Film Screening: "For the Bible Tells Me So"

Thursday, October 27, 2011

7:00 p.m.

Axinn 232

Through the experiences of five very normal, Christian, American families – including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson – we discover how people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child or family member.

Offering healing, clarity and understanding to anyone caught in the crosshairs of scripture and sexual identity, this landmark film “boldly takes on a loaded topic and examines it both intellectually and emotionally; the result may well leave you blinking away a few tears.” (Seattle Times)

"Confronts, with whimsy and hellfire, the clash between religion and homosexuality. (New York Magazine)

"An incredibly powerful film everybody should see.  It restores your faith in people."  (National Public Radio)

Co-sponsored by MOQA (Middlebury Open Queer Alliance), the Religious Life Council, and The Chaplain's Office.


Faisal Alam
Faisal Alam, "Hidden Voices: The Lives of Gay Muslims"

Thursday, April 29, 2010, 7:00 p.m.

Franklin Environmental Center 103 - (Hillcrest)

Faisal is a queer-identified Muslim activist of Pakistani descent and the founder and former director of Al-Fatiha, an organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex & questioning (LGBTIQ) Muslims, and their allies. The mission of Al-Fatiha is to support and empower LGBTIQ Muslims seeking ways to integrate their faith and their sexual orientation or gender identity. His work has been featured in queer and mainstream media including The New York Times, BBC World News, Al-Hayat, and The Washington Post.

Sponsored by Middlebury Open Queer Alliance (MOQA), Middlebury College Activities Board (MCAB), The Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, Wonnacott Commons, Ross Commons, and the Islamic Society of Middlebury College.


Panel Discussion:  "Queerness and Religion"

Monday, April 14, 2008
7:00 p.m.
Mead Chapel

Christian and Jewish religious leaders, both gay and straight, discuss homosexuality and religion. Questions will range in topic from acceptance in various religious communities, the notion of same-sex marriage, what constitutes sinful behavior, and interpretations of controversial verses of the Bible. The event is open to everyone, whether a member of the Middlebury College community or not.

Hosted by the Middlebury Open Queer Alliance; co-sponsored by the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious LIfe.


New space for queer studies is one student’s legacy

On a typical Thursday evening, senior Christine Bachman is busy hosting students at the Queer Studies House, a residential academic interest house with a focus on queer studies. These evenings are called “Thursday Teas.” Sipping tea and eating cookies, Bachman and the four other residents of the house start informal conversations on a variety of topics related to queer studies, an emerging interdisciplinary field that critiques traditional norms of sexuality and gender. Sometimes, as many as 30 or 40 students stop by for these gatherings.

“Students get to know and relate to each other on a personal level that in turn enables a safe, open, varied discussion about issues of difference,” explains sophomore Catarina Campbell, who frequently attends these gatherings.

As co-president of the Middlebury Open-Queer Alliance (MOQA), Bachman was one of the three chief architects of the proposal for the Queer Studies House. The proposal was approved by Community Council last year.