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LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group seeks videos to celebrate coming out

The UC ANR LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group is planning to celebrate National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11. We will be creating a video compilation of ANR employees sharing messages in recognition of coming out. The video will be shared with ANR colleagues.

There are two options for participating. You can record a 1-2 minute video on your own or, in early to mid-September, Ricardo Vela can film your responses to one or more of the following prompts:

  • What was coming out like for you? 
  • What do you wish you had known as you were coming out? 
  • What would you say to colleagues who are considering coming out this year? 
  • If you came out by choice, what was the reason you decided to come out?

If you are interested in creating a message, please reach out to Katherine Soule at by Sept. 3. Once your participation is confirmed, she will share the formatting requirements for filming your own statement or set up a time for you to work with Vela.

Finally, if you are interested in joining the LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group, please email Rebecca Ozeran at

You can learn more about the group at

Posted on Friday, August 27, 2021 at 8:33 AM
Tags: August 2021 (0), LGBTQ+ (0)

Join ANR Pride Month activities in June

ANR's LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group has lots of activities planned for celebrating Pride Month in June: interactive Zoom sessions and weekly emails on the history of Pride, LGBTQ+ basics, and more.

“First, we will send out weekly educational emails to highlight the history of the LGBTQ+ community in the US, including a deeper dive into the various identities included in the LGBTQ+ umbrella,” said event co-organizer Rebecca Ozeran, UCCE livestock and natural resources advisor for Fresno and Madera counties. “Second, we are hosting three interactive Zoom sessions with time for discussion after each one.”

The first Zoom session will be introductory, including why it's important for us all to learn more about the community. The second session will include a documentary on Stonewall and the history of Pride Month.

The third session, June 30, will include a special guest facilitator Sam Gottlieb leading a book discussion of “A Year Without a Name” by Cyrus Grace Dunham. Participants who register by June 1 may request an e-copy of the book.

Gottlieb (he/they) is director of people & culture at RISE, a nonprofit organization that serves both victims of intimate partner violence and sexual assault/abuse as well as their loved ones. Gottlieb provides queer education workshops and talks to a variety of audiences covering a broad range of topics. They believe in the power of conversation and strive to embolden folks to enter into meaningful discussions.


Zoom sessions on Wednesdays, June 9, 16 and 30 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., with the option to continue discussions until noon. Weekly emails will go out every Tuesday in June, beginning on Tuesday, June 1.


To learn more about Pride Month and how ANR can support the LGBTQ+ community.


Register for one or more Zoom sessions by clicking here. Weekly emails will be sent out to all of ANR so you do not need to register to receive them.

If you have questions, contact Ozeran at If you would like to join the LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group, email Ozeran or Katherine Soule at




Posted on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 1:05 PM
Tags: LGBTQ+ (0), May 2021 (0), Pride Month (0)

ANR celebrates Pride Month with virtual film fest

In June, we celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people and raise awareness of issues facing the community. Every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in June, you are invited to join UC ANR colleagues to view films about LGBTQ+ communities and participate in discussions after the shows from the comfort of wherever you are sheltering in place.

“The purpose is to celebrate inclusion and affirmation, as well as to learn about differences and U.S. history related to LGBTQ+ communities,” said Katherine Soule, who is organizing the events.

The films will be shared via Zoom for participants to watch, followed by a group discussion about each film, much like book club participants exchange their thoughts about books.

“I am proud to be a part of the UC system, where I can support meaningful work and live my life authentically,” Soule said. “I am humbled to be able to support others to have the same in their own lives.”

Bring your own beverage and join us for movies at 6 p.m. Wednesdays in June. The length of each session will vary with the length of the film. Register for the ANR Pride Film Fest at to get the Zoom link.

The schedule of four documentaries selected by Soule is as follows:

June 3: State of Pride (2019) 70 min. – Fifty years after the Stonewall uprising, Oscar-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and host Raymond Braun travel to three diverse communities - Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Tuscaloosa, Alabama - for an unflinching look at LGBTQ Pride, from the perspective of a younger generation for whom it still has personal urgency. 

June 10: The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017) 1 hour, 45 min. – Who killed Marsha P. Johnson? When the beloved, self-described "street queen" of NY's gay ghetto was found floating in the Hudson River in 1992, the NYPD chalked it up as a suicide and refused to investigate. However, as shown in Academy Award (R) nominated director and journalist David France's (How to Survive A Plague) new film, it's a decision many questioned. Having played a pivotal role in the previous year's Stonewall Riots, in 1970, Johnson and fellow trans icon Sylvia Rivera formed the world's first trans-rights organization, STAR (Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries). 

June 17: Kiki (2017) 1 hour, 34 min. – If anyone wondered where Madonna heard about "voguing," the documentary "Paris is Burning" was the answer. "Kiki" is another deep dive into the same scene. It's an intimate look at a marginalized community, many of whom rely on the various neighborhood clubs for support systems that don't exist anywhere else. The so-called "Kiki" scene is not just about the various competitive dance club contests. The scene provides a social structure, a "net" for kids who have nowhere else to go.

June 24: Three of Hearts: A postmodern family (2005) 97 min. – Steven, Samantha and Sam together form an amorous threesome, a "mariage-a-trois" of sorts. Their journey takes them from the more humorous and sensational aspects of such a relationship to moments that truly show the depth of their love and commitment to each other.



Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 6:00 PM
Tags: LGBTQ (1), May 2020 (19)

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