We are thrilled to announce that documentary filmmaker, educator, and activist Jonathan Skurnik ’86 is providing DGALA members with special FREE access to watch his film Becoming Johanna, and will then join us for a Q&A on Zoom.
You will also be treated to a short about Robert Jackson ’86 coming out his senior spring (7 min). DGALA funds are being used to fund the digitization of this film!
Join DGALA as we explore: “On view outdoors in New-York Historical’s rear courtyard, this exhibition explores the gay and lesbian community that flourished during the 1950s in Cherry Grove through some 70 enlarged photographs and additional ephemera from the unique holdings of the Cherry Grove Archives Collection.”
Tickets are free. This is a timed-entry event, and you must reserve your own tickets in advance here. (Please select the 6:30pm time slot.) For those interested, we can find an outdoor place to eat after the exhibition! Please RSVP here to let us know you’re coming, and that you have reserved your ticket!
DGALA had the great honor to support the research of Olivia Goodwin ’21 this year. Olivia will now be presenting their interesting and important thesis research to the DGALA community on July 13th, 7-8pm EST. Join us by registering here.
Olivia shares more information about their thesis:
My thesis is a mixed methods approach, which explores:
how LGBTQ+ Dartmouth undergraduate students have changed their use of support networks during the COVID-19 pandemic,
the differences between students by how their environment impacted their experiences with stress, and
the differences of stressors between students of marginalized sexual orientations and marginalized gender identities.
I am specifically studying the experiences of LGBTQ+ students’ potential homotransphobic-specific stressors that quarantine imposed on some. I hope that this project becomes part of Dartmouth’s history as a record of students’ experiences during COVID-19.
Featuring Dartmouth and diversity-themed trivia, plus social time after.
Q: Which US politician, who was openly gay, was fundamental in defeating Proposition 6, which would’ve made it illegal for members of the queer community to teach in schools?
Join us at 7:30pm for trivia and awesome tunes with your host, David Blum ’93, of Great Big Trivia. Each round begins easy and gets progressively more difficult, so whether you’re a casual trivia player or seasoned trivia buff there’s something for everyone!
We’re playing for fun (and PRIDE), but like traditional pub trivia we’ll keep score.
You’ll submit answers via a Google Form and the winner will receive some DGALA swag!
Please join DGALA and Women of Dartmouth for a virtual alum book club event, held in partnership with alumna-owned Still North Books & Bar in Hanover.
We will hear from Torrey Peters GR’13, whose new book Detransition, Baby is about what happens at the emotional, messy, vulnerable corners of womanhood that platitudes and good intentions can’t reach. Torrey will be joined in conversation by Sheila Hicks-Rotella ’04. Reading the book is encouraged, but not required to attend.
In Detransition, Baby, Peters brilliantly and fearlessly navigates the most dangerous taboos around gender, sex, and relationships, gifting us a thrillingly original, witty, and deeply moving novel. Kirkus Reviews calls the debut, “Smart, funny, and bighearted. Trans women will be matching their experiences against Reese’s, but so will cis women—and so will anyone with an interest in the human condition.” And Garth Greenwell says, “It’s the smartest novel I’ve read in ages. Peters manages to be utterly savage and lacerating while also conveying endlessly expanding compassion. It’s kind of a miracle.” Peters is set to write the pilot episode of the TV adaptation for Detransition, Baby with Grey’s Anatomy writer-producers Joan Rater and Tony Phelan lined up to serve as showrunners on the half-hour dramedy adaptation of the novel.
Torrey Peters GR’13 is the author of the bestselling novel Detransition, Baby (Random House, 2021), which was longlisted for the Women’s Prize and was a Roxane Gay’s Audacious Book Club Pick. She is also the author of the novellas Infect Your Friends and Loved Ones and The Masker. Peters holds an MFA from the University of Iowa and a Masters in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth. She splits her time between Brooklyn and an off-grid cabin in Vermont.
Sheila Hicks-Rotella ’04 has worked in college and independent school admissions and financial aid for 15 years. At Dartmouth she played rugby and was a Women’s and Gender Studies major (more or less in that order). She graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a degree in School Leadership in 2009. She lives in The Bronx with her wife Emily, a technology entrepreneur, and their two young children. In her spare time she writes comedy and organizes play dates (which means something different than it did 20 years ago).