NEIU Hosts LGBTQ+ History Month

Nicole F. Anderson, News and Co-Managing Editor

Throughout the month of October several NEIU departments and clubs hosted events for LGBTQ+ History Month.

Oct. 2: The Pedroso Center held a Rainbow Reception event where LGBTQ+ people and allies were celebrated.  

Oct. 11: A LGBTQ+ Resource Fair was held in Village Square. NEIU’s Health Services department had a table set up with brochures on same-sex safe sex, healthy relationships and what it means to be an ally.

Free and anonymous HIV and Hepatitis C testing was offered on the second floor of Student Union by Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN). Along with free and anonymous testing, the staff offered information about the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) pill. The PrEP pill is used to prevent HIV/AIDS. TPAN also offers supplies, naloxone (opioid overdose reversal medication), disposals of used syringes and referrals.

There was also a Coming Out Support Group hosted by the Pedroso Center and a Coming Out Panel in Student Union.

Oct. 18: It was spirit day and NEIU purple out. Students were asked to wear purple to “take a stand against bullying and support LGBTQ+ youth.” Photos were taken in Village Square.

Oct. 19: An event, “Overcoming Resistance” Meaningful Approaches to Changing Campus Culture and Preventing Violence” was held in the auditorium.

Upcoming events:

Oct. 23: Queer Talk: Coming Out, Coming Home and Finding Home from 3 to 4 p.m. in SU 217.

Oct. 24: Open Mic Night from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Pedroso Center (B-159).

Oct. 30: Queer Film Series: Sighted Eyes and Feeling Heart from 4:15 to 7:00 p.m. in the Pedroso Center (B-159).