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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Awareness Week to begin April 1 at NMSU

This year's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Awareness Week at New Mexico State University, titled "Opening Doors, Opening Minds," will explore issues of race, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation April 1-6.

hting the week's events are performances and lectures by Jyl Lyn Felman, noted author, lecturer and Brandeis Women's Studies professor.

Felman will perform "If Only I'd Been Born a Kosher Chicken: A Jewish Daughter's Search for the Mother" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the Dona Ana Room of Corbett Center Student Union on campus. Relying on Jewish ritual, Felman will explore the bonds between mother and daughter, offering a portrait of self, sexuality and what it means to be female.

Wednesday, April 3, from 2-5 p.m., Felman will present "Never a Dull Moment: A Workshop on Teaching and Performance." This workshop will challenge the audience to rethink the nature of learning and will show what can happen in the act of teaching. The workshop will take place in the Dona Ana Room of Corbett Center.

Also on April 3, local musical talents Dialectirk and The Specktacles, with special guest Belle Fierro, will perform from 7:30 to 11 p.m. in the Corbett Center Auditorium.

Thursday, April 4, Felman will lead a workshop on diversity, gender and sexual identity that includes a showing of the film "Juggling Gender." This workshop will take place at 3 p.m. in the Center for Educational Development, located in Milton Hall Room 50.

At 7:30 p.m. April 4, the Las Cruces Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History discussion will take place in the Emerson Room, Room 229, of the English building.

The film "Oliver Button is a Star" will be shown at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 5, in Milton Hall Room 171. "Oliver" is a "docu-performance" for families that explores bullying, tolerance and positive alternatives for expressing children's gender differences.

The film uses the Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus production of Tomie dePaola's classic children's book, "Oliver Button is a Sissy," as the narrative structure. It interweaves a mix of animation, archival film, news stories, home movies, classroom activities and personal interviews with well-known figures like arctic explorer Ann Bancroft, dancer Bill Jones, makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin and dePaola himself.

Following "Oliver" will be a screening of a documentary titled "Out in South Africa" at 8:30 p.m. The film by Barbara Hammer provides a portrait of gay and lesbian life in South Africa.

Monday, April 1, through Friday, April 5, an information table will be in Corbett Center on the first floor from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Closing the week will be a picnic at Preciado Park from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 6.

All Jyl Lyn Felman events are sponsored by the Center for Educational Development, Student Services, the College of Arts and Sciences, Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Friends (LGBF), the Women's Studies Program, the Hillel Jewish Student Group and Associated Students of New Mexico State University (ASNMSU). All other events are sponsored by LGBF.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information contact Melanie Martin at (505) 646-6237.

Sarah Wheeler
March 18, 2002