CORVALLIS - Cultural perspectives on gay and transgender lifestyles will be the focus as Oregon State University's Queer Pride Festival gets under way at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 17.
Opening ceremonies will be held in the Memorial Union main lounge and will include an open discussion on cultures. A "Safe Zones Coffeehouse" which continues daily through Friday, May 19, will be staged in the MU Quad from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include "Lunch OUT" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
As part of opening ceremonies, at noon on May 17, Roger Weaver, OSU professor emeritus of English, will read poetry, including selections from his soon to be released work, "Reading the Stones; New and Selected Poems." At 1 p.m., Weaver will lead a discussion about literature of U.S. minorities.
At 2:30 p.m., "BLOOD LINES" a film offering views of immune system viruses, youth and the media will be screened. A discussion will follow the film. From 6 to 11 p.m., a free film festival, featuring "The Wedding Banquet," and "Go Fish," will be held in MU Room 208.
On Thursday, May 18, "A Night of Music," begins at 7 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. The free three-hour celebration will also include discussion of educational topics. At 7:30 p.m. the Soromundi-Lesbian Chorus of Eugene and folk singers Pam and Maggie will perform in the MU Lounge.
The festival concludes Friday night with a "Drag Show" from 8 to 11 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. Tickets are $3.