Safe Space and Co-Sponsors Present Speaker Series

Safe Space and Co-Sponsors Present Speaker Series

(Nov. 1, 2012) Safe Space, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Gender and Women's Studies, International Education and the Gay-Straight Alliance present the Sexual Identity and Religion Speaker Series.

The speaker series will commence with The Jewish Perspective, a talk by Rabbi Robert Haas from Savannah's Congregation Mickve Israel. Haas will discuss lesbian and gay identity within the Jewish community and the responsibility of the Jewish community to continue and extend necessary support. Hass' talk will take place on Thursday, Nov. 1 in the Student Union Ballroom C at 7:00pm and is free and open to the public.

On Nov. 8, at 7:00p.m. in the Ogeechee Theatre, the lecture series will present Hidden Voices, the Lives of LGBTQ Muslims. The speaker will be Faisal Alam, a founder of Al-Fatiha, an organization dedicated to supporting and empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning Muslims and their allies. Alam, who organized the first-ever gathering of LGBT Muslims when he was 19, will discuss his reconciliation of being a member of the LGBT community with his identity as a Pakistani Muslim. Alam's lecture is also free and open to the public.

The Sexual Identity and Religion Speaker Series will wrap up with the film "For the Bible Tells Me So" on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7:00p.m. in Solms Hall room 108. “For the Bible Tells Me So” addresses the chasm separating gays and lesbians and Christianity and ultimately asks if love between two people can ever be an abomination. Through the experiences of five very normal, very Christian, very American families, the film depicts how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child. “For the Bible Tells Me So” offers healing, clarity and understanding to anyone caught in the crosshairs of scripture and sexual identity.

Safe Space is a campus-wide initiative offering a visible message of inclusion, acceptance and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people in the university community. For more information, visit the Armstrong Safe Space web page.