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RED LIGHT NIGHT with the Arts Council: Break the Binary

Thursday, March 23, at 7:00 p.m., the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri will host the first Red Light Night of this season with the topic "Break the Binary” featuring Rane Belling Rane Belling is a Senior at Southeast Missouri State University. Their major is Communication studies, with a double major in social work and autism. Rane is the President of the campus organization, PRIDE, and a mentor in the LGBT Resource center, as well as serving as an RA for the past three years. Rane will be discussing and shedding light on society’s mislabeling of gender identity as exclusive to either male or female. They will be performing a spoken word piece and use visuals to convey to the audience their struggle to fit into society’s gendered boxes. Specifically, Rane will share how the use of pronouns can be extremely important to someone’s identity; an aspect of everyday life that most don’t consider important, until confronted with a term that conflicts with their true self. Dropping a “she,” “he,” “her” or “him” doesn’t typically get a second thought in everyday conversation, but it’s time to reconsider the pronoun. Art and identity are often interconnected. The relationship between pronouns and identity was expressed through a public art event held on the campus of Southeast and hosted by the LGBT Resource Center. This event encouraged those that walked by to add their handprint to the wall, sign, and write their preferred pronouns. By taking part in this event, the participants pledged to be conscious and supportive of all gender pronouns and the individual’s choice to define their own. Rane will share how this event came to be and why the LGBT Resource center chose the act of mark making with one’s own hand as their form of expression and to shed light on this important topic. Red Light Night is a series of after-hours discussions on controversial and taboo topics within the arts. Red Light Night sessions are presented by guest lecturers and panelists at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri in Downtown Cape Girardeau on select Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. Please note, topics are intended for a mature audience and discussion is welcomed. Join other arts supporters in controversial discussions during Red Light Night. The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri is located at 16 North Spanish Street in Cape Girardeau, MO. Galleries are open Tuesday- Saturday, from 10am to 6pm.

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