“Following in the footsteps of our fierce predecessors Je-Shawna C. Wholley, Michael Brewer, Daniel Edwards and Kevin Webb, we have joined forces again to host our prides collectively. We are being intentional about celebrating living visibly and doing so unapologetically,” states a press release from the SpelHouse Pride Committee.
In 2009, Spelman’s Afrekete organized its first annual Pride week as a “radical response” to Morehouse’s New Appropriate Attire Policy that stated men at Morehouse could not wear such items as heels or carry purses as well as saggy pants. The Spelman Pride Week concluded with a fashion show, WERK, that encouraged participants to dress outside “traditional” gender norms, also to strike back at the Morehouse clothing policy.
The keynote address will be given Wednesday by Kim Katrin Crosby of Toronto, the co-founder of The People Project, a movement of queer and trans folks of color and our allies. She has also been recognized as one of Go Magazine’s ’100 Women We Love’ in 2012 and in 2013 she was honored as one of the Game Changers for The Insight Project. “Our goals for the celebratory week this year are quite intentional and bold, but simple: to celebrate the fearless, creative, and resilient spirits of LGBTQ folks of color; to promote community and alliance building amongst our student body; and to celebrate, affirm, and take pride in our identities—culturally, spiritually, and holistically,” the SpelHouse Pride Committee states.
Programming for the week:
MONDAY, MARCH 24 The Homecoming A space for poetry, spoken word, music, dance, narrative sharing, loving and healing 7:30-9:30 p.m. MLK Chapel (second floor)
TUESDAY, MARCH 25 Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Telling Their Tales Including a performance by E. Patrick Johnson 6:30-8:15 p.m. This event is free and open to the public Emma & Joe Adams Concert Hall Ray Charles Performing Arts Center Morehouse College
Safe Sex Workshop 7-9 p.m. Facilitated by Marla Stewart Suites Private Dining Room Spelman College
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26 Twitter chat 12-1:30 p.m. Moderated by Samantha Master HBCU program director for Human Rights Campaign
Gathering Honey: The Oral Histories of Southern Black Women Who Love Women 4 p.m. Written and directed by E. Patrick Johnson Cosby Museum of Fine Arts Spelman College
Keynote speech by Kim Katrin Crosby 6:30-8 p.m. Cosby Museum of Fine Art Spelman College
THURSDAY, MARCH 27 Speak Out! 3-4 p.m. Front of Kilgore Student Center Morehouse College
Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen 6-8 p.m. Film screening with chat moderated by Amir Jones Dansby Hall Room 200 Morehouse College
FRIDAY, MARCH 28 Pretty Slays! A Drag Variety Show 7-9 p.m. Cosby Auditorium Spelman College
SATURDAY, MARCH 29 Our First Queer Prom 9 p.m.-midnight Music by DJ Jay Marz Holiday Inn Atlanta Downtown