Sept. 19 Newsletter

Announcements
Join the QTPOC Board
QTPOC utilizes a non-hierarchical board structure and we would love for you to join us! If you are interested and/or have questions, please respond to this email and cc Alexandra (arawlings@jd19.law.harvard.edu). Board members can take on as much or as little labor as their schedule and energy allows. If there is a speaker you’d like to network with and plan an event for, an initiative you’d like support, or anything else please let us know!
Join the Pan-Harvard LGBTQ Leadership Conference Team

The Harvard LGBTQ Leadership Conference serves as an annual platform for bringing together diverse voices from within the LGBTQ community and allies. Student leaders from across Harvard’s graduate schools unite as advocates, students, and allies for two days of workshops, panels, and networking to foster and celebrate LGBTQ leadership. Each year the team depends on graduate student leaders from across Harvard schools to organize and bring the conference to life. In order to ensure success and reach, they seek to have a team of students from all the graduate schools.

Applications are open here and are due Sunday, September 30th @ 3PM. To see what our conference was like in 2018, check out their website here.

Events
 
First QTPOC General Meeting
Thurs. Sept. 27 | 12-1pm | WCC 3019
Come  get to know other QTPOCs on campus, eat lunch, and hear about our plans for the year 😃 We will have Caribbean food from Pikliz International Kitchen!
*Please note that this an identity only space – your cis-het POC friends will be welcome at other events throughout the year.
 
 
Ain’t Too Proud to PrEP Launch & Kiki
Fri. Sept.  28 | 4-11pm | 75 Amory St., Boston & 45 Danforth St., Jamaica Plain
The launch is 4-7pm at 75 Amory St. The ball is from 7-11pm at 45 Danforth St. and is free – no cover! RSVP on facebook to the ball here.
QTPOC will have a table at the ball and if you would like to head over via lyft from Porter Square with Alexandra please send them an email at arawlings@jd19.law.harvard.edu. We will head out around 6:30-7pm.  If you are traveling separately, QTPOC can still reimburse travel expenses!
Men of Melanin Magic Launch Party
Sat. Sept. 29 | 12-4pm | 700 Harrison Ave., Boston
Purchase tickets for the event here (and QTPOC will reimburse). From their event description: “Men of Melanin Magic is proud to announce that it is an officially registered company! Come to our Launch Party at Estragon on September 29, 2018. All are welcome to this QPOC-centered event! Dj LIVE will be spinning all the hits ranging from bounce to bachata. Our first ever website will be online! Fresh merchandise will be on deck! Signature drinks will be on tap! And, giveaways will be on hand! Don’t miss out on the fun!”
 
Black & Ugly as Ever
Sticking around Cambridge for Fall Break? Check out Porsha Olayiwola’s performance – from her ig @porshao: “Black and Ugly as Ever is a 60 minute choreopoem that explores navigating pretty politics as my black fat queer ugly fine self.” Please come through, show love, laugh, cry and come see your self, in me.”
QTPOC will reimburse anyone who attends this event!
 
GLAD 19th Annual Spirit of Justice Award Dinner
Friday, Oct. 12 | 6:30-10PM | Boston Marriott Copley Place
Lambda has purchased two tables at this event such that six QTPOC members can attend. From the GLAD website: “Don’t miss GLAD’s biggest event of the year! The Spirit of Justice Award Dinner bring together of 1,000 LGBTQ community members and allies to unite in resistance, look toward a future of true justice, and support GLAD’s life-changing mission. It’s a fabulous night of celebration and inspiration, dinner and dancing.” This year’s dinner will honor Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, activist, and leading voice for the human rights of immigrants, Jose Antonio Vargas.
 
 
If you would like to attend the GLAD dinner, please RSVP to secure your spot by responding to this email by Tuesday, Oct. 2nd at 11:59pm. Space is limited!
 
 
Lambda Fall Conference: Fighting the (Q)arceral State
Fri., Oct. 19 & Sat. Oct. 20 | Harvard Law School
QTPOC is excited to be co-sponsoring this event! Stay tuned for more details.
QTPOC goes to the Harvard Alpaca Ranch!!!
Sat., Oct. 27 | 2-4pm (or around there) | Harvard, MA
We can’t wait to hang out with you and the ALPACAS!!! Sign ups will go out next month as the date gets closer. LOOK AT THESE SWEET FLUFFY BOIS:
   
MASALA Mela
Nov. 3 | 6pm-1am | 45 Danforth St., Jamaica Plain
MASALA Mela is back for their annual celebration and fundraiser! HLS QTPOC members attended last year and LOVED this event. This year MASALA Mela is raising money for two causes: (1) Fund raising for SUMI – A trans dalit activist from West Bengal who tells stories of lives and livelihood of dalit trans/hijra/gnc community in small towns in Coochbihar; and (2) to support ‘yes on 3’ which supports trans rights in public accommodations via the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA). This year’s event will host 7 performances from POC performers from 3 different countries in South Asia. Many of the performers are GNC, trans, and 3 performers who identify as Muslim will highlight that intersection with their queer and desi identities!

Dinner will be served from 6:30 to 8:00 and performances start at 7:30 and last for an hour. Dance floor will open from 8:30 to midnight! A full dinner will be served with accommodations for vegetarian, vegan, gluten free diets.

QTPOC will purchase tickets for this event. Additional information regarding sign ups and transportation will be available next month.

 
Screening of Pariah
Date and Time TBD | Smith Campus Center
Watch your email for additional information about this event.

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