Queer Masculinities Society
QMS (Queer Masculinities Society, formerly Queer Men’s Society) aims to develop community among members of Kenyon College’s LGBTQIA+ community by cultivating discussion, offering a social space, and engaging with (while also celebrating) difference. QMS strives to act as a safe and supportive environment while working to inspire a more respectful and diverse campus. QMS centers intersectionality as a guiding principle in its efforts and engages with other affinity groups on campus at the junction of queerness, race, class, gender, faith, ability, and other aspects of identity in an effort to cultivate meaningful conversations and community development. Students who are gay, bisexual, transgender, not straight, not cisgender, and/or not sure, and have experienced or been proximal to masculine identity, masculine societal expectations, and/or masculine gender presentations/performances are given the chance to work through their experiences and find support among a community grappling with issues of masculinity, masculine identity, and queer antagonism. Simply put, if you think QMS might be a place for you, it is absolutely a place for you. While the leaders of QMS openly identify as gay or queer, membership is absolutely anonymous & our dis list is confidential, making it safe for any student not “out” to join and participate to their comfort level. Coming to a meeting doesn’t commit you to anything, membership is completely casual, and QMS would love to have you if you come every week, once a month, or even once a semester.