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LGBTQ+ Alumnx Events

Swarthmore community members gather in the Clothier Intercultural Center Big Room.

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RuPaul's Drag Race watch party

Friday and Saturdays (weekly)
8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific

RuPaul's Drag Race has come a long way from its humble beginnings when it premiered on LogoTV over a decade ago. RuPaul isn't perfect, and neither is the structure of the show, but it often still makes for great TV and provides a common ground for LGBTQ+ community building, especially during the age of COVID-induced quarantining. Join Bobby Zipp '18 and other LGBTQ+ Alumnx on Friday nights for new episodes of Drag Race UK (via Zoom) and Saturday nights (via Amazon Watch Party) for new episodes of Drag Race US.

Email Bobby Zipp '18 to participate. 

Past Events

cafe on the crum:  Telling stories that matter

Tuesday, April 6
8 p.m. EDT / 5 p.m. PDT
Hosted by Anita Castillo-Halvorssen '15

At this gathering, Broadway Producer Joshua Goodman '85 shared his experience bringing stories he values to life on stage. As a group, we reflected on and discussed the movies, plays, books, television, songs, and other precious media that have shaped who we are.

Curating a diverse bookshelf for kids

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020
8 p.m. EST

Find yourself wanting to buy a kid's book by or about LGBTQ+ people and people of color, but have no idea where to begin? Children's book authors Emma Otheguy ’09 and special guest Lil Miss Hot Mess '06  shared resources for discovering new books for readers age 0–12 years and some of their top book recommendations.

This event was hosted by the Swarthmore Alumni of Color and the LGBTQ+ Alumnx Network, and was open to all alumni who wished to attend.

Cafe on the crum: Objects that mean the world

Wednesday, Nov. 18
8 p.m. Eastern
Hosted by Janet Chance '87

At this gathering, we reflected on and talk about material objects that we treasure: what stories they tell, and why they matter to us. In response to what participants shared, art historian Jeff Ruda '69 provided insights about these objects, discussing how they relate to aesthetic, historical, and/or global trends. 

Cafe on the crum: Connecting through poetry

Wednesday, Sept. 30
8 p.m. Eastern
Hosted by Janet Chance '87

We will read aloud works by Jericho Brown, Joan Larkin, Audre Lorde, and Ocean Vuong; reflect on our own personal stories; and learn about each other by sharing in small groups.  

The first in a series, the LGBTQ+ Alumnx Network will host arts & culture conversations approximately once every six weeks from September 2020 through August 2021. 

alumni weekend 2019

Members of the LGBTQ+ Alumnx Network hosted a mimosa brunch at Sharples during Alumni Weekend on Sunday, June 2, 2019.

Swarthmore LGBTQ+ Alumnx Community Day

Alums around the globe met in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Tucson, and on a video call to connect during our first worldwide Swarthmore LGBTQ+ Alumnx Community Day on April 28, 2019.