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LGBT center looking forward to eventful quarter

Special guests Bill Bowers, Erin Upchurch headline program

Ohio University's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Center is welcoming the New Year with a wide range of events for
students to get involved this winter.

Highlights for the quarter include a spa night and visits from Bill Bowers and Erin Upchurch.

"Each quarter we put together a wide range of programs," said Mickey Hart, Director of the LGBT Center. "Many of our programs are really about community building and giving LGBT and Ally students opportunities to connect and interact."

Some of the activities designed to facilitate interaction among community members include various "Dine and Discuss" nights.

A "Dine and Discuss" with Erin Upchurch will take place at noon,Thursday, Feb. 16, in the LGBT Center. Throughout the discussion, Upchurch will confront the issues of race and homophobia in the African-American and LGBT communities.

"Often times, real or perceived, there is a notion that there are tensions between the black community and the LGBT community," said Hart. "We've been doing a few programs to take a look at that."

Also making an appearance this quarter will be Bill Bowers, an actor, mime, and LGBT activist. As part of his quarter-long residency in Athens, Bowers will host his performance, "Beyond Words," from 8-10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, in the Baker University Center Theatre.

During February, students are invited to participate in the Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Ally College Conference. The event will be held Feb. 9-12 on the Iowa State University campus.

Other scheduled fun events in the LGBT Center include a "Take Care and Relax Spa Night" and a craft night. Spa Night will be held 7-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, and will include stress relief, massages, aromatherapy and stress ball making. The "Be My Queer Valentine" craft night will take place 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9. Participants will make valentine cards and cookies.

There are also a variety of events held by various student groups. Open Doors will continue to host monthly dances at Casa Nueva. The first dance will be held 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14. 

The theme for the night is "Naughty New Year" and attendees are asked to dress in costume. This will not be the only dance of the quarter, there will be an Open Doors dance at Casa Nueva, Feb. 11 and the annual "Gay Prom" from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., March 3, in the Walter Hall Rotunda.

The Queer Prom is one of the highlights of the year for many LGBT students. The event, hosted by Ally, usually atttracts about 100 people dressed in both costume and formal wear. This year's theme is "Super Queer-os." The Queer Prom is open to all members of the community.

"It's a fun time," said sophomore Heidi Sanderson. "It's a really diverse crowd and we welcome everyone."

All events hosted by the LGBT Center are free and open to everyone. Click here for more information about upcoming events.