Thoughtful Thursday

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Hey there Guys, Gals, and Non-binary Pals!

This is Jake Reeves coming at you again with another Thoughtful Thursday email! We are breaking the norm this week, and not doing a national day today. GASP! 

Tomorrow, we will be sending out a message for Juneteenth, which will count as the national day this week, so be on the lookout for that!

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ODU Blueprint:
Fall Reopening

ODU shared out the beginnings of the Fall 2020 reopening plan. See the highlights below, and be sure to check back in to for more up to date information.

As part of the Blueprint, SEES Interim VP Dr. Don Stansberry recently announced updates regarding students' return to campus and how classes will be offered and coordinated. Find that information at . 

Digital Screening of "Selma" sponsored by LSA and ¡WEPA!

Join Latino Student Alliance and ¡WEPA! in a digital screening of the film Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay and based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches initiated and directed by James Bevel and led by Martin Luther King Jr., Hosea Williams, and John Lewis. 

Thursday June 18th (Today) at 6pm

Zoom Link: 976 3184 1664

Zoom Lunch

Thanks to everyone who has been coming out to our Weekly Lunch Breaks - we love seeing you all there! We want to send a slight update to the schedule: we will be doing the lunch for 1pm – 2pm, rather than starting at 12pm. We hope to see you all there soon!
Join us at

Calling all LGBTQ+ Families!

Kelly O'Clair, Co-Chair of and head of the Community Outreach Committee for PrideFest 2020, is looking for help from LGBTQ+ families. He is looking for LGBTQ families to make a small video about what pride means to them. The only specific request is to finish the video with "PRIDE MATTERS."

If you are a part of an LGBTQ+ family and are interested in helping with this effort, please send your video to You can also direct questions to this email!

Pride Month Spotlight

As we head into PRIDE MONTH, we are attempting to highlight unique experiences in the LGBTQIA+/queer community, and opportunities to engage with and learn about these experiences. PRIDE started as a rejection of "the norm" and fighting against a society that attempted to silence our voices, and specifically those of queer people of color. We hope our efforts of highlighting these voices and experiences serve as a counter to this history and a point to move forward.

This week, we take a look at the LGBTQIA+ community a little closer to home, specifically on ODU's campus!
This is an exhibit developed in response to an inquiry from Dr. Don Stansberry, current interim VP for SEES, about the history of diversity and inclusion at ODU. The exhibit attempts to include all aspects of diversity, including sexuality. Most topics don’t have images associated with them but it is a good place to start for the history of LGBTQIA+ initiatives at ODU. The first LGBTQIA+-specific event occurred in 1977, when The Gay Alliance, a political organization dedicated to highlighting issues in the LGBTQIA+ community, is established at ODU.

Click the title to head to the collection!

(Picture: February 1991: Breaking the Ice, an event co-sponsored by the Hampton Roads Lesbian and Gay Pride Coalition and the Old Dominion Gay and Lesbian Student Union to draw attention to LGBTQIA+ issues, debuts on campus.)
This collection contains digital copies of the Our Own Community Press, a local LGBTQIA+ newspaper, that at the time, was one of the longest running papers in the country documenting the community from 1976-1998. While aimed at local issues, the paper does contain state and national news such as Harvey Milk, Anita Bryant, the AIDS epidemic, etc. The caveat to the paper is that it does focus on gay males so not all of the community might be represented.

Click the title to head to the collection!

(Picture: First issue of Our Own Newspaper, Sep 1976 edition.)
This collection has over 20,000 photographs documenting the people, places, events, etc. in the history of ODU from around 1930 to 2004. There aren’t a lot of images related to the community in here, but you can do a keyword search for terms such as gay, breaking the ice, look for specific faculty and staff, etc.

Click the title to head to the collection!

(Picture: Hampton Roads Lesbian and Gay Pride Coalition Mission Banner, stating "The Hampton Roads Lesbian and Gay Pride Coalition instills pride, celebrates unity, and embraces diversity in the Hampton Roads gay, lesbian, and bisexual community by creating visibility and promoting full human and civil rights through education, political action, celebration, and networking.")
Like Our Own, The Paper was a local LGBTQIA+ newspaper but was relatively short-lived, as it was published for only several issues in 1981. It also focuses on gay males like Our Own.
For each of these, when you click on an image, there is a download button (upside down arrow near the print icon) for a copy of the file.

Click the title to head to the collection!

(Picture: First issue of The Paper, Feb 1981 edition.)
That's all from us this week - stay tuned for more!
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