The Women’s Center has been proud to hold our most celebratory event of the year at the end of Spring Term: OUT/LOUD Queer and Trans Womxn’s Performance Fest. We lovingly refer to it as the Queer and Trans Beach Party of our Dreams, complete with electric palm trees, photobooths, music, poetry and most importantly – Radical Queer and Trans Joy in Community.
Unfortunately, the landscape is significantly different this year under the COVID-19 pandemic and we have had to transform the event entirely. However, because we are committed to amplifying the voices, honoring the resiliency and COMPENSATING the labor of Queer and Trans People of Color, this year OUT/LOUD became an essential, real, raw, honest conversation between our LGBTQIA+ Coordinator, KW, and the Tacoma, Washington-based Indie Musician and Performer Guayaba.
Join us for the educational webinar “OUT/LOUD 2020: Experimental Music Production Featuring Guayaba” about creatively, emotionally and financially surviving during a crisis as KW and Guayaba discuss mental health, sex work, content creation, capitalism, community, healing, organizing virtually, the gig industry, cyberpunk, FOMO and self-care in the time of COVID.
And please know that the University of Oregon Women’s Center firmly supports members of the LGBTQIA+ Community and will continue to fight for the rights and dignity of all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identities/expressions and intersections of identity. We celebrate YOU.
The UO Women’s Center so proudly presents the FINAL night of our “Take Back the Night 2020 – Collective Healing at a Distance” Virtual Rally! Please join Angela as she addresses the intersections of Sexual and Domestic Violence and Native American/Indigenous Communities as well as the unacceptable prevalence of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Afterwards, please join Lauri to close out the Rally as she shares with us the intersections of Sexual and Domestic Violence and the Disabled Community, lessons on dignity, respect and consent for interacting with Disabled People as well as her guidance for how to heal through our own journeys after trauma. Special Guest appearance by her semi-retired Guide Dog Kimble.
Following the Rally is “A Collective Message from the UO Women’s Center Staff from our Spaces to Yours” and the Take Back the Night 2020 – Collective Healing at a Distance VIRTUAL MARCH! Please see below for full details!
*Please note that this link will take you to the UOTBTN2020@gmail.com Google Drive where the Take Back the Night 2020 Virtual March video is located (as the file became too large for direct upload to our blogs.uoregon.edu/women) and requires no log-in for a wider audience to view. Please be advised that the quality of the video is greatly improved if downloaded to your device.
(The Take Back the Night 2020 Virtual March will also be uploaded to Microsoft Stream which will require a UO ID for access. LINK: tinyurl.com/UOTBTN20-VirtualMarchStream)
The UO Women’s Center so proudly presents night three of our “Take Back the Night 2020 – Collective Healing at a Distance” Virtual Rally! Please join KW as they address the intersections of Sexual and Domestic Violence and the LGBTQIA+ Community, as well as how we must honor the right to dignity, respect, agency and bodily autonomy for Sex Workers and BIPOC Folks. Afterwards, please join Mandy as she shares her personal healing and rebuilding process “brick by brick” after trauma and how as a Parent and a Survivor she teaches the importance of consent to her young sons on a daily basis.
The UO Women’s Center so proudly presents night two of our “Take Back the Night 2020 – Collective Healing at a Distance” Virtual Rally! Please join Student Organization UO Muxeres as they address the intersections of Sexual and Domestic Violence and the Latinx Community. Afterwards, please join Francesca as she shares her own healing journey after multiple traumas and addresses the essential need for Allies in our mission to support survivors.
The UO Women’s Center’s “Take Back the Night 2020 – Collective Healing at a Distance” begins TONIGHT at 6pm! Links to our Virtual Rally Speakers will be posted on Instagram, Facebook and our blogs.uoregon.edu/women every night 4/27-4/30 at 6pm! UO ID required to view Rally Speaker videos.
Please note: There will NOT be a Take Back the Night Speak Out this year. However, additional programming will be provided by the student organization Organization Against Sexual Assault (OASA) via Zoom following the Take Back the Night Virtual March on Thursday 4/30 at 7pm. Again, that will be a student-led discussion space and NOT a Speak Out. Please follow @uo_oasa on Instagram for more information.
This is a survivor-centered movement and a sacred space. We will not tolerate or engage with any actions which seek to disrespect that.
The UO Women’s Center Presents: Take Back the Night 2020 – A Remote Movement Against Sexual and Domestic Violence! Please join us April 27th-April 30th for “Collective Healing at a Distance.” Stay tuned on our Instagram (@uo_womenscenter) and our Facebook (UO Women’s Center) for ways to engage as a loving, affirming and supportive community for survivors! YOU ARE NOT ALONE. We promise.
*JOIN* Take Back the Night 2020 – “Collective Healing at a Distance” by submitting your Virtual March Posters to have you and/or your poster featured in a slideshow after our final Rally Speaker on Thursday 4/30! Please DM us or email SVPEWC@gmail.com with your submissions! Deadline for submissions is 4/29 at 11:59pm. PEOPLE UNITE, TAKE BACK THE NIGHT! <3
THIS SUNDAY the Women’s Center and Volunteers will place 3,250 red flags on campus in the Condon Lawn off 13th that represent the number of students who, based on a university our size, will be harmed by sexual violence during the school year. The first six weeks of the school year have a heightened risk for sexual violence – this time is known as The Red Zone.
Please help us set up on Sunday, October 20th beginning at 12pm and tear down on Sunday, October 27th beginning at 12pm!