Love. You. Me. Celebration 2010.

Love. You. Me. Celebration 2010.

From Camilla Claiborn ’11:

This year marks the 20th annual Celebration, which will take place this Thursday @ 8pm on the Wilson Steps in the quad.  The event celebrates the freedom to love anyone you choose, and it is an opportunity for the campus to support loving without boundaries.  Celebration follows this creed:

Love is not controlled by gender,
It is larger than prejudice,
It is stronger than indifference,
For the love of our community,
And the love of ourselves,
We Celebrate!
Those who find joy and beauty,
In loving without boundaries.

Celebration has two important parts: A candlelight vigil for those affected by homophobia and heterosexism, and a series of performances by a cappella groups, quad houses, and orgs.  Come early and stick around after the event to enjoy booths hosted by houses and orgs!

Read an interview about this year’s Celebration below the cut.

Smith’d: Keeping first years and students who haven’t yet attended Celebration in mind, can you tell us about how the event started?

Camilla: Celebration began in response to a series of homophobic events on campus.  The HR of Cushing decided that, instead of responding in anger and hate, the campus should celebrate the diversity in sexual orientation on campus, and the event was born.  Originally called “Celebration of Sisterhood,” the event used to be solely focused on women loving women, but in a critical effort of inclusion, the event is now called Celebration so that it can apply to people of all genders and orientations.

Smith’d: As a bit of a sneak peek (if you can give us one ;D), what is in store for Celebration attendees this year?

Camilla: This year, we have some surprises in store, from new groups performing, to exciting tables around the quad offering services ranging from free marriage licenses and wedding rings to head shaving.

Smith’d: How will this year’s Celebration address the relevance of very recent events involving homophobia on college campuses?

Camilla: In the wake of multiple homophobic acts of violence on college campuses across the country, Celebration provides an opportunity for us, as a community, to stand in solidarity with youth everywhere experiencing discrimination.  Our hope is that, by creating an atmosphere in which sexual diversity is valued and celebrated, we will help eradicate the notion that sexual orientation discrimination is acceptable.

Smith’d: What are your goals in organizing this year’s Celebration, and what does the future of the event look like?

Camilla: As a senior, this is my last Celebration at Smith College, and my hope is that the event continues to be entirely student run, student funded, and student organized.  I feel that the grassroots nature of the event is its biggest strength; it doesn’t take an institution to make change, it just takes a dedicated group of people committed to social change.  I hope that Celebration’s legacy as the oldest and largest queer event on campus lives on for many future generations of Smith students.

Thanks Camilla!

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3 Comments on “Love. You. Me. Celebration 2010.”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I was a guest at the recent “Celebrations” at Smith College. When I learned some of the history and why this event was being held I was intrigued as to how the students would “celebrate” those who came before them and faced prejudice and homophobia so that current students could live and love as they please. I was very disappointed and quite honestly disgusted by the events that unfolded before me on Thursday night at Smith College. The so called candle light vigil was nothing more than a group of immature self centered half naked girls bumping and grinding on each other and completely disgracing everything that “Celebrations” is supposed to represent. I truly expected more from a group of obviously intelligent woman at an ivy league college.

    • Context is everything. That performance at your average co-ed campus vs. that performance at Smith are two very different things. It’s hard to understand the community if you’re not part of it.
      -alum ’05

  2. [...] I was steeped in a college culture that, despite being single-sex, eschews gender binaries and celebrates women as integral components in all levels of society. I am a product of a college whose founder intended [...]

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