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"Finding the Queer Radical Past" Conference

1987 March on Washington - "National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights"

This conference will commemorate a moment when LGBTQ politics were intimately bound up with anti-racism and left solidarity movements: against apartheid, war, and US imperialism. Our goal is to reflect back on the queer left and its legacies for today. Over two days, we will bring student activists working for racial justice and LGBTQ freedom into dialogue with historians and veteran activists.

Speakers include: Umayyah Cable, BC Craig, Kenyon Farrow, Gil Gerald, Emily Hobson (keynote),  Kwame Alfred Holmes, Jim Hubbard, JEB (Joan Biren), Rev. Jason Lydon, Gary Scoppettuolo, Jessica Wender-Shubow, Dean Spade (keynote), Marc Stein, and Carmen Vázquez.

Free and open to the public.  Check out the conference website or #queerraqdicalpast for more information and registration (coming soon).

Co-sponsored by the following UMass Program/Departments:

BDIC (Bachelor’s Degree with Individual Concentration)
History Department
ISSR (Institute of Social Science Research)
Political Science Department
Philosophy Department
Theater Department
College of Information and Computer Sciences
College of Education
Commonwealth Honors College
Graduate School
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Center for Women and Community
Stonewall Center
Student Affairs and Campus Life Advocacy Inclusion Support Cluster
W.E.B. DuBois Library
UMass Students for Reproductive Justice

And Five College sponsors:

Smith College, Study of Women and Gender
Hampshire College, Feminist Studies
Mount Holyoke College, Gender Studies
Amherst College, Sexuality, Women and Gender Studies
Five College Lecture Fund
Five College Queer and Sexuality Studies Certificate