The BASH Cultural Week (Feb 22-26)


Hello everyone! This year’s BASH may look different than previous years, but our pride remains the same. The BASH has always been a chance to highlight SMC’s LGBTQIAP+ community and continues virtual this year. 

Our theme for 2021 is The Gaylaxy: Exploring the Past, Expanding the Future. We chose this theme carefully, drawing inspiration from the universe and its ever-expanding nature. Similar to the cosmos, queer people are always contributing and growing in major ways, even when they aren’t visible. It’s important to study and acknowledge the past, what we have already overcome, and recognize that our future is expansive! 

Queer identity is expansive, nonlinear, and fluid and we hope to highlight this in our “sets” - student created content that will be shared with the SMC community about queer identity. 

Through the gaylaxy, we hope to show queerness as expansive, borderless, and fluid— a parallel to the wonderful universe we live in.



Exec Team: Alyx Carpenter (they/them) & Maya Diaz-Villalta (they/them)







Monday, February 22nd


Tuesday, February 23rd


Wednesday, February 24th

  • Sean Hennigan, “Realizing” (short story)

  • Carly Hodes, “Ponytail Bowling Pin Party” (artwork)

    • 'Ponytail Bowling Pin Party' pictures a nude person whose hair and left shoe suggest femininity through their color and behavior. The figure's stance, however, is one of confidence and possesses traditionally masculine features such as broad shoulders and thick hands. Using these different binary elements and placing them onto an amorphous shape explores how viewers gender inanimate objects based off of their appearance. Through making these gendered aspects explicit, the piece prompts the viewer to question why they made these assumptions about a shape that holds very little resemblance to a human form.

  • Julia Hammer, “The Fall” (poetry)


Thursday, February 25th

Friday, February 26th



  • Carly Hodes (She/Her/Hers) - A 4th year Art Practice Major at Saint Mary's College. Her work focuses on gender expectations within contemporary society and breaks down the gender binary and the trope of masculinity. She does so through a humorous approach toward everyday actions within life. Through painting abstracted figures that suggest an assigned sex yet simultaneously question why this assigned sex comes into the viewers mind, she initiates the question of why viewers see certain acts, clothes, activities, etc. as only belonging to one group of people.

  • Lauren Smith (she/her/hers) - Justice Community and Leadership major and Women and Gender Studies and Ethnic Studies double minor, reads the poem “For the Goddess Too Well Known” by Elsa Gidlow. She is standing outside in her back yard on a cloudy, windy day with lots of green plants and trees in the background. She has blue hair and a nose piercing, and walks on frame in the beginning and off frame at the end, showing just the plants in the garden.

  • Emily Espinosa - Hey! My name’s Emily, but you can call me Em if you like :3 I’m a queer freshman haha!  Hope you enjoy my piece by the way! It came from a very vulnerable place, and I hope my message comes across.

  • Molly Gilbert (she/her/hers) - Hello! My name is Molly and I am a sophomore student in the Integral Program. I'm also a freelance digital illustrator and concept artist under the name "Mollish", and have been taking commissions ever since 2015. I've completed work for a self-published novelist, a comic writer, and an independent video game mod developer, and I've designed characters, storyboarded animatics, and written stories for my own personal projects, too! Drawing is an escape for me; I often use it to wind down at the end of a busy academic day. I love to share my ideas and creativity with the online community I've created; nothing pleases me more than inspiring others to express themselves through their own creativity!

  • Andrio Fong (he/him) - Junior Dance and Business double major. The High Roller puts on his performance in the day and gets his standing ovation. He wishes to express more than the restriction of masculinity. The High Roller cries at night, but doesn't understand why. But tears do not roll down his face, for a man shouldn't crack even when alone.

  • Maya Diaz-Villalta (they/them) - Third year Dance and Anthropology double major. “Crossroads” / Visual: Purepecha, Pipil, and Xinca Non-binary dancer Maya Diaz-Villalta: “Medio Sol” / Soundscore: Cree Two-spirit cellist Cris Derksen and Chippewa Travelers: “Mozart’s Ghost”

  • Anonymous - Fandom and fanfiction have been a huge part of many queer spaces, especially online. There is a certain freedom and relative safety in the anonymity of being free to explore queerness and other marginalized identities through works of fiction based on characters that you and others are already invested in, and manifest tropes and themes that you might wish for in an ideal world. Fanfiction is a world that one can shape, and can afford people, especially queer people, a sense of control which they might not feel in reality. For those that know the lingo, some tropes i included: single parents; friends/coworkers to lovers; didn't know they were dating (ish); a subversion of fake dating; all human/canon divergence; and there was only one bed; mutual pining.

  • Marissa Chesney (she/her/they/them) - graduated 2020 with a degree in English with a creative writing emphasis and an Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies double minor. "MarissaStabs Embroidery Pieces - Stabbing Gay Stuff" These pieces are my way of expressing queer sexuality through art. The goddesses are not only a celebration of the female body, but it’s ability to be powerful and free in the face of heteronormative standards. I also embroider genitalia in order to celebrate the parts of our bodies that many of us tend to be ashamed of. All of these bodies, in their various ways, celebrate themselves and their individuality through queer artistic expression. If you would like to see more of my work, go to @MarissaStabs on Instagram or visit my Etsy page:

  • Julia Hammer (she/her) - I’m an English and Women’s and Gender Studies student in my last year at SMC. As for my piece, the whole “sapphic yearning” cliche has become such a stereotype, and I initially was worried I’d only be perpetrating it further. That said, I felt it important to address where this concept stems from and the real implications that come from not being given the social training to verbalize and communicate your feelings to the woman you have feelings for. I see my piece as a call to action. We have to change this culture from one of yearning and loneliness to one of growth, joy, and love.

  • Sean Hennigan (He/Him/His, class of 2021, Major: Psychology  / Minor: Creative Writing) - This is a middle chunk from a longer story. Originally, I wrote this piece for my creative writing class. Growing up in a more conservative household and school, I never got to read or write much LGBTQ+ fiction so I was very excited when I got the chance to write some of my own. This piece wasn’t inspired by anything in particular, although does contain fictionalized interpretations of some actual events experienced by myself and other friends.

  • Alyx Carpenter (they/them/theirs) - Senior Politics and Women’s and Gender Studies double major. Alyx draws inspiration from the BASH’s alumni in their pieces. The BASH has always been a safe space and a space for healing for Alyx. In their pieces they wanted to literally ‘explore the past’ by getting quotes from alumni and creating from them in some way. A special thanks to all of the alumni who responded, you are a valuable part of queer history at SMC

  • Tabatha Mattos (they/them) I’m a second year. My submissions are two sweatshirts embroidered with original designs both inspired by Alex G songs, one being “Pretend” and another being “Gretel”