Queer History Celebration & Trans Week of Visibility 2023

About this year's Queer History Celebration and Trans Week of Visibility...

Queer History Celebration and Trans Week of Visibility are hosted by the Office of Pluralism and Leaderhsip (OPAL), led by student coordinators Uma Alagappan '23, Dylan Davis '26, and Annabelle Pietryka '26, and supported by assistant director Angélique Bouthot. The events are sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity. 

We are thankful for our many campus partners and supporters of individual events, including: The Triangle House, Dartmouth Athletics, Collis After Dark, HOP Films, Displaced Theater Company, the Hood Museum of Art, Moonoka Begay '23, The House of Lewan, The Dartmouth Outing Club DIJE sub club, The Rauner Special Collections Library, Michelle O'Brien, TransTape, Dartmouth College Health Service, BTFA Collective, The Department of English & Creative Writing, and the Geography Department and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. 

Calendar of Events



Rocky Horror Picture Show with Collis after Dark, HOP Films, and Displaced Theatre Company



Saturday, October 7th at 10 pm
Sarner Underground

Open to all students

Creatures of the night! Sing, dance, laugh and hurl untold objects at the screen during this most beloved of all cinematic bacchanalia. In this seventies' cult musical classic, naive sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a "transvestite" scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O'Brien). Through elaborate song and dance, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular boy toy named "Rocky."




Love as Ceremony: Legacies of Queer Indigenous Liberation 
On exhibit from August 19, 2023 – October 14, 2023
Curated by Moonoka Begay '23 at the Hood Museum of Art

A Space For Dialogue Gallery Talk
Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 4 pm
Hood Museum of Art

Open to the public
Former Museum Intern Moonoka Begay '23 Discusses Their Exhibition "Love As Ceremony: Legacies Of Two-Spirit Liberation."



kent monkman exhibit
Kent Monkman: The Great Mystery installed in Lathrop Gallery. Photo by Rob Strong.

Kent Monkman
The Great Mystery
On Exhibit From April 8 – December 16, 2023

The Dr. Allen W. Root Contemporary Art Lectureship: Kent Monkman 
Friday, October 13, 2023 at 5 pm
Hood Museum of Art

Open to the public
Artist Kent Monkman will discuss the works in "Kent Monkman: The Great Mystery," his return to abstract expressionism, and how both connect to his new book. A reception will follow!


And Thou Shalt be Healed: A New Play by Benjamin Benne


And thou shalt be healed, poster by Natalie Halsey '25

October 14th at 8:00pm and October 15th 2:00pm
873 Bragg Hill Road

Transportation Provided**
Artwork by Natalie Halsey '25

Siblings Mary and Johnny were raised in the same Christian cult. Now in their 30s, the still religious Mary is having a crisis of faith and is in need of a miracle. Her now secular brother offers a controversial solution. When reunited on a remote mountain in New Mexico, surrounded by energy vortexes, rumors of aliens, and a golden eyelash palm pit viper named Daisy, they wonder: Did they ever know the same God?

Drop In Space for Queer & Trans Students of Color


queer history celebration event title with snacks and beverages

Monday, October 16th
Collis 301
8 -10PM

Join OPAL student coordinators for a chill space to connect–snacks, music, and conversation. This is an affinity space intended only for queer and/or trans students of color. 


Club Lewan: Queer Renaissance



Tuesday, Oct 17th at 8 pm
Collis Common Ground
Open to all students

Join the House of Lewan and the Office of Pluralism and Leadership (OPAL) for our Renaissance Party. Renaissance by Beyonce is a celebration of queer artistry, paying tribute to the Black queer roots of house and disco music. With elements of the underground NYC Ballroom scene, Beyonce has uplifted the artists of color to share their work around the world. Our Renaissance Party will reinforce these values through the art of drag and the magic of queer nightlife! This show is scheduled to start at 8pm, featuring members of the House of Lewan and Candace Persuasian, immediately followed by a dance party featuring Beyonce's music and many Black and brown queer artists that were featured on the Renaissance tour.



Every Body Poster

Sunday, Oct 22nd at 1:45 pm
The Nugget Theater 

The show is open to all. These tickets are reserved for undergraduate students.
Register here.

EVERY BODY is a revelatory investigation of the lives of intersex people. The film tells the stories of three individuals who have moved from childhoods marked by shame, secrecy, and non-consensual surgeries to thriving adulthoods after each decided to set aside medical advice to keep their bodies a secret and instead came out as their authentic selves. Actor and screenwriter River Gallo (they/them), political consultant Alicia Roth Weigel (she/they), and Ph.D. student Sean Saifa Wall (he/him) are now leaders in a fast-growing global movement advocating for greater understanding of the intersex community and an end to unnecessary surgeries. Woven into the story is a stranger-than-fiction case of medical abuse, featuring exclusive footage from the NBC News archives, which helps explain the modern-day treatment of intersex people. 

Queer: Then & Now, A Rauner Special Collections Event with the LGBTQIA+ Employee Network



Monday, October 23rd from 6-8 pm
Rauner Archives
Open to all

In this event, students have the opportunity to view Rauner's artifacts documenting queer history. During the event, there will be opportunities for attendees to see photos, read letters, and get a glimpse of queer events held over decades. Val Werner, Historical Accountability Student Research Program Coordinator, will give brief remarks about the artifacts and queer history at Dartmouth at 6:15 pm.

In collaboration with the LGBTQIA+ Employee Network, there will be opportunities for building bridges across the faculty/staff network and queer student groups. Food will be provided–come to learn about history and make the connections needed to build for the future

The Dartmouth Outing Club: Presentation on LGBTQIA+ Leaders in the Outdoors

Wednesday, October 25th at 8 pm
One Wheelock

Open to all

A presentation on the history of LGBTQIA+ folks in the outdoors, with each sub-club of the DOC highlighting an LGBTQIA+ pioneer within their sub-club's respective discipline (i.e. hiking, canoeing, skiing, etc).



keynotespeaker qhc 2023

Thursday, October 26th at 6 pm
Location TBD


We are excited to welcome author and activist M.E. O'Brien to campus as our keynote speaker. This talk will focus on O'Brien's speculative fiction as a vehicle for dreaming of radical queer futures and is informed by her research on queer activist movements. She co-wrote Everything For Everyone: An Oral History of the New York Commune, 2052-2072 with Eman Abdelhadi, and her most recent book, Family Abolition: Capitalism and the Communizing of Care was released earlier this year. Learn more about M. E. O'Brien on her website.

Thank you to The Department of English & Creative Writing and the Geography Department for their cosponsorship on this event.

HOP Films presents Bottoms



Oct 27th at 7:00pm
Loew Auditorium

Tickets: $8+ 
Open to the public

Ticket Access and More Information Here!

An uproarious, raunchy comedy about a couple of outcast, queer high-school girls who start a fight club to get dates. Emma Seligman (Shiva Baby) and star Rachel Sennott are back with an indescribably funny, horny and weird new charmer. PJ ( Sennott) and Josie (Ayo Edebiri) strike out with all the girls at their high school, while a-hole football players strut around like cocks of the walk. To uplevel their status and get closer to the objects of their desire, PJ and Josie start a girls' fight club. The supporting cast really shines and football-great Marshawn Lynch makes a cameo as the club's faculty advisor. At the bottom of the film's knotted plot and raunchy jokes, however, lies a rather poignant story about female friendship and empowerment. Bottoms is an ambitious sophomore feature from a director who is just getting started, one that can craft both a hilariously surreal teen sex comedy and marry it with one hell of an eye for action sequences.

TransTape Workshop


transtape workshop

TransTape Workshop
Wednesday, November 1st at 6:30 pm


Location sent to those who register
This event is open to students and centers trans and nonbinary students specifically.
Register here.

This TransTape workshop will be led by Quyen Tran, Education and Outreach Coordinator for Transtape.  There will be a taping demo, the chance to learn about safe binding and tape removal, and the opportunity for people to apply tape to themselves in shared and private spaces. Attendees must be over 18. 

Community Organizing Workshop


jordan jay


Saturday, November 4th 
Time and Location TBD

Community Organizing Workshop with Jordyn Jay
Saturday, November 4th 
11:00 am
Triangle House

Join us for a light brunch while learning about community organizing strategies. Founder and Executive Director of Black Trans Femmes in the Arts, Inc., Jordyn Jay will share how she founded BTFA and grew the organization into a world-renowned platform for Black trans femme artists and provide students with tools and tactics for organizing, advocacy, and community-based institution building.

Originally from Jacksonville, FL, Jordyn Jay (she/her) is a community organizer, arts advocate, and producer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Black Trans Femmes in the Arts Collective (BTFA). Before founding BTFA, Jordyn received her Master's degree in Art Politics from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Jordyn is a firm believer in the power of art to inspire radical sociopolitical change and is dedicated to using that power for Black trans liberation.

HOP films presents Strange Way of Life with Human Voice and a conversation with Pedro Almodóvar


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Saturday, November 4th at 7:00 pm
Loew Auditorium
Tickets: $8+
Open to the public

Spanish master director Pedro Almodóvar has just made two outstanding English-language shorts and they are together here in one program. In Strange, Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal are two gunslingers who reunite after 25 years. With his love of heightened emotion, Almodóvar's answer to Brokeback Mountain finds a ready home in the Western genre. 

Tilda Swinton buys an ax toward the start of The Human Voice, a perfect half hour of film that packs the punch of a dozen features. Waiting for a lover who has left her, her breakdown is handled with Almodóvar's trademark empathy. Sometimes, you need to burn everything to the ground to start over—or to see Swinton do it in a pair of gold lamé pants, which is frankly just as good.

The program ends with a recorded conversation with the writer-director, Pedro Almodóvar.

Additional Programming

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement (DICE) at the Geisel School of Medicine, Geisel PrideMD Student Interest Group, the Dartmouth Health Gender and Sexuality Employee Resource Group, and the Office of Alumni Engagement are also celebrating LGBTQIA+ History Month! 

Undergraduates are warmly welcomed to their keynote speaker and their clothing swap. Learn more here.