Category Archives: queer (UBC) events

Outweek – Board Games Night + Queer U

Outweek is just around the corner! Check out their Facebook page for a list of all the events happening at UBC from Feb 4-9, including a workshop by Our City of Colours, a storytelling workshop, HIV & STI rapid testing, and more. There are two events that might be of particular interest to grad students:

Outweek – Grad Student Board Games Night

Each February, UBC raises the Rainbow Flag in support of LGBQTTI students, faculty, and staff. Check our the Facebook event page here for a schedule of events organized by Pride UBC. [The Network] is hosting Board Games Night for grad students on Thursday, February 7th, 2013. We will have lots of games of various genres, from The Settlers of Catan to Scrabble to Taboo to Storming the Castle (the Princess Bride-themed board game…). Bring a few dollars if you want to share pizza. Friends and partners are welcome. Contact for the address!

Outweek – Queer U conference

A graduate student conference showcasing the research being done on gender(s) and sexuality(ies). Come support fellow grad students presenting their research, and/or learn more about what people are thinking right now on these topics… Bobby Noble is presenting as a keynote. See the website for a full schedule.

The conference is followed by a wine and cheese reception!

Queer U 2013 CFP

Queer U is an annual interdisciplinary student academic panel organized during Outweek, which is a week of queer events that Pride UBC puts together.

You can find the CFP for the next edition over at the Queer U website!

February 1st Friday + Games Night

We have two events coming up!

The February First Friday is happening this Friday at the Speakeasy bar downtown (at Davie and Bute). See you there between 6 and 8!

And next week we will be getting together for a board games night at Ruth’s house. All are welcome! RSVP to for directions.


There is also a graduate conference (Queer U) being organized at UBC on February 15. For more information, visit their website or check out the poster below.

Global Queer Research Group starting up

A queer research group (which will include a queer reading group) is being started up at the Lui Institute. I thought this may be of interest to some of you, so here are details about the first planning meeting, if you’re interested in getting involved. The pdf for this event can be downloaded here.

Global Queer Research Group
Planning Meeting
May 30th, 1-3pm
3rd Floor Board Room
The Liu Institute for Global Issues

The Global Queer Research Group (GQRG) is a new research group initiative based at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC. The purpose of the GQRG is to connect scholars, activists, and community members around research and policy issues concerning lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, both locally and globally. The GQRG is open to all graduate and undergraduate students.

Goals for this planning meeting:

1. Settle on topics and readings for a monthly reading group focusing on critical studies of sexuality.
2. Propose and organize events for the upcoming year (i.e. film screening, art shows, lectures, workshops, panels).
3. Organize a website and online network service.

For more information please contact GQRG:

Upcoming Global LGBTQ event (Mar 7)

Thank you for making this month’s First Friday (and the admin meeting before that) another successful evening for The Network!

In the next few days, you will start to notice some changes on the website – our admin meeting on Friday was very productive and we’re going to be working to make some changes in the next little while. I will let you know all about it once a few key changes have been made; for now, I would like to at direct you to our new Feedback page.

First, I wanted to let you know about a queer-related event happening on Monday. Please read the message below and consider attending if you are interested.


This is just an email reminder for the next Global LGBTQ meeting next month. We hope to cover and expand upon the ideas brought out of the “Does it get better?” forum last January and start planning activities and research initiatives in and around the UBC campus. Here are just some of the few topics we covered last meeting and hope to talk about in our next meeting:

1) Connecting global and local contexts and responses to homophobic and transphobic violence.
2) Connecting LGBTQ scholars and those who are interested in queer and lgbtq research and issues at UBC.
3) Planning future events on homonationalism, homophobic violence, discrimination within lgbtq communities and queer acts of resistance and healing.
4) Creating a research network at the Liu Institute for queer scholars and research.

The next meeting will be:

Monday, March 7th

Liu Institute, 3rd Floor Board room

Please share this to your friends and colleagues. The more the merrier!

Upcoming event (Feb 8)

Queer U is an interdisciplinary student academic event on sexuality(ies) and gender(s) organized during Outweek at UBC. This event is an opportunity for students from all over the university to present their work on queer and trans issues to a broad audience of students, faculty members, staff, and community members. This event is free and all are welcome.

This year’s event will take place on Tuesday, February 8 from 4 to 7 in the Penthouse Lounge of the Graduate Student Society (GSS) building (map). It will be followed by a reception with food and refreshments in the same location.

Feel free to share the poster with anyone who may be interested. You can also see the full program for this year’s event on the Queer U website.

Upcoming events (Jan 10 + Jan 11)

Two events next week that may be interesting to our members:


Discussion Forum: “Does it get better?:  Homosexuality as Intolerable”
Date: Monday January 10, 2011
Time:   12:00-3:00
Place:  3rd Floor Board Room, Liu Institute for Global Issues

Recent suicides of gay teenage boys in the US is only one story of a larger global violent backlash against sexual minorities.  The infamous proposal of new legislation to make acts of homosexuality punishable by death in Uganda, and the resurgence of persecution against gay, lesbian, transgendered and queer people across world indicate an alarming trend. Last month, the UN removed the words “sexual orientation” from the UN Resolution Condemning Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions; and in Canada, once the most progressive country in the world for refugee rights, sexual minorities face increasing challenges to obtain refugee status.

The “It Gets Better Project” sends a positive message to youth that despite the seeming intolerability of their experiences, over time they will find community, security and tolerance. But does this campaign mislead youth into thinking that “waiting it out” is the answer?  Join our discussion forum to explore these global questions:

  • What makes homosexuality intolerable?
  • For whom does it get better and why?
  • Why is tolerance, a tolerable political response?
  • What is “our” responsibility?

Join us to stimulate discussion and help us explore how we might engage the UBC and world community on these issues.

Please RSVP at


“Making Movies Out of Sex and Life”: A Queer Film Screening and Dialogue with Renowned Filmmaker, Barbara Hammer

January 11, 2011 doors at 6pm, show at 7pm
Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver BC)
Director Barbara Hammer // USA // 62 min

Tickets $7.00/free students/seniors (for free admission and a guaranteed seat, contact Carmen Radut

Four short films, incl Dyketactics, No Nooky TV, Sync Touch and A Horse is Not a Metaphor. Barbara Hammer will be present for a Q & A after the screening. See here for more information.

Barbara Hammer was born on May 15, 1939 in Hollywood, California. She is a visual artist working primarily in film and video and has made over 80 works in a career that spans 40 years. She is considered a pioneer of queer cinema. She has received numerous awards, most recently the Teddy for the best LGBT film at the 2009 International Berlin Film Festival (A Horse is Not a Metaphor). Her first book on queer cinema, HAMMER! Making Movies Out of Sex and Life launched at The Elizabeth Sackler Center at The Brooklyn Museum of Art on March 6, 2010 and is published by The Feminist Press of City Universit y of New h in fall of 2010 Hammer was honored with her first US retrospective at theMuseum of Modern Art in New York City to be followed by The Tate Modern in London in fall 2011.

Hammer Event co-sponsors also include: BOLDFest Conference & at UBC: Women’s and Gender Studies Program (WMST), Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies (CWAGS), Critical Studies in Sexuality (CSIS): The Jane Rule Endowment for Human Sexuality.