I know we’re into those “oh my goodness it’s only 5pm and it’s SO DARK OUTSIDE” times, and that can be challenging. Rest assured we’re keeping the kettle and tea at the ready and the lights on and bright here at OOC to help see you through. We’re just a couple weeks off from Transgender Day of Remembrance, and we’ll be offering both our annual memorial display and a PSN workshop on Gender & Sex. Keep reading for more info…

Today’s Contents:
Out on Campus Events & Happenings

OOC on the radio!, Wed Nov 12th
Lounge Closures – Remembrance Day and Staff Training
Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial Display, Nov 17th-21st
Positive Space Network workshop: Gender & Sex, Thu Nov 20th
SFU Queer Graduate, Faculty, and Staff Network
Mindfulness Stress-Reduction Hour, Thu Nov 27th
Rotunda, SFSS, and SFU Happenings
SFU Bus Pass Ups 
SFSS Greek Life Town Hall Meeting, Thu Nov 6th
SFU Says NO to the Pipelines!, Thu Nov 13th
Greater Community Happenings
HIM in Surrey Health Centre Opening Celebration, Tue Dec 2nd
Lynch History Grant applications open

 

Out on Campus Events & Happenings

OOC ON THE RADIO! – WED NOV 12TH
Our fabulous interim Volunteer Coordinator, Devyn, is going to be breaking down some trans issues (with a particular focus on transmisogyny) with CJSF’s women’s show collective. Intra Venus airs Wednesdays at 4pm, and you can listen at http://www.cjsf.ca/. You can also listen after it airs!

LOUNGE CLOSURES – NOVEMBER 11TH & 12TH
The Out on Campus lounge will be closed on Tuesday November 11th for the statutory holiday. The lounge may also be closed (depending on volunteer availability) from 9am – 2:30pm on Wednesday November 12th for staff training. 

TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE MEMORIAL DISPLAY – NOV 17-21
Facebook Event

Transgender Day of Remembrance (Nov 20th) is a day to stop and remember those who have been murdered based on their various identities.  A memorial display will be up in Convocation Mall from November 17th-21st. Come on by outside Out On Campus lounge (TC-314N in the rotunda) to light a candle.  Please also join us on November 20th for our Positive Space Network Gender and Sex workshop.

Our display can be a triggering event to people of all genders. While we encourage you to participate in events surrounding TDOR if you are able, we would also like to encourage you to take care of yourself.

POSITIVE SPACE NETWORK WORKSHOP: GENDER & SEX – THU NOV 20TH
Register here

Module 2 – Gender/Sex
November 20, 2014 – 10:30-1:30
(This module is a pilot so description may vary slightly from final version of the workshop)

This workshop focuses on topics of gender and sex, including the transgender umbrella, transphobia, and cisnormativity. Not sure exactly what those are? Then this workshop is for you. Pretty sure you know all about these topics, then this workshop is still for you! Activities focus on pronouns, self-identity, and allyship. This workshop is good for people of all experience levels. Snacks will be provided.

Please note that you are free to attend Module 2 without having taken Module 1. Spots are filling up fast, so please RSVP ASAP if you would like to attend.

SFU QUEER GRADUATE, FACULTY, AND STAFF NETWORK 
An LGBT network for graduate students, faculty and staff at SFU has been created in collaboration with Out on Campus and the Graduate Student Society. The goal is to create a safe and friendly space for SFU queer graduates, faculty and staff to get in touch, meet, socialise and explore opportunities to get involved in the queer community.
 
If you want to join the network or get updates, please subscribe to the mailing list: queer-grad-fac-staff@sfu.ca. All privacy will be respected and people who are not out can feel safe to subscribe and join.
 
Click here for instructions on how to join the mailing list. For questions, please e-mail: queer-gfs-contact@sfu.ca
 
NEXT EVENT: 
Biweekly Meet up
Tuesday November 18th, 7:30-10:00pm
Highland Pub
Free food and drinks again!

MINDFULNESS STRESS-REDUCTION HOUR – THU NOV 27, 1:30-2:30PM
Mindfulness is a form of meditation that quiets the mind. It helps you become focused, rest from constant thinking, and reduces stress. Practice being here, in the present, and let go of worries about the future and the past. This is a drop-in workshop, open to all.

Join us in the OOC lounge, TC314N, in the Rotunda (between Bennett Library and the West Mall). This is our last Mindfulness session of the semester!

 

Rotunda, SFSS, and SFU Happenings

SFU BUS PASS UPS
The next time you are passed up by a bus trying to get to or from campus, please report it with this online form. By tracking full busses and informing Translink of pass ups, we can work to improve transit services for students, faculty, and staff! http://sfu.ca/busstop

SFSS GREEK LIFE TOWN HALL MEETING – THU NOV 6TH
Facebook Event

The SFSS wants to hear from you! The SFSS is hosting a Greek-Life Town Hall meeting on November 6th from 6pm-8pm in WMC 3260. The event is in place to discuss the status of Greek-Life organizations (i.e. fraternities and sororities) at SFU. The event will include a moderated Q&A session. 

SFU SAYS NO TO THE PIPELINES! – THU NOV 13TH
Facebook Event

Join us for a peaceful rally saying no to the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s bitumen oil pipeline on Burnaby Mountain! 

Stand in solidarity with Indigenous nations! 
Help stop climate change and protect Burnaby Mountain! 
Learn more about the issues and what’s at stake!

Thursday November 13th, 11am-4pm
Convocation Mall, SFU Burnaby

For more information on the proposed pipeline expansion, read SFPIRG’s Open Letter here: http://sfpirg.ca/news/sfpirg-says-no-to-kinder-morgans-proposed-trans-mountain-pipeline-expansion-project/

The Out on Campus Collective endorses this rally and will have a tabling presence. Please come join us!

Looking ways to help out with the rally? You can help spread the word by passing out leaflets. Pick some up at SFPIRG (TC326 – the Student Rotunda, 2 floors above the main bus loop) this Thursday or later!

 

Community Announcements/Happenings

HIM IN SURREY HEALTH CENTRE OPENING CELEBRATION – TUE DEC 2ND
www.checkhimout.ca

#220 – 10362 King George Hwy, Surrey
Health Initiative for Men invites you to celebrate and tour the recently opened HIM in Surrey Health Centre in collaboration with Fraser Health Authority. Appetizers and light refreshments will be served.

Please R.S.V.P. to andrew@checkhimout.ca by end of day Monday, November 24th if you’re able to attend.

LYNCH HISTORY GRANT APPLICATIONS OPEN
Lynch History Grant applications are now open for the 2014-2015 season. The $1500 grant is awarded by The Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto, and is open to individuals, groups, and organizations. 

Applicants need not be affiliated with the University of Toronto, or any university. 

The grant is named for Michael Lynch, the late University of Toronto English professor, long-time gay and AIDS activist, and founder of the Toronto Centre for Lesbian and Gay Studies (the community predecessor to the Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies). For over ten years (starting in 1990), the TCLGS encouraged community-based and academic research on queer history. The Lynch grant is supported by the Lynch Fund at Sexual Diversity Studies, designed to carry on such work. The Lynch grant is intended to encourage history research endeavours, and projects designed to transmit knowledge about queer history to a broad audience.

For more information about the grant, past winners and to submit an application, please visit http://www.uc.utoronto.ca/lynch-grant
 

 

*Please note that mentions of external events in our newsletter does not necessarily imply endorsement