LGBTQIA+ History Month for October 2020

Several virtual events are planned for LGBTQIA+ History Month at The University of Alabama.

Poetry Reading and Discussion

headshot of Kayleb Rae Candrilli
Kayleb Rae Candrilli

“Form in the Apocalypse”: A Reading and Discussion with Kayleb Rae Candrilli will be held Oct. 15 from 6-7:30 p.m. on Zoom. The award-winning poet will give a live reading of his work. Following the reading, participants can talk with the author about their work, craft and experiences.

Candrilli is a recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award and is the author of “Water I Won’t Touch” (Copper Canyon, 2021), “All the Gay Saints” (Saturnalia 2020), and “What Runs Over” (YesYes Books, 2017). “What Runs Over” won the 2016 Pamet River Prize and was a 2017 Lambda Literary finalist for Transgender Poetry and a finalist for the 2018 American Book Fest’s best book award in LGBTQ nonfiction. “All the Gay Saints” was the winner of the 2018 Saturnalia Book Prize, selected by Natalie Diaz. They are published or forthcoming in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, Academy of American Poets, TriQuarterly, Puerto del Sol, Bettering American Poetry, The Boston Review, and many others.

Candrilli has served as the nonfiction editor of the Black Warrior Review and as a feature editor for NANO Fiction. They served an assistant poetry editor for Boaat Press from 2017 to 2018. In 2015, Candrilli was a Lambda Literary Emerging Fellow in Nonfiction, and again in 2017 as a fellow in poetry. Candrilli is a Best of the Net winner and has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes (in prose and poetry) and for Best New Poets. They were also a 2017 recipient of a Leeway Art and Change Grant. For more information about Candrilli, visit

Sponsors of the event are the Women and Gender Resource Center, UA English Department and UA Safe Zone Resource Center.



Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.
“Pariah” is a 2011 American drama written and directed by Dee Rees. It tells the story of a 17-year-old African American embracing her identity as a lesbian. It premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Excellence in Cinematography Award.
Sponsor: Intercultural Diversity Center/Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

“Dallas Buyers Club”

movie flyer for Dallas Buyers ClubOct. 23 at 7 p.m.
“Dallas Buyers Club” is a 2013 American biographical drama set in Dallas in 1985. The main character is electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof (played by Matthew McConaughey), who works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease.
Sponsor: Intercultural Diversity Center/Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

“Disclosure” Film Screening and Q&A/Discussion

Oct. 27 at 6 p.m.
“Disclosure” takes an in-depth look at Hollywood’s depiction of transgender people and the impact of those stories on transgender lives and American culture
Participants are invited to remain after the screening for a Q&A and discussion session about the film movie poster for disclosureand trans inclusion and resources in the area. Members of the Magic City Acceptance Center will be in attendance and contribute to the discussion and Q&A session.
Sponsors: Women and Gender Resource Center, Magic City Acceptance Center and Birmingham AIDS Outreach


Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.
“Milk” is a 2008 American biographical film based on the life of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Sean Penn stars as Harvey Milk.
Sponsor: Intercultural Diversity Center/Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Weekly Discussion

The Safe Zone Resource Center will offer Cinnamon Rolls, Not Gender Roles each Tuesday at 3 p.m. via flyer for Milk

For more information, visit the Safe Zone website.

Ongoing Services

The Women and Gender Resource Center offers counseling, advocacy, programming and resources throughout the year for students, faculty and staff.

For more information, visit