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December 2017 Newsletter

'Tis the Season

"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist." 
– Oscar Wilde  

As we come to the end of the year, we are excited about the road ahead of us. From our first gender diversity symposium to our Pink Elephant in the Room workshop, this year could not have been so wonderful without the many people who collaborated with us and attended our events. We’ve learned about how culture influences the LGBTQ+ experience and had dinner with community members at one of Einstein’s favorite places in Leiden.
Thank you for making this year one to remember!
Here’s to 2018 and all the good that will come your way!                                           

Irma Perez, Chairperson of LUPride

Latest News

Looking within Ourselves
On November 22, 2017, LU Pride participated in the Leiden University Diversity Symposium on How inclusion makes diversity work. Besides introducing out fellow students to the work we do at our stand, we also held a workshop titled The Pink Elephant in the Room, during which our board members Irma, Araba (Molly), and Tiaan discussed the issue of discrimination within the LGBTQ+ community, namely representation, racism, and fat-shaming.
We are very glad that we were able to provide a platform for meaningful, impactful discussions that left everyone “just a little uncomfortable,” as Molly put it – discomfort, in this case, is a sign of self-awareness and openness to exploring and modifying one’s biases.

Openings at LUPride!
Are you the first person people call when they need a party planned? Are you organized and ready to start making things happen!? LUPride is looking for a committed Event Manager to help up plan movie nights, borrels, galas, and symposiums. Our community is growing fast and we need someone who can come to the table [literally] with solutions. Are you ready to join la rosa familia?
Email our chairperson, Irma Perez, with a brief description of your experience, goals, and how long you’ll be in Leiden at!
Our amazing board members/speakers at the Leiden University Diversity Symposium, talking about discrimination within the LGBTQ+ community.

Upcoming Events

International Cultural Night
(December 1, 17:30 @ Plexus)
LUPride will give a talk on LGBTQ+ friendly places in Leiden. 
LUPride Peer Support Sessions
(December 6 and 12; 12:00 – 14:00 @ Plexus)
Don't forget to sign up by emailing! 
LUPride Borrel
(December 14, 21:00 @ Gaycafé De Roze Beurs)
Stay tuned for details on our Facebook Page! 
New Years Gala
(December 19, 19:00 @ de Hooykist)
We are celebrating the end of 2017 by having a fabulous dinner at de Hooykist in Leiden. 
Join us on Tuesday, 19 December at 20:00 with a three-course meal for €15 and three drinks for €5. We'll have raffles, tarot card readings, and a warm environment for all our pink family! 
Click on the link to purchase the ticket (there is a €1,84 processing fee for the transaction)! Seats are limited, so get yours early!

Links of the Month

Kenyan official says male lions who had sex 'must have seen gay men behaving badly' and should be separated
LGBT seniors tell their stories
What does it mean to be butch? 

LUPride Recs

The section in which our board members share their favorite LGBTQ+ related media. 
Eyewitness (2016, U.S. TV show, based on a Norwegian show of the same name). Two teenage boys meet for a romantic moment in an isolated cabin and end up witnessing a triple homicide. The two grapple with the fear of discovery, internalized homophobia, and teenage drama, all the while trying not to be the next victims of the murderer at large. This a pretty dark show, interspersed with moments of naïve teenage happiness that both characters know cannot possibly last. 
The Price of Salt (Carol) (1952, Patricia Highsmith novel). The story of Therese Belivet, a stage designer working in a department store, who meets Carol Aird, a suburban housewife going through a divorce. They fall in love and set out across the United States, pursued by a private investigator who eventually blackmails Carol into making a choice between her daughter and her lover. A well-paced, well-written novel for those looking for something beyond the umbrella of "lesbian romance."
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