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    Some of the amazing artists who are a part of making the GSEX art show happen are in this show on campus. The opening is tonight! Check it out.

    Free, accessible, and open to the public!

    I bet there’s refreshments too.

    June 6—8

    Opening TONIGHT!

    VCU Fine Arts Building Gallery

    1st floor

    1000 W Broad St



  2. active-rva:

    Every Monday during the summer, from 1-4pm, at Crenshaw House (919 West Franklin Street, Richmond VA), starting June 2nd, the Virginia Commonwealth University GSEX Department is holding Jail Mail. 

    Jail Mail provides the opportunity to begin correspondence with people incarcerated in the Richmond City Jail, and with incarcerated LGBTQ people around the United States. 

    You can RSVP through the title link. 

    Crenshaw House is not wheelchair accessible. 

    TODAY Y’ALL!!!!

    Open to the public!


  3. active-rva:


    Join us for the 12th Annual Girls Are Talking “Change Begins with Me” Conference! #GATCrva
    Angela W Patton, CEO of Girls For A Change & Founder of Camp Diva, says that “everything is designed to get girls excited about their futures, and this year, specifically about opportunities in STEM-related careers. It’s a chance for girls to find their ‘it,’ all while they learn about the importance of loving and taking care of themselves.”

    Register Now (20% off Early Bird Special) Order tickets via Eventbrite.

    This conference, taking place from July 25th-26th at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (1651 East Parham Road, Richmond VA) is designed for girls 11-18. The proceedings of the conference are designed to empower girls in all aspects of their lives, from their relationships to their careers. 

    The early bird special tickets are $20 per individual, and the regular cost is $25. You can opt to also pay all or part of a ticket for another participant when you select your ticket through the Eventbrite link. 



    «Summer Edition »

    Every Monday, starting June 2, the GSWS department is continuing our tradition of prison activism by hosting letter writing and zine making workshops from 1-3. We will be writing letters, making zines, and preparing care packages for prisoners in the Richmond City Jail and LGBTQ prisoners across the US. 

    In the past, we’ve done film screenings of documentaries and films about prisons and mass-incarceration, zine making, listened to sweet playlists, had really good conversation, etc. We plan on keepin on with alla that! We can also screen the music that’s been coming out of the Richmond City Jail through the Open Minds course with Liz for anyone who hasn’t heard it yet! 

    As always, this weekly event is open to the public and everyone is invited. We have lots of supplies, just bring yourselves and your friends.

    *Inaccessibility note: the Crenshaw House conference room is not wheelchair accessible. There are two sets of three big steps to get into the front of the building, and a very narrow hallway to the first floor bathroom.

    1st Summer JAIL MAIL:

    Monday June 2nd


    Crenshaw House

    919 W. Franklin Street


    Free and open to the public


  5. Healthy Relationships workshop at VLPP

    Healthy Love: Something for Everyone

    When: Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 6:30pm-8:00pm

    Where: The Virginia League for Planned Parenthood Conference Room

                    201 N Hamilton St

                    Richmond, VA 23221


    The Virginia League for Planned Parenthood is partnering with the Virginia Anti-Violence Project to offer a fun workshop about healthy relationships. This workshop will cover positive information and skills that you can put into practice in your own relationships and also share with others. Topics covered will include boundaries, communication, and expectations. This is a safe space open to anyone who is interested in building healthy relationships in their own lives or in their community.

    The discussion will be facilitated by Jackie Small from the Virginia Anti-Violence Project and Hieu Tran from SONG (Southerners on New Ground). The Virginia Anti-Violence Project facilitates LGBTQ Healthy Relationships skills classes and also works to raise awareness around intimate partner violence and sexual violence in the LGBTQ community.

    Refreshments will be provided. Space is limited. To RSVP, please contact education@vlpp.org.


  6. kiss-me-on-myneck:




    Featured in Photo: Teri @kiss-me-on-myneck

    Black history in what was once Confederate Capitol of the United States, Richmond, Virginia, is unique in that it is continually bandaged over by plaques. Jackson Ward, what was once self-sustaining economy built by freed blacks and dubbed “Black Wall Street”, is now commemorated by a single plaque that hides beneath a tree on Belvidere as you move out to 95. The first black bank chartered in the United States is now gutted out and home to hipsters; a plaque is glued to its fence. And now, Richmond would like to give one more plaque so that we can remember to forget the largest slave-trading district north of New Orleans.

    By the beginning of the nineteenth century, insatiable demand for cotton sugar created a massive migration of black people to the Deep South to work plantations. Virginia became what was known as a “breeder state” as black folk were bred and trafficked into the South to meet labor demands. Shockoe Bottom in Richmond, Virginia was often the last stop for Northern slaves and kidnapped free blacks before descent into the South. Shockoe Bottom was home to over 40 auction houses and a multitude of slave pens and jails. Solomon Northrup, the author of Twelve Years a Slave, was jailed in Shockoe Bottom before being transported to New Orleans. Until the end of the civil war, the sale of black people was “the single most profitable trade in Virginia.” Around a 1/3 of a million black folk were sold from Richmond, Virginia; the number is so large that a majority of black people can trace their ancestry right back to this very spot. And now, if Mayor Dwight Jones has anything to do with it, Shockoe Bottom will be the location of a minor league baseball stadium. Outside the iron gates, they’ll hang a plaque.

    Defacing historic Shockoe Bottom with a baseball stadium is an extension of the continued erasure of the black contribution to American history. Alternatively, community activists are proposing that the area become an “educational center of international significance” for reflection, meditation, and study. You can read more about historic Shockoe Bottom and the alternate proposal here in The Virginia Defender. You can also sign the petition to oppose building the stadium. If you’re in RVA and want to get involved directly, contact Phil Wilayto at philwilayto@gmail.com. Share the hashtag. Richmond City Council meets May 27th to decide Shockoe Bottom’s fate.

    Receipt | Receipt | Receipt


    I think it’s ridiculous this is even happening. The current location for the stadium is fine and the proposal to move it makes absolutely no sense.  If only I could explain to you how dumb it is to move. Parking, traffic, displacing residents. It makes no sense to move.

    It’s almost as if they haven’t pissed any black people off this year let’s just do something disrespectful for shits and giggles.

    No seriously. They knock down historically significant things and put up signs that say, “This is what used to be here just so you know.”  I promise if you were to ever visit it would make you sick. Sign the damn petition.

    (Source: , via active-rva)


  7. Jess Jude, the cutest Administrative Assistant on the block, walking happliy on the way into work.


  8. Resistance is a key part of how hegemony works. Wardens sometimes allow the prison riots to go on before they shut them down. When prisoners riot for better food, sometimes they get better food. But then what happens? They go back to their cell. They get better food within the systematic oppression of the PIC. The system remains. Hegemonic systems allow moments of resistance to happen to allow for the facade of change while the infrastructure stays the same. By relieving small moments of pressure, moments of resistance uphold systematic oppression.
    — Dr. Archana Pathak lecturing on Gramsci in Summer GSWS 201


    Two experimental films about modern China are coming to RVA!
    May 30th @7pm at Strange Matter. 

    Yangtze Drift by John Rash & Departing by Jing Niu
    Cross-cultural documents, these two films explore migration, globalization and shifts in environment. The films cross paths in one neighborhood in urban China. Each film captures its subject in an unique cinematic language, utilizing black & white, color, digital video, and Super-8 film to collectively explore the materiality of film. Both filmmakers will be present to answer questions about  their experiences as filmmakers working in the USA and China.
    Jing Niu previously had a piece in the GSWS art show, Placing the Placeless.

  10. So GSEXers



    What are your plans for the summer?

    tbh i’m going to be spending time reading theory and coming up with ideas for essays i could write (and finally have the energy to work on), figuring out how to manage narcolepsy, expanding my tiny etsy shop, cleaning, and trying to get back in touch with friends i haven’t seen in a long time while simultaneously trying to figure out how i can be a good friend since i’ve spent the last 6 years sleeping

    Ohh. Is this your etsy? =D


  11. So GSEXers

    What are your plans for the summer?


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  13. More photos from the GSWS 2014 Spring/Summer Art Show

    Performing (Place Placing) Identity

    Some photos from the GSWS Spring/Summer Art Show

    This show will be up all summer long, so come check it out at

    919 W. Franklin Street 1st and 2nd floors

    Photos copyright Celina Williams


  14. More photos from the GSWS 2014 Spring/Summer Art Show + Film Screening

    Copyright Celina Williams


  15. More photos from VCU’s 2014 Lavender Graduation!

    Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted on numerous college campuses to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and ally students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the University. The first Lavender graduation began at the University of Michigan in 1995, with three graduated. By 2001, there were over 45 lavender Graduation ceremonies nationwide.

    Lavender is important to LGBT history. It is a combination of the pink triangle that gay men were forced to wear in the concentration camps and the black triangle designating lesbians as political prisoners in Nazi Germany. The LGBT civil rights movement took these symbols of hatred and combined them to make a symbol and color of pride and community.

    This year’s Lavender Graduation was the 3rd annual here at VCU. Let’s keep this tradition strong!

    The Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies Department co-sponsors the event. This year our Chair, Dr. Kimberly N. Brown, was a Keynote Speaker and Liz Canfield, our Professor and Undergraduate Advisor, gave the closing remarks. Liz also received an award for playing a huge role in the planning of Lavender Graduation.

    Tosha Yingling and Harmony Evans each received a GSWS Academic Excellence Award and scholarship. The amount was $500 each for students with a GPA of 3.8 or better who are going to graduate school.The award was given by an anonymous donor. 

    Emma Barnes received an award and gift for achieving the highest graduating GSWS GPA this year. 

    Each Lavender Graduate received rainbow cords as well as a large diamond token.

    Congratulations to all Lavender Grads! Shine Bright like a diamond!