LGBTQ Past Events

In this section of the site, we will post past events that we thought were particularly important - in scope, execution, or attendance, for example — or that we're just proud of!

Matthew Shepard Vigil, 2009

Each year, Spectrum and the LGBTQ Center host a vigil in honor of the brutal beating and murder of Matthew Shepard on October 12th, 1998. In 2009, the College received notice from the Westboro Baptist Church that they would be sending a group of protesters to our vigil. The College community responded with a tour de force of peaceful protest, with an enormous number of students, faculty and staff holding candles that evening. Connecticut College President Lee Higdon spoke, as did LGBTQ Center Director Jen Manion and several students. The vigil had a profound impact on everyone who showed up.

Please pass the turkey — and by the way, I'm a lesbian!

Also known as "Please pass the stuffing — and by the way, I'm gay," this event took place in the afternoon on Wednesday, November 17th, 2010, in the LGBTQ Resource Center. We designed the event to be a supportive environment before students returned home for the Thanksgiving holiday — a time when queer college students have a history of coming out to friends and family. Student coordinators baked pumpkin pies, apple crisp and banana bread, which were coupled with hot apple cider, butternut squash soup and a fire in the fireplace. Older students, faculty, and staff shared stories and younger students shared concerns, and everyone left feeling ready to face the holiday!

Drag and Kink: An Evening with Jennie Livingston

Taking advantage of New York filmmaker Jennie Livingston's semester in residence in the Connecticut College Film Studies Department, the LGBTQ Resource Center worked with Film Studies to coordinate a discussion with Livingston following screenings on Friday, November 19th, 2010, of her 2005 short film Who's the Top, about lesbian relationships, and her 1990 award-winning documentary Paris is Burning, about the Ball movement and the Black and Hispanic gay and trans community in New York City. The discussions dealt with the various queer themes in both films, and were tremendously successful.

Contact information:



LGBTQ Resource Center
Jen Manion, Director
270 Mohegan Avenue
Box 5292
New London, CT 0632