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GSEC Events:

Events are scheduled throughout the academic year. Many of these events are in collaboration with on and off campus partners that support the GSEC mission. Events are designed to provide a forum for educational dialogue and personal awareness.

On Campus Events:

Monday, September 18, 2017: An Evening with Sarah McBride

College of Charleston, School of Science & Math, 202 Calhoun Street, room 129

Sarah McBride is the National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign.  Hear her own personal story, the unfinished needs of the community, the current moment in trans/LGBTQ equality, and how we move forward. In 2012, Sarah made national headlines when she came out as transgender while serving as student body president at American University. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Sarah serves on the Board of Directors of Equality Delaware, the state’s primary LGBT-advocacy organization. In that capacity, Sarah helped lead the successful effort to add gender identity and expression to her state’s nondiscrimination and hate-crimes laws. In 2008, Sarah worked for Governor Jack Markell (D-DE) and, in 2010, for former Attorney General Beau Biden (D-DE). Prior to coming to HRC, Sarah worked on LGBTQ equality at the Center for American Progress and interned at the White House, the first out trans woman to do so. Sarah became the first openly transgender person to address a major party political convention when she spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

October is LGBT Month!

  • Check out the GSEC LGBT history slides - slides will be showing in the Stern Student Center lobby, Maybank Hall, and the Office of Institutional Diversity
  • Get your Pride Band - bands will be distributed throughout the month in the courtyard area next to the Office of New Student Programs

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Being Trans in Communities of Color: Screening of Becoming Johanna (30 minutes) and Post-film Discussion w/Director and film’s subject

College of Charleston, Robert Scott Small building  room 235 (between 5:30-8:30 p.m.)

The film shows how Johanna thrives despite various themes of oppression

  • transgender
  • of color (Latina)
  • immigration (mother is an immigrant)
  • female

Wednesday, October 11, 2017: National Coming Out Day

College of Charleston

Speaker and activities to be announced

October 12, 18 & 1, 2017: LGBTQ Spirit Day Quilt Project 

College of Charleston, Cougar Mall -11am-1pm

March 5-9, 2018: Gender Equity Week at the College of Charleston

Various activities on campus will be offered during the week. Schedule TBA

Community Events:

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Charleston Pride Festival

Charleston Pride September 16-23

Pride Schedule:

Charleston Pride Parade

Saturday, September 23, 2017: Charleston Pride & Rally in Brittlebank Park

Join GSEC on Saturday (September 23, 2017) as we represent the College of Charleston in the Charleston Pride parade. Walkers can meet the CofC group at 8:45a.m. in front of Dudley’s on Ann Street. We will have a golf cart following our group stocked with water and swag to throw out to the crowd. If you wish to participate in the parade email If you are bringing others please let me know how many in your group. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, partners, friends are welcome to walk with us! Those participating in the parade with the GSEC group will receive a rainbow pride flag lapel pin.

The Pride Parade steps off at 9:00am. The 1.8 mile parade route begins at Wragg Mall on the corners of Ann and Meeting Streets. The parade processes to King Street and heads south on King, traveling past Marion Square, the heart of downtown Charleston. Once the parade hits Broad Street, the procession takes a right and continues until Colonial Lake.  The rally is immediately after the parade in Brittlebank Park.

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