MTSU’s SpringOut set for April 4-8

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SpringOut is a week-long event sponsored by the MTSU Lambda student organization. The purpose of SpringOut is to provide education and entertainment for the GLBT community at MTSU and in the surrounding areas. It is also designed to educate the general MTSU community about GLBT issues, as well as resources on campus and in the Murfreesboro/Nashville area. All events are free and open to the public. For more information contact Lambda Sponsor, Trixie Smith at tgsmith@mtsu.edu.

  • Events planned for SpringOut 2005 include the following:
  • Information Fair, Monday, April 4, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm , KUC Knoll
  • Movie Night, Eating Out, Monday, April 4, 7:00 pm , Peck Hall 218
  • Panel Discussion: "GLBT Issues in the Workplace," Tuesday, April 5, 4:00 pm , KUC 318
  • "Sex is Not a 4-Letter Word," Kevin Lawson, Nashville CARES, Wednesday, April 6, 7:00 pm , Peck Hall 218
  • College Night at Play, Wednesday, April 6, 9:00 pm , Play
  • "Queer Science: The Biology of Sexual Orientation," Thursday, April 7, 7:30 pm , State Farm Lecture Hall, BAS S102
  • National Women’s History Month, Distinguished Lecture Series, MTSU SGA

Additional Information about the events above:

  • Eating Out, a film by Q. Allan Brocka: Caleb is a hunky poli-sci major with an affection for aggressive girls. Gwen is an aggressive girl who falls for gay acting boys. It’s a match made in therapy. In a plan hatched by his crafty roommate Kyle, Caleb finds himself pretending to be gay to woo Gwen, but their scheme is thwarted when Gwen decides that Caleb would be the perfect catch for her own gay roommate, Marc, the object of Kyle’s affection. Caleb is faced with a confusing proposition. Gwen wonders if she’ll ever find a straight guy. Marc can’t tell why the new guy is so hot and cold. And Kyle watches the two loves of his life leave him behind (www.gayhomes.net/rickandsteve/eatingout/).
  • GLBT Issues in the Workplace This panel discussion will feature speakers from Ford Financial, the MTSU Affirmative Action Office, GLOBE and the Nashville Association of Professional Persons.
  • Sex is Not a 4-Letter Word, Kevin Lawson, of Nashville CARES, will lead participants through a workshop that will combine a sexually explicit discussion with a series of introspective exercises designed to allow the participants to explore the complexities of being a sexually-healthy person in a sex-negative world. Because every person must be proactive in getting the life that he or she so richly deserves, participants will be encouraged to use creativity, enthusiasm, honesty, empowerment and understanding to build healthy bodies, relationships, sex lives, families, friendships and communities.
  • Queer Science: The Biology of Sexual Orientation, What causes a person to become gay, lesbian, bisexual or straight? And how does thinking about this question influence the way gay people are viewed and treated? Neuroscientist Simon LeVay has been at the center of this controversy since 1991, when he reported on differences in brain structure between gay and straight men. In this lecture, he provides an update on the science, and he makes the case that scientific knowledge about sexuality can foster the acceptance of sexual minorities.

Simon LeVay was born in England and trained at the universities of Cambridge (U.K.) and Göttingen (Germany), as well as at Harvard Medical School . His research into sexual orientation was conducted at the Salk Institute in San Diego . He is the author or co-author of eight books, including The Sexual Brain, Queer Science and the college textbook Human Sexuality.