South Dakota Senate passes transphobic bill

An unprecedented bill would require that people use the bathroom that corresponds to their sex assigned at birth. One republican senator David Omdahl said, “I’m sorry if you’re so twisted you don’t know who you are … I’m telling you right now, it’s about protecting the kids, and I don’t even understand where our society is these days.”

It is now the decision of the governor republican Dennis Daugaard, who can sign this into law. If you are from this state or know someone who is please send a letter to the governor. Thank you.

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Welcome back!

Hello everyone!

RPA is back for the fall 2015 semester.

Our first meeting is on September 9th at  8pm in union room 3602. After that we will be having weekly meetings on Wednesdays at that location and time.

We will be at the activities fair so stop by to sign up for our mailing list or to grab some candy.

Our first meeting will be about introducing our freshmen to the community here and to brainstorm ideas for the coming semester. So come on by and let us know what you would like to see from this club.

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College Guide

A new web resource for current and future LGBTQ college students has come to our attention. It is a guide to show LGBTQ students the various on-campus and online resources they can use to help make college a more welcoming and supportive experience. The guide also includes interviews with a pair of diversity experts who lead student inclusion efforts on campuses today. This might be useful for those of you considering grad school.

Creating a Welcoming Campus & Community:

Special thanks to Doug Jones for bringing this resource to RPI.

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Damien Center


I work at the Albany Damien Center and have begun a program designed for addressing HIV/STI in people of color. We keep the groups open, but this is our main area for target interventions. We have recently rented out the apartment space above Rocks Bar on Central Ave. We are turning it in to our office space and community drop in center.

I would love to touch base with you can discuss our program more in depth and see if there is any opportunity for us to collaborate on projects. I hope this finds you well. Tale good care.


Steve Hendrickson, Lead Project Coordinator

The Albany & Schenectady Damien Centers

The Resource Centers for People Living with HIV/AIDS

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Welcome back, 2015

Hello everyone! The first Pride Alliance meeting of 2015 is coming up on January 29th. We are meeting at 8pm in union room 3602. We will be meeting at this time and place on Thursdays for the rest of the semester. The first meeting will be for brainstorming, basically you get to tell the executive team what you want to do this semester. It’s a great place to meet new friends and hang out in a supportive environment, so mark your calenders!

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LGBT Videos at RPI Library

Videos of Interest to the LGBT Community

Held by

Rensselaer Libraries


The adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the desert   / PolyGram Filmed Entertainment;   Australian Film Finance Corporation presents;   Latent Image/Specific Films production.  Santa Monica, CA : [Distributed by] MGM Home Entertainment, [2000].


American fabulous   : [a portrait of Jeffrey Strouth] / produced and directed by Reno Dakota;  written by Jeffrey Strouth.  New York, NY : First Run/Icarus Films, c1992.


Andre’s mother   / written by Terrence McNally;  directed by Deborah Reinisch;   produced by Deborah Reinisch and Sarah Green.  Thousand Oaks, CA : Monterey Home Video : Distributed by Monterey Movie Co., [1998].


Angels in America   / HBO Films presents an Avenue Pictures production, a Mike Nichols film;  produced by Celia Costas;  screenplay by Tony Kushner;  directed by Mike Nichols.  New York, NY : HBO Video, c2004.


Before night falls   / Fineline Features;  Grandview Pictures;  Jon Kilik presents a film by Julian Schnabel.  [United States] : New Line Home Entertainment, [2001], c2000.


Before Stonewall : the making of a gay and lesbian community / producers, Robert Rosenberg, John Scagliotti, Greta Schiller.  (New York, NY) : The Cinema Guild   Chicago, IL : Distributed by OutSpoken Productions, (1994).


The birdcage   / United Artists Pictures.  Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, c1998.


Black is– black ain’t : a personal journey through black identity / Independent Television Service;  Signifyin’ Works;  producer/director, Marlon T. Riggs;  co-producer, Nicole Atkinson;  co-director/editor, Christiane Badgley.  San Francisco, CA : California Newsreel, c2004, 1995.


Brüno   / Universal Pictures and Media Rights Capital present a Four by Two and Everyman Pictures production; a Universal release;  produced by Sacha Baron Cohen, Jay Roach, Dan Mazer, Monica Levinson;  screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Mazer & Jeff Schaffer;  directed by Larry Charles.  Universal City, CA : Universal, 2009.


The bubble   / Strand Releasing;  Uchovsky-Fox, Metro Communications, Ronen Bel-Tal Films, Feingold Prod. in association with Israel Film Fund, Keshet, Hot, United King Films;  an Eytan Fox film;  screenplay, Gal Uchovsky & Eytan Fox ; producers, Gal Uchovsky, Ronen Bel-Tal, Amir Feingold;  director, Eytan Fox.  [United States] : Strand Releasing Home Video, [2007].

Cecilia Dougherty Videoworks   / by Cecilia Dougherty. Chicago : Video Data Bank, [200?].


Chasing Amy   / a View Askew production;  produced by Scott Mosier;  written and directed by Kevin Smith.  Burbank, CA : Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2000.


Damned if you don’t   / by Su Friedrich;  direction, cinematography, sound, editing, Su Friedrich .  [New York] : Outcast Films, [2005].


Fabulous! : the story of queer cinema / IFC presents;  in association with Netflix;  an Orchard Films production;  produced and directed by Lisa Ades, Lesli Klainberg;  an IFC Original Production.  New Almaden, CA : Wolfe Video, [2006].


Fire   / a New Yorker Films release;  Zeitgeist Films;  Trial by Fire Films presents a Deepa Mehta film;  written and directed by Deepa Mehta;  produced by Bobby Bedi, Deepa Mehta. New York : New Yorker Video : Zeitgeist Films, 2000, c1996.


The great composers. Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky   / Brilliant Classics presents;   Ciné Qua Non Films;  written by Marie-Christine Letourneux;  produced by Michel Ouellette;  directed by Raymond Saint-Jean.  [Leeuwarden, the Netherlands] : Brilliant Classics, [2007].


Greetings from out here   / produced and directed by Ellen Spiro;  co-producer Kate Horsfield;  an OH! Production.  Chicago, Ill. : Distributed by Video Data Bank, c1993.


Hide and seek   / written by Su Friedrich and Cathy Nan Quinlan;  produced by Eva Kolodner and Katie Roumel ; directed and edited by Su Friedrich;  produced in association with the Independent Television Service;  Downstream Productions, Inc.  [New York] : Outcast Films, [2005].


The homosexuals   / CBS News;  produced by Harry Morgan;  narration written by Mike Wallace, William Peters, Harry Morgan.  Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, c2003.


Juggling gender : politics, sex and identity / by Tami Gold with Jennifer Miller.  [New York?] : Tamerik Productions, c1992.


The kids are all right   / Focus Features and Gilbert Films present;  in association with Saint Aire Productions, Artist International, 10th Hole Productions;  an Antidote Films, Mandalay Vision and Gilbert Films production;  a film by Lisa Cholodenko;  produced by Gary Gilbert … [et al.];  written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg;  directed by Lisa Cholodenko.  Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, c2010.


Kiss of the spider woman   = O beijo da mulher aranha = Beso de la mujer araña / Independent Cinema Restoration Archive;  Sugarloaf Films ; HB Filmes;  written by Leonard Schrader;  produced by David Weisman;  directed by Hector Babenco.  New York, NY : City Lights Pictures, c2008.


Lianna   / a Winwood Company production;  produced by Jeffrey Nelson & Maggie Renzi;  written, directed and edited by John Sayles.  Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, c2003.


The lost tribe   / Pony Films Pty Ltd/ABC ; directed and filmed by Rachel Landers.  New York, NY : Women Make Movies [distributor], 2005.


Milk   / Focus Features presents Axon Films in association with Groundswell Productions;   Jinks/Cohen Company;  produced by Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks, Michael London;  written by Dustin Lance Black;  directed by Gus Van Sant.  Universal City, Calif. : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, c2009.


No need to repent: the ballad of Rev. Jan Griesinger / a film by Ann Alter.  Athens, Ohio : Asymmetry Productions   New York, N.Y. : distributed by Women Make Movies, c1989.


Non, je ne regrette rien    = No regret / The Fear of Disclosure Project   producer/director, Marlon T. Riggs. Chicago, Ill. : Video Data Bank, c1992.


The odds of recovery   / by Su Friedrich   script … by Su Friedrich;  Downstream Productions, Inc.  [New York] : Outcast Films, [2005].


The opposite of sex   / Sony Pictures Classics;  Rysher Entertainment presents;  produced by David Kirkpatrick and Michael Besman;  written and directed by Don Roos.  Culver City, CA : Columbia TriStar Home Video, c1998.


Queer as folk. Series 1   / a Red production for Channel Four;  co-produced & written by Russell T. Davies ; produced by Nicola Shindler;  directed (episodes 1-4) by Charles McDougall and (episodes 5-8) by Sarah Harding.  London : Video Collection International, 1999.


Querelle   / Planet-Film;  Albatros Filmproduktion with Gaumont, S.A.;  produced by Dieter Schidor;  director, Rainer Werner Fassbinder;  screenplay, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Burkhard Driest.  Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, c2001.


Rent   : filmed live on Broadway / produced by Jon Kamen and Justin Wilkes;  directed by Michael John Warren.  Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2009].


Silverlake life: the view from here / produced & directed by Tom Joslin and Peter Friedman;  produced in association with Channel Four Television, London, and J.P. Weiner Productions.  [New York, NY] : Docurama : Distributed by New Video, c2003.


A single man   / Fade to Black Productions presents;   in association with Depth of Field;   produced by Tom Ford, Chris Weitz, Andrew Miano, Robert Salerno;   written for the screen by Tom Ford, David Scearce;   directed by Tom Ford.  Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2010.


The ties that bind   / by Su Friedrich. [New York] : Outcast Films, [2005].


The Times of Harvey Milk   Beverly Hills, CA : Pacific Arts Video, c1986.


Trembling before g-d  . [United States] : New Yorker Video, 2003.


Tropical malady   / Strand Releasing;  Anna Sanders Films;  TIFA;  Downtown Pictures;  Thoke Moebius Film; Kick the Machine;  producers, Charles de Meaux, Alex Moebius;  writer and director, Apichatpong Weerasethakul.  [United States] : Strand Releasing Home Video, [2005].


The videos of Sadie Benning, Volume 2   / by Sadie Benning.  Chicago, Ill. : Video Data Bank, [1992?].


Videoworks of Sadie Benning. Volume 3  .  Chicago, Ill. : Video Data Bank, c 1995-1998.


The wedding banquet   / The Samuel Goldwyn Company;  Central Motion Pictures presents in association with Good Machine;  an Ang Lee film;  screenplay by Ang Lee, Neil Peng, James Schamus;  produced by Ted Hope, James Schamus, Ang Lee;  directed by Ang Lee.  Santa Monica, CA : Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment, 2004.

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