Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual &Transgender (LGBT) Heritage Month 2009
Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Future

Free Admission to All Events*

Highlights at Foothill College

Tuesday, May 5
Lecture Series I: “Be Yourself as An Artist” Featuring Artist joSon Nicolas Lee
Recently named one of the world’s top 100 photographers, joSon Nicolas Lee will discuss the crucial importance of being yourself as an artist. The son of an African American military officer and a Chinese doctor, joSon spent his youth shuttling between his mother’s home in the Philippines and a Buddhist monastery in Vietnam. But it was at Lake Tahoe Community College that he first discovered his passion for photography, eventually graduating from the Academy of Art in San Francisco to become one of the world’s best-known art and commercial photographers. With a wide array of international photography awards to his credit, joSon’s work is now featured in galleries and private collections worldwide. As a photojournalist, his work appears regularly on the covers of travel magazines such as National Geographic Adventure.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Chinese Heritage Room (Room 3525)
Free Admission

Wednesday, June 3
LGBT Official Opening Ceremony Luau
Join us for a celebration that will entertain and empower you. Enjoy a complimentary Luau lunch, Baskin-Robins rainbow sherbet ice cream as well as a lip-syncing performance by fellow Foothill students. Rate their talent level by putting them into the dunk tank or not! The Billy DeFrank Center will provide a resource table explaining services and activities offered to young people. The center provides a broad array of opportunities and programs for all ages, a dedicated and caring staff, a corps of volunteers, and a spirit of community that celebrates the many facets of our broad-based LGBT constituency. Co-sponsored by ASFC Activities Board. Free refreshments.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Plaza
Free Admission

Thursday, June 4
Mehndi Body Art
Experience the ancient art of henna, also known as Mehndi. Artist and program coordinator from Foothill’s Career Center, Karen Oeh has been designing Mehndi patterns and painting bodies for nine years. On a 1999 trip through Egypt, she had her hands painted with henna for the first time. Since that journey, she has been mixing and experimenting with henna powder to create a semi-permanent, golden brown stain. Today, she will be demonstrating how to choose and mix the right ingredients for a natural henna paste and how to apply designs using modern techniques. She’ll teach you how to create beautiful, natural and temporary body art. Free do-it-yourself Mehndi packets provided while supplies last. Co-sponsored by Foothill Indian Association (FISA). You must have a current OwlCard or employee ID to attend.
Time: Noon–2 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Plaza
Free Admission

Friday, June 5
Film Festival I: “Milk”
We've got Milk! See the groundbreaking film that recently won two Oscars. Milk stars Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin and James Franco. Upon moving to San Francisco from New York City in 1972, a 44-year-old small businessman named Harvey Milk gains focus in his life as a gay activist in San Francisco’s Castro District. Gay rights activism turns to political activism as Milk decides he can be a more effective voice for the gay community as a politician. Milk becomes the first openly gay man in the United States to be elected to political office when he wins a San Francisco supervisor seat in 1977. The rest is history! You must have a current OwlCard or employee ID to attend.
Time: Noon–2:30 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

Tuesday, June 9
Lecture Series II: “Coming Out in Hollywood a.k.a. To Be Out or Not To Be Out” Featuring Jason Stuart
Hear Jason Stuart’s lecture of the in’s and out‘s of being openly gay on a college campus and in the workplace. In addition to being an uproarious comic and character actor, he shatters the shallowness of Tinseltown and has the ability to speak from his heart with humor and compassion. You’ll recognize him from such shows as Will & Grace, Everybody Hates Chris, George Lopez, House and for playing Dr. Thomas on My Wife & Kids. Last year, he was nominated for a Glitter Award for best supporting actor for his work in Coffee Date. Co-Sponsored by Health Services Office. You must have current OwlCard or employee ID to attend.
Time: Noon–1:30 p.m.
Location: Appreciation Hall (Room 1501)
Free Admission

Wednesday, June 10
Annual Student Drag Show Contest
Enjoy some fun before finals! Our student contest features cash awards for the best female and male impersonators. Straight or gay, flaunt your best cross-dressing style. Awards include $400, first prize; $200, second prize; $100, third prize. All contestants receive a $20 gift certificate. To celebrate the end of the academic year, enjoy a complimentary barbecue lunch sponsored by the ASFC Activities Board. Free refreshments.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Plaza
Free Admission

Thursday, June 11
Indian Classical Concert Featuring Mahesh Kale
With a captivating stage presence, Mahesh Kale is an accomplished vocalist who is renown in the national and international North Indian classical music community for his uncommon musicality and vocal dexterity. In an effort to preserve and promote this art form, he maintains an open outlook toward the evolution of music which enables him to reach out to the new generation, while retaining the traditions handed down to him through his rigorous taleem (training). In addition to performing numerous concerts in the U.S., India and United Arab Emirates, he has spread awareness and education about Indian classical music in the Western world by giving lecture-demonstrations at numerous American universities, including Harvard University; University of California, Santa Barbara; Sacramento State University; San Diego State University; University of Arizona, Tucson; and many others. Recently, he was profiled as the artist of the month at Harvard Sangeet. As a teacher of the art form, Mahesh’s more than 100 students—who range in age from 5 to 50—draw upon his enthusiasm to learn and preserve this ancient art. Co-sponsored by Foothill Indian Student Association.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Appreciation Hall (Room 1501)
Free Admission

Friday, June 12
Film Festival II: “But I’m a Cheerleader”
Sure its history (10 years), but the story of sexual disorientation stands out as loud and clear as it ever did. Watch Natasha Lyonne, Michelle Williams, Bud Cort and, of course, RuPaul sort out their lives and make us laugh along the way. Free refreshments. You must have a current OwlCard or employee ID to attend.
Time: Noon–2:30 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

*Current OwlCard or employee ID is required to attend select events.

Ongoing Display

You’ll notice that some of the trees on campus are decorated with ribbons. The decorated trees are meant to symbolize the estimated 1 in 10 in the general population who are gay or lesbian. You’ll also notice that some trees are by themselves, all alone, segregated by design or by function. Much like in our society, those trees are meant to symbolize the gay and lesbian people who feel isolated and alone; even in metropolitan cities like San Francisco, the rest of the Bay Area, the country, and the world.

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