sunday, October 7-Sunday, October 14, 2007
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Sunday, October 7

OUTWeek T-shirt Tie-Dye & Painting
UCM, 18 N. College St. 2-6pm
T-shirts are free for you to decorate for OUT Week!
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Paint the Graffiti Wall
1 am
Join the painting fun!

Monday, October 8

Queer Aquarium
Lindley Hall Park, 11 am-1 pm
Join in this awareness raising event. Bring your lunch or your books to study. This is a great place to catch up with friends.
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When the Gays Move Into Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood
Baker Center 242, 8-9:30 pm
By Joe Bertolino and Bil Leipold of Campus Speak
This program explore the realities and human dimensions of living in a world of heterosexual privilege. Drawing from their own lives, their experiences as fraternity men and student affairs professionals, their family experiences, and the dynamics of their own relationship, Joe and Bil present this difficult topic in a non-threatening, humorous way.
Sponsored by ActOUT and the LGBT Center

Tuesday, October 9

Bisexuality 101: Myths and Realities, with Bisexual Activist and Author Robyn Ochs
LGBT Center, Baker Center 354 4-5:30 pm
What is bisexuality? Is there no such thing as bisexuality or is everyone really bisexual? Or is it more complicated than that? Examine these questions as well as biphobia in lesbian, gay and heterosexual
communities with the goal of better understanding bisexuality and bisexual identities.
Open to people of all sexual orientations!

OUT Week Keynote
I Now Pronounce You…Equal, with Bisexual Activist and Author Robyn Ochs
Baker University Center Theatre, 8-9:30 pm
Regardless of your position on same-sex marriage, it’s a very confusing issue, and it’s very difficult to keep track of what’s going on in the United States and around the world. Get your questions answered, and hear the personal story of someone from Massachusetts who legally married her wife on May 17. An extended question and answer period follows.
Sponsored by Open Doors and the LGBT Center
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Wednesday, October 10

Gay Blue Jean Day
Wear blue jeans to show support for LGBT people!

Open Doors Meeting
UCM, 18 N. College St., 8-10 pm
Bring a straight friend night! Regular and occasional attendees are very welcome. Invite a friend or meet the friends of others! We love our straight ALLIES!

OUT Week Concert: Erica and the Little Beans
Blue Gator, 63 N. Court St, 10:30-Midnight
Great music for a great cause! Benefit Concert for EWO-Empowering Women of Ohio

Thursday, October 11

National Coming Out Day

Wear your ‘Gay, Fine By Me’ T-shirt Day!

Brown Bag Discussion: OUT in the Workplace
The Women’s Center, Noon-1 pm
OU employees will be featured in this panel discussion.
Sponsored by the Women’s Center and OUT@Work

Greeks & Gays
Baker University Center 242, 5-7 pm
Hear from a panel of LGBT community and Greek life members to help dispel misperceptions and bridge the two communities.
Sponsored by ALLY and LGBT Commission
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Hip-Hop and Homophobia: The Ins and Outs
Baker University Center 230, 8-9 pm
Join this discussion about how the Hip-Hop movement deals with LGBT issues.
Sponsored by SHADES

Friday, October 12

OUTWeek Rally
Scripps Hall Amphitheater, Noon-1 pm
Always fun and festive. Come celebrate the fact that we can be OUT at OU!
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OUT @ the Movies
Baker University Center 239, 11 pm-1 am
Attendees will select one of several films to view during this casual event–think slumber party!
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Saturday, October 13

Open Doors Dance Party: GAY AT THE GATOR!
Blue Gator, 63 N. Court St, 10:30 pm-2 am
Traffic Jam theme. Bring $ for Glow Sticks!

Sunday, October 14

CookOUT at Strouds Run
2-6 pm
Eat, relax and play at this always amusing event! Look for the rainbow flag! This event is held rain or shine
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SEE:OUT Week activities abound,” OUtlook, 10/5/2007

OUTWeek is coordinated by Open Doors. Other sponsors include: ActOUT; ALLY; EWO; The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center; LGBT Commission of Student Senate; SHADES; The Women’s Center; and OUT@Work: OU LGBTA Employees’ Network.

The Lesbian Lecture Series

The Lesbian Lecture Series
Monday, September 24, 2007, 7:30-9 PM

1804 Lounge, Baker Center 5th Floor
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Dr. Sharon Denham, a professor in OU’s School of Nursing, will facilitate conversations based on her ‘Quietly Radical Life.’ Conversations may include: Being ‘IN’ while living in urban and suburban places yet coming ‘OUT’ while living is a rural place, Where are all the lesbian nurses?, Being out in the classroom, Health and cultural concerns of Appalachian folks, Getting more bold and ‘out’ there, An openly gay grandson, and more. Come join in on the conversation!

Dr. Denham started her nursing education as a non-traditional student in an associate degree nursing program at Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, Ohio. She has also completed a baccalaureate degree at Ohio University, a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Bellarmine College, and a doctoral degree in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Her areas of focus have been nursing education, family nursing, and community health. She has given numerous local, state, national, and international professional presentations. She is active professionally in several professional nursing organizations and currently serves as a Commissioner for the National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission, chairs the Family Health Section of the National Council on Family Relations, and is involved for many years with the Appalachian Studies Association.

Dr. Denham has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals pertaining to her research and has written a textbook entitled Family Health: A Framework for Nursing, a framework to consider family-focused care. She is widely recognized for her knowledge about and work with health and cultural concerns of Appalachian populations. Her current research and scholarship focus on type 2 diabetes, but over the years she has published research findings about family health, abuse and violence, alcohol and tobacco use in Appalachian populations.

This year-long OU LGBT Center series is designed to specifically focus on the lives, loves and interests of Lesbians! Offered twice a quarter, this series will include discussions, activities, slide shows, etc. All are welcome!

Contact: st195902 -at- ohio.edu

LGBT Dine & Discuss

LGBT Dine & Discuss
Thursday, September 20, Noon-1pm

LGBT Center, 354 Baker Center
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Stressed? Overwhelmed?  Plan to be later this quarter? Plan not to be! Join Susan Young as she shares ways to “Attend to Your Whole Self.”

Susan B. Young, Ph.D.  serves as the Training Coordinator for the OU Counseling Center, Hudson Health Center. She is a licensed staff psychologist has developed expertise in a number of areas, but specializes in feminist therapy and has been especially helpful to people with gender and sexual orientation issues, as well as people suffering from eating disorders. She has a long history, before and after earning her psychology degree, of working with people on social justice and diversity initiatives. She has served on the LGBT taskforce for four years and leads a support group for transgendered individuals called “Transitions.”

“Skills for a Queer Life” is the theme for 2007-2008 Ohio University LGBT Center Dine & Discuss series. Three times a quarter we offer a chance to enjoy a pizza lunch as we welcome a speaker to lead a discussion on LGBT topics and issues. Join us for the first Dine & Discuss of the new year!

Contact: st195902 -at- ohio.edu