A Coming Out Story 65 Years in the Making

On April 29, 2020, Netflix will release A Secret Love, a documentary about the lives of Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel. Donahue and Henschel have been together as a couple since 1947 but did not come out—to anyone—until over 60 years later. Donahue’s great nephew, Chris Bolan, directed the film, which follows the couple from […]

Bamazing: Women, Sports, and Media

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While this weekend’s non-coronavirus news was rightfully centered around the WNBA’s historic draft class, there are some other exciting developments in the women’s sports arena. Storm Reid, star of Euphoria and co-founder of the Bamazing initiative, has partnered with NBA star and Unanimous Media co-founder Stephen Curry to launch Bamazing, a series of short films […]

Queer History Trivia Hour

The ONE Archives Foundation is determined to keep a sense of queer community throughout this tumultuous and isolating time. In addition to updates and resources provided via its #QUEERANTINE digest, the foundation is hosting a series of virtual trivia nights. The first event will take place on Friday, April 17 from 5:00-6:00 PM PDT. The […]

#QUEERANTINE Resources for STL (inspired by ONE Archives)

The ONE Archives Foundation recently launched #QUEERANTINE, a listing of curated recommendations to “help keep you informed and entertained during this time of self-isolation”. Inspired by their newsletter and recommendations, the WGSS blog has decided to curate some recommendations of our own—this version focused on St. Louis region resources that are available to help folks […]

An Update on SQSH

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Last semester, WashU senior Luka Cai formally launched their Civic Scholars project: the St. Louis Queer+ Support Helpline (SQSH). We spoke with Luka in the fall about their ideas behind the project and goals for SQSH, two of which were to expand the helpline’s hours and widen its reach within the St. Louis community (as […]

The [Blank] Monologues, 2020


When Eve Ensler first wrote and acted the Vagina Monologues in 1996, I’m sure she did not anticipate her work inspiring performances on college campuses almost a quarter of a century later. But the play has become an indispensable piece of contemporary feminism, having been staged in 200 countries in dozens of languages. The show […]

Sexual Citizens: Dr. Jennifer Hirsch on Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus

Dr. Jennifer Hirsch is a professor of sociomedical science at Columbia University and co-author of the forthcoming book “Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus”.  The book is co-authored with sociologist Shamus Khan, and came from a co-directed study supported by Columbia University called the Sexual Health Initiative to Foster […]

Beer with a Woman Scientist 2020

Next Wednesday, January 29, 500 Women Scientists St. Louis pod will be hosting their third annual Beer with a Woman Scientist event upstairs at Schlafly Tap Room.  The event serves as a sort of fundraising event for the Science Pod, featuring speakers, science demonstrations, raffles, games, and lots of prizes.  The group encourages anyone and […]

St. Louis Queer+ Support Helpline: Q&A with Founder Luka Cai

The following is a transcript of an email interview. Some responses have been lightly edited for clarity. Q: How was the idea for the St. Louis Queer Support Helpline (SQSH) generated? LC: I came up with the idea of SQSH after observing the value of peer support helplines at WashU such as Uncle Joe’s and […]

BandTogether Holiday Concert

BandTogether, St. Louis’ LGBTA community concert band, marching band, and color guard, will be presenting its annual holiday concert at the 560 Music Center tonight, December 21, 2019. BandTogether is a volunteer music organization in the greater St. Louis area, open to performers of all abilities, providing musical opportunities to members of the GLBTA community […]

Metro Trans Umbrella Group Telethon

On Saturday, December 7, the St. Louis Metro Trans Umbrella Group (MTUG) embarked on its third annual telethon fundraiser.  Operating from noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday, the one of a kind extravaganza showcased a variety of talents from the St. Louis region’s trans-expansive community.  Last year’s event raised over $28,000 from hundreds of […]

“for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf”

From November 21 through November 24, the Performing Arts Department (PAD) at WashU presented Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have committed suicide/when the rainbow is enuf.  The show has won a number of awards, most notably a 1977 Obie Award (like the Tony’s, but for Off-Broadway shows) for Distinguished Production.  The show has become […]

OWNing IT: Looking Forward to the 2019 Women’s Leadership Summit

On Saturday, November 9, WashU will host its fifth annual women’s leadership summit. The student-run event occurs every year in Bauer Hall as an all-day summit designed to encourage women (both WashU students and St. Louis community members) to be their best selves.  Presented with support from the Olin Business School, OWN IT: WashU coordinates […]

Making Motherhood Work: Professor Caitlyn Collins on Family-Work Conflict

When Professor Caitlyn Collins walked into Seigle 109 last Friday, she wasn’t expecting a fully packed house. But once students were finally able to locate the hard-to-find room, the event was standing room only (or rather, sitting on the floor-room only). Professor Collins is an associate professor in the WUSTL Sociology department and an affiliate […]

How to Marry Strangers: Pepper Schwartz on Dating and Relationships

When you see Pepper Schwartz on TV, it is not immediately clear how small she is. But that is the first thing I noticed when meeting her in person, and it made her ability to command a room even more impressive. A graduate of Washington University (both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Sociology), Dr. […]

Annie Malone Children & Family Services: Making Lives Better

Now that campus is bustling with students again, the WGSS department is back in full swing with an impressive calendar of events.  On September 19, 2019, as part of the African American History Programs series, the Missouri Historical Society is honoring the Annie Malone Children & Family Services (AMCFS) Center with a 6:30 PM program […]