The Gay Agenda: Longwood University's Pride Club Newsletter

Hey everyone get hype!

Tomorrow Longwood University is putting on an event called Fearless Foursome where questions can be asked and we will answer.

The event goes like this:

There will be one or two panels, each with approximately four people made up of Longwood Pride members. These panel members will tell a little about themselves and their life experiences, if they so wish, as well as answer any questions those in attendance have for them. The members come from a variety of different backgrounds and the panels will be fairly diverse in covering the spectrum. This event was created as a safe place for Longwood Pride to create a dialogue with the University and Farmville community. Fearless Foursome is open to anyone who wishes to attend and welcomes individuals to ask any questions they would like to be answered. Please come and join us for what is sure to be an educational and fun night.

When: March 21st at 7:00 P.M.

Where: Lankford Ballroom

Admission is free.

Questions are welcome and encouraged. We will be asking the audience some questions and will be giving out candy to anyone willing to answer.

 

Most people don’t start their college searches with inclusivity and LGBT+ communities in mind, but I am not most people.  After being put through the ringer with another school I was planning on attending, I found myself being accepted into Longwood with open arms.  While New Lancer Days was alright and people were all perfectly helpful and friendly, I still felt like an outsider.

I was hoping that eventually my introverted self would fall into a friend group.  Instead, I found myself locked in my room in my free periods.  It wasn’t until the third week of school or so when clubs were open that I found myself looking for rainbows, because then I knew I’d find people like myself.  So, on a very hot autumn day in August, I wove through the throngs of people to the most colorful table: Longwood’s very own Pride.  I signed my name, and showed up especially early on the first meeting of the semester.

There, I met a multitude of different people from different walks of life.  I was lucky enough to recognize a few of them: two girls on my hall and a girl from my math class were all in attendance along with around twenty other people.  You have to understand: I came from a small, conservative area.  My high school’s Gay/Straight Alliance had around seven members.  So seeing so many people under the acronym in one room was mind-blowing and darn near revolutionary for me.

Being in Pride has allowed me to come out of my shell, challenging me intellectually and emotionally, and has provided me with more friends than I ever thought I’d have.  People I have come to rely on and trust implicitly.  Having now attended Pride for a semester and a half, it’s hard to imagine me ever being anywhere else.  Pride has been the most welcoming experience for me during my time at Longwood.  Whether it’s promoting civil liberties and social change, making Sharpie-dyed t-shirts, or deciding to all eat at Moe’s one night, I can’t think of a better place for me to be: among friends.

Fearless Foursome

Hey everyone!

We would like to invite you to come out on Tuesday, March 21 and attend Fearless Foursome, an event put on by Longwood Pride where all questions can be asked and we will answer.

The event goes like this:

At 7 P.M. in the Lankford Ballroom there will be one or two panels, each with approximately four people made up of Longwood Pride members. These panel members will tell a little about themselves and their life experiences, if they so wish, as well as answer any questions those in attendance have for them. The members come from a variety of different backgrounds and the panels will be fairly diverse in covering the spectrum. This event was created as a safe place for Longwood Pride to create a dialogue with the University and Farmville community. Fearless Foursome is open to anyone who wishes to attend and welcomes individuals to ask any questions they would like to be answered.  Please join us for what is sure to be an educational and fun night.

 

When: March 21st at 7:00 P.M.

Where: Lankford Ballroom

Admission is free.  Questions are welcome.

 

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Jacob DiLandro | @spongejay1

Shining Bright

Moonlight opens with a sequence in which one of the most charming characters in the entire film, Juan, finding a young Chiron, who goes by the nickname Little, in an abandon house. He walks in, looks at the boy, and asks if he wants to come with him to get food. This clear act of kindness, and subsequent friendship extended to Little is where the film’s charm begins to set in place, and it never lets up until the credits role.

Every character lights up the screen, whether it’s Naomie Harris’s aching portrayal of Little’s mother, Paula, or Janelle Monae as the sweet Teresa, who looks after Little whenever he feels like he can’t be at home. No one character stays for the entire film, but out of them all, the aforementioned Juan, played by Mahershala Ali, is the most charming, and stays with you the most when the movie is over.

Split into three acts, you almost wouldn’t realize it but the young boy, the teenager, and the older man that each act focuses on are all the same person. They may go by different names, but it’s all the same person, reflecting the idea of change as you grow older. Each actor who plays Little/Chiron/Black commands attention, with few words and a haunting stare.

The score and cinematography of the film strike an immediately unique viewpoint. There aren’t many films that feature a ghetto backdrop with classical music playing in the background. It not only works as a great score, but is another layer that shows just how out of touch Little/Chrion/Black feels in his own skin.

“Moonlight” is a difficult film to describe. It is filled with great performances, cinematography and music. The last thirty minutes are just wonderful in every aspect, and seeing Little/Chiron/Black grow as a black gay man is a wonderful journey to behold. But yet, saying all of that still feels like a disservice to the film itself.

Yes, the last thirty minutes are great, and the scene midway through the film involving a chair Chiron is just flat out great. But summary and description do not the film justice. It feels like it’s over in a heartbeat, but I could have easily jumped back in to experience more of this man’s life.

“Moonlight” is never over dramatic, or overly melancholy. It just feels real, with the right amount of sly smiles and sadness, and it drags you in so much that it feels like it’s over in a heartbeat. It’s just a beautiful film, that tells a compelling story, with great characters, and a bright, shining, beating heart at the center. 5/5

Photo Courtesy of A24 and Plan B Entertainment.

 

Linsey Asbury & Whitney Jones

 

On Thursday, March 2nd Longwood University’s Pride Club got swept away in a heartfelt protest against the removal of bathroom protections for trans* people: Longwood Day Without Bathrooms.  Longwood’s faculty, staff, and student bodies were all invited to use unisex bathrooms for one day and pledge or provide a statement on why they support this issue.  Over forty people chose to participate at our small booth outside Hiner Hall on Beale Plaza.  A brochure on why this issue matters, educational pamphlets of resources for LGBT+ people and their allies, and a map of unisex bathrooms were available upon request. Longwood Pride was blown away by the amount of support and compassion shown to us throughout our protest. We sincerely appreciate all the help and support we have received.