February 17, 2016, marked the one-year anniversary of the Peace and Possibility Lecture Series at Weber State University. The series began with a donation to Weber State's LGBT Resource Center. In addition to creating a new home for the LGBT Resource Center on campus, the gift established the Peace & Possibility Lecture Series at Weber State. The series looks to bring LGBT leaders to Weber State’s campus to provide cultural opportunities, cultivate an ally community, and further develop an atmosphere of “welcomeness” for all students. Over its first year, the LGBT Resource Center held a screening of “For the Bible Tells Me So” and co-sponsored a convocation speech by Janet Mock for Transgender Awareness Month.
“For the Bible Tells Me So” is an award-winning documentary examining the chasm between gays and lesbians and Christianity. Following the lives of five Christian families, the documentary details the stories of those families upon the realization of having a gay child. “For the Bible Tells Me So” offers clarity, understanding, and is viewed as a healing tool for those caught in the battle between religion and sexual identity. Director Dan Karslake is currently working on a follow-up to the film called “For We Know Not What We Do.”
Janet Mock is the author of the New York Times best-seller “Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love, & So Much More.” She also frequently lectures on college campuses and has appeared on programs such as The Colbert Report and Piers Morgan. Janet looks at the exploration of gender identities and experiences. Not only does she explore these issues with audiences, but she also works diligently to promote awareness of transgendered rights.
For 2016, Jayson Stokes, director of the LGBT Resource Center, is working on a big roll out for the Peace & Possibility Lecture Series. Along with speakers and hosting events, Stokes plans to bring a Social Justice based performing arts group to campus. Fostering safe spaces and facilitating tough discussions is the goal of the series and Resource Center. Stay tuned for updates on the Peace & Possibility Lecture Series’ second year!