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June 4

June 4, 2019


Derek Rayment
Public + Media Relations Manager
531-MCC-2876, office
402-960-0697, cell

MCC to host LGBTQIA+ Pride Month educational programs

OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College will host a series of educational programs in June to celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride Month. Each program is free and open to the public and will honor the theme, “Millions of Moments of Pride.” The series includes video and panel discussions, a lecture and a webinar.

Video and discussion: “Changing Our Minds: The Story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker” on Monday, June 17, 12:15-1:45 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus, ITC Conference Center, room 120

This film discussion will be led by Lynne Mytty, former officer/board member of PFLAG Omaha, River City Mixed Chorus and River City Gender Alliance. The film features the story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker, an expert who conducted research during the 1950s. Dr. Hooker’s discoveries helped force the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from its official mental disorders list in 1974.

LGBTQIA+ panel: Moments of Pride with Mark Van Kekerix, Lynne Mytty and Jennifer Pansing on Wednesday, June 19, 12:30-1:45 p.m. at the Fort Omaha Campus, Building 10, room 110.

In popular culture, identities and experiences are displayed narrowly. Join members of Omaha’s LGBTQIA+ community as they share their real life experiences.

Webinar: “How to Make Your Campus Safer for LGBTQ Students” on Friday, June 21, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Fort Omaha Campus, Building 10, room 112

The webinar will explore ways to make campuses safer for LGBTQIA+ students and will be followed by a discussion led by Julie Langholdt, MCC dean of Student Advocacy and Accountability, and members of the MCC Student Alliance for Everyone (SAFE).

Lecture: “Two-Spirit People: Historic and Contemporary Native America” with Nicole Tamayo on Wednesday, June 26, 12:30-1:45 p.m. at the Fort Omaha Campus, Building 10, room 110

Nicole Tamayo, director of Soaring over Meth & Suicide, Nebraska Urban Indian Coalition, will discuss Native American Two-Spirit people, individuals who occupied a distinct, alternative gender status in most tribes.

Video and discussion: “The Most Dangerous Year” on Wednesday, June 26, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Elkhorn Valley Campus

The film explores the year 2016, when waves of “bathroom bills” began sweeping the nation and the Human Rights Campaign published a report identifying 2016 as the most dangerous year for transgender Americans. After the film, a discussion will be led by Joan Watke Stacy, PC, LLO, attorney at law, Sena, Polk & Stacy, LLP and Andrew Sagartz, JD, MCC Business Law/Paralegal instructor.

For more information, contact Barbara Velazquez at 531-MCC-2253 or


Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest post-secondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.