If you’re in the DC area on July 6th, you should check out Mara speaking on a panel called “The State of LGBT Movements.” Mara joins Campus Progress LGBTQ Advocacy Associate, Sam Menefee-Libey; writer and activist, Kenyon Farrow; and Task Force organizer and trainer, Trina Olson.
Recent substantial victories in the fight for LGBT equality that would have seemed impossible twenty years ago have resulted in concrete improvements in the lives of many, but much more needs to be done, and some have benefited more than others. In particular, the reforms so far have not achieved enough for people who are transgendered, working class, or of color. However, the LGBT movement is at last fighting for justice in a more inclusive way. Elitism, transphobia, and racism are far from over in LGBT movement, but people are developing creative strategies to address them. The panelists will discuss the state of LGBT work, the shape of less-visible alternative movements, developing trends in political struggle, and opportunities to fight oppression.
Some other awesome speakers include:
- Staceyann Chin, spoken word artist
- Jos Truitt, feministing.com
- Richard Kim, The Nation, Executive Editor
- Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-Wisconsin)
- Amy Goodman, host, Democracy Now!
- Rinku Sen, Publisher, Colorlines.com and President, The Applied Research Center
- Deepak Bhargava, Executive Director, Center for Community Change