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WVU groups seeking participants for LGBTQ History Read-In

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
September 15th, 2014

Event organizers are seeking participates for a read-in in observance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer History Month.

The West Virginia University Libraries, in collaboration with the Commission for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Equity, and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, will host a read-in and discussion on Oct. 8 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Downtown Campus Library, room 2036.

“This event will provide an opportunity for Mountaineer students, staff, and faculty to gather with a common goal of community, support, and providing voice and visibility to members of the LGBTQ community and their allies,” said Brian Jara, co-chair of the Commission for LBGTQ Equity. “I expect it to be engaging, touching and valuable for all who attend.”

Organizers want to involve WVU students from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds to present brief readings from poetry, prose, and personal narratives. Volunteers can choose what they want to read. There will be time for discussion following each reading.

“Sharing literature helps us recognize commonalities that transcend sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Beth Toren, media and research services librarian, who will facilitate the program and discussion. “Reading texts with personal significance aloud and discussing our reactions to them in small groups creates an intimate atmosphere and a supportive and inclusive environment.”

For more information or to participate in the Read-In, call or email Beth at 304-293-0336, or

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