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‘The Vagina Monologues’ spreads crucial messages about womanhood

Cast Members of the Vigina Monologues sitting down while on stage. Photo credit: Rayanne Painter

Rayanne Painter

February 18, 2019

There are few shows presented at Chico State that begin with cast members encouraging the audience to shout synonyms of “vagina” at the start of each performance.The Gender and Sexuality Equity Coalition and local acting talent hosted their annual performance of Eve Ensler’s “Th...

GSEC hosts 20th annual women’s conference

Sonia Aery giving her keynote Photo credit: Justin Jackson

Justin Jackson

December 3, 2018

The Gender and Sexuality Equity Coalition, Saturday, hosted the 20th Annual Women’s Conference: Women in Power, Empower Women. This conference aims to create a safe university environment that promotes the personal, educational and professional growth of all women.In a dead quiet room, attendees ...

Take back the night: A place for survivors to tell their story

Mikie Believes Take Back the Night brings in good support and awareness for those effected by sexual assault. Photo credit: Kelsi Sibert

Kelsi Sibert

April 23, 2018

Since the 1970s, Chico State's Gender and Sexuality Equality Center, formerly known as the Women's Center, has put on an event called "Take Back the Night." Each year a different theme surrounding sexual violence awareness is chosen; this year's theme is "reach out, speak out." GSEC Women's Program Coordin...

Chico State Gender and Sexuality Equity Center hosts fifth annual Trans Conference

Elena Rose Vera was the first speaker at the fifth annual trans conference. She spoke on the rich history of trans people. Photo credit: Josh Cozine

Josh Cozine

April 15, 2018

The theme of the fifth annual Trans Conference, "Existence is Resistance," was reflected by a variety of speakers Saturday on campus. The conference took place in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium from 10 a.m until 4 p.m. A tabling event was held for an hour while people signed in, with community an...

GSEC hosts Let’s Talk About Periods, brings focus to women’s health


Kelsi Sibert

March 6, 2018

For the past three years, Chico State's Gender and Sexuality Equality Center has hosted an event focusing on menstruation and women's health. This year it's called Let's Talk About Periods. Let's Talk about Periods is a two day event, March 13 and 14, that's held on the Chico State campus. The event...

First Queer Prom offers free dance, entertainment and community

GSEC coordinators hosted the first ever Queer Prom at Chico State. Photo credit: Deisi Aguirre

Alejandra Fraga

March 4, 2018

The Gender and Sexuality Equity Center (GSEC) organized and brought to campus its first queer prom dance Saturday at the BMU auditorium. The event consisted of drag show performances, dance performances and DJ performances conducted by KCSC Radio. Free desserts and non-alcoholic drinks were provided as well."My hopes in putting on this event w...

Gender and Sexuality Equity Center holds 10th Annual Queer Conference

The BMU welcomed visitors to the queer conference Sunday. Photo credit: Natalie Hanson

Natalie Hanson

December 4, 2017

This year's Queer Conference, Re-Envisioning the Rainbow, was held in the Bell Memorial Union Sunday.The conference brings together educators, activists, students and community members from around the state with True Diversity in Queer Communities as this year's theme. The free event took place from 12 p...

Drag show for a greater good

Eliza Carmichael after dramatically tearing off their long red wig to reveal short brown hair. Photo credit: Sophia Robledo-Borowy

Sophia Robledo-Borowy

October 18, 2017

The third annual Chico State Drag Show hosted by the Associated Student Gender and Sexuality Equity Center sold out on Oct. 12 as part of the festivities for "Queer Week." Every year, these drag shows have been put on for a greater purpose than just entertainment and art. This year’s proceeds ...

Evangelist preacher comes to campus and meets humorous backlash

Evangelist protester preaches his beliefs on campus. Photo credit: Jacqueline Morales

Jacqueline Morales and Sophia Robledo-Borowy

April 27, 2017

An evangelist preached about "sexual misconduct" among students Thursday afternoon, sparking protests in return. Students from the Gender and Sexuality Equity Center came out to oppose the evangelist preacher who was saying students were "sinful." "We are out here to proclaim the gospel of Jesus...

Chico State’s Safe Place celebrates sexual assault awareness month

Photo courtesy of Safe Place.

Carly Campbell

April 5, 2017

April is national sexual assault awareness month. Chico State's Safe Place will be hosting a number of events to support this movement. The events that will be held are as follows: April 6: Survivor Support Social, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Safe Place Backyard, 633 Brice Ave. April 1...

Top 10 campus resources rarely used

Nicholas Feeley

February 13, 2017

Chico State students are familiar with the Bell Memorial Union, the Wildcat Store and Meriam Library, but many do not know the full extent of the services available. Here are some resources available to all students.   1) The Career Center The Career Center is available to all Chico State...

Students protest campus preacher

Brother Matt preaches to a crowd of students at Trinity Commons. Photo credit: Jae Siqueiros

Elizabeth Helmer

November 7, 2016

  Students gathered around Trinity Commons Nov. 7 as a preacher advocated against the LGBTQ community. The preacher, Brother Matt, was met with opposition from members of the Gender and Sexuality Equity Center. The protesters brought signs and created a barrier between him and the onl...

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