|Date:||February 26, 2014|
|Time:||12:00 PM - 12:50 PM|
|Location:||Atwood Memorial Center Theatre|
|Description:||Speakers. Examining the “L” in LGBT
Part of OUTPROUD Week
The last two years have been momentous for the LGBT movement as legal and social rights facing this community were at the forefront of national and Minnesota consciousness. More than ever before, it is acceptable to be LGBT in the U.S! However, ‘acceptable’ is not enough, nor does this acknowledge the continued complexity of issues faced by lesbians. These issues include visibility in the LGBT and broader communities, “acceptability” based on where one falls on the continuum of traditional femininity/masculinity scales, heteronormativity as a social control through fetishized media and pornography; and, finally, language. Are they gay, lesbian, queer and/or other? The aim of this panel is to deconstruct the problems created by stereotypes, invisibility, co-opting of lesbian culture and discrimination and bias in various forms. A multigenerational panel will speak and share stories from their various identities and their unique lens.
Presenters: Kimberly Duong is a second year student at St. Cloud State University majoring in Political Science and minoring in Film Studies. She is currently Co-Chair of the Queer People of Color group (QPOC) on campus as well as a member of OUTLOUD!, Women's Action and the College Democrats.
Karen Thompson retired after 36 years as a professor at St. Cloud State University. She gained national recognition following the November 13, 1983 car accident of her partner Sharon Kowalski. Following the accident, Sharon’s biological family refused to acknowledge or accept Sharon’s relationship with Karen and kept them apart for more than 3 ½ years. As a result of these actions, Karen came out and began her nearly decade long legal battle for guardianship and for Sharon’s right to come home. She spoke across the country not just to tell the story of her fight for Sharon to move home, but also to raise awareness for legal protection for lesbian and gay relationships.
|February 26, 2014||12:00 PM - 12:50 PM||Atwood Memorial Center Theatre|