Gay & Co.
is proud to invite the entire community to a panel discussion
LGBT Voices: International Perspectives
Monday, April 9th – 7:30 PM
Come listen to the stories of the LGBT community in various countries! We have panelists, including returned Peace Corps volunteers, talking about experiences in Madagascar,Romania, South Africa, and China.
Jingchao Ma hails from the city of Xi’an in central China. She went to Fudan University in Shanghai for college, where she directed a Chinese version of The Vagina Monologues. She also became actively involved in the queer women’s community in Shanghai. She is now doing a PhD in philosophy at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. Her focus is feminism and gender theories.
Prior to attending the Monterey Institute, Jesse Lee served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Romania. After graduating from the IEP program at MIIS, he works for local governments on energy efficiency projects.
Jeff Fowler is a MATESOL candidate at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He received his B.A. in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Hamline University in 2007. He returned to the states in 2009 after teaching English in Madagascar for two years with the Peace Corps.
Justin Mitzlaff is currently working towards his Masters in Public Health, with an emphasis in Health Education and Promotion. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa.
Gay & Co. and the Chinese Student Association are proud to invite the entire community to a film screening and talk with
Chinese Gay Rights Activist
Tuesday, September 27th 6:00 PM Irvine Auditorium
Chinese gay rights activist Fan Popo will host a film screening, lecture and question and answer session at the Monterey Institute of International Studies on Tuesday, September 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Irvine Auditorium, McCone Building, 499 Pierce Street in downtown Monterey.
Fan Popo is a queer filmmaker, writer, and activist from mainland China. His documentary films include New Beijing, New Marriage; the Chinese Closet; Taipei, City of Rainbows; and Be A Woman. His work has been shown in film festivals in Vancouver, Hong Kong, Berlin and Long Beach. Director of the Beijing LGBT Center, he is the author of Happy Together: 100 Queer Films, China’s first anthology of international LGBT cinema.
In this special event, Popo will screen two of his short films, New Beijing, New Marriage (2009, 18 minutes) and Rainbow in Motion (2011, 12 minutes) (both in Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles). The screening will be followed by a talk by Popo (in English) about the social, cultural, and political climate for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in China today. A question and answer session with the audience will conclude the event. This event is free and open to the public.
On November 9th, we will be hosting a very exciting discussion panel on DADT – Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy in collaboration with the Veteran’s Organization and Mid East Society.
We will have four amazing panelist, and their bios are as follows:
Jason Daniel Knight
Former Petty Officer 2nd Class, U. S. Navy was discharged twice under DADT. Enlisting in 2001, his first tour of duty was the prestigious Ceremonial Guard in Washington, D.C., where he represented our country at official White House ceremonies and during state and military funerals. After being discharged under DADT in 2004, Knight was recalled to the Navy and served in Kuwait for a year with the U.S. Navy Customs Battalion Romeo in 2006, all while being completely open until he was discharged again in 2007 for speaking out publicly against the law. Jason has spent the last three years involved in efforts to help repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Jeffrey Kongslie Correa
Jeffrey Kongslie Correa grew up in a rural conservative town and joined the Air Force right out of high school to get an education and see the world. Halfway through his six year enlistment he accepted his orientation, and spent the next three years living a double life. He served six years as an Arabic linguist, training at the Defense Language Institute twice, and being permanently based at RAF Mildenhall in the UK and then at Offut AFB in Omaha, NE. He served many deployments to Riyadh Air Base and Price Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Southern Watch. Jeffrey earned three Aerial Achievement Medals, along with various other medals for his service. Jeffrey is now the Senior Director of Development for the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences at UC Santa Cruz, and co-owns Vinocruz, a wine shop in downtown Santa Cruz with his husband of two years.
Jeff Weekley is a member of the research faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School since 2001. Prior to that, he served as a Spanish, Korean and French cryptolinguist in the US Navy. He served overseas in Korea, Japan and Panama. Discharged from active duty just as DADT came into effect.
Professor Avner Even-Zohar is a Sabra (native Israeli born) and served for 6 years in the Israeli army as an education officer. Captain Even-Zohar was among the very few officers who were awarded twice during their service for highest excellence as an Army NCO (Non commissioned Officer) and as an officers school cadet as he graduated with the highest honors twice. Captain Even-Zohar was awarded twice the Danziger scholarship for excellence in Hebrew studies and got both his BA and MA from the University of Texas in Austin in Government, Middle Eastern and Hebrew studies. He graduated with honors. Professor Even-Zohar works to build bridges between the Jewish community and the GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender) community. He taught a Queer Jewish class at the Harvey Milk Institute in San-Francisco named “Gay? Oy Vey!” and “Queer? Oy Veys Mir!” Professor Even-Zohar is an Internationally published author in What Israel Means To Me (US & Canada: Wiley, 2006), edited by Harvard Universityprofessor Alan Dershowitz. Professor Even-Zohar published an essay on the acclaimed series “This I believe” on National Public Radio. In his free time Avner enjoys swimming, roller blading, hiking, skiing, scuba diving, reading and above all Karaoke singing (he truly enjoys doing it, friends politely asked him to quit- but that’s merely because they are jealous).
Mid East Society/Gay & Co. Movie Night
Mid East Society/Gay & Co. movie night tentatively planned for Dec. 3, please let us know if you have any movie suggestions. Choices should reflect the themes of the two student organizations.
Updates from International Coming Out Day
We have included updates from International Coming out Day 2010, and you may find pictures and video on its very own page!! Here’s a little highlight – a lovely message by our very own Rachael Sanborn (MBA)
Gay & Company a student collaborative organization here at MIIS. This is only our first semester as Gay & Company, but our mission to empower and inform the community are similar to those of the past LGBT collaborative as well as other community organizations.
As a club at MIIS, we hope to incorporate our diverse student body in exploring and discussing the ideals, issues, and inspirations within the LGBT community. That being said, the “Company” in Gay & Co. is extremely important, and everyone’s participation is welcome, LGBTQIA.
We appreciate any comments, suggestions, and questions you have for us. Thank you.