On Thursday, October 10, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, the Queer and Asian Committee held their first event of the year: the QPOC Social, co-sponsored by the QRC and QPOC! Now an annual tradition, the QPOC Social was conceived as a way to start off the year by re-building and expanding the 5C QPOC community after a summer apart. The social aims to create a space specifically for queer people of color, a group of people often overlooked in more mainstream queer programming. At the social, they and allies have the opportunity to meet, connect, and, of course, have fun.
This year’s social was held in the SCORE building at Scripps, with catering by the Delhi Palace Express. Over fifty people attended the event, and the proceedings included food, good conversation, and awesome games. In a shift from socials in previous years, there was a screening shown in the second hour of the social, an episode of The Peculiar Kind which dealt with intersections between queerness and cultural identities. Moderated by Cat Frost from the QRC, the screening and subsequent discussion provided a smooth transition from eating and socializing to a more critical reflection of the ways in which queer identity is differently experienced and negotiated by people of color.
Following this first successful event of the year, Q&A plans to hold many more events which speak to concerns and needs of queer people of color on campus. In two weeks, Q&A will be screening a queer Thai romantic comedy called Yes Or No? The movie retraces familiar, heartwarming romantic comedy storylines while also tackling the complexities of gender identity and queer desires in a heteronormative world. Come join us at the WU on October 30 at 7:00 PM to enjoy the movie and eat yummy snacks!