QRC Hosts Fireside Night in Celebration of Trans Day of Visibility

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By Rajsi Rana ’26

News Editor

On Saturday, April 13, Trinity College’s Queer Resource Center (QRC) hosted a Fireside Night event that included fire pits, smores and music. The event provided a space for the transgender, nonbinary, gender-nonconforming and questioning community at Trinity to come together. Other members of the LGBTQ+ community, allies and support staff also joined in at the event. Nora Bryda ‘25 and Aaron Kowals ‘25, staff members of the QRC, organized this event. Bryda, when asked about the intentions and goals of this event said, “Trans Day of Visibility (TDOV) is an incredibly important part of the queer community. Where Trans Day of Remembrance is a very somber event that gives us an opportunity to mourn, TDOV is an opportunity for us to celebrate being trans and queer. We really just wanted to give our trans and nonbinary community on campus an event to celebrate being unique while engaging in conversation with others.”

Earlier in the school year, the QRC hosted a Trans Day of Remembrance, an evening of mourning for lost trans siblings. Transgender individuals face extremely high rates of violence and suicide rates. That event was to shed light on the violence that deeply impacts the trans community.

At Trinity, Bryda describes the queer community as, “… incredibly close-knit. There aren’t many of us [on campus] so naturally through orientation and clubs we find our ways to each other and bond quickly.” When LGBTQ+ students on campus are able to connect with communities such as those offered at the QRC, they are able to feel better supported as they journey through college.

The QRC hosts several events to bring together Trinity’s queer and ally community. Throughout each of their events, they provide safe spaces for students. This semester, a few of their other events include a Women Love Women (WLW) Trivia night, a Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) pottery night and a queer men’s talk space. They’ve also hosted educational events and guest speaker talks, including Rabbi Mike Moscowitz, Dr. André Isaacs and Joanna Wuest.

The QRC is an important space on campus that provides room for key conversations about issues in the queer community, fun events to gather with many different students both of queer identities and allies as well as important guest speaker events. In hosting this Fireside Night, they provided a fun space for all to join and celebrate being trans and queer.

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