WGRAC Co-Hosting Book Talks and Other Events This Semester at Trinity

Red Flag Campaign Starts October 24, ‘Voices Raised in Power’ Returns November 10

Hartford, Connecticut, October 20, 2016 – This semester, Trinity College’s Women & Gender Resource Action Center (WGRAC) will be co-hosting two book talks on campus, in addition to the annual Red Flag Campaign, which raises awareness about abusive relationships, and “Voices Raised in Power,” an event to honor survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. 

The first book talk will be held on Saturday, October 22, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in the McCook Auditorium. Author TP Catalano will present “Reflections on a Trans-Masculine Life and Journey,” a discussion about his book, No Strings. The author will reflect on his long, complex life seeking love and challenging gender norms in a slowly evolving society. Catalano is a trans-masculine psychotherapist, artist, and writer. This event is sponsored by the Trinity Queer Resource Center (QRC), WGRAC, and SARALesbians, and is free and open to the public.

The next book talk will be held on Thursday, October 27, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the Washington Room in Mather Hall. Jessica Bennett, an award-winning New York Times journalist, comes to Trinity to discuss her book, Feminist Fight Club: An Office Manual to Survive a Sexist Workplace. In her book, Bennett humorously but directly provides strategies and witty, hard-hitting tips on surviving a sexist workplace. Bennett will also be selling and signing copies of the book at the discussion, which is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by WGRAC, the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Program, Trinity College Black Women’s Organization (TCBWO), the Public Policy and Law Program, The Chapel, SAIL, the Human Rights Program, CUGS, Girlcott, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Muslim Students Association (MSA), Exempt Staff Council (ESC), Non-exempt Staff Council (NSC), and SARALesbians.

The Red Flag Campaign will take place the week of October 24 through October 31 on the Gates Quad in front of Mather Hall. This event aims to inform students about warning signs often seen in abusive relationships. Understanding what those signs are can allow one to intervene or provide support to a friend. In addition to posting the red flags, Students Encouraging Consensual Sex (SECS), a WGRAC organization, also plans to mount posters and will have a table in the lobby of Mather with a quiz and treats to help students learn more about the issue.

SECS and WGRAC will host “Voices Raised in Power” on November 10, at 7:30 p.m., at The Mill. The event, which was started by students more than 10 years ago, celebrates survivors of sexual and gender-based violence with an evening of student performances and stories. Students perform spoken word, dances, songs, and skits, and may also share their story or the story of a friend. The event raises awareness as well as creates a safe space of support and celebration for survivors and secondary survivors (friends, girlfriends, boyfriends, partners, or family). Several a cappella groups performed last year. The event is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served.

For more information about WGRAC and its upcoming events, please click here.

Written by Eleanor Worsley ’17