History of GAYpril at Rutgers University–New Brunswick

Rutgers students have adopted this affectionate term for their celebration during the month of April. “Gaypril” is an opportunity for the entire campus to involve itself in educational and celebratory programming on queer and trans communities and issues.
Past featured guests include: Nico Santos, The Prancing Elites, Lena Waithe, Jujubee and more.

Save the dates!

Events are from April 2 – 30, 2021.

More events are being finalized and added to the list below. Please check back for more details!

LGBTQIA+ Advocates Network Meeting

Friday, April 2 | 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST
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The LGBTQIA Advocate Network is a group of faculty and staff who are committed to supporting the LGBTQIA+ student community.

Queer Career Chat: Navigating Your Post-Grad Career Plans

Monday, April 5 | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. EST
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Are you in the queer community and looking for an opportunity, or secured a position and want to discuss what comes next? Join our conversation with career experts! Learn to determine if an organization will be a good fit for you, and know your rights and how to advocate for yourself in the workplace.

Co-sponsored by Career Exploration & Success and RU Rainbow Alumni League

GAYPril Opening Ceremony ft. Curly Velasquez & Julio Salgado

Wednesday, April 7 | 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. EST
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This year’s featured guests are Curly Velasquez and Julio Salgado! Curly Velasquez (@thecurlyvshow) is a queer Salvadoran American actor and Youtube personality. Julio Salgado (@juliosalgado83) is a queer, undocumented visual artist and activist. Join us for an engaging dialogue about queer and Latinx identity and about using online platforms for visibility and change.

Co-sponsored by Center for Latino Arts and Culture and RUPA.

Trans Youth in K-12 Schools: Affirming Educational Practices

Wednesday, April 7 | 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. EST
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The purpose of this session is to open up dialogue around classroom- and school-level practices that affirm trans and gender-expansive youth.

Co-sponsored by Graduate School of Education
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Boy Love Cultures and Inter-Asia Media Flows

Thursday, April 8 | 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. EST
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Cinema and queer studies scholars speak on Boy Love (BL) visual culture—movies, TV and Web series about male same-sex crushes and relationships—wildly popular among primarily young female audiences across East and Southeast Asia.

Co-sponsored by Global Asias, Center for Cultural Americas, American Studies, and Rutgers Global
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QTBIPOC in Higher Education Symposium, presented by PMJ Consulting

Monday, April 12 | 12:00 – 3:30 p.m. EST
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Join the engaging event discussing research and practice centering QTBIPOC people in higher education.

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ALPFA Rutgers Newark & Queer Professionals: Being Queer in Corporate America

Monday, April 12 | 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. EST
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Join ALPFA Rutgers Newark & Queer Professionals as we invite professionals from each of the Big 4 firms to discuss their experiences as members of the LGBTQ+ community in corporate America!

Co-sponsored by NABA, MMS, RUWIB, oSTEM, ALPFA Seton Hall, ALPFA Rutgers New Brunswick, and ALPFA DePaul – Chicago

Babs Siperstein Humanities & Medicine Seminar Series Presents: “Streetwalking: Strategies for Surviving Sexual Terror”

Tuesday, April 13 | 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. EST
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Ana-Maurine Lara, faculty of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon, Dominican poet and Black feminist scholar presents her research with LGBTQ+ activists in the Dominican Republic between 2010 – 2015.

Co-sponsored by Rutgers RWJMS-The Women’s Health Institute, Rutgers University Libraries, BRG PROUD of RWJUH-NB

LGBTQIA+ Faculty & Staff Social

Wednesday, April 14 | 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. EST
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Rutgers LGBTQIA+ faculty, staff, and allies are welcomed to enjoy a social hour with us in celebration of GAYpril 2021.

Becoming: Trans Leadership Beyond the Gender Binary

Wednesday, April 14 | 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. EST
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Meeting ID: 957 3326 1107
Password: 400282

An interactive workshop to further develop your leadership skills in connection with to your gender identity.

All the Rage: Black Creativity in Pandemic Time, presented by the Clement A Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at Rutgers – Newark

Thursday, April 15 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. EST
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We will explore how Black queer writers have been able to weave pleasure and joy into not only their writing but their lives during this pandemic time.

Future Queer Professionals Mixer

Thursday, April 15 | 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. EST
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Out in Tech, Out in Business, and oSTEM will host a space for students preparing for graduate/professional school or an industry career to meet other students in their field and share experiences.

Co-sponsored by Out in Tech, Out in Business, oSTEM at Rutgers

Film Screening & Discussion: The Birdcage (1996)

Friday, April 16 | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. EST
Meeting ID: 928 9356 7176
Password: 223139

Film screening of “The Birdcage” (1996) featuring Robin Williams. Discussion of film to follow. Presented by the Office of Graduate Student Life.

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Body Positivity Workshop

Tuesday, April 20 | 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. EST
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A body positivity workshop in partnership with UltraViolet.

Co-sponsored by UltraViolet

Gender Exploration Workshop

Wednesday, April 21 | 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. EST
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A workshop to explore what goes into gender identity, what kinds of messages you’ve received about gender, and even what your gender might be!

Drag Beauty and Bingo

Friday, April 23 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. EST
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Learn to do a stunning drag makeup look led by Rutgers Alum Drag Queen Heavens 2 Betsy Stratton! Join RuPaul’s Drag Race Alum, Latrice Royale, at 8PM as she hosts an interactive virtual bingo!

Co-sponsored by RUPA and SC&A

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Rutgers Hillel Pride Shabbat

Friday, April 23

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Rutgers Hillel’s annual Pride Shabbat is April 23! Each religious community within Hillel will run its own event, so check out the calendar on our website for more information. All are welcome!

Safer Space Training

Friday, April 30 | 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST
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Safe(R) Space is a campus wide program designed to visibly identify students, staff, and faculty peers who support the LGBTQIA population, understand some of the issues facing LGBTQIA individuals, and are aware of various LGBTQIA-affirming resources on campus.

Rainbow Graduation 2021

Wednesday, May 5 | 6:00 p.m. EST
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Rainbow Graduation honors the achievements of graduating Rutgers LGBTQIA+ students. We use this occasion to honor students who have continued our traditions of pride and activism.

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