What Should We Do after "I Do"? | Conversations on the Challenges That Remain for the LGBTQ Community
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Please join us for a weekend of conversation and connection, with a full day of discussion on Saturday, September 26. Key Harvard alumni and faculty members, as well as students and leaders in the LGBTQ community, will discuss a diverse array of topics, ranging from the 2016 election to transgender “mainstreaming,” from health and aging to international activism. Come together with fellow Harvard alumni, students, staff, faculty, and friends to explore, discuss, and debate the evolution of the LGBTQ community after an historic summer.
Join the conversation at #hgscwire
Questions? Contact Lily Gillespie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-495-1920.
Photo credit: Erika Carlsen MDV '15
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
6:00 – 8:30 PM: CAUCUS FALL MIXER (QUEEN’S HEAD PUB, MEMORIAL HALL BASEMENT)
Kick off the weekend’s activities—either before or after dinner—mixing-and-mingling with alumni/ae, faculty, staff, and students in Memorial Hall’s Queen’s Head Pub.
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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
(Northwest Labs Building, 52 Oxford Street)
9:30 – 9:45 AM WELCOME
9:45 – 11:00 AM OPENING PLENARY SESSION
The LGBTQ Community: Does Such A Place Still Exist? Our community was “built” as a space in which LGBTQ people could feel safe from the domination of the “straight” world, but where is that community now? Is there a single community or just a collection of disconnected L and G (and T?) neighborhoods, or are we instead disappearing into the larger society? How do our neighborhoods connect with others organized around race, class, gender, etc.? Have our physical communities been replaced by virtual communities? And how do the answers to these question impact “community development” in the future?
11:15 AM –
12:45 PM BREAKOUT SESSIONS – TAKING CARE OF OUR OWN (SELECT ONE)
A. The Kids Are Not All Right: LGBTQ Youth Falling Through the Cracks. Why is it that LGBTQ teens and young adults face significantly higher rates of homelessness, suicide, eating disorders, and victimization than their cisgender counterparts? How can the child welfare system, working with an increasing number of LGBTQ mentors, help queer youth not fall through the cracks? And how are many of the most “at risk” LGBTQ youths showing surprising resilience?
B. Archive Fever: Preserving Our Story. What is the place of archives in preserving our history and how are scholars, educators, and filmmakers mining those materials to tell our story? What impact has the closing of LGBTQ bookstores/presses had on the preservation of LGBTQ heritage? How is Harvard assembling a diverse collection of LGBTQ materials to support researchers both now and in the future, most notably its support of the ACT-UP Oral History Project? And how can we advocate for/support the collection of such materials?
C. Physician, Heal Thyself: New Paths in LGBTQ Medicine. What is the latest thinking about the health needs of lesbian, bisexual, and queer women as well as transgender adults and youth? How are Harvard Medical School and its affiliated teaching hospitals leading the charge within the medical profession to ensure that the LGBTQ community is better understood and cared for in today’s medical system? And what impact has the increasing number of “out” faculty, trainees, and students had on both medical teaching and training as well as making medical schools more diverse and inclusive institutions, particularly at Harvard?
D. What’s Love Got To Do With It?: Sexual Ethics in the Age of Truvada. How has the combination of increased use of online “dating” apps and widespread prescription of the “miracle drug,” Truvada, changed patterns of sexual activity among gay men with consequential impact on gay self-identity and the nature of relationships in the gay male community? And what do those who lived through “the gay plague” have to say about that? At the same time, what impact does—or should—broader acceptance of gay marriage have on the ethics of “open” committed relationships (i.e., when should you erase Grindr)?
E. Minding Our Elders: The Greying of the LGBTQ Community. How do we care for the first generation of broadly “out” LGBTQ people who lack (or are estranged from) biological families to support them? Do LGBTQ people need to go back into the closet to function within the elder-care system? And how can we ensure that elder services providers (including home care aides) are trained to provide nondiscriminatory and culturally-competent care to LGBTQ elders?
F. Whose Lives Matter?: LGBTQ and Intersectional Justice. Does the LGBTQ community adequately support the diversity of its members? Is the leadership of (and priorities promoted by) the most visible LGBTQ organizations far too white/too male/too affluent? How can the LGBTQ community join with other groups in their struggles for equity and social justice? And what can LGBTQ activists learn from the work around #BlackLivesMatter to engage a broader cross-section of people?
G. Modern Family: The Shifting Landscape of LGBTQ Parenting. How have media culture and mainstream acceptance changed public perceptions on what constitutes a family and how has the LGBTQ community responded? What ongoing challenges do would-be LGBTQ parents face regarding adoption (including second-parent adoption), surrogacy, etc.? Is it really possible to raise families with parents who are in open relationships? And what are the experiences of Harvard students who are children of same-sex couples?
12:45 – 2:15 PM LUNCH
2:15 – 3:45 PM BREAKOUT SESSIONS – LOOKING OUTWARD (SELECT ONE)
A. You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught: Here and Queer in Our Schools. Are public schools adequately addressing the needs of their LGBTQ students? How are queer voices being brought into the classroom through curriculum and out teachers? How are school systems responding to the particular needs of trans* kids? And how have school sports provided many LGBTQ students with a positive outlet?
B. Does God Love the Gays?: Religion and LGBTQ Equality. What role do different religious institutions play in promoting and protesting anti-LGBTQ prejudice? How have many evangelical institutions (churches, seminaries, etc.) changed their policies towards LGBTQ parishioners and how can their views be shared more broadly? Do many of the churches that once led the fight to recognize same-sex marriage now expect their LGBTQ members (and clergy) to get married? And how have younger people of faith responded to the call for acceptance of LGBTQ equality, particularly among Harvard students?
C. Queering Human Rights: Confronting Anti-LGBTQ Violence Worldwide. How does U.S. foreign policy and work by various NGO’s both help and hinder the securing of LGBTQ human rights worldwide? How can we support LGBTQ activism without imposing first-world values, which privilege the individual and the expression of sexual identity, with core cultural values in other parts of the world? Should foreign aid be tied to recognition of LGBTQ rights, as befits “civilized” nations? How should the specter of increased hardship for LGBTQ asylum seekers and undocumented individuals affect immigration policy?
D. TBLGQ: Trans*forming a Name and a Community. In an age of both increasing trans* visibility as well as increased violence against, and imprisonment and economic isolation of, trans* people, what would it mean to put trans* voices and concerns at the center of the LGBTQ Movement? What will it take to interrupt trans* oppression? And what’s really needed from GLB cisgender allies to advance trans* liberation? In short, what would change to call ourselves “TBLG”?
E. Equal Protection: Not Just for Marriage Anymore. With marriage equality now (arguably) the law of the land, what has changed and not changed? In the court of public opinion, will SCOTUS’s gay marriage decision lead to political backlash, particularly in the 2016 elections? And does the way SCOTUS analyzed the issues in Obergefell (persuaded by the equal protection arguments raised by plaintiffs’ counsel) signal a new direction to be taken in future cases involving LGBTQ rights?
F. Fight Back: ACT UP and the Future of Queer Activism. What is the legacy of ACT UP? Did it produce a new paradigm for political action or was it instead largely a product of a particular moment in time? And how can its onetime members (together with other past and present LGBTQ activists) inspire a future generation of Harvard students and alumni to join in the next stage of the fight?
4:00 – 5:30 PM CLOSING PLENARY SESSION
Suiting Up for the Fight: What Does 2016 Mean for the LGBTQ Community? Is the LGBTQ movement in political trouble? With the marriage issue having been (largely) resolved, what is left for us to rally around? What explains the failure to elevate LGBTQ issues in 2014 midterms and what is in store for 2016? Should our goal be to elect LGBTQ politicians or to put an LGBTQ agenda on the table—or both?
5:30 PM CLOSING
5:30 – 7:00 PM RECEPTION
7:00 PM ON DINNER ON OWN
7:30 – 10:30 PM PRIVATE SCREENING OF STONEWALL WITH POST-SCREENING DISCUSSION (SCIENCE CENTER LECTURE HALL D)
Post-screening discussion with a panel of prominent LGBTQ scholars and cultural critics facilitated by Timothy Patrick McCarthy AB ’93. Lecturer, History and Literature, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences; and Core Faculty and Program Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Seating is limited to weekend registrants, only, and will be available on a first come, first served basis.
Screening made possible due to the generosity of Roadside Attractions, LLC, the U.S. distributor of the film.
Co-Sponsored by Harvardwood, a nonprofit organization for members of the Harvard community who believe in the power and purposes of the arts, media, and entertainment.
10:30 PM – 12:00 AM THE AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATRE PRESENTS THE DONKEY SHOW (OBERON THEATER, 2 ARROW STREET, CAMBRIDGE)
Seating is limited and requires separate booking of tickets at the discounted rates of $20 (for dance floor) and $40 (at tables) (regularly $35 and $45).
Click here for tickets, entering code “DSTM” in box on upper right corner (note: ignore the “SOLD OUT!” box on the left side of page).
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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
10:00 – 11:30 AM HGSC TOWN MEETING AT HOLDEN CHAPEL, HARVARD YARD