Halloween is the Queerest Holiday: The Sequel

Why is Halloween the queerest holiday? The queer roots of this annual holiday span back to Drag Ball culture, rooted in communities of color. Many queer communities held Halloween parties in cities like New York and Chicago in the 1920s. Wearing clothes that did not match the norms of the time for one's sex assigned at birth was not legal everywhere in the United States until 1974. However, All Hallow's Eve was the one day of the year where people were free to express themselves without fear of such strict enforcement of these laws.

Today, Halloween continues to gift a night of freedom and expression, where LGBTQ+ people can engage with their self-presentation. Join us to celebrate (for the second year in a row!) the queer roots of Halloween with a spooky egg hunt, a pumpkin painting contest, and a costume contest.


Free food and drinks will be provided! Costumes are encouraged!  Drop any anytime during the event.  All are welcome to attend and learn more.

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (Arndt House)
105 Normal Rd, DeKalb, IL 60115

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Lectures, Presentations and Workshops



Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC)
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The GSRC Staff

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