Johns Hopkins University Diverse Sexuality and Gender Alliance (DSAGA) Program


Thursday, April 10, 8:00pm
Hodson 110
Trembling before G-d is an unprecedented feature documentary that shatters assumptions about faith, sexuality, and religious fundamentalism. Built around intimately-told personal stories of Hasidic and Orthodox Jews who are gay or lesbian, the film portrays a group of people who face a profound dilemma - how to reconcile their passionate love of Judaism and the Divine with the drastic Biblical prohibitions that forbid homosexuality. A discussion will follow the movie screening. This event has been coordinated in conjunction with the Jewish Students Association.

Monday, April 14, 8:00pm
Great Hall, Levering Union
Lesléa Newman, author of Heather Has Two Mommies, The Femme Mystique, Out of the Closet and Nothing to Wear, and other works, will discuss some of the many controversies surrounding her books and the issues of homophobia, censorship and family values for the twenty-first century.

Tuesday, April 15, 5:30pm
Mattin Center Room 101
Patrick Webb, one of this country's most accomplished, yet controversial, figurative painters, will speak about his work in a slide lecture entitled, "Punchinello and Self."

Wednesday, April 16, 8:00pm
Clipper Room
Daphne Scholinski, currently an artist in Washington D.C., has appeared on
20/20, Dateline, and Today to discuss her experiences with adolescent
psychiatric abuse. She is the winner of a Lambda Literary Award and finalist
for a Books for a Better Life Award.

Friday, April 18, 8:00pm
Great Hall, Levering Union
A DSAGA tradition, the Drag Show and Dance, will feature well-known drag queens and kings as well as Hopkins students. DJ Rosie of Coconuts will provide music for the event. Prizes will be awarded to the best performers.

Tuesday, April 22, 8:00pm
Milton S. Eisenhower Library Quad
Hate Crimes Vigil
A candlelight vigil to join in unity against crimes fueled by discrimination. It’s a powerful evening of speakers and sharing. This event is conducted through the collaboration of DSAGA, Amnesty International, BSU, OLE, IAC, and MAPP.

Johns Hopkins University's Diverse Sexuality and Gender Alliance (DSAGA) is an undergraduate student-run organization committed to promoting visibility, equality, and a sense of community for the transgender, bisexual, lesbian, gay and straight-allies population of JHU.

DSAGA presents its eleventh annual Awareness Days Program in an effort to promote awareness, tolerance, and change to the communities of JHU and the Greater Baltimore area. DSAGA's Awareness Days are typically a month in duration and have quickly become one of the largest gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender-interest symposia in the state of Maryland. Past guest speakers have included filmmaker John Waters, MTV Real World's Danny Roberts, and Maryland delegate Maggie McIntosh.

For more information, or to subscribe to the DSAGA email list, send an email to or visit . Inquiries can also be made by phone to 410-516-4088.


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